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26 Jul 17:52

/Answers: Favorite Piece of San Diego Comic-Con 2017 News

by /Film Staff
Corey

Pumped for Ready Player One.

Ready Player One trailer breakdown

Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. Since the entire /Film team is still recovering from their Comic-Con 2017 hangovers (read all of our coverage here), this week’s edition asks “What piece of Comic-Con news excited you the most this year?” As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team.

Ethan Anderton: Ready Player One Teaser Trailer

Though the movie is already facing backlash from those who think Ernest Cline is a bad writer and others who think this obsession with nostalgia for decades past and all the properties that were popular during them is ridiculous, I couldn’t help but be extremely excited for Ready Player One when the first trailer debuted during the Warner Bros. Pictures panel in Hall H.

When this trailer played for the first time, I was so caught off guard and excited by the appearance of The Iron Giant that I audibly said “Holy shit,” and I felt energized as hell when the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future came plowing on to the screen during that big race sequence.

As someone who hasn’t even read the book that’s being adapted, all I have to go on are the basic details that I know about the story, and it looks like a fascinating and fun way to combine several different facets of pop culture into a single blockbuster. Even if Ernest Cline’s writing is as bad as some suggest, we’re talking about Steven Spielberg directing this movie here, a director who knows how to handle genres like this and was even involved with many of the properties named in the book. This is a director who doesn’t take projects like this lightly, and I have confidence that he knows what he’s doing. I’m looking forward to seeing even more from this movie as the March 2018 release date gets closer.

Hoai-Tran Bui: Justice League Trailer

I had almost given up hope on the DC Extended Universe. But then Wonder Woman lit the fire for DC Comics heroes again, and the new trailer for Justice League hammered in that word again and again: hope.

Yes, the production seems to be fueling a never-ending cycle of behind-the-scenes trouble; yes, director Zack Snyder has left the film with Joss Whedon stepping in for extensive reshoots; and yes, they’re going to have to CGI Henry Cavill’s mustache out in post-production. But the new trailer for Justice League kind of, almost, wipes away all my concerns about the movie.

Why? Not just because it’s very Diana-centric, with the Amazons making an appearance once again, though that is a big factor, but because it embodies the aspirational nature of DC superheroes that Wonder Woman brought back. Here, Superman is an icon beloved by all (never mind there was never a precedent for it in either Man of Steel or Batman v Superman), and the heroes are thrown together by fate to save the world — not because they should, but because they want to. It reminds me of the heroes in the Justice League animated series that I grew up loving.

To me, DC heroes are mythological and inspirational. While Marvel may specialize in snappy and flawed heroes who always have a punchline to throw alongside their punch, I want — and hope — that DC Films will start to become the antithesis to this not by becoming grittier, but becoming more genuine. That hero moment that is so often made light of in Marvel movies (see this excellent video essay about how Marvel’s need to subvert genuine moments becomes too glib),was a pivotal moment that made Wonder Woman great, and is what makes me hope that Justice League and the rest of the DCEU will follow suit.

avengers infinity war poster

Jacob Hall: Avengers: Infinity War Footage

This was my first Comic-Con and I quickly developed a love/hate relationship with the whole experience. I ultimately had a lot of fun, but I had to work really, really hard to have that fun. However, I did learn that there’s a reason people wait in line a day in advance to get into the Marvel Studios panel and why they’re routinely the “winners” of the con every single year – they put on one hell of a show.

I know I’m being marketed to. I know I’m just getting to see footage from movies that regular folks will get to see just a few months (if not minutes) later. But Marvel knows this too, so they create an intoxicating atmosphere that makes being in the room worth it. Recounting the experience later, it felt more like a rock concert than a series of panels and footage presentations. There’s a showmanship at work here that no other panel came close to touching.

And after presentations based around Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther, Marvel Studios gave the packed Hall H crowd exactly what they wanted: footage from Avengers: Infinity War. I don’t know if this trailer will ever be released to the general public (and I doubt it, since it feels a little cobbled together from whatever they happened to have finished at the time), but it was..well, cool. Just plain cool. Just when I thought I was over seeing the various Marvel heroes gathered together on the big screen, this footage offered a glimpse of Star-Lord leaping over wreckage via a series of magical platforms conjured by Doctor Strange. This collision of worlds and powers, and the mere sight of Thanos wrecking our heroes in hand-to-hand combat instead of sitting on his stupid space throne, turned out to be exactly what I needed to see from this movie. I’m all-in.

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25 Jul 19:50

Matt Groening Brings ‘Disenchantment’ To Netflix

by Dan Wickline

Netflix has ordered twenty episode of Matt Groening’s new adult animated comedy/fantasy series Disenchantment. Groening is of course the creator of such beloved animated series as The Simpsons and Futurama. The plan is for the streaming service to debut ten episodes at a time starting in 2018.

DisenchantmentThe series is set in a crumbling medieval kingdom called Dreamland, where we follow the misadventures of a hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo, and her personal demon Luci. She and her traveling mates will come across ogres, sprites, harpies, imps, trolls, walruses and lots of idiot humans.

Groening says of the new series:

Ultimately, Disenchantment will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you.

