Cowboy Bebop and Ronald Dahl at Netflix and the Movies You Should Keep an Eye On…Like Artemis Fowl and Anna and the Apocalypse

It seems like the holidays are going to be very quiet with all the shows shutting down for the holidays and rightly so…as most of us are trying to figure out presents for all our friends and family and planning for the big holiday dinners. 

With that said, there are some exciting news movie-wise. 

First up, Artemis Fowl:

As I watched, I had the same feeling I got when I saw the first Harry Potter movie teaser. 

If you are intrigued, there are a series of books that revolve around Artemis Fowl and they are written by Eoin Colfer. Here is the summary of book 1:

Twelve-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous–and extremely high-tech–fairies. He kidnaps one of them, Holly Short, and holds her for ransom in an effort to restore his family’s fortune. But he may have underestimated the fairies’ powers. Is he about to trigger a cross-species war?

The second bit of movie news that had many excited revolved around the sequel to the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie. Sony has Bek Smith working on the script for the sequel that will focus on three generations of Spider-Women, one of which is Spider-Gwen. If you have not seen Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, you are missing out on a fun movie. Deadline

Zoey Deutch has been  cast in the sequel to Zombieland. The original cast has also signed on and the movie will be released in time for Halloween 2019.  Variety

Since it is the holidays, I only thought it fair to show you a trailer to a movie that screams Christmas…

One last thing, if you have a teen (my 16 year old niece texted me this bit of news) that loved the Netflix movie To All the Boys I Loved Before, it is getting a sequel. That reminds me, if you get the book, there are Christmas cookie recipes in the back. 

Now, about TV…

 Netflix has been working hard lining up programming:

NETFLIX ANNOUNCES NEW LIVE ACTION SERIES COWBOY BEBOP BASED ON THE JAPANESE ORIGINAL ANIMATED SERIES

  • Based on the worldwide phenomenon from Sunrise Inc., Cowboy Bebop is the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Faye Valentine and Radical Ed: a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals. They’ll even save the world…for the right price.
  • Episodes: 10
  • Co-Production: Netflix and Tomorrow Studios (a partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios). Netflix will handle physical production.
  • Showrunners / Executive Producers: Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum, Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg of Midnight Radio
  • Executive Producers: Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios (Snowpiercer, Good Behavior); Yasuo Miyakawa, Masayuki Ozaki, and Shin Sasaki of Sunrise Inc; Tetsu Fujimura and Matthew Weinberg.
  • Writer/Executive Producer: Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Ragnarok) will write the first episode.
  • Consultant: Shinichiro Watanabe (director of the original anime)

NETFLIX TO CREATE EXCLUSIVE SLATE OF ORIGINAL ANIMATED EVENT SERIES FROM THE ICONIC ROALD DAHL STORY UNIVERSE

Netflix Will Reimagine and Extend Some of the World’s Most Beloved Stories: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, The Twits, and More

Hollywood, Calif. and London, UK – November 27, 2018 – Willy Wonka and the Oompa-Loompas are joining The BFG, Matilda, The Twits, and a host of other iconic characters who have all found a brand new home together on Netflix! Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company jointly announced today that Netflix is extending the Roald Dahl universe of stories for global family audiences with an exclusive new slate of original animated event series, based on the books from the acclaimed and award-winning author’s best-selling library, including Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatildaThe BFGThe Twits, and many other beloved titles.

Roald Dahl stories have long inspired award-winning feature films and stage productions. But now, for the first time, Netflix will bring together the highest quality creative, visual, and writing teams to extend the stories in this first-of-its-kind slate of premium animated event series and specials for audiences of all ages and for families to enjoy together. Netflix intends to remain faithful to the quintessential spirit and tone of Dahl while also building out an imaginative story universe that expands far beyond the pages of the books themselves.

“Our mission, which is purposefully lofty, is for as many children as possible around the world to experience the unique magic and positive message of Roald Dahl’s stories,” said Roald Dahl’s widow, Felicity Dahl, “This partnership with Netflix marks a significant move toward making that possible and is an incredibly exciting new chapter for the Roald Dahl Story Company. Roald would, I know, be thrilled.”

