Episode Eight

Cold Open:Tonight! We return from Wizard World Tulsa with a jam packed show full of news, Will the alcohol flow at the Magic Kingdom and Wesley Snipes wants to return to Blade on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and Welcome to Multiverse tonight and episode number eight. I’d like to start off by saying a big congratulations to Rick & Morty for their Emmy win for Outstanding Animated Program and Robot Chicken for Outstanding Short Form Animated Series. Both shows are very deserving. Also congrats to Black Mirror which won for the USS Callister episode for Outstanding Television Movie as well as Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For A Limited Series Or Movie and Outstanding Sound Editing For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special and Star Trek picked up the Governors Award as well. Congrats to all. If you would like to see me win an award for best podcast someday, please do me a favor and share with your friends!

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Star Wars news

Well the ramp up to Episode Nine just keeps rolling along. We have some more casting news. Former Doctor Who, Matt Smith will be crossing universes to join in what is being called a “key role”. We don’t know if it’ll be on the side of good or bad, but he joins newcomers Keri Russell, Richard E. Grant, Dominic Monaghan, and Naomi Ackie. As well as the return to the franchise of  Billy Dee Williams who is reprising his role as Lando Calrissian.


Speaking of Billy Dee, the 81 year old actor has been working out with his personal trainer, Gunner Peterson and he released a short video on twitter. And he works out with sunglasses on, the man is as cool as the other side of the pillow, as always. Now will Billy’s work out mean that he’s going to have some heavy stunt work in the picture or maybe he just doesn’t want to look totally out of shape? We don’t know.


Details about what is in the script for episode nine are bigger secrets than what goes on in the White House these days, but if you torture General Hux actor Dominic Gleason, you might get something out of him. Speaking with the Happy Sad Confused podcast, he teased them by saying quote “I made the terrible mistake of reading the script. I know everything.” He went on further, “The nightmare is falling asleep on public transport,”“The nightmare is you wake up on a plane and someone’s dictating. You wake up and your mouth is shaping words, you wake up and you’re like ‘Skywalker did this.’“And then you realise you don’t know how long you’ve been speaking, and there’s a kid filming, there’s somebody writing it down. “And because you’re in the air, you say, ‘We need to have a talk before we land, I can access my bank account.’” So there you have it folks, hold him down and you might just get all you need to know.


Director Rian Johnson has confirmed on twitter that his new Star Wars trilogy is still on track for eventual production.  https://twitter.com/NomadKnight217/status/1034748893291048960  When asked about it by a fan he replied Quote “Yup” With a fist emoji.  This new trilogy, which will have no relation to the current nine part Skywalker  saga, is still not been officially scheduled.


Before we get to our next port of call on this news ship, we have some news about the Star Wars galaxy’s edge theme park at Disneyland. Now for decades, the one thing you have not been able to get at a Disney theme park has been alcohol. However, what is one thing Star Wars is known for? Cantinas. Bars. So. at new Oga’s Cantina, that is part of the Galaxy Edge park, Alcohol will be served to the public.  However, it looks like public drunkenness will most likely not be tolerated as the blog this info comes from says that the cantina quote “will have a “strict code of conduct that tries to keep its unruly patrons in check.” So, no blasters, NO BLASTERS! The park is scheduled to open up next year.


Star Trek news

The Emmys are coming up and the Academy has announced that Star Trek will receive the Governor’s Award. The franchise is being given the award for it’s fifty plus year history of contributions to art and society. Governor’s Award Committee chair Mark Spatny said quote “Star Trek is the first television program I can remember watching as a child and has always been ahead of its time. Not only have all the franchises promoted inclusiveness and acceptance of all people, and inspired creative thought about space exploration and our future, but the technical innovations sparked by the franchise are incredibly significant to the evolution of television production, and also to the communication and computer tools we use in our daily life. We are honored to present this award to a franchise that has made such a lasting contribution to both television and our society.” The award was created in 1978 and is decided on by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Science and honors quote “an individual or organizational achievement in the television arts and sciences that is exceptional and universal in nature and goes beyond the scope of annual Emmy Awards recognition.” The award will be presented at the Creative Arts Emmys on September 8 and 9th and the telecast will air on FXX on September 15th.


This is great. It would have been better if it would have been done in 2016 during the 50th anniversary of the show, but at least they hit the 50th of Season Three.


