J.J. Abrams is Developing a New Sci-Fi Series Set in Another World with a “Monstrous, Oppressive Force”

J.J. Abrams has another sci-fi TV project that he's developing and it sounds awesome! The filmmaker is currently shopping around the spec script that he wrote to the networks. According to THR, Apple and HBO are both in the running to pick up the untitled project.

The sci-fi drama centers around a family and it will take audiences to another world. The family consists of a mother who works as a scientist, her husband and their young daughter. They end up getting into a terrible car accident. "After the mother winds up in a coma, her daughter begins digging through her experiments in the basement and winds up transporting to another land amid a world's battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Her father then follows her into this new world."

I love this concept! If it gets picked up, this will be the first TV project since 2008's Fringe that Abrams created and wrote. Abrams also created/co-created Felicity, Alias, and Lost all of which were great shows. I hope this series gets picked up because it sounds like it would make for a great series that will hook audiences. 

Abrams is also currently writing and directing Star Wars: Episode IX for Lucasfilm.

Warner Bros. Wanted Ben Affleck To Direct FLASHPOINT But He Turned Down The Offer

Yesterday it was announced that Spider-Man: Homecoming writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein were hired to direct the DC film Flashpoint for Warner Bros. It shouldn't come as a surprise to you that these directors weren't the studio's first choice. 

According to Variety, on top of Robert Zemeckis, the studio also initially wanted Ben Affleck to direct the movie but he ended up turning down the offer. I actually wouldn't have minded seeing Affleck direct the film! He might have done a great job, but now we'll never know. 

As you know, Affleck was attached to direct The Batman before he was replaced by Matt Reeves. Regardless of that, a few weeks ago, Ben Affleck did say that he was still interested in directing a Batman movie, but The Flash isn't Batman, so I guess he's allowed to say no. However, Batman is rumored to be playing a prominent role in the story for the Flashpoint film. I think most of the heroes in the Justice League team would have to be included in this story arc, but we'll just have to wait and see how everything comes together now that the film actually has directors. 

WIth John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein coming on board to direct the movie, it makes me think that the film will have a lighter and more humorous tone. Whatever they have planned, I hope they can pull it off and give fans a great Flashpoint movie!

Do you think they have the skills or would you have rather seen Ben Affleck take on the job?

ANIMAL CROSSING: POCKET CAMP Will Introduce Changes Based On User Feedback

A major update is headed for Nintendo’s first mobile game in the Animal Crossing franchise. The update will include several new features, and most importantly, some quality-of-life requests from the fans of the game. 

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp has been out worldwide for almost 2 months now, which is more than enough time for players to shout out their feedback of the game to Nintendo. Thankfully, Nintendo has been listening to the feedback from fans, as they reveal new details regarding the changes that are heading soon to the mobile game. 

The new update will allow players to change the terrain in certain areas of their campsites, giving them the ability to customize and make their camp their own. Players will also be able to place more than one rug on their campsite, ending the limited decorating options that players of the game are currently experiencing in the game. Lastly, players can now dress up their animal friends with custom clothing. This new feature gives players the ability to pick out new outfits for their animal friends, however, Nintendo said that not all clothing will be compatible with all animals. 

Besides those new features, Nintendo has been listening to user feedback and is now planning to implement some changes as requested by the community. First off, the game will make it easier for the player to ask for help at the Shovelstrike Quarry. The company will add an option to ask help from multiple players at once, instead of the previous repetitive option where the player can only ask help from others one at a time. Furthermore, the update will also make the Market Box more accessible and “easier to use.” Nintendo did not reveal details on how they plan to change the Market Box, so we just have to see when the update is released. Lastly, new species of fish and bugs will arrive at the campgrounds for players to catch. 

As of now, Nintendo has not announced the release of the next update. So for now, while you wait, how about joining my lamp cult? What other features would you like to see on Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp? Share your feedback in the comments below. 

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Red Band Trailer For FX’s THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY

FX has released a red-band trailer for their upcoming series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. This is the second season of the American Crime Story anthology series that started with The People Vs. OJ Simpson. If you're a fan of true crime stories, then this is one that you won't want to miss. 

This new trailer offers a lot more insight into the fascinating and disturbing story behind the fashion mogul's murder and the deceitful man who killed him, Andrew Cunanan. 

The series is based on Maureen Orth’s "heavily researched and authenticated non-fiction bestseller "Vulgar Favors" which examined the true life crime spree of Andrew Cunanan." Here is the synopsis from the book:

Two months before Gianni Versace was murdered on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion by Andrew Cunanan, award-winning journalist Maureen Orth was investigating a major story on the serial killer for Vanity Fair. Culled from interviews with more than four hundred people and insights from thousands of pages of police reports, Orth tells the complete story of Cunanan, his unwitting victims, and the moneyed, hedonistic world in which they lived . . . and died. 

In fascinating detail, she reveals how Cunanan met his superstar victim, why police and the FBI repeatedly failed to catch Cunanan, and why other victims’ families stonewalled the investigation, as well as the controversial findings of the Versace autopsy report. Here is a gripping odyssey that races across America—from California’s wealthy gay underworld to modest Midwestern homes of families mourning the loss of their sons to South Beach and its unapologetic decadence. Vulgar Favors is at once a masterwork of investigative journalism and a riveting account of a sociopath, his crimes, and the mysteries he left along the way.

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story was written by Tom Rob Smith, and producer and creator Ryan Murphy directed the premiere episode of the series, which stars Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, Ricky Martin and Penelope Cruz

The series premieres tonight, January 17th on FX. Watch the trailer and let us know if you'll be tuning in to watch it.