“Immersing ourselves in the extraordinary worlds of Roald Dahl stories has been an honor and a massive amount of fun, and we are grateful for the trust the Roald Dahl Story Company and the Dahl family have placed in our team to deliver more moments of shared joy to families around the world,” commented Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids & Family Content at Netflix. “We have great creative ambition to reimagine the journeys of so many treasured Dahl characters in fresh, contemporary ways with the highest quality animation and production values.”

“Netflix is known for innovative and high-quality storytelling,” added Gideon Simeloff, Strategy Director for The Roald Dahl Story Company. “There is no other place in the world that can deliver animated entertainment for the whole family at such quality and scale.”

The list of titles in the agreement between Netflix and the Roald Dahl Story Company includes Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryMatildaThe BFGThe TwitsCharlie and the Great Glass ElevatorGeorge’s Marvellous MedicineBoy – Tales of ChildhoodGoing SoloThe Enormous CrocodileThe Giraffe and the Pelly and MeHenry SugarBilly and the MinpinsThe Magic FingerEsio TrotDirty Beasts, and Rhyme Stew.

Production is set to commence on the first of the Netflix Dahl animated series in 2019.

Happily, The Walking Dead‘s numbers are up from the week prior. Unfortunately, the fall season finale for season 9 was the lowest of all of the mid-season finales. I would take this as a win for the show, but we shall see how many will keep on watching when the show returns February 10th at 9 pm. 

In Memoriam: The saddest news of the week revolves around the passing of the creator of SpongeBob Squarepants. Stephen Hillenburg passed away from ALS on Monday. Hillenburg was an avid artist and a marine biologist, he combined both of his loves and created a beloved character and his friends that lived in a fictional underwater city called Bikini Bottom. The show popped up on Nickelodeon in the late 90s and continues to be a fan favorite. Hillenburg has made many children and those who are still a child at heart smile. In response, Nickelodeon observed a moment of silence. TV Guide

What You Missed…

Barring the revelation of how The Walking Dead set up a plot that will allow Lauren Cohen, aka Maggie, to come back to the series when her schedule allows it, the X on Daryl’s back as the show has anointed him as their new  #1, and then there is all Elseworlds hype…it really has been a quiet day in the TV world. 

Casting News: The cast of Syfy’s Deadly Class is expanding, David Zayas has been cast as El Alma Del Diablo, Chico’s father and leader of the Mexican cartel. Kelcey Mawema will play Gabrielle. She tries to persuade Willie that perhaps studying at a school that trains assassins may not be the right fit for him.

Handsome Jaime Camil will guest star on Charmed as the new music director of Hillowne University’s a cappella group, The Hilltones. The character is described as “brash and eccentric” whose “commanding presence and devotion to technique make him the perfect person to ready The Hilltones for their next killer performance.” He’s also apparently “never seen without his hauntingly ornate pitch pipe.” SpoilerTV

In Development: The CW has grabbed Tosca Lee’s The Progeny to develop in to a series. The show centers on a young amnesiac who discovers she’s a descendant of history’s greatest murderess, plunging her into a deadly underground war as she fights to stop a secret society that has preyed on her kind for centuries. CBS is developing Bodhi. The series centers on a high-powered lawyer who inherits his father’s small law firm and discovers not only that his father’s clients are ghosts, but that he himself can now see and communicate with them, all of which forces him to pair with his estranged investigator brother, portrayed by Greg Grunberg, as they resolve cases that will allow the dead to finally rest in peace. Deadline

Random bit of news…the much anticipated prequel to the beloved Game of Thrones show might omit two key factors that fans love about the original show. They are…Targaryens and maybe even Dragons. What do you think about that? EW

Happy Holidays: Not only are we getting a special Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for Christmas, and a special Doctor Who for New Year’s Day, but Netflix is gifting us Avengers: Infinity War on December 25th. Nothing says Happy Birthday Baby Jesus like Teen Groot and Spider-Man disappearing into nothing. 

What You Missed…

After a crazy few days, we get back to the business of all things Geek.

