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The devastating fires in California have impacted thousands of people and we are praying for their safety, but the fire has also impacted the entertainment industry. It has destroyed the Western Town set for Westworld,  the Bachelor(ette) House was in flames, and the set of Drunk History had to evacuate due to the fire. Our thoughts are with everyone.

We finally have a name for the Disney streaming service and it is called…drum roll please…Disney+ Variety

What made the announcement even more exciting was the announcement of their programming.

For people who consider Rogue One one of the best Star Wars movies, I rank it right behind behind Empire Strikes Back, than you will be happy to hear that one of the new show that will be streaming on Disney+ is based on Cassian Andor’s life as a rebel spy prior to the events of Rogue One.

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We learned in October that we would be getting a show from Jon Favreau that would focus on a certain Bounty Hunter, The Mandalorian. Because of this new show, Industrial Light & Magic created  a new division, ILM TV, that will manage the special effects for these shows.

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Disney+ is giving the masses what they want and that includes a show that focuses on Loki, the god of Mischief. Tom Hiddleston will reprise the role that made him famous. Now, everyone is questioning where in the MCU this show fits, but this is not the only Marvel based series in the works. Back in October, we learned that there would be a limited series that would revolve around Bucky Barnes and Falcon. As we know that Cap’s time in the MCU is coming to an end in Avengers 4, it stands to reason that this show will take place after the events in Avengers 4. In September, we heard that their would be a Scarlet Witch show, but neither Disney nor Marvel confirmed that the show would be in the first wave of programming.

While we are talking about premium streaming services, CBS All Access is in talks to create a new Star Trek Spin-off that would focus on Michelle Yeoh’s popular character, Georgiou. If you were at New York Comic-Con, than you would have seen the actress gush about playing her character. Syfy

The CW has given Charmed nine additional episodes, which is the only freshman show to receive a full-season order. Legacies also received more episodes, but it is clocking in at 16 episodes. TVGuide

Casting News:

Legion‘s Jean Smart has joined the cast of HBO’s Watchmen. Her character’s name and description were not released. This is the case for Tell Me a Story‘s James Wolk, who has also joined the much anticipated adaption. Does this mean that we will not get a season 2 of Tell Me a Story? TVLine

I know that this is not a show that falls in line with the items I typically cover, but I love the Bourne movies. So, now that USA’s Treadstone is casting, I’m getting excited for the show. The show will be an origin story for the CIA black ops program known as Operation Treadstone – a covert program that uses behavior-modification protocol to turn recruits into nearly superhuman assassins. The first season follows sleeper agents across the globe as they’re mysteriously “awakened” to resume their deadly missions. Deadline

Jeremy Irvive has been cast as J. Randolph Bentley, a spy dispatched by the CIA to eliminate a key target, but ends up embroiled in an international conspiracy. Brian Smith has been cast to play Doug McKenna, an all-American oil-rig worker whose life changes after he discovers long buried truths about himself. Deadline

The Silver Screen:

Movie-wise, John Boyega and Letitia Wright have signed on to star in the romantic sci-fi movie, Hold Back the Stars. Written by Katie Khan, the story is about Carys and Max who are trapped in a void and only have ninety minutes of oxygen left to live. Why are they in this situation? After a freak accident, Carys and Max are left adrift in space with nothing to hold onto but each other. As they fall, they can’t help but look back at the world they left behind. A world whose rules they couldn’t submit to, a place where they never really belonged; a home they’re determined to get back to because they’ve come too far to lose each other now. While their air ticks dangerously low, one is offered the chance of salvation—but who will take it? THR

Offbeat news: 

In the most interesting news of the week, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Neflix are being sued by the Satanic Temple for using a likeness of their statue of Bahomet.

Yes, someone did respond to a tweet from the leader of this religion that the likeness that was used on the show is actually represented in the comic books. This will be interesting as religion iconography can be copyrighted.

Game of Thrones Prequel Starts Casting and More…

We are starting off with casting. As we slowly wind down 2018, we are finally hearing about casting for the much anticipated prequel to Game of Thrones. The news spread like wildfire and now we are wondering how Naomi Watts‘ character, a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret, plays into the history of Westeros. What we do know of the story is that it predates, by thousands of years, the story that we all know and love. The new tale chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. Intriguing.

Jaime Murray has been cast as Theresa Walker for Gotham‘s last season. She has a dark secret and she will be Jim’s nemesis. TVLine

Pennyworth continues to add to their evildoers. Jason Flemming will be playing a villain called Lord Harwood. Deadline

Movie News: 

As we patiently wait to see Overlord on November 9, the director of the movie (Julius Avery) has been tapped to write and direct Flash Gordon. Did you see the 1980 movie? It is a cult classic that is based on the hero of a space opera adventure comic strip created by and originally drawn by Alex Raymond. It was created to compete with the Buck Rogers adventure strip. Variety

A few hints of whats to come in the upcoming Birds of Prey movie, Director Cathy Yan spoke at a conference and stated the following:

  • The script has a lot of dark humor and as expected, there is a theme of female empowerment running throughout it.
  •  Cassandra Cain, a ward of Barbara Gordon who inherits the Batgirl costume in the comics. Deadline

Upcoming TV Shows:

We’ve known that Disney was planning their own streaming service and that they were going to have shows that revolved around some key Marvel heroes. We now know that one of the shows Marvel is currently developing is a limited series centered on the Winter Soldier and Falcon. TVGuide

Have a Happy Halloween Everyone!

