What You Missed…

As Tony Stark says, “Part of the journey is the end…” And that is what we are getting as we get our first promo for Avengers: End Game.

This movie will tie up the first 10 years of the MCU and allows it to move on to a new slate of storylines and characters that will help it continue to dominate the comic-book based movie franchise wars.

Who knew Ant-Man would be a sign of hope for Captain America and the fans of the MCU. This movie is slated to be released in October 2018.

Captain Marvel, which will be out in March, also released a new trailer:

While, Captain Marvel is the hope that the Avengers need…she is the character that a good percentage of the population has been craving for. A Marvel hero that can rival Wonder Woman. How she set’s us up for End Game will be interesting to see.

While we are on the topic of female-centric superheroes, we are happy to announce that Jodie Whitaker will indeed be back for season 12 of the BBC’s cult classic series that revolves around the adventures of a Time Lord named “the Doctor”, an extraterrestrial being with two hearts. Now, the news outlets have stated that this bit of news would quash any worries that fans had about Jodie leaving the series. Well, season 12 was never an issue. It was actually season 13 of Doctor Who that people were worried about. Whatever the case may be, it is nice to get confirmation that we will continue to see Ms. Whitaker again as the Doctor for another few episodes.

It seems like there is no lagging in the foreseeable future when it comes to superhero programming for movies and TV. Fans want it and the networks and movie studios are happily offering whatever they can get their hands on.

Case in point, Plastic Man, which will be developed by the WB as part of their DC slate of movies. If you do not who Plastic Man is, here is a bit of info on the humorous character that was popular in the late 70s and early 80s. Variety

Plastic Man was a crook named Patrick “Eel” O’Brian. Orphaned at age 10 and forced to live on the streets, he fell into a life of crime. As an adult, he became part of a burglary ring, specializing as a safe-cracker. During a late-night heist at the Crawford Chemical Works, he and his three fellow gang members were surprised by a night watchman. During the gang’s escape, Eel was shot in the shoulder and doused with a large drum of unidentified chemical liquid. He escaped to the street only to discover that his gang had driven off without him.

Fleeing on foot and suffering increasing disorientation from the gunshot wound and the exposure to the chemical, Eel eventually passed out on the foothills of a mountain near the city. He awoke to find himself in a bed in a mountain retreat, being tended to by a monk who had discovered him unconscious that morning. This monk, sensing a capacity for great good in O’Brian, turned away police officers who had trailed Eel to the monastery. This act of faith and kindness—combined with the realization that his gang had left him to be captured without a moment’s hesitation—fanned Eel’s longstanding dissatisfaction with his criminal life and his desire to reform. Wikipedia

Plastic Man, coupled with 2019’s Shazam is a clear indication that the DC Extended Universe is taking a break from the much more tradition fare of serious movies that we have seen in recent years. With that said, we learned from Amy Adams during the Actors on Actors series that she is out of the DCEU:

“I think I’m out of the DC Universe now.  I think they’re revamping that. I don’t know the details.”

This makes sense as Henry Cavill has moved on to The Witcher on Netflix.

Amazon is also throwing itself deeper into the superhero pool with the announcement that it is developing Deadtown which is based on The Refrigerator Monologues, by Catherynne M. Valente. The collection of short stories  come from the points of view of the wives and girlfriends of superheroes, female heroes, and anyone who’s ever been “refrigerated”: comic book women who are killed, raped, brainwashed, driven mad, disabled, or had their powers taken so that a male superhero’s storyline will progress. These women meet in a purgatory like area called Deadtown. Syfy Wire

Thanks to Chris Hemsworth, we have our first look at the Men in Black reboot:

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Anime fans, you may be thrilled or upset by the fact that Netflix is adapting Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell manga, titled Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. The series will air in 2020. TVLine

One last bit of news that makes all of you 90s kids thrilled. We have the Kim Possible live action movie trailer from Disney:

Now, if you follow me on social media than you know that I am a sucker for a gimmick that makes the movie experience all the more fun. I went to see Mission Impossible: Fall Out in 4DX and it was the most fun I have ever had in 4DX…wait embuste, I watched one Marvel movie and I remember the water spraying on my face as Captain America hurled himself down during a storm and I almost fell of the chair. I told everyone, only purchase a ticket for 4DX if you know you will be in a roller coaster ride of action during the movie. So, we learned of the upcoming slate of movies from SONY that will air in that 4DX in 2019 and two of the movies that may be worth forking over so much money is Spider-Man: Far From Home and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel. However, I suggest you wait and see the first round of reviews from fans to see if it is worth watching in that format.

There is also ScreenX.  This is a new immersive cinema experience that has every wall in the theater acting as a movie screen. Now, Aquaman will air in that format and that may be the movie to watch it as a chunk of the movie is under water.

Reminders: Set your DVRs or mark your calendar as busy, because The CW’s Arrowverse crossover event, Elseworlds, starts on Sunday.

DEC 9 The Flash – Elseworlds, Part 1 – When Barry Allen and Oliver Queen wake up one morning and realize they have swapped bodies with each other.

