Episode Nine

 

Episode Nine

Links: Radio Public https://radiopublic.com/multiverse-tonight-the-podcast-a-WzOzyY

 

53 facts about Solo:http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/981655-jon-kasdan-reveals-53-facts-about-solo-a-star-wars-story

Nintendo Direct https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/09-13-2018/

http://ko-fi.com/multiverse

 

Cold Open:Tonight!  Is Henry Cavill is out as Superman, we look at the confusion,MCU’s Scarlet Witch might just be a mutant after all and Oscars are changing…just not this year, on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and Welcome to Multiverse tonight and episode number nine. I’d like to start off by saying a big congratulations to Henry Winkler for finally winning an emmy. Game of Thrones won Best Drama, Thandie Newton won Suporting Actress in a Drama for Westworld, and Peter Dinklage won Suporting Actor Drama for Game of Thrones and Black Mirror’s USS Callister episode got the Emmy for television movie. So again congrats to all the winners. I’d also like to remind you that over on our Twitch channel, I’ve been playing Star Trek Online and just to shake things up, I’ve been playing some The Sims 4 as well, feel free to join me late Sunday and Monday nights. If you’re a player of STO, feel free to join me and join our Fleet, just search for Multiverse Tonight.

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Star Wars news

 

This is not really news, but cheers to Mark Hamill for slowly trolling us. For the past week, Mister Hamill has been slowly releasing a word a day via Twitter. So far he’s said The Purpose Of Annoying Everyone Daily With Inane Tweets Is Distracting…

And it continues to go from there.

 

If you want to win Halloween and probably a few convention costume contests, Rubies has just the costume for you. If you’ve been to a con lately, you’ve probably seen the inflatable dinosaur costumes. Now Rubies has come out with an inflatable Han Solo in Carbonite costume.

The costume includes a battery operated fan, as well as separate gloves and a mask.You can order it for $59.99 and is selling out quick. I just bet you won’t be sitting down in this one.

 

By the way, if you’re looking ahead to Christmas, There will be a new giant Inflatable AT-M6 Gorilla Walker with a santa hat for you to put on the lawn. This inflatable stands 8 foot tall and costs about $149 at places like Home Depot.

 

Ian McDiarmid, Emperor Palpatine himself has revealed that the Jedi slaughter caused by his ordering of General Order 66 was originally more gruesome that what was shown. Speaking at the Fan X con in Salt Lake City The Ex Sith Lord said Quote “I think it was a little more gruesome than you ended up seeing, you know. A lot of young potential Jedi ended up on the cutting room floor,” He also recalled a discussion he had with George Lucas about the sequence quote “On the other hand, George says, ‘That’s what he’s like, this guy, he’s uncompromising. People should know it.’” Un quote  Ian also told the crowd that the best scene George Lucas wrote was the scene at the opera where he turned Anakin to the Dark Side. He also revealed what he thought of Palpatine quote “I used to refer to it as just a solid block of evil, with nothing at all in his background except that,” he said. “He came out of the womb — what a horrible thought, whose womb might that have been? — as a solid block of evil.”

 

Now if only they’d left Jar Jar Binks as the true Phantom Menace.

 

Lucasfilm has relesed a new video. And We have now  been introduced to The Aces the team of pilots that will be the stars of Star Wars Resistance. The series which takes place before The Force Awakens, and follows Kazuda Xiono aka Kaz a young pilot recruited by the Resistance for a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order. The Aces are the most seasoned veteran pilots in the series and know their reputation, with a few of the members acting more than just a little too confident in every situation. This experienced team and the oddball Team Fireball will find their missions aligning in big ways as the video also providied key hints surrounding the rise of the First Order and the appearance of Kylo Ren’s ship. Star Wars Resistance takes flight with a one-hour premiere on Sunday, October 7 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific time on Disney Channel, DisneyNOW, and Disney Channel VOD. Following its U.S. debut, Star Wars Resistance will roll out globally on Disney Channels worldwide. My listeners overseas can watch their local listings for times and dates. https://youtu.be/MDtY2vVlfaQ

 

Solo Co writer Jonathan Kasdan recently posted on twitter how it’s unlikely that there will be a Solo sequel. The question was  Quote “Will there ever be a sequel ’cause it really seems like you guys were setting one up? He replied “To be honest, I think the challenge has more to do with the foreign box office than the U.S.,” “Personally, I think there are great Star Wars movies to be made that don’t need to cost quite so much. Hopefully that will be the trend in years to come, and maybe, just maybe, that trend will allow us, one way or another, to tell more stories with Alden [Ehrenreich], Joonas [Suotamo], Emilia [Clarke], and Donald [Glover].” Unquote  He added that he would jump at the opportunity to work with them and Ron Howard again, but quote Given the way Hollywood, and the culture at large, seem to run from anything labeled a disappointment, the odds seem like they’re against it happening anytime soon. But, I suppose, Han wouldn’t have it any other way.” Un quote

It’s a shame, I didn’t thank that movie was half bad.