The series will feature the voice talents of Abbi Jacobson (Bean), Nat Faxon (Elfo), and Eric Andre (Luci), along with John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille, David Herman, Matt Berry, Jeny Batten, Rich Fulcher, Noel Fielding, and Lucy Montgomery. Animation is being done by Rough Draft Studios (Futurama) and is produced by The ULULU Company for Netflix, with Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Futurama) serving as executive producers.

 

Matt Groening Brings ‘Disenchantment’ To Netflix

25 Jul 17:49

‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Trailer: Hawkins, Indiana Is in Big Trouble [Comic Con 2017]

by Ethan Anderton

Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer

Fans have been waiting for a much closer look at the highly anticipated second season of Stranger Things ever since they finished binge watching the first season after it arrived last summer just before the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. Now here we are one year later, and we have a brand new trailer to tease what’s in store for the small town of Hawkins, Indiana when the show returns to Netflix in October.

Below, watch the new Stranger Things season 2 trailer.

Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer

This trailer could not be more incredible. First of all, the use of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is absolutely brilliant, and while you wouldn’t think that such a tune would work all that well because it’s a pop song that inspires dancing, it blends with this footage so well.

But of course, the real appeal here is seeing what’s in store for Hawkins, Indiana. The side effects from Will Byers’ time spent in the Upside Down are getting worse, as he sees a giant monster coming closer to the twisted version of Hawkins that only he can see outside of the Upside Down. His visions are getting worse, and it seems to indicate that the Upside Down is starting to merge with the real Hawkins.

That final scene is the most important though, because we finally see that Eleven has indeed survived, and she appears to be back in the Upside Down, where she’s found a new entrance back into the real world. More and more portals are likely opening and will begin to absorb the town. How can it be stopped?

The official Stranger Things season 2 plot synopsis follows:

It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demagorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

In 1953, MKUltra came to Hawkins, Indiana and began experimentation. In 1979, Police Chief Jim Hopper returns to Hawkins. On November 6, 1983 a young boy named Will Byers vanished. Two days later, Barbara Holland also vanished. A year after Will’s return, everything seems back to normal… but a darkness lurks just beneath the surface, threatening all of Hawkins.

Returning cast includes Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, David Harbour as Jim Hopper, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Joe Keery as Steve Harrington, Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler, Chelsea Talmadge as Carol and introducing Sadie Sink as Max, Dacre Montgomery as Billy, Linnea Berthelsen as Roman, Sean Astin as Bob Newby, Paul Reiser as Dr. Owens, Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman and Will Chase as Neil Mayfield.

The Duffer Brothers are directing the first two episodes, “Mad Max” and “The Boy Who Came Back To Life,” Shawn Levy is directing the next two episodes, “The Pumpkin Patch” and “The Palace”, the next two installments are being directed by Andrew Stanton titled “The Storm” and “The Pollywog”, Rebecca Thomas directed “The Secret Cabin” and The Duffer Brothers directed the last two installments of the season, “The Brain” and “The Lost Brother”.

Stranger Things season 2 premieres on October 27, 2017.

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25 Jul 17:47

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Trailer: The God of Thunder Needs a Team to Battle Cate Blanchett [Comic-Con 2017]

by Ethan Anderton
Corey

So good.

Thor Ragnarok Trailer

Now that we have Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming out of the way, we’re down to just one more release from Marvel Studios, and it has the chance of being the best one yet. Though the aforementioned additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe were satisfying in their own way, the next adventure featuring The Avengers’ own God of Thunder looks surprisingly good.

Thor: Ragnarok released its first trailer back in April, letting Led Zeppelin drive the exciting, colorful, cosmic adventure from Hunt for the Wilderpeople and What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi. Now a new Thor: Ragnarok trailer gives us an even better glimpse at the Marvel sequel, which looks to be the best film in Thor’s own franchise to date.

Watch the new Thor Ragnarok trailer below.

Thor Ragnarok Trailer

This time, Chris Hemsworth finds himself in a position that he hasn’t been before as the Asgardian prince. He’s outmatched by Hela, the goddess of death played by Cate Blanchett, captured by the warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), forced to do battle with his Avengers buddy The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and he doesn’t have his trusty hammer Mjolnir or his long golden locks. What’s an Asgardian to do when faced with such insurmountable odds?

I could not be happier with how this trailer looks. The blend of comedy and bright, vibrant comic book action is incredible. The chemistry between Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo is outstanding, especially now that Hulk has enough of a vocabulary to carry on a conversation.

Furthermore, Cate Blanchett looks like a villain who could rival Loki in greatness, while Jeff Goldblum spices things up by doing exactly what you would expect Jeff Goldblum to do. This easily looks like it will be Thor’s best adventure yet.

Oh, and here’s a brand new Thor: Ragnarok poster that look absolutely amazing:

Thor: Ragnarok also stars Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Jeff Goldblum as The Grandmaster, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Sir Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Karl Urban as Skurge, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, and director Taika Waititi himself as the motion-capture character Korg.

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – The Incredible Hulk!”

Thor: Ragnarok arrives on November 3.