By the way, for those out there complaining about how many awards there are in the Main Emmy telecast. Take a gander at the amount of awards that are given out on the Creative Arts Emmys.  I’ll include a link in the show notes. https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/emmy-awards-creative-arts-lineup-television-academy-1202888676/


And if you have regrets about reading that list, than you can join Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner in his newly disclosed regret. Bill has a new book out called Live Long And…What I Might Have Learned Along the Way. In it Shatner, says quote “I had a choice,” “I could accept the compromise or refuse to direct the movie. I made a mistake; I accepted the compromise, which doomed the picture from the beginning.”

Star Trek V has long been the most unpopular on the Star Trek movies, with the Enterprise being hijacked by Spock’s half-brother in search of God. The original story was quite a bit different with Kirk and Crew finding Satan masquerading as God. With the crew sent to Hell and Kirk having to rescue them. Although, some of the actors considered working with Shatner as Hell enough. In the book, he says that Gene Roddenberry found his story too controversial and Nimoy and Kelly objected to how their characters were portrayed in Shatners original story.


I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that this book is probably as embellished as his previous books, but we might never truly know the truth as only Nichelle Nichols, George Takei and Walter Koenig remain to refute any thing he claims…so read with a grain of salt folks.


Doctor McCoy actor Karl Urban is pretty confident he’ll be back at work in future Star Trek outings, he told the crowd at Trekonderoga.

Quote “Hopefully, we get back for another movie, or two of them. We are just sort of waiting on negotiations. I’m confident we will,” The two he was referring two are the two Chris’ Pine and Hemsworth who walked away from negotiations with Paramount recently. Urban does suspect that deals will be made. Quote “It’s an interesting one. The last film did pretty well,” “But still, for a movie that cost what it cost to make, the profit margins aren’t that great and so particularly Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pine subsequently have done big movies, and their quotes have gone up. And so I am pretty confident though that Paramount and those guys, they will figure it out. Because I know Chris. We were all in touch recently and everybody wants to do it and make it happen. So, if Paramount is willing, there will be a way to make it happen. So, fingers crossed.”


Let’s just not let this become this franchises’ Star Trek V.


Well last episode we talked about how Wil Wheaton finally hit the escape button and left Twitter over the Deactiday protest…which doesn’t seem to have done much, just saying. Now Wil has posted an essay to his website explaining his reasoning for leaving. He even says he tried the microblogging network Mastadon, but quote “I found a harsh reality that I’m still trying to process: thousands of people who don’t know me, who have never interacted with me, who internalized a series of lies about me, who were never willing to give me a chance,” Wheaton says of his brief experience with Mastodon. He went on to say quote “I was harassed from the minute I made my account, and though I expected the ‘shut up wesley’s and ‘go f**k yourselves to taper off after a day or so, it never did. And even though I never broke any rules on the server I joined (Mastodon is individual “instances” which is like a server, which connects to the ‘federated timeline’, which is what all the other servers are), one of its admins told me they were suspending my account, because they got 60 (!) reports overnight about my account, and they didn’t want to deal with the drama.” So now he’s decided to become unsocial and leave it all behind. Saying that he quote “don’t deserve to be treated so terribly by so many random people, so I’m not going to put myself in a place where I am subjected to it all day long, “Please do your best to be kind, and make an effort to make the world less terrible.”


I’ll just say it to the internet, since there’s apparently no way to talk to Wil Wheaton other than smoke signals. Grow up. You’re famous. You will get haters, man up and deal with it. If you don’t want the burden that comes from being famous. Move to the other side of the world and get off the internet period.  You should have made the Shut Up Wil thing your personal brand. But instead you just couldn’t hack it. And the next convention you go to, please act like you care when someone comes to your table.


Anyway…in other Star Trek News Canada’s Space Channel hosted an STD cast panel at Fan Expo Canada. ON stage were Sonequa Martin-Green (Burnham), Doug Jones (Saru), Anthony Rapp (Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Tilly), Shazad Latif (Voq/Tyler) and Anson Mount (Pike).


A few details that were not covered at previous cons did slip loose.  Answering a question about how she felt about her characters connection to SPock, Sonequa Martin-Green said quote It’s incredible. I think it is genius to have us be set where we are, 10 years before TOS and to have Burnham be connected to that institution, which is the family of Sarek and Amanda and Spock. I am just so appreciative of it. It is so full. It is wrought with everything. I end up being two-degrees separated from Captain Pike and that is really interesting too, to be able to have that sort of connection to the canon. I really love that. One of the things we are doing on Star Trek: Discovery is being our own thing, but also keeping that connection with the canon and having that connective tissue. So, I really appreciate it, and it is juicy!  Doug Jones, Anson Mount and Anthony Rapp chimed in calling Ethan Pecks Spock as Hot Spock.