Before we start, we just want to mention that the networks are starting their renewal/cancellations phase of the traditional 18-19 TV season. If your new show is on the verge of being put on the chopping block, than I suggest you light a candle and pray to the TV gods.

For fans of The Purge, rejoice, the show has been given a second season.

Besides the announcement of a Breaking Bad movie being made and Andrew Lincoln leaving The Walking Dead series, it has been pretty quiet. Here we go…

Casting:

We learned that Kelly Ripa, wife to Mark Consuelos a.k.a. Hiram Lodge on Riverdale, will be playing Hiram’s mistress on the popular nighttime drama.

The DC Universe has found their Swamp Thing and the Swamp Thing will be portrayed by Derek Mears. But, the Swamp Thing was first Alec Holland, a passionate biologist who finds himself in nightmarish circumstances as he realizes that the bizarre disease affecting townspeople may have come as a result of his work in the swamp. This discovery that leads him to confront dark swamp forces which swallow him up, only to emerge as the hero known as Swamp Thing. Alec Holland will be portrayed by Andy Bean. Variety

Greg Kinnear is in talk to join the mini-series adaptation of War of the Worlds. The story is of a small town in California that is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion. Syfy

Writer’s Room:

Explorers the movie will be adapted for a TV series. Cary Fukunaga and David Lowery are writing the pilot. In the movie, that launched Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix’ careers, we follow a boy who is obsessed with 50s sci-fi movies about aliens has a recurring dream about a blueprint of some kind, which he draws for his inventor friend. With the help of a third kid, they follow it and build themselves a spaceship. IMDB

Toby Whithouse will be adapting Gormenghast for TV. The books follow the inhabitants of Castle Gormenghast, a sprawling, decaying, gothic-like structure with a raft of characters including Titus, the heir to the throne of the House of Groan, scheming kitchen boy Steerpike and twin sisters Cora and Clarice. Neil Gaiman and Akiva Goldsman will be executive producers on the project. Deadline

In Production: 

Before the wave of paranormal/sci-fi/fantasy programming staked their claim as being binge-worthy, HBO aired a really great western show called Deadwood. The series lasted for 36 episodes and revolved around the 1870s in Deadwood, South Dakota before and after the area’s annexation by the Dakota Territory. The show featured an ensemble cast some of which were key historical figures like Wyatt Earp, Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Jack McCall, to name a few. The show was cancelled, but we’ve learned that filming for the Deadwood movie has begun. David Milch penned the script, Daniel Minahan is directing, and actors Ian McShane and Timothy Olyphant are two of the executive producers. THR

Last Minute:

With Supernatural still trucking along, it made sense that The CW would nab the Survivor’s Club. The story is based in a world where horror franchise monsters are real, twins Jason and Jennifer barely survived a demonic childhood possession that claimed their mother’s life and fractured their bond. Ten years later, when a new evil force awakens, the siblings join forces with other teen survivors to combat the literal and metaphorical monsters that haunt them. The source material is owned by DC Vertigo. The show will be written by Jared Frieder and Frieder and Len Goldstein will executive produce the series. Deadline

Knowing that the final episode of Andrew Lincoln on The Walking Dead finally gave the series an uptick, numbers-wise, this season. Do you think the loss of Rick Grimes will be detrimental to the series or do you think it will rally?

Have a Happy Hump Day!

~M.

The End of An Era…or is it? Recap of Rick Grimes’ Last Episode of The Walking Dead Series

We’ve see the official end to the Rick Grimes chapter of the The Walking Dead series.  I stopped loyally watching after Negan killed Glenn. I stopped checking in when Carl died. and this will be the last time I dip my toe into the series again. I became a fan because of Rick’s plight. A man that was lucky enough to survive an injury, but unlucky enough to wake up in a world plagued with The Walking Dead. His goal was to find his family and he did, but in doing so, he opened himself to years of trying his best to keep those he loved safe. There were many valleys to the peaks. There were crushing moments and moments where we could almost see his hopes and dreams coming to fruition and we stuck right by him.