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21 Jul 19:20

I wish Funko would do a kickstarter for some of Kibooki's less marketable designs

by noreply@blogger.com (John)
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20 Jul 22:04

@midnight To End With 600th Episode

by Dan Wickline

Chris Hardwick is going to be able to go to bed a little earlier now as he, Comedy Central and Funny or Die have mutually agreed to bring the nightly social media driven comedy show @midnight to an end. Deadline is reporting that the series that is about to reach 600 episodes and has been on the air before the network lost both Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart will wrap things up on Friday August 4th, episode number 600.

@midnight

The show was a consistent rating performer for the network and was moved up a half hour each time they needed to fill in for a departing show like the Colbert Report and when the Nightly Show was cancelled. The show successfully highlighted comedians like Kyle Kinane, Ron Funches, Steve Agee, Nikki Glazer and more. They also featured Milana Vayntrub from the AT&T commercials who has now signed on to be Squirrel Girl in the New Warriors series.

Hardwick said in a statement:

@midnight has meant the world to me these last four years. It has been a dream to come to work 600 times to make inappropriate jokes about the Internet with my fellow comedian friends. I could not be more proud of this show, staff and crew and at the end of the day, I think we accomplished everything we wanted to accomplish. Spiritually it just feels like it ran its course — I’m not sure we had many more hashtag games in us (which may actually be a relief to anyone whose Twitter feed gets overrun every night). I owe such a huge debt of gratitude to Comedy Central and Kent for taking a chance on the show, always being great partners and allowing us to exit mutually, which is rarely a gift you are given in this business. I will certainly miss awarding POINTS! to people nightly, so please understand if you see me randomly shouting it at strangers in public after August 4th.

The are no immediate plans to make a new series to for the midnight slot on the network, but it’s possible that with Jordan Klepper getting the 11:30 slot, if the President Show gets renewed it could move to midnight.

@midnight To End With 600th Episode

20 Jul 19:17

‘Proud Mary’ Trailer: Taraji P. Henson is a Hit-Woman with a Mission

by Ben Pearson
Corey

Reminds me of Pete's wife Kate.

Proud Mary trailer

If you’ve been waiting to see Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson (Hidden Figures) play a kick-ass hit-woman – and really, isn’t that all of us? – here’s some good news. The first trailer for Proud Mary has just arrived, and it showcases a film in which Henson does exactly that…and drinking some cognac while she’s at it.

Proud Mary trailer

Well, this slickly-edited trailer certainly isn’t afraid to embrace its title, using the Ike and Tina Turner cover version of the classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song. A couple of moments (gunshots, shell casing sounds, etc.) are even timed with the music, though I doubt we’re going to get a Baby Driver-esque interaction between the visuals and sound effects in the actual film. But I don’t fault filmmakers for not being as ambitious as Edgar Wright, and this works as a cool effect in this trailer.

We don’t get much in the way of plot in this trailer, which is much more interested in building an atmosphere and introducing us to the fastidious Mary (Henson) as she goes through the motions of getting ready for a hard day’s work. And boy, does she work hard – she even has some Alias-style wig work going on.

Babak Najafi is the director on this one, following his work on the Gerard Butler action sequel London Has Fallen and a few episodes of the Cinemax action series Banshee. The script comes from John Stuart Newman and Christian Swegal; this is their first feature film screenplay, but Newman previously wrote a staggering 805 episodes of the soap opera Days of Our Lives as well as a couple episodes of the new Get Shorty TV series.

Our own Peter Sciretta saw a bit of footage from this film at this year’s CinemaCon, and from what he saw, he said Proud Mary doesn’t appear to hold a candle to something like Atomic Blonde. But Dan Laustsen, the cinematographer of John Wick: Chapter 2Crimson Peak, and The Shape of Water is the cinematographer on this film, so even if the action may not be comparable, it should at least look pretty great.

Here’s the film’s first teaser poster:

Proud Mary poster

Taraji P. Henson is Mary, a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.

Proud Mary hits theaters in January 12, 2018.

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20 Jul 17:44

Behold! The First Trailer For THE DISASTER ARTIST

by Siddhant Adlakha
Corey

Oh hai Richie...

Oh hai, James Franco.

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12 Jul 20:22

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Corey

A very Joe Namath thing to say.



12 Jul 17:50

HBO to Premiere Feature-Length Documentary on Steven Spielberg This October

by Jacob Hall

Steven Spielberg Documentary Coming From HBO

Steven Spielberg has been making great movies so consistently for so long that it sometimes feels like we take him for granted. Maybe a new documentary, titled Spielberg and coming to HBO later this year, can remind us that the man behind Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and Schindler’s List is probably the greatest filmmaker of all time and that we should treasure his filmography. Heck, even his duds inspire interesting conversations.