Anson Mount described how is was trying to make his version of Captain Pike his own, Quote I am a big thief. I love stealing. I steal from Nicholson all the time. Maybe I have stolen from Shatner in the past? But, for this one, I felt it was important to make a character that is already established not just a replica of a previous performance. Mad respect for Jeffrey Hunter, but I needed to come at it from my own way. It’s hard to establish a character in the second season. It has been a dance between me and the writers figuring it out. I feel I just got into the groove of this character, this last week.


Mary Wiseman talked about her character’s arc from season one to two saying that it was quote a continuation of her journey and that her arc will continue with a little more Badass Tilly. She also wants to make Tilly more complex and three dimensional.


Anthony Rapp also talked about his characters arc post Spore Drive. And dealing with the loss of Dr. Culber.  Quote …I get to really deal with the aftermath of the loss of Culber and the question of what is next now if the Spore Drive isn’t going to continue as is, what is there to do? I think that is a really interesting, human experience for people who experience loss, that is what they go through. I am very grateful for the writers for giving time and space to grieve and what growth can come from it and what is possible.


Speaking of Discovery, they’re in a bit of a controversy.  Anas Abdin, is the creator of a 2014 indie game called Tardigrades…sound familiar? Let’s go on. He is currently suing Discovery, for infringing on his creative property Anas’ claims revolve around the show supposedly stealing the idea that an alien Tardigrade is the key to interstellar transport and humans are exploring this through a scientific breakthrough, while he also claims the relationship between Paul Stammets and Hugh Culber is more than similar to one explored in his 2014 game. Even the character of Stammets bears some resemblance to a character from the game.


He is suing both CBS and Netflix, CBS for domestic release and Netflix for international.

CBS has yet to respond to the suit.


You can judge for yourself, there’ll be a link in the show notes. http://anas-tronaut.blogspot.com/2018/08/tardigrades-case.html


And here’s some news that just broke, CBS CEO and Chairman Les Moonves has been forced out at CBS over sexual misconduct allegations.


As part of his exit deal National Amusements, the parent company of CBS and Viacom agreed not to propose a merger between the companies for at least two years. It also said it would “give good faith consideration” to other transactions with other companies.


So how should you read this? The Star Trek license will again be made whole sometime after 2020.


And last in Trek News, DS9 documentary What we Left Behind is going full steam ahead with several announcements.

First off, veteran Star Trek Composers Dennis McCarthy and Kevin Kiner have signed on to score the documentary and an animated Season 8 animated story break.


Also the remastering plan has been expanded. Originally they were going to remaster five minutes of the show to beautiful HD, but they’ve decided to add an additional fifteen minutes! That’s 20 minutes for us to look at what an HD remaster of this series would look like. If you’d like to help you can go to ds9doc.backerkit.com, we’ll have a link to that in the show notes, and donate as little as a dollar to help them out. If you donate fifty dollars or more, you can get a challenge coin.


They also announced that the premiere of the doc will be in October in London, LA and New York, with backer streaming later this year and DVD and Bluray release soon after that.


DC News.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been two iconic comic book characters as Negan on The Walking Dead and The Comedian in The Watchmen. Now he wants to play another iconic character from DC, Lobo, the toughest Bastich in the galaxy. He was asked about what he wanted to play at Walker Stalker con and after mulling over Reed Richards he said quote “The only one I want to play is DC and Lobo. He’s badass,” he added. “Marvel, I don’t know, everyone that’s in it is pretty good. I feel like all the greatest characters, they’re working.” “Lobo would be very cool. I don’t think that I’m as big as Lobo is, but if you could transplant Mickey Rourke’s body on my head, that would be just great,” I think he would do great as the gruff bounty hunter that killed off his own race so he could be the last one.


Veteran comic writer and artist Dan Jurgens thinks that Guy Gardner should have his own solo comic series again. He told Comicbook.com, quote “I can’t understand why Guy Gardner doesn’t have a series,” “He should have some kind of a series, he’s a great, fun character. Kilowog is a great, fun character to play around with. There are certainly some other very intriguing possibilities that are out there in the world of the Green Lantern Corps.” Fans will remember that he did have a series of his own in the 90’s.