~M.

 

Teaser Poster for Upcoming Season of Daredevil is Ominous and a New Female Superhero Show from Marvel headed to ABC…

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Marvel released this image and between this and the teaser that aired after the season finale of Iron Fist on Netflix, well…it just does not look for Matt.

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ABC will continue to air Marvel shows on its network., as evident with the news that ABC has made a commitment for a series that will focus on female Marvel superheroes. No other details were released. Variety

Movies: Captain Marvel’s First Trailer is Up and Running

Synopsis: Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

The movie, which stars Brie Larson, Gemma Chan, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Lee Pace, Ben Mendelsohn. Djimon Hounsou, Clark Gregg, and Annette Benning, is currently in post production and will be released March 8, 2019.

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Cavill Hanging Up His Red Cape and More…

It looks like Henry Cavill has officially moved on from the DC extended universe.

Due to scheduling conflicts that did not allow the British actor to make a cameo in Shazam, a new commitment to The Witcher series, and DC focusing on a much younger version of Clark Kent in The Supergirl movie, THR

It just seems like the time is right for the actor move on. It is also the perfect opportunity for DC to tweak their formula for the movies. I still believe there is something about the Arrowverse and other DC TV shows that allows them to grab the attention of and sustain its fans. The movies just have to figure what that magic ingredient is…writing!

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He definitely has a flair for the dramatic.

Will you miss Henry Cavill as Superman?

I will miss him in glasses.

Continuing with Casting News, Katherine Langford of 13 Reasons Why and Love, Simon will star in Netflix’ Cursed. If you do not know about the project, here is some info from a March press release:

Cursed is based on an upcoming book of the same name, Cursed is a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue (portrayed by Katherine Langford), a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. After her mother’s death, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, a young mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword. Over the course of her journey, Nimue will become a symbol of courage and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their complicit King Uther. There are 10 episodes slated.

Netflix has shifted from its touting of young love to all things that go bump in the night thanks to the new show, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Sabrina This is not the Sabrina you grew up with and if you want to get a little background on this character before the premiere, check out the comic series at your local comic book shop.

One of the best things about British TV is that it likes to dip a toe into classic sci-fi and it ends up churning out some of the best shows on TV. So, when we heard that HBO was going to co-produce and distribute His Dark Materials, I was ecstatic.  His Dark Materials is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman which consist of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. The series revolves around two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry. We follow their adventures as they wander through a series of parallel universes.

The cast includes Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Deadline

There is another Book to Small Screen to make note of and it is because Netflix is continuing to ride the tails of the recent successes of their teen-centric films:

NETFLIX ACQUIRES DUMPLIN’ 

The Film Features New Collaborations and Original Music from Dolly Parton 

Netflix has acquired the film “Dumplin’,” which features collaborations and original music from entertainment industry icon Dolly Parton.

“Dumplin’” is the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.

Cast: Danielle Macdonald (Bird Box, Skin, Paradise Hills, Patti Cake$), Jennifer Aniston (Upcoming Murder Mystery, Horrible Bosses, Marley and Me), Odeya Rush (Lady Bird, Goosebumps), Dove Cameron (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Liv and Maddie, Descendants), Harold Perrineau (Claws, Lost), Bex Taylor-Klaus and Ginger Minj

Director:Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses) 

Screenwriter: Kristin Hahn wrote the adaptation of Julie Murphy’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel of the same name

Producers: A Cota Films and 50 Degrees Entertainment Presentation – Michael Costigan (American Gangster, A Bigger Splash, Brokeback Mountain, Ghost in the Shell), Mohamed AlRafi (Above Suspicion, Lying and Stealing), Kristin Hahn (The Switch, Cake), Trish Hofmann (Gringo, Get On Up) 

Executive Producers: Jennifer Aniston, Danny Nozell

Music: Grammy & Emmy Award Winner and Academy, Golden Globe & Tony Award Nominee Dolly Parton with newly recorded collaborations of her classic songs in addition to six new original songs co-written by Parton and Grammy Nominee Linda Perry. Special guest vocalists include Sia, Miranda Lambert, Mavis Staples, Elle King, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Danielle Macdonald, and Jennifer Aniston.

Film Release Date: The film will be released later this year on Netflix in the U.S. and select international territories, and in select theaters in the U.S.

With that said, Deadline stated that the co-owners of The Ripped Bodice Bookstore have signed with Sony Pictures TV to develop TV projects based on their close relationship with romance novel authors and readers.