HBO announced the feature-length documentary today, noting that it will premiere on October 7, 2017, when it will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, and HBO On Demand. Here’s their description of the doc, which will explore Spielberg’s entire life and career:

Steven Spielberg has built an unrivaled catalogue of groundbreaking films over the course of his nearly 50-year career. Charting the evolution of this iconic figure, Lacy draws on nearly 30 hours of exclusive interviews with the director, who opens up about his bittersweet childhood and lifelong obsession with moviemaking, his precocious early work as a TV “wunderkind,” his rise to fame through an incredible string of blockbusters, his later forays into more serious dramatic films, and the personal and professional relationships he’s cultivated through the years. […] The result is a remarkably intimate portrait that combines Spielberg’s compelling first-person narrative with an in-depth exploration of the creative process and craftsmanship that have set him apart, highlighting themes such as separation, reconciliation, patriotism, humanity and wonder, which recur throughout his work.

Spielberg is produced and directed by Susan Lacy, who has won 10 Emmy Awards for her television documentary work. With such an experienced director behind the camera, I hope this is more than a surface-level examination of Spielberg’s work. He’s been so famous and so scrutinized for so long that I worry most of the interesting anecdotes will be old news. However, the director is famously press-shy (he doesn’t even record audio commentaries) and if there are untold stories or unique revelations to be found, this could be a must-watch for movie fans.

The doc will be produced by Emma Pildes and Jessica Levin and edited by Deborah Peretz. The laundry list of talking heads interviewed for the film include J.J. Abrams, Christian Bale, Drew Barrymore, Cate Blanchett, Francis Ford Coppola, Daniel Craig, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian de Palma, Laura Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Dreyfuss, Ralph Fiennes, Harrison Ford, David Geffen, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Holly Hunter, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ben Kingsley, Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas, Liam Neeson, Martin Scorsese, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Zemeckis.

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12 Jul 17:43

‘The Tick’ Trailer: Amazon Brings the Big Blue Bug Back for a New Series

by Ethan Anderton

The Tick Trailer

Attempting to bring a little more comedy to the superhero genre, Amazon Studios is reviving The Tick for a new live-action series that will be available exclusively for Amazon Prime members.

Our first look at The Tick arrived last summer, but since then, we haven’t gotten much promotion for the show, which will arrive on Amazon in August. That changes today with the first trailer for the series that puts Guardians of the Galaxy and Shaun of the Dead supporting actor Peter Serafinowicz (who you might also know as the voice of Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) in the big blue suit as The Tick. He’s just a big, goofy delight.

Watch The Tick trailer below.

The spirit of both the animated series and the previous live-action adaptation of The Tick is present here, but this series iteration has more shine to it, clearly looking like it has more of a cable budget instead of the cheaper network budget that FOX gave it back in the early 2000s. Beyond that, it looks to be just as silly as fans were hoping for, lining up with a tone akin to Men in Black, which makes sense since director Barry Sonnenfeld is an executive producer on the show. The pilot is directed by Transcendence helmer and Christopher Nolan’s trusty cinematographer Wally Pfister.

In addition to Peter Serfinowicz as The Tick, the series features Griffin Newman as his unlikely sidekick Arthur, whose moth wardrobe has been given a bit of a high tech upgrade in this series adaptation of the Ben Edlund comic, which debuted in 1988. The rest of the cast includes Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion).

Will this series be more successful than the short-lived live-action series from 2001? That series has since become a cult favorite, but if this new adaptation is loyal to the comics, it just might finally give fans the show they’ve been waiting for.

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, the new The Tick series follows an underdog accountant with zero powers who comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero called The Tick.

The Tick debuts on Amazon on August 25 and will have a big presence at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, so stay tuned.

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12 Jul 15:53

Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival 2017

by hoboken411
Corey

Figures this guy would like this festival. Doucher.

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Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival 2017 The 4th of July might have just passed but the REAL fireworks are going to be taking place again this year at the Monster Energy ROCK ALLEGIANCE rock...

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12 Jul 15:39

"7 startups that were massively funded that died in 2017"

by noreply@blogger.com (John)
BI:
Maple was a darling in the foodie space. Its unique model included both tips and delivery charges in its prices, and each meal came with a free gourmet sugar cookie.

Customers knew something was up when Maple replaced its sugar cookies with a photograph of a cookie on a brochure.
12 Jul 14:56

Venkman and (glow in the dark) Slimer figurines based on Scott C's designs

by noreply@blogger.com (John)
12 Jul 14:53

Everyone Is On This WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: TEN YEARS LATER Poster

by Scott Wampler

Like literally everyone.

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11 Jul 14:34

The First Poster for Stranger Things Season 2 Is Ominous as Hell

by James Whitbrook

A storm is coming to Hawkins, Indiana—but it’s a bit more than just some inclement weather when said storm also seems to house a giant spindly monster.

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10 Jul 17:47

‘Sons of Anarchy’ Spin-off ‘Mayans MC’ to Undergo Recasting and Reshoots

by Jack Giroux
Corey

Not a good start...

sons of anarchy spinoff

FX’s upcoming spin-off to one of its most popular shows, Sons of Anarchy, is about to go through some serious changes. Kurt Sutter and Elgin James‘ (Little Birds) series, Mayans MC, is going to recast some major roles and go through reshoots. The entire pilot, in fact, is going to be reshot.

Below, get the latest news on the Sons of Anarchy spin-off.