So do you agree with Dan, do you think there should be a Guy Gardner series? Or perhaps they should put him in a team up book with Booster Gold and Blue Beetle?


Podcasting Giant and occasional actor Marc Maron will reportedly play a role in a Joker movie, the Joaquin Phoenix one, , but according to That Hashtag Show, Maron will play the producer of a talk show of Robert DeNiro’s character. The movie is being directed by Todd Phillips, will also star Robert De Niro, Marc Maron, and Zazie Beetz, will be released in October of 2019. The film is currently looking to fill a hole left by Alec Baldwin, who they hoped would play Thomas Wayne in the movie, but who backed out shortly after the news became public.


And speaking of DC casting news, The Doom Patrol has signed on two more members, first off in the villian role of Mr. Nobody is Alan Tudyk. He’s not stranger to the genre scene doing everything from voicing the chicken Hei Hei in Moana to voicing a gruff droid in Rogue One.

And to lead the X-M…Doom Patrol is Timothy Dalton. Big props there, He’s been James Bond as well other roles such as the Baron in Flash Gordon, to an appearance in Doctor Who.


That Hashtag Show has uncovered three new casting descriptions for the show. First off is John Bowers, a male in his 30’s he works ground crew and sees the accident that causes The creation of the Negative Man.


Next up is Sheryl Trainor, a lady in her 30’s , she looks to be The NEgative Mans wife, this is interesting because in the comics he was unmarried.


Last, we have Von Fuchs, a 40 to 60 year old ex Nazi, who keeps up appearances as Paraguay’s village cobbler but in secret conducts scientific experiments


I think The Doom Patrol holds the award, for DCUniverse show that holds my interest.


One of the best parts on Wonder Woman was Robin Wright’s performance as the kick butt General Antiope. Word has come down to the website Porter, who recently did a profile on the actress, that she was going to Spain to shoot a sequence with Connie Nielsen’s Hippolyta. So..I’m gonna guess that this is a flashback sequence? Remember that Antiope was killed in the first Wonder Woman movie.  Unless she was only…mostly dead?


Marvel News

The next movie in the Spiderman series is called Far From Home…right now they truly are Far From home as the movie is filming in the Czech Republic This month they will be in Prague and Liberec. Apparently there will be a carnival scene in the movie as a casting call from the Extrafilms agency has popped up looking for extras to portray jugglers, hula hoop dancers and folk dancers.


Little is known about the movie other than Kevin Feige saying that the movie will be a palate cleanser after Avengers 4.


Marvel is going ahead might or might not be going ahead with Guardians Vol. 3, but they might have to do it without Dave Bautista, as the former professional wrestler turned actor is casting doubt on if he’ll return for it now that James Gunn is out. He told the Jonathan ross Show that quote “It’s a bitter, bitter conversation because I’m not really happy with what they’ve done with James Gunn,” Bautista said on The Jonathan Ross Show. “They’re putting the movie off, it’s on hold indefinitely. To be honest with you, I don’t know if I want to work for Disney.” It seems to me an easy fix Drax kills Thanos, Drax dies in the process. Simple. Your welcome Disney.


X-Men writer Cullen Bunn is saying so long to the X-Men franchise. Cullen has been involved with the X-Men line since 2014. He tweeted. Quote “Well, after Magneto, Uncanny X-Men, Civil War II: X-Men, X-Men Blue and a bunch of single issues and such, I’m archiving my X-Men files,” Bunn tweeted. “Thanks to the X-fans for the support! It’s meant a lot! I’m gonna miss these mutants!” His last X-Men issue will be X-Men Blue number 36, the final issue of the series.

He will also leave Deadpool behind as Deadpool Assassin will be his last. However, he won’t be leaving Marvel behind, he is currently writing the Asgardians of the Galaxy series.


Wesley Snipes has recently confirmed that there are talks between him and Marvel about possible Blade projects. Snipes told Vice that there’s a lot of potential interest in revising Blade and his world. He noted that there are two projects that would fit perfectly. Quote “There are a lot of conversations going around right now and we’re very blessed to have the enthusiasm and interest in something coming from that world again,” Snipes said. “We’ve created two projects that fit perfectly into this world and, when people see them, I think they’re only going to have a problem with deciding which one they love the most.”