 

And speaking of Jon Kasdan and solo, he has listed up 53 facts about Solo on his twitter, we’ll have a link to that in our show notes. http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/981655-jon-kasdan-reveals-53-facts-about-solo-a-star-wars-story

 

Star Trek news
CBS All Access users will now be able to take Star Trek Discovery anywhere they go as users will now be able to download episodes for offline viewing. However there is a caveat and that is you have to subscribe to the commercial free plan and the episodes expire after 30 days. After you’ve started watching it, it disappears after two days and you can’t redownload expired videos.  You can download anything from the app for offline viewing except content from local channels and sports.

On a past episode we talked about the Short Treks series set of mini episodes that will be released this fall on All Access. Well, we’ve now learned that Rick and morty writer Mick McMahan will be the writer on the Harry Mudd minisode titled “The Escape Artist”. He tweeted out a pic of a Star Trek Discovery  chair with the message Beaming up.

 

Here’s what we do know about the Short Treks

Via Deadline, the synopses and air dates for each episode, plus a preview clip from CBS that gives you an idea of what to expect in Star Trek: Short Treks:The first one is called  Runaway. Ensign Tilly, Onboard the U.S.S. Discovery, encounters an unexpected visitor in need of help. However, this unlikely pair may have more in common than meets the eye. This one will air on ctober fourth and is written by Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman and directed by Maja Vrvilo.

The second one is called Calypso – After waking up in an unfamiliar sickbay, Craft (Aldis Hodge) finds himself on board a deserted ship, and his only companion and hope for survival is an A.I. computer interface.This will air on Thursday November eighth and has a teleplay by Michael Chabon. With a story by Sean Cochran and Michael Chabon.and is directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi.

The third is called The Brightest Star and follows Saru, Before he was the first Kelpien to join Starfleet, Saru (Doug Jones) lived a simple life on his home planet of Kaminar with his father and sister. Young Saru, full of ingenuity and a level of curiosity uncommon among his people, yearns to find out what lies beyond his village, leading him on an unexpected path. This will air on Thursday December sixth and is Written by Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt and directed by Douglas Aarniokoski.

 

Finally, The Escape Artist Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson), back to his old tricks of stealing and double-dealing, finds himself in a precarious position aboard a hostile ship – just in time to try out his latest con. And airs on Thursday January third and is directed by Rainn Wilson.

So…one a month for four months..hmmm. I don’t think i’d subscribe for all four months. I’d wait for January or late December and watch all four at once.

Astronomers have found an actual planet in the habitable zone of 40 eridani A. Trek fans will know this system as the Vulcan system, home of Mister Spock and Tuvok. The statement from the team at the Dharma Planet survey says quote “The new planet is a ‘super-Earth’ orbiting the star HD 26965, which is only 16 light years from Earth, making it the closest super-Earth orbiting another Sun-like star. The planet is roughly twice the size of Earth and orbits its star with a 42-day period just inside the star’s optimal habitable zone.”

The system actually has three suns (think Tatooine’s start system) 40 eridani A is the primary star and as a smaller star has a closer habitable zone that our own.The statement also went on to note the Star Trek connection. Quote “The orange-tinted HD 26965 is only slightly cooler and slightly less massive than our Sun, is approximately the same age as our Sun, and has a 10.1-year magnetic cycle nearly identical to the Sun’s 11.6-year sunspot cycle,” explains Muterspaugh, who helped to commission the Dharma spectrograph on the TSU 2-meter automatic spectroscopic telescope. “Therefore,” he adds, “HD 26965 may be an ideal host star for an advanced civilization.” “Star Trek fans may know the star HD 26965 by its alternative moniker, 40 Eridani A,” says Henry.

Can we just hope that their on their way?

DC News

Apparently Henry Cavill is out as the DC Cinematic Universes Man of Steel. Sources have told the Hollywood Reporter that Cavill, who first donned the S in 2013’s Man of Steel is out after a negotiation for a cameo in Shazam! Broke down. Apparently, part of the cause is a swing toward a Supergirl movie instead, so no Superman needed for it as this one would have Kal-el as an infant. Also, another project with Superman is a long ways off, and Cavill will apparently age out of the part. The Hollywood reporter quotes a WB Studio source saying quote”Superman is like James Bond, and after a certain run you have to look at new actors,”  unquote. His name is Man, Superman.
Another source told the Reporter that Warners is trying to hit a “reset” button with the DC universe, steering its ship slowly into another direction.

 

All this aside, we still have no official press release from anyone about this situation.

So, who do you think should be the next Superman, and should they try not to go so dark with the character next time? Do you think they should just try to keep Cavill and give him a better film by himself with a better Lex Luthor?

So  let’s take a moment to look ahead at the current DC Films lineup.