According to Variety, Sutter directed the original pilot, but he won’t handle directorial duties on the new one. The Sons of Anarchy creator is going to focus on writing instead. Norberto Barba, a new executive producer brought on board, is going to direct. Sutter commented on Twitter that FX is allowing for improvement: “This was the process for SOA. Shows Fox/FX’s commitment to series. Allows me and Elgin to improve cast, script, and direction!”

Sutter recast one of his hit series’ lead actors at the start as well. Scott Glenn originally played Clay Morrow, but his scenes were reshot with Ron Perlman in the role. The reshoots and casting of Perlman worked out just fine in the case of Sons of Anarchy. There’s confirmation of who’s being recast on Mayans MC, though.

Mayans MC currently stars JD PardoEdward James Olmos, and John Ortiz, to name a few. Sutter told Deadline he didn’t want to set the series “too close to the world we already know”:

It’s the same [biker] subculture, but it’d be interesting to see the influences of that culture and how it impacts the subculture we already understand. I would do a contemporary piece, not a prequel, and place it far enough away from Northern California that it wouldn’t step on the mythology that’s already been told. It doesn’t mean that there couldn’t be some cool, ironic crossovers with familiar characters as the series progressed. I wouldn’t want to set it too close to the world we already know, and step on that. It would be cannibalizing what we worked very hard to create and I wouldn’t do anything to undermine.

Mayans MC is set after the events of Sons of Anarchy. The spin-off follows EZ Reyes (JD Pardo), a prospect in the Mayans MC charter who’s seeking vengeance against a local cartel. Unlike Sons of Anarchy, the show won’t take place in Northern California — it’s set at the California/Mexico border. We should maybe expect an appearance or two from a few members of SAMCRO, though.

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10 Jul 17:44

‘The Umbrella Academy’ Show is Coming from Netflix

by Jack Giroux

the Umbrella academy show

Netflix is working on an adaptation of a comic book from the frontman of the band My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way. The first issue of Way’s Dark Horse comic, The Umbrella Academy, was released in 2007. Since then, there was some talk of a movie at Universal, but the story, which is set in 1977, is now in development as a series at Netflix with Way and Jeremy Slater (Fox’s The Exorcist) involved.

Below, learn more about The Umbrella Academy show.

Way and artist Gabriel Bá‘s story is about a family of superheroes who possess strange powers. The comic is set in 1977 and is about a millionaire inventor – who’s really an alien in disguise – who adopts seven super-powered children to form a team.  Nine years after they parted ways, they have to team up to save their world, an alternate universe in which John F. Kennedy was never assassinated. According to Slash Report, an official announcement for the series might get made by Netflix at Comic Con. This year, the streaming giant will have a presence in Hall H with Bright and Death Note. 

Here’s the official synopsis for The Umbrella Academy from Dark Horse:

In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who’d previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, “To save the world.” Conceived and written by Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance), Umbrella Academy features interior art by Eisner-award winner Gabriel Ba, and is a multiple Eisner-award winner itself, as well as a New York Tiimes bestseller!

There’s some kooky stuff in the comic and hopefully Netflix and all involved will preserve that. For example, the leader of the group, Spaceboy, has his head is attached to the body of a Martian gorilla. Last year, Slater, who wrote the pilot, told Collider he did not want to “sand down some of those weird edges”:

I was really adamant about taking the job, but the only way I was going to do it was if I could make it weird and make it true to the spirit of the book. There’s a lot of weird shit in The Umbrella Academy, and it would be very easy to sand down some of those weird edges and make it more familiar to American audiences. I’m fighting very hard to not let that happen. We’re shopping around the pilot, at the moment. We’re trying to find the right home for it and trying to find someone as excited as we are.

Apparently, Netflix is as excited as they are. The initial six-issue limited series won a 2008 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series. Since then, a few notable writers have worked on the project, including Mark Bomback (War for the Planet of the Apes) and Dodgeball director Rawn Thurber. Universal developed the movie after signing a three-year production deal with Dark Horse, which led to R.I.P.D. Way is involved in the Netflix series, which will use Slater’s script.

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06 Jul 21:26

Rejoice: The First Trailer For VICE PRINCIPALS Season Two Is Here

by Scott Wampler

This fall, one of HBO's greatest comedies returns.

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05 Jul 21:59

"How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF"

by noreply@blogger.com (John)
Corey

Han AssholeSolo is fantastic.

CNN:
Now the user is apologizing, writing in a lengthy post on Reddit that he does not advocate violence against the press and expressing remorse there and in an interview with CNN for other posts he made that were racist and anti-Semitic.

The apology came after CNN's KFile identified the man behind "HanA**holeSolo." Using identifying information that "HanA**holeSolo" posted on Reddit, KFile was able to determine key biographical details, to find the man's name using a Facebook search and ultimately corroborate details he had made available on Reddit.

On Monday, KFile attempted to contact the man by email and phone but he did not respond. On Tuesday, "HanA**holeSolo" posted his apology on the subreddit /The_Donald and deleted all of his other posts.

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CNN is not publishing "HanA**holeSolo's" name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same.

CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.
05 Jul 18:42

Animaniacs' 'Yakko's World' Sounds Even Zanier When Sung by 168 Movies

by Kelly Kanayama
Corey

Fantastic.