Listen to Music From STAR WARS Played by a Pencil Writing Out Math Equations

The Internet. It’s both a horrible place and a wonderful place depending on where you go. We’re able to learn awesome things such as how to fix your plumbing problems by yourself, or who will be in the new movie you’re looking forward to, or what strange objects people can use to play music from Star Wars. We recently shared a video of the "Star Wars Theme" being played on calculators and we may be able to one-up it now. Dani Ochoa has “spent way too much time figuring this out” and has performed both the “Cantina Theme” and “The Imperial March” with a pencil by writing math equations. What’s your favorite unconventional instrument for Star Wars music?

Here’s the Hilarious Honest Trailer For Stephen King’s IT!

"Thrill as each child's fear preys on them in a unique form, where the kid will go off on their own, notice something out of the ordinary,  and slowly walk towards it... until a monster pops out!"

Here it is! Screen Junkies has released their latest Honest Trailers video and it takes aim at the recent feature film adaptation of Stephen King's IT. This was my number one favorite movie of 2017 and it's pretty funny watching Screen Junkies have their way with it. There are some funny laughable moments and they also actually make some really good points with some of their criticism. But, it's still my favorite movie! 

This is one of the better Honest Trailers that has been released, so enjoy!

New THE DOCTORS: MONSTERS! Documentary Interviews The People Who Played DOCTOR WHO’s Most Iconic Villains

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If you're a fan of classic Doctor Who, you're going to need to pick up The Doctors: Monsters! later this year. This upcoming two-disc DVD features a one-hour documentary titled 'I Was a Doctor Who Monster!’ (hosted by seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy) as well as five episodes of the ‘Myth Makers’ series (hosted by the voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs)  which will also touch on the classic monsters of the franchise and the people who played them. 

Daleks, Cybermen, Yeti's and the like will all be featured in this upcoming DVD scheduled to release March 5. Check out some art for the feature below, and give some love to Bloody Disgusting for giving us the heads up!

 

The Script For The ENCHANTED Sequel DISENCHANTED Has Been Completed

All the way back in 2010, there were talks of Disney making a sequel to the 2007 film Enchanted. Well, according to /Film, the script is finished. The sequel, named Disenchanted, looks to be directed by Adam Shankman who was recently on the YouTube Red series, Step Up: High Water. When asked about the status of Disenchanted, Shankman told /Film:

We are handing in a script in a couple weeks that I’m super happy with. Then gotta get the music written.

The fundamental story has changed a little bit, but not from the base story of it. It’s about Giselle 10 years later going, ‘What is happily ever after?’

There’s a lot more songs this time than there were in the original, at least in the planning phase right now.

As for the animation, it’s probably about the same amount.

I thought the first movie was fun and cute, so I’m interested to see what this sequel will be like. Sounds like reality might be hitting Giselle a little hard after all these years. How much will it affect her bubbly personality? Did she and Robert have a kid? Sounds like there will be about the same amount of animation, but at the same time, I can’t imagine a sequel without Idina Menzel and James Marsden. Do they come back to New York? Why? Are you excited about this sequel? There’s no release date for the movie yet, but I would imagine either a very late 2018 or sometime in 2019 if this script gets greenlit.

FLASHPOINT Will Be Directed By SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein

Well, Warner Bros. has finally officially hired a couple of directors to take on the DC film Flashpoint. The screenwriting duo behind Spider-Man: Homecoming, John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, have crossed over to DC Entertainment to take on the challenge, and that could be great!

The two previously directed Vacation and the upcoming film Game Night, which looks hilarious. I'll admit, I was really hoping that Robert Zemeckis would do it, but obviously, things didn't work out that way. I think Daley and Goldstein could end up doing a good job, though. We'll just ahve to wait and see. After all, this will be their biggest directing project to date.

Ezra Miller is set to reprise his role as Barry Allen in the film and I'm sure that Billy Crudup will be back to play his dad. We've also heard rumors that Ben Affleck's Batman will be heavily involved with the story and I assume Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman will also be involved. It would make sense to see many of these Justice League characters involved because the whole Flashpoint story arc involves all these DC heroes. 

The story that the comic tell takes place in a world where Barry Allen wakes up and the world has changed. Captain Cold is considered a hero and Bruce Wayne is dead. His father Thomas Wayne is Batman and Wonder Woman and Aquaman are in a battle for world dominance. Everything is just completely messed up. It's a great storyline that has some fascinating elemets, and I'm curious to see how this creative team handles it.

I'm not sure how they are going to squeeze this whole story into one film. It seems like it would work better as a trilogy or something. We'll just have to wait and see what they do.

Before Daley and Goldstein came on board, Dope director Rick Famuyiwa was attached and after he left Seth Grahame-Smith, who had written the script, jumped on to the project. They left due to creative differences. 

Do you think the guys they got to direct the movie will do a good job!?

Source: THR

Learn All About Captain Phasma’s Awesome Armor That Didn’t Really Help Her Much

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I've been saying since I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi that Captain Phasma is the new Boba Fett, and this video proves it. I mean that in the sense that her stories outside of the films are far more entertaining, and much like Fett, she died in a way that really undermines just how much of a bad ass she was. Take her armor for example, which I just now learned is blaster resistant and was once the property of Emperor Palpatine. It's a damn shame we didn't see that armor get put to better use, but I'm sure the expanded universe stories about her will make mention of it quite often. Learn the history of Phasma's armor below, and let us know if you think she was a wasted character.