DEC 10 – Arrow – Elseworlds, Part 2 – With Oliver and Barry still stuck in the other’s bodies, the two get a lead on John Deegan and head to Gotham City with Supergirl to figure out why their reality has changed.

DEC 11 – Supergirl – Elseworlds, Part 3 – Supergirl, The Flash, Green Arrow and Superman engage in the battle of their lives.

Also, on DEC 14, the Chilling Adventure of Sabrina will air their Holiday special on Netflix.

And the Nominees Are…And More…

Well, it seems like everyone has started to toss their hats into the “Why Exactly Did Netflix Cancel Daredevil?” ring. The show was a fan favorite and doing quite well numbers-wise. Again it is all about to powerhouse who are about to go head-to-head in the streaming wars. Who else has written about this? TV Guide, Deadline, etc..

On the upside, we finally got a teaser for the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones:

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

The other happy news is that American Gods has a premiere date for the second season, and that is Sunday, March 10 at 8/7c.

Image-1Gotham is just around the corner and this may be the best promo for a TV show in a very long time, click on the link:

Here is the latest trailer for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina:

For fans of Asian quirky dramas and Asian Pop music, Netflix has nabbed “Demon’s Path,” from Malaysia’s Astro group. The show will start airing on Dec. 22.

The series follows a forensic pathologist who has the ability to see the last 10-seconds of life of the dead. Working together with a friendly exorcist and a policeman, they solve homicide cases. But as their investigations proceed, they become the target of a murderer. Variety

As it is the middle of December, that means one thing…awards season is just around the corner. Today, we got to see who was nominated for the Golden Globes awards. Here are the ones that we consider important (I highlighted the ones I am rooting for):

Television Nominees: 

TV Drama
The Americans
Bodyguard – Because he was on GoT
Homecoming
Killing Eve
Pose

Performance by an Actor in a TV Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Stephan James, Homecoming
Richard Madden, Bodyguard
Billy Porter, Pose
Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Performance by an Actress in a TV Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
Julia Roberts, Homecoming
Keri Russell, The Americans

Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Escape at Dannemora
Sharp Objects
A Very English Scandal

Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso
Daniel Bruhl, The Alienist
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Bornstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: ACS
Thandie Newton, Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Film Nominees:

Drama
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
If Beale Streat Could Talk
A Star Is Born

Comedy or Musical
Crazy Rich Asians
The Favourite
Green Book
Mary Poppins Returns – Because Mary Poppins is a Time Lord.
Vice

Performance by an Actress in a Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Charlize Theron, Tully
Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Animated Film
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Original Score
Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place
Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther
Justin Hurwitz, First Man
Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Original Song
“All the Stars,” Black Panther
“Revelation,” Boy Erased
“Girl in the Movies,” Dumplin’
“Shallow,” A Star Is Born
“Requiem for a Private War,” A Private War

Who are you hoping will win?

What You May Have Missed…

It seemed like the weekend was filled with news from the silver screen.

We learned that the following movies are coming to a movie theatre near you in 2019:

  • The third Kingsman movie will be released November 9, 2019 and Matthew Vaughan will be back to pen the script and to direct.
  • The Joker movie that stars Joaquin Phoenix will be released October 4, 2019.

While we are talking about The Joker, the director of the movie posted the following and it is kind of unnerving:

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Camera test (w/ sound). Joker.

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The director also posted our first look at Zazie Beetz in the movie.

DC is in the midst of testing actresses for the upcoming Birds of Prey movie. THR stated that Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smolett-Bell, and Justina Machada are just a few of many that are testing for the movie that will star Margot Robbie as fan favorite, Harley Quinn.

The main group of the Birds of Prey consists of Barbara Gorden/Oracle, Dinah Lance/Black Canary, Helena Bertinelli/Huntress, and more.  These female superheroes go on special missions around the world.

Marvel has tapped Chloe Zhao to direct The Eternals movie. The is just the latest example of Marvel looking at the indie circuit to find some highly talented Directors that give its movies a less formulaic look and feel. Variety The Eternals are a race of humanity that are described as an offshoot of the evolutionary process that created sentient life on Earth.

Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective, The Alienist, Maniac) will take on the task of helming the next James Bond movie, which will mark the last movie starring Daniel Craig as 007 and the 25th James Bond movie.

Fantastic Fest is still going on in Texas and over the weekend people were raving about two upcoming horror movies:

  • Overlord – The story of two American soldiers behind enemy lines on D Day. But, that synopsis makes it sound like you will be watching a sequel to Dunkirk. That is not the case. Remember, in J.J. we trust. Moviegoers called it a ferociously gory war/monster movie and they loved it.  It will be released November 9.

  • Suspiria – A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up. This is not Black Swan. It is actually a remake of a movie that came out in the 70s, which to me is the height of classic horror movies. Some viewers left the movie speechless, in a good way. Others stated that it was spellbinding and the scariest movie they had ever seen. It will be released November 2.