For those who were kids in the 90s, and just about everybody else, The Animaniacs was more than just a cartoon show. It was an education in adult jokes (the “fingerprints” gag in particular is a modern classic), what it meant to be zany to the max, and, of course, world geography. The “Yakko’s World” song taught us…

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05 Jul 18:00

Bonilla Day Is An MLB Wide Holiday

by Rob Piersall

July 1 again? That must mean it’s Bobby Bonilla Day for the New York Mets organization once more.

As most, if not all, Mets fans have come to know, Bonilla will receive a check for $1.19 million on the first of July until 2035.

The Mets got themselves into this situation after they deferred $5.9 million they owed Bobby Bo for the 2000 season.

Bonilla didn’t even play a game for the Mets that year, but his agent worked out a deal that deferred the payment with an 8 percent increase.

A hefty payday for a guy that hasn’t played in the majors since October 7, 2001 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

When Bonilla receives that final paycheck on July 1, 2035, he will have accrued $29.8 million from the Mets.

While July 1 has come to be notorious for this reason as a Mets fan, New York isn’t the only team that is on the hook for a load of cash they are doling out to players who aren’t on the team anymore.

In fact, the Baltimore Orioles are also paying Bonilla just over $200,000 until 2028. What a lucky duck that guy is.

If you’re feeling down about the July 1 day of infamy, MMO’s own Michael Mayer compiled a comprehensive list that may ease your spirits.

Apart from Bonilla, here are some bad deals other teams across the majors are facing yearly:

-The Boston Red Sox will pay outfielder Manny Ramirez for nearly $2 million every July 1 which will continue through the 2026 with interest. 

-The Cincinnati Reds will pay Hall-of-Famer Ken Griffey Jr. almost $3.6 million until 2024. 

-The Reds will also pay pitcher Bronson Arroyo $1.3 million until 2021. Arroyo was paid over $10 million in 2015 from four different teams (Reds, Dodgers, Diamondbacks and Braves) without throwing a single pitch. 

-The Colorado Rockies will pay first baseman Todd Helton an undisclosed amount every July 1 through 2023. Helton will get $13 million over 10 years with interest. 

-The Seattle Mariners still owe future Hall-of-Famer Ichiro Suzuki a portion of his final contract. He will receive payments from the Mariners until at least 2032 once he retires. 

-The Atlanta Braves owe pitcher Bruce Sutter $1.3 million through 2020. The payments began in 1990, talk about a nice 30 years!

-Max Scherzer’s contract with the Washington Nationals ends after the 2021 season, but the pitcher will receive $15 million each year in deferred payments from 2022-28. 

Now don’t you feel a bit better? We aren’t alone out there, Mets fans!

We can celebrate Bonilla day among the other fans who are also suffering from the long-term issues their teams got themselves into.

05 Jul 17:52

Amazon’s Fake ’80s Cop Show ‘Comrade Detective’ Will Be Dubbed By Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and More

by Ben Pearson
Corey

Love this.

Comrade Detective cast

Amazon and A24 may have just genetically engineered a television show that perfectly aligns with my sensibilities. Comrade Detective, which debuts later this summer, is being made to look like a Romanian cop show from the 1980s, with Romanian actors Florin Piersic Jr. and Corneliu Ulici playing the lead roles. But here’s the part that will make people raise their eyebrows: Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are providing dubbed voiceovers for those characters, and they’ll be joined by a crazy-talented group of actors that will be doing some dubbing of their own. Read the full list of names in the Comrade Detective cast below.

Before we get to the cast, here’s the show’s official synopsis so you know what we’re dealing with:

In the thick of 1980’s Cold War hysteria, the Romanian government created the country’s most popular and longest-running series, Comrade Detective, a sleek and gritty police show that not only entertained its citizens but also promoted Communist ideals and inspired a deep nationalism. The action-packed and blood-soaked first season finds Detectives Gregor Anghel and Iosef Baciu investigating the murder of fellow officer Nikita Ionesco and, in the process, unraveling a subversive plot to destroy their country that is fueled by — what else — the greatest enemy: capitalism. Though the beloved show was sadly forgotten about after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it has been rediscovered and digitally remastered now with its main heroes voiced by Tatum and Gordon-Levitt. Comrade Detective is a true portal into a time and place and a powerful reminder of what art can be—and it is now ready to be seen by the modern world on a larger scale than ever before.

That sounds totally ridiculous – I’m imagining it sort of like a full-length version of Key & Peele’s Strike Force Eagle 3: The Reckoning. Now, get a load of this cast: Jenny Slate, Chloe Sevigny, Jake Johnson, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Offerman, Fred Armisen, Kim Basinger, Mahershala Ali, Tracy Letts, Bobby Cannavale, Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger, Mark Duplass, Katie Aselton Duplass, Jerrod Carmichael, Bo Burnham, and John Early. That rivals HBO’s Animals and Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer shows when it comes to gathering some of the best comedic voices working in the industry today.