I do think that the  acquisitions of movies based on YA, chick lit, and a slew of other literary genres is incredibly smart. They acquire the rights to books that have a fandom in place and the numbers to prove that they are certifiable hits. It gives us, as moviegoers, a nice break from all the sequels, superhero, horror, and action heavy movies at the theaters.

Besides the whole debacle with Henry Cavill ties with DC, it seems like another comic book based property is also having a scandalous moment. American Gods, Starz, has lost its second show runner. To be fair, the cast and whomever is left is making it their business to keep everything going in hopes of getting the show on the small screen in 2019. Digital Spy

Before I go off on a laughing camel, I forgot to post the latest trailer for Daredevil’s third season.

Ok. That’s it for me.

Have a great day!

~M!

P.S. – Wait! My favorite news! Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) will be in a Hong Kong drama! Variety

If you have not watched an Asian Drama, you do not know what you are missing.

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Cloak and Dagger’s Season Finale

I jumped on the bandwagon midway through the freshman season of Cloak and Dagger and after a four-hour marathon, I was hooked…line and sinker. Every week, since then, I would happily tweet along to the latest episodes. Now that this season has come to an end, I can safely say that this is possibly the best Marvel asset on traditional cable/tv right now. It is also the best “teen” drama on TV. Sorry Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and The Gifted.

Cloak and Dagger revolves around two teenagers from very different backgrounds that find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love. The kicker is that these teenagers have met before, as children, after suffering multiple traumas. When they do cross paths, it is their newly discovered powers that does bring them together, but it is a constant battle for them to gain trust in one another.

The traumas they (Tyrone and Tandy) suffered left holes in their souls. They spend the majority of the season trying to find justice for the wrongs that have impacted their families. Tyrone is looking for justice for the death of his brother by a police officer. Tandy wants to take down the corporation (Roxxon) that caused an accident that not only killed her father, and destroyed what she thought was an idyllic life, but also gave her and Tyrone their powers.

Everything eventually falls apart as they continuously plot and pursue their goals. Tandy finds out that her Dad was abusive towards her Mother, which catapulted her mother into a self-destructive spiral. This realization made her balk at continuation of her goal to take down Roxxon. What helps with this decision…is the hush money that was offered to her. However, Roxxon likes to tie loose ends and they do that by sending a hit woman to kill her and her mother. Tyrone gets the cop to confess that he did kill his brother, but the charges are dropped and as a result his family does not react well to everything that has happened. We also see Tyrone getting framed for the murder of a beat cop that had helped him get the confession from the murderous officer.

It was not looking good for these two, but there was a bigger story and that impacted all of New Orleans. Roxxon is, like any major corporation, greedy and it does not care about those living in this city. However, all hope is not lost.

In the finale, we get a lot of resolutions to the main plot points:

We pick up with Tandy and her mother successfully fending off the hired hand and knowing that she is partly to blame for what is going on, Tandy runs off and finds Mina, who was being chased by the Terrors. Unfortunately, Mina did not make it due to succumbing to the effects of the gas and having to be put down before she attacked Tandy.

Tyrone confronts Connors, who shot Detective Brigid O’Reilly and left her to die as she fell off into the very water that transformed Tandy and Tyrone…after the gas had started to escape from the valves that Mina created for Peter Scarborough and Roxxon. In the heat of the confrontation, Tyrone’s brother’s hoodie, that Tandy gave to him once his cloak was torn to shreds, absorbed Connors.

Throughout the episode, we saw these vignettes of when the Divine Pair saved New Orleans. From Famine to war to disease, one of the diving pair had to make a sacrifice in order for New Orleans to survive. Evita even told them this fact and she believed that Tyrone was the one to sacrifice himself for the greater good. As it looked like New Orleans was about to fall, Tandy and Tyrone go off to depressurize the valves and ultimately end up joining hands and forces to direct the gas, that turned victims into Terrors, into the atmosphere or another dimension.

New Orleans and the Divine Pair survive and are alive, but for how long?

At the end of the episode, we learn that the tables have turned for Tandy and Tyrone. Tyrone is in hiding and living in the church that Tandy used to live in and Tandy has moved back in with her mother, after finally have their dream of Roxxon taking responsibility for the actions has come to fruition.

What was great is that we see these two kids have a moment where you see that their relationship has shifted. They genuinely care for one another and have each other’s backs.

The insane part is that O’Reilly survived the shooting and has turned into Mayhem. In the comics, Mayhem is a vigilante that helps Cloak and Dagger take down the corrupt police department.

We do see that Tyrone has eased his mother’s fears by popping in and getting some items. But, will he officially tell them of his power? Will Tandy do the same with her own Mother? Also, Mina’s Dad, will he become and ally for these kids? Will the Priest continue to try to be a guiding force for Tyrone? When will the kids cross paths with Mayhem? So many questions to be answered in season 2, which will be coming to us in 2019.

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