The end began with Rick being impaled on rebar, if it was any of us, we would have been walker fodder. However, Rick got himself up and off that rebar. Throughout the episode, Rick is constantly fighting unconsciousness, which is brought on by massive blood loss. Each time he passed out, someone from his past urges him to find the strength, to find a reason to live, and to wake up.

The first one was Shane. He is reliving his last moments as an officer before he was injured and woke up in the hospital. Shane thanks him for what happened in the field, but tells Rick that he needs to find the rage within to get stuff done.

He wakes up and the refuge he found is filled with walkers and he barely makes it out. None of the walkers touches the blood soaked horse, which is interesting, no?

The second was Hershel. Scott Wilson passed away this year and seeing his serene countenance brought me to tears. Hershel is in what he would have considered to be heaven. He tells Rick that Maggie is a strong person and her son will make her stronger. But, even though he was tired and that he wanted to find his family there…Hershel was not having it.

The third visit happened when Rick opened the double doors in the hospital and he saw the light, well I thought that was it. But, it was everyone that has died and Sasha gets up and reassured Rick that everything was okay because he gave them the strength to make each other better. Everything  does not even out, it crosses over towards the good, toward the brave, toward love. His family is not lost and Rick is not lost.

The last visit happens as he lays on the bridge. This time it is Michonne and the rest of the survivors that he considers his family. Michonne tells him that she loves him because he is a fighter and that he never gives. She asks him to fight for her and everyone.

On the bridge, that he wanted completed, the walkers come. Everyone figures out his plan and the women race towards Rick as Daryl tries to pick off the walkers that are headed to Rick. Michonne runs…and then one the walkers tips over the dynamite that was on the bridge, Rick shoots and then the bridge goes up. Seeing Michonne distraught. That’s tough. To see the man you love, the man you were hoping to spend the rest of your life with go out in a bang.

Luckily, for you and me, Rick survived and a helicopter that was supposed to pick up Jadis, ends up saving Rick. He is a “B”. What that means? No se. Where is he going? No one knows. But, the show continues and there is a new set of survivors. One of them was in Fantastic Beasts. Any who, you know who saves these poor survivors?

Judith Grimes, who looks to be about 12. That’s the time jump for the next episode.

There was a side story of Maggie finally resolving her issues with Negan. Imprisonment has made Negan a shadow of what he used to be and she walks away without hurting a hair on him.

So, where does this leave Rick? Well, we learned that AMC will be making three feature-length movies that revolve around Rick. Andrew Lincoln will reprise the role that solidified him as a star. The first of these movies will go into production next year and it will be penned by Scott Gimple. Also, there was news that Andrew was going to direct an episode for next season. So, I believe that Andrew Lincoln will forever be tethered to this universe that AMC is trying to expand.

Unlike Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohen will not be in any future episodes or projects due to her other commitment to a show titled Whiskey Cavalier. The door was left open for Lauren Cohen to return.  Yet, everyone involved with the show calls the end of the episode as the mark for a new beginning.

So, will you continue with the series or will you hop off and wait for the movies?

Can’t Make It To New York Comic-Con, But Want To See Your Favorite Shows?

New York Comic-Con is one of the largest entertainment events in the United States. Shows, Movies, and Games, of all kinds, are shown at the Con in hopes of creating momentum by fans across the tri-state area.Like any entertainment driven event, trying to get tickets can be hard. However, if you do not have a badge to any of the days, that does not mean you can’t see some of the hottest entertainment guests.

If you love Dungeons and Dragons and know who Matt Mercer is and what Critical Role is, than you are in luck. Critical Role will be in Little DR on the 4th at the United Palace Theatre, which is located at 4140 Broadway in Manhattan. Even though the prices are a bit steep, if you love this type of gaming than how can you say no? For more details about the event, go here.

If you do have tickets to Comic-Con and want to see what the schedule is for Critical Role, than click here.

P.S. This show and this game has taken up almost every Saturday night of the last six months. Family dinner has segued into family game nights. BTW, I am a Cleric and my husband is a Ranger. Smh.