This series was created by Brian Gatewood and Alex Tanaka (The Sitter), and has Rhys Thomas (Documentary Now!) lined up to direct, while Tatum will serve as an executive producer as well as voiceover actor. I feel like this has huge potential to be a hilarious and maybe even politically relevant piece of comedy, and it might be the last push I needed to convince me to finally pay for an Amazon Prime account.

Comrade Detective premieres on Amazon Prime Video in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand on August 4, 2017.

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30 Jun 18:50

Clique-Bait: Comic Folk Describe Their Creative Process With A GIF

by Jude Terror
Corey

Some really great stuff in here.

When Marvel Comics executive and guy who never misbehaves on Twitter Tom Brevoort said, in his statement announcing that he will probably quit the social media service, “I think my time on Twitter is coming to an end. There’s simply no conversation to be had here anymore, just anger & fodder for clickbait.”

The anger, we’ll give him. Twitter can be pretty rough, with all the big name Marvel comic book creators and editor vanity searching and then arguing with anyone who doesn’t like their work. It’s a downright hostile environment, and we agree with Tom 100% on that.

But “fodder for clickbait?” Sir, we don’t appreciate these accusations. The comic book media is an important institution whose integrity is essential to the health of the comics industry, and must never be maligned. The day that we become so lazy that simply copying tweets into an article passes for journalism will be the day that Marvel lies about why they canceled the Fantastic Four.

In unrelated news, comic book creators took to Twitter today to participate in the hashtag #DescribeYourCreativeProcessWithAGif. Here’s some of your favorite comic book creators and what their creative process might look like if it were a gif:

So as we were saying, Tom, your claim is totally baseless.

Here’s ours, by the way:

And also:

Though we need to update that one — it’s been a while.

Clique-Bait: Comic Folk Describe Their Creative Process With A GIF

29 Jun 19:27

‘R’ Is For Renewed: Netflix Sets ‘F Is for Family’ Season 3

by Ray Flook

'R' Is For Renewed: Netflix Sets ‘F Is for Family’ Season 3

Looks like we’ll be spending a little more time getting to know The Murphys as Netflix has renewed their animated comedy series F Is For Family for a third season. The series was created by Michael Price (The Simpsons) and Bill Burr (Breaking Bad), who tweeted the news of the renewal on Wednesday saying, “Really happy to announce there will be a season 3 of FIFF. Thanks to everyone for watching! @netflix #FIsForFamily #gaumontTV”

'R' Is For Renewed: Netflix Sets ‘F Is for Family’ Season 3

F Is For Family follows the day-to-day adventures of The Murphys, an Irish-American family living in the 1970’s during a time when “political incorrectness” ruled the day. Burr voices family patriarch Frank, a disillusioned, short-tempered, Korean War veteran and father of three. The remaining cast includes: Laura Dern (Wild at Heart) as Sue, housewife and Plast-a-Ware saleswoman; Justin Long (Pineapple Express) as Kevin, older son and juvenile delinquent with potential; Debi Derryberry (voice, Sailor Moon Crystal) as Maureen, youngest daughter and “princess” who’s smart enough to hide her dark side; Haley Reinhart (American Idol) as Bill, youngest son who is skinny, shy and often bullied; and Sam Rockwell (Moon) as Vic, Frank’s wealthy, womanizing neighbor.

'R' Is For Renewed: Netflix Sets ‘F Is for Family’ Season 3

Burr also executive produces the series with Vince Vaughn, Peter Billingsley and Price, who also serves as showrunner. Wild West Television’s Michael Lagnese and Victoria Vaughn are co-executive producers on the series. F Is For Family marks the latest collaboration between Netflix and Burr, with the streaming service running four of Burr’s most recent stand-up specials including I’m Sorry You Feel That Way (which was released in January).

‘R’ Is For Renewed: Netflix Sets ‘F Is for Family’ Season 3

29 Jun 17:51

Guillermo del Toro Makes the Case for Why You Must See ‘Baby Driver’

by Ben Pearson

Guillermo del Toro Baby Driver

If you ever hear Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, Hellboy) speak, you instantly know that the guy knows a lot about movies. He’s one of the most outspoken cinephile filmmakers working in Hollywood today, and his Twitter feed is a mixture of articles about film, behind-the-scenes photos, and stories from his own sets. Yesterday afternoon, the director took to Twitter to share his thoughts about Edgar Wright’s new car chase film Baby Driver, and if you somehow still needed to be convinced to see the new movie, this should do the trick. Read the 13-part Guillermo del Toro Baby Driver comments below.

Here is the original tweet…

And in the interest of easy reading, here are the rest of the tweets written out in a larger paragraph:

13 Tweets on BABY DRIVER. 1: A long, long time ago (my generation’s youth) a maverick filmmaker named Walter Hill made two promises. One: he made a great action flick called THE DRIVER. Two: he promised us, in [Streets of Fire] “A Rock N’Roll Fable”. Both movies gave our generation a shot of adrenaline. Now, decades later, Edgar Wright fulfills both promises with the breathtaking BABY DRIVER. The key to understanding it fully- at least for me- is in the fact that it is a fable, complete with its very own Disney prince and princess, but it is also rock n’ roll. Meaning- the magic exists in a dirty, genre-tainted world. The film is incredibly precise. Flawlessly executed to its smallest detail: breathtaking Russian arm shots, real-world car mount and foot chases executed with the vigour and bravado of a Gene Kelly musical.This is An American In Paris on wheels and crack smoke. Its a movie in love with cinema – the high of cinema and motion. In love with color and light and lenses and film. But, unlike Edgar’s previous films (all of which I love) this stakes new, unironic territory. This is earnest and unprotected . It wears Edgar’s heart on its sleeve. It’s a riff- a beautiful riff and in many ways send his career in a new direction. It shows us tricks and tunes he hadn’t played before. The cast is in a state of grace and so is the entire crew. Imagine that as a carpenter you encounter a precious, precise, exquisite piece of cabinetry. This is how I feel. I’ve always liked Edgar. But this moved me. It moved me to see a fellow filmmaker come out of a debacle with a movie that declares his credo again. I hope & pray you go and see it on a big screen. I wish you all the joy I felt: I just saw a good pal get the gold. By God – go check it out.

(Note: He’s since clarified that he was “too jazzed” and “too high on film” when typing the second tweet, and he initially mentioned Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets instead of Streets of Fire.) That’s some high praise, and it’s especially poignant considering the “debacle” Wright went through with Marvel Studios and Ant-Man a few years ago. And look, all of this praise isn’t to say that the film is up on a pedestal and has completely avoided criticism. Writer/performer/activist Gaby Dunn raised some valid points on Twitter about the film’s female characters: https://twitter.com/gabydunn/status/879917803326722048 https://twitter.com/gabydunn/status/879919466737356800  

Del Toro tweeted something else early this morning that I think is just as valid and works well as a response to those criticisms. (To be clear, I’m using his comment as a response to Dunn’s comments – this was not something del Toro tweeted at her):

Two things can be true at the same time: some of Baby Driver’s female characters aren’t as engaging, exciting, or interesting as its male characters; and Baby Driver still kicks ass. While the film isn’t perfect, I found it to be a fun, thrilling look into Wright’s psyche and exactly the type of original film we desperately need more of as we float through a sea of often-underwhelming sequels, remakes, and movies based on stories that have fallen into the public domain.

Baby Driver is in theaters now.

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28 Jun 15:16

Everything You Need to Know About 'Cleganebowl,' Game of Thrones' Most Hyped Fan Theory

by James Whitbrook
Corey

I want to see this more than anything in Game of Thrones. I was so bummed when I thought the Hound died. I even ignored the convenient way they brought him back just to see this.

Fan theories and the vast works of A Song and Ice and Fire go hand in hand, and Game of Thrones has spent the last couple of years bringing a few of the biggest of them to life. But one this upcoming season might finally tackle is the legendary Cleganebowl—a duel fans have been chomping at the bit to see for ages.

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22 Jun 17:54

Ron Howard Will Direct the Han Solo Movie

by James Whitbrook

Just days after the shocking news of Chris Miller and Phil Lord’s departure from the Han Solo spinoff movie, it seems like a decision has been made on who’s coming in to replace them. And it’s pretty much the one director everyone thought it was going to be.

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21 Jun 17:44

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Trailer Looks Like the Biggest Blockbuster of the Year: “Winter Is Here”

by Ben Pearson

Game of Thrones season 7 trailer

HBO has released a brand new trailer for their mega-hit fantasy series Game of Thrones, and the network has officially outdone themselves this time. The show no longer looks like a TV show: it’s clearly moved into the huge budget blockbuster territory. I’ve grown numb to people claiming that things are “epic” over the past few years, but there truly is no other word that does this trailer justice. Winter is definitely here.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer

The sheer scope of this show is almost beyond comprehension at this point, and there are so many jaw-dropping moments that I had to watch the entire trailer with my mouth agape. I’m not normally prone to hyperbole, and I realize I’ve only had about two minutes to sit and think about this statement, but this may honestly be the greatest trailer I’ve ever seen. Ramin Djawadi’s goosebump-inducing score, the incredible voiceovers, and those stunning visuals all come together perfectly.

It takes watching something like this for me to realize that I’ve been taking this show for granted. Visuals like this are not normal for a television show, and even though Game of Thrones has been consistently building over the years, it feels like they’ve hit a new plateau here.

Remember the early seasons of this show, when showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss didn’t have the budget to actually film all of the story’s battle sequences and they had to come up with creative storytelling workarounds to impart that information to the audience? That forced creativity resulted in some terrific character-building moments in multiple two-hander scenes that allowed those early episodes to hit their required run times, and they’ve paid dividends now because seven seasons in, the audience cares about these characters in a deep and enduring way.

Looking back on those early seasons, it almost looks like an entirely different show than the one depicted in this trailer. But thankfully it’s become such a worldwide success that Benioff and Weiss are playing with bigger budgets than anyone in the history of the medium. It’s a different type of show now, all right, and this is becoming a no-holds-barred race to the finish line in which massive battles are going to become so common that the early days of the show will seem like a distant memory with every clang of the sword and breath of fire. I can’t wait to see how it plays out.

Game of Thrones season 7 debuts on July 16, 2017.

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