First off is Aquaman, coming in December, followed in April by Shazam! The Joker movie is scheduled for October 2019, Wonder Woman 1984 is set for November 2019. I’m betting one of those gets bumped back. The Cyborg movie is questionable, it has been aimed at April of 2020, but with all the upheaval, I could see it either scrapped or pushed back for production reasons.  The remaining ones that have been announced have been The Flash, The Batman, Man of Steel 2, which looks kind unlikely now. Green Lantern Corps, Suicide Squad 2, Birds of Prey , The Joker and Harley Quinn movie, Jared Leto’s Joker movie, Batgirl, Nightwing, Black Adam, Deathstroke, Lobo, New Gods and Blackhawk. That’s 21 projects, most of which have not gotten anywhere off the ground other than an announcement. Dear Warner Bros and DC, you have too many irons in the fire. Pick one project and get that one done before you announce another one.

Speaking of DC the DC Universe streaming service is out…I’ve downloaded it and I’m not really that impressed yet. They should have made sure that Titans or one of the made for streaming series were ready at launch for the service. So far, it’s a lot of old content.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of good stuff from the vault, but it’s just not worth recommending yet. The only NEW to the service streaming content is their daily news show, DC Daily. The first new series, Titans, doesn’t come out until October 12th, so take my recommendation and use your free seven day trial on October 12th, at least than you can see episodes one and two of Titans and make a decision on seeing the rest of it later. I’m more interested in the Doom Patrol series coming next year.

Speaking of Titans,The most memorable thing about that trailer was Robin saying “*Bleep* Batman. Yeah I thought it was kinda dumb, but it seems there was a reason for it according to star Brenton Thwaites, who plays Dick Grayson/Robin. Thwaites told Entertainment Weekly quote “It’s a show that isn’t about Batman, and I think it’s important for people to know that and maybe not be disappointed that they’re not going to see Batman jumping from the ceiling and beating up a hundred guys, because it’s not Batman, it’s a story about the Titans, essentially. I feel like ‘F— Batman’ says that in two words,” Unquote.
According to Thwaits, the line was thrown into a reshoot of the scene.  Thwaites explained,quote “We’d already shot that alley fight scene before, and there was no punch to it,” “There was no real exclamation mark. I think the producers wanted something that would kind of set the tone for the whole show.” unquote
He then went on to explain that the whole show is about Dick joining the Titans and getting out of Batman’s shadow and finding his own moral center.  Geoff Johns, who executive produces the show added. Quote “It’s definitely a Dick Grayson that’s more violent than people are used to,” added executive producer Geoff Johns. “It’s definitely a Dick Grayson that is struggling more than I think people are used to.” unquote. We will also see Dick deal with the new Robin Jason Todd, played by Curran Walters.

See Dick, See Dick deal, Deal Dick Deal. Sorry , couldn’t help myself.
Yeah, here’s the thing, You don’t need to make him a swearing bad ass to prove that he’s trying to separate himself from Batman’s shadow. It’s overkill.

DC has announced that it’s upcoming Martian Manhunter comic series will return the character to something that would seem to be obvious. Detective work aka Manhunting. The new twelve issue mini series comes from the team of writer Steve Orlando and artist Riley Rossmo and  will retell the Martian’s origins and have him do some sleuthing as well. Orlando just renewed his exclusivity contract with DC Comics. Orlando speaking with The Hollywood Reporter said quote “I’ve been calling this my dream project online for more than a year,”. “I started talking to DC about it at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. He’s always been my favorite character since I was younger, so to be able to fire our best shot across the bow of doing an evergreen story with him, it’s super exciting. Everyday I’m writing, I just can’t believe it; there’s no character I wanted to work on more.” The story will see the Martian Manhunter trying to solve a murder that is connected to his origins. Orlando says that he will use this story to flesh out his backstory quote “In the past, J’onn has been too perfect,” “One of the reasons people have not connected to him is that he was a perfect upright cop on Mars, and yes, his family died but it was no fault of his own, and then he came to Earth and he was perfect. Our favorite characters, that’s not them, you know? Spider-Man let the burglar go. Bruce Wayne was too afraid to save his family. This book gives J’onn that moment, and that’s the keystone as to why this book will be, is, the Martian Manhunter story, because we finally know the why. Why he strives to be so good on Earth, why he has this journey, because he’s never really had one before. All of our favorite characters overcome their faults, and we hope he’s going to do it here, but he has to have them first.” Unquote

Martian Manhunter #1 hits shelves in December. Hey DC Films, how about a Martian Manhunter movie? I can see it now:  Tom Cruise IS the Martian Manhunter….mmmm maybe not.

Not only did Batman Day see the release of DC’s new streaming service, but in an announcement from Netflix, we got word that the anime project Batman Ninja will hit the Netflix streaming service on October twenty sixth. The show comes from some of Japan’s most acclaimed talents, including director Jumpei Mizusaki (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