For those of you that love TV, the east coast branch of the Paley Center will be having their PaleyFest around the same time as Comic-Con. Some of the shows that might pique your interest are The Walking Dead, Outlander, Murphy Brown, The Conners, and that is just to name a few. If you love David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), here is your moment to profess how much you love the shows that he has worked on.

Just so you know, the venue is nice and intimate and you might get a chance to rub elbows with your favorite show’s cast before or after the event.

If you are interested in going to one of these events, please be mindful that members of The Paley Center get first stab and then the general public will get a shot to get tickets. For more information, click here.

If I hear of any new events that may coincide with The Con, I will post it on the site!

~M.

 

 

 

Game of Thrones Gave Us a Taste of What’s to Come in 2019 and More…

Somewhere in this medley of the upcoming goodies that HBO will be giving subscribers in the upcoming months, we have our first image of what’s to come for Game of Thrones:

I am living for Sansa and John hugging!

This is not the only show we are getting back in 2019:

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These are happy times for fans of Fantasy and Sci-fi.

Casting News:

Aleks Paunovic (Van Helsing) will portray Snowpiercer‘s Bojan Boscovic, a large, fearsome looking man with frostbite scars and stumped ears. Bojan is a Breachworker, performing one of the most dangerous jobs on the train. He’s used to the cold and hazards of the job, comfortable enough to joke about his life being at risk. Deadline

New Shows:

ABC is developing a fantasy drama, Best Wishes, which tells the story of a pragmatic, once successful man, Nick Day, who thinks the notion of wishes is a waste of time due to a personal tragedy he’s recently endured. But just as everything in his life is crumbling around him, things get more complicated when he’s approached by a potentially crazy woman claiming to be in the business of granting wishes. And she needs Nick’s help. Deadline

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Ryan Hurst, of the popular Sons of Anarchy show, has been cast as Beta in The Walking Dead. Beta is second-in-command to Samantha Morton’s Alpha, the leader of The Whisperers, a group that arrives in the comic books after the All Out War story line to antagonize Rick Grimes and his crew. Is Alpha and Beta the reason why Rick takes leave?

From LOST to Star Wars..Dominic Monaghan has been cast in Star Wars: Episode IX! THR

Alec Baldwin is going to play Thomas Wayne in the upcoming Joker movie. Variety

Here is our first look at Iron Fist‘s Typhoid Mary:

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Typhoid Mary, who will be portrayed by Alive Eve (Star Trek), is an enemy and former lover of Daredevil with low level psionic powers, including telekinesis. She is n assassin that is also mentally ill.

Miscellaneous:

My 16 year old niece just asked me to compare the images of Sean Teale from The Gifted and Noah Cintineo of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. They look a lot alike.

My book review of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. 

 

 

A Walking Dead Actor is Taking a Break, But We Saw this Coming…

If you keep an eye on movie trailers and casting news in general, than you know Lauren Cohan’s star is on the rise. She is in Mark Wahlberg’s Mile 22, which comes out August 17th and she has been cast in Whiskey Cavalier, which is a mid-season replacement dramedy on ABC.

From the ABC Press Room:

WHISKEY CAVALIER

“Whiskey Cavalier” is a high-octane, hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”), played by Scott Foley. Following an emotional breakup, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”), played by Lauren Cohan. Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics. The series is from writer/executive producer Dave Hemingson and executive producer Bill Lawrence with Warner Bros. Television.

The series stars Scott Foley as Will Chase, Lauren Cohan as Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge, Ana Ortiz as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams as Edgar Standish and Vir Das as Jai Datta.

Dave Hemingson is writer and executive producer; Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold (Doozer Productions) are executive producers; Peter Atencio is director and executive producer (pilot), and Scott Foley is producer of the series from Warner Bros. Television.

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Trowbridge, Ana Ortiz as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams as Edgar Standish and Vir Das as Jai Datta.

Dave Hemingson is writer and executive producer; Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold (Doozer Productions) are executive producers; Peter Atencio is director and executive producer (pilot), and Scott Foley is producer of the series from Warner Bros. Television.

In regards to Ms. Cohan’s Walking Dead character of Maggie, the character may pop up again in a limited or full run in season 10. It just depends on how everything works out with the new show.