Finally, a director listened to the audience at a showing of a movie at a festival and takes action. Deadline noted that after the response from viewers at TIFF, David Mackenzie trimmed 20 minutes from The Outlaw King, which starts Chris Pine. I, personally,  do not think that this is a bad thing, People’s attention spans are short and sometimes the vision of a dedicated director can’t hold a movie goer. So, sometimes, snipping away until you find a movie that is under two hours and makes the viewer want to stand up and cheer is a must.

The movie is a true David v Goliath story of how the great 14th Century Scottish ‘Outlaw King’ Robert The Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat and repel the much larger and better equipped occupying English army. It will air on Netflix on November 9.

That’s it for me.

Have a great day!

~M.

Day 3 of #SDCC is Here!

There were some more bits and bobs last night that may be of interest to you:

Let me tell you…Joss Whedon knows how to make a lady happy. We found out yesterday that there is a plan to reboot Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 20th Centure Fox has hired Monica Breen to be the showrunner of the reboot. Whedon is also attached as the Executive Producer and co-writer of the script.

Whedon has his hands full as his other project, The Nevers, will end up on HBO. He will not only be the showrunner, but he will also write, direct, and be the executive producer. The Nevers is an epic science-fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies and a mission that might change the world.

We also saw the latest trailer for the next season if Preacher:

Yep! We get to meet the Allfather. I am not totally looking forward to it, but this dark and funny show is not for the faint of heart…is it.

Also, apparently Subway did not want to be associated with the show. Especially…with a Hitler working in their doppelganger store.

Now….Fantastic Beasts -The Crimes of Grindlewald:

I always loved the darker Harry Potter movies, so excited about this one and we get to meet Nicholas Flamel of the Philosopher’s Stone fame!

The official trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters:

The offical trailer for Shazam:

I am a sucker for funny superhero movies. Will this movie and Aquaman save the DC movie franchise, which is now called World of DC.

Here’s the much anticipated Aquaman trailer!!!!

Guess what?! Lobo is joining Krypton! Lobo is a Czarnian that is a mercenary/bounty hunter character in the DC comic universe. From what I recall, he was really popular during the 90’s due to him being an anti-hero and his popularity continues. It should be entertaining to see how much mayhem he brings to Krypton.

What You Missed from Day 2 of #SDCC

A bit of a review of the day’s news highlights from San Diego Comic-Con.

As expected, a lot has happened and some of it is a little bittersweet. We learned earlier that Andrew Lincoln was leaving the show. He wanted to spend more time with his family and with a show like this the whole work/life balance must take a hit.

The show will return October 7, which is the last day of NYCC.

Casting-wise, We learned of the introduction of Alpha and she will be portrayed by Samantha Morton. Greg Nicotero stated that means Beta may not be that far behind.

One last thing, Andrew Lincoln mentioned that this show has always been an ensemble and that fans should continue with the show…even once he is gone. However, as a fan, what shows fail to understand is that we fall in love with characters and want to follow them on their journey. So, once you start pecking away the characters we met in Season 1 and 2…it is really hard to stay invested.

Now, Star Trek: Discovery

Captain Pike is taking over the Discovery, say que?

Spock needs help? Dios mio.

And Tig Notaro!

Also…

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To keep fans interested in the Star Trek-verse, since we will not see Discovery until early 2019, CBS All Access will get four new 10-15 minute episodes that will air in Fall of 2018.

Cloak and Dagger has been renewed for a second season. The show will be back in Spring 2019 with 10 episodes.

Here’s the trailer to the much anticipated Glass:

There are some details about the Venom movie panel, courtesy of THR.

Items of note:

  1. Riot will be in the movie.
  2. Venom is part of a world that Sony is creating around Spider-Man world. Jared Leto is in Morbius and there will be a Silver & Black movie.
  3. Also, do not count out a possible Venom and Spider-Man movie.

The movie will come out October 5th.

I believe the biggest news of the day really revolved around the James Gunn and his firing from Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3. He made light of pedophilia and rape a decade ago and what everyone fails to understand is that everything comes back to bite you in the ass. So, you have to be mindful of what you put on social media…at all times.

The good thing is that James Gunn accepted Disney’s decision. He could have gone all Markle and making a bigger mess out of the situation.

 

And We’re Back…Just in time for #SDCC

Yesterday was filled with anticipation…spurred on by an onslaught of trailers and fan made videos. Here are some of my favorites that are making me utterly giddy about the movies that are coming our way….

But first, the fan made film that made we wonder…if Hollywood would make this happen? And, how did these fans get these actors?

And now for:

Now, I am not sure what to make of the Overlord movie. Part WWII movie, part zombie movie, or just an insane video-game driven nightmare. Who knows, but in J.J. Abrams…we trust.

Regarding the next chapter in the Godzilla-verse, I liked the last Godzilla movie. It was better than I expected and kept my interest. But, to me…all Godzilla movies pale in comparison to the originals from Japan. Is Millie Brown a selling point? Not for me. Monarch is a selling point. Those little details hook me…line and sinker.

Let’s see what WOWs us next at San Diego Comic Con.