Could one of these be a movie featuring Blade’s daughter Fallon Grey from the Blade the Hunter comic series? What do you think?


Spider-Woman Co Creator Marie Severin is dead at the age of 89.

She broke into the industry in the early 50’s when her older brother artist John Severin asked her to colo one of his stories for EC Comics. She would then become a regular at ED Comics, later she started working for Marvel precursor Atlas Comics before leaving to work at the Federal reserve.

She would come back a few years later to Atlas right before it turned into Marvel. By the end of the 60’s she was the main colorist at Marvel. When Hulk gained his own series, Sevrin penciled the first five issues.  Her likeness work was so great, that she became the artist for Marvel’;s Not Brand Echh parody series. IN 1976, she co created Spider-Woman designing her iconic costume. The 80’s saw her working on a lot of licensed comics for Marvel, but following Marvel’s bankruptcy in the 90’s she was let go. She continued to work as an artist until the mid-2000’s.


We also say goodbye to Gary Friedrich, co creator of Ghost Rider and Son of Satan, who passed away at the age of 75.  He first worked for Charlton Comics in the 60’s after his childhood friend Roy Thomas began working for Marvel, Thomas was able to give Friedrich a number of assignments including a regular gig on Sgt. Fury and the Howling Commandos. He worked on the title from 1967 to 1971.

In 1973’s  Marvel Spotlight #5 he co created Ghost Rider and later would write on the ongoing series that spun out of that issue. Around this time he also co-created Daimon Hellstrom, the Son of Satan.

He left comics in 1978, only returning briefly in the 90’s to write Bombast for TOPPS Comics. In recent years, he sued Marvel claiming that the rights to Ghost Rider had reverted to him in 2001. In 2013, Friedrich and Marvel agreed to a settlement.


Gary Friedrich, Marie Sevrin, I salute you. Rest in Peace.


Geek News

IN the 90’s The X-Files were hot. So hot they got their own licensed Barbie and Ken Dolls. Unfortunately, it was more like Barbie and Ken wearing Mulder and Scully’s clothes.

Come forward to today, To celebrate the show’s twenty fifth anniversary, Mattel has made two new Barbie and Ken dolls, this time capturing the David Duchoveny and Gillian Anderson’s likeness much much better than the old ones did. If you want to buy them, the are for sale on Mattel’s website for 40 dollars a piece.


Have you been saying to yourself, you know what this world needs, a new Police Academy movie, well, your wish has been answered. Franchise veteran actor and 80’s star Steve Guttenberg recently tweeted back at a fan who asked if he was in London making a new police academy film quote Adam , the next Police Academy is coming, no details yet, but it is in a gift bag being readied! Now there was word that New Line Cinema was intending to relaunch the series back in 2012. But nothing has been heard since.  So do you think they should bring it back?


The Jim Henson Company has announced their same project. They are bringing The Witchlands to television. The series is based on the set of novels by author Susan Dennard, who would be on board as co executive producer with Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. The show is set in an alternate world ruled by three empires. In this realm, people born with a “witchery” have magical powers beyond the rest of the population. Two best friends, Safi (a Truthwitch) and Iseult (a Threadwitch), find themselves at the forefront of a struggle that may shift the balance of power between the empires.


There currently isn’t a home for the series, but it will be shopped around to both streaming and cable networks.


The Simpsons Creator Matt Groening has put an old legend to rest finally confirming that Michael Jackson did voice Leon Kompowsky in the 1991 episode, Stark Raving Dad. The credit on the episode was credited to John Jay Smith, which lead to many a debate that it was done by an impostor. Matt told The Weekly, quote “We really did have him, telling the weekly that Jackson had called Groening up on the phone, hanging up on the legend quote “Because he has a voice that sounds like somebody doing a Michael Jackson bit,” he said. “And he said that he loved Bart and wanted to be on the show.”

The song Happy Birthday Lisa that was sung in the show, was done by an impersonator named Kipp Lennon. Matt Groening said quote “He did do the show,” Groening said of Jackson. “He didn’t want credit for it. It was some kind of deal with his record company or whatever, so when it came time to do the songs, he had a sound-alike singer. And he stood there and watched the guy who was so nervous, who had to sound like Michael Jackson, and [Jackson] giggled.”


Just for the record, I never had any doubt.


Well that’s all the news for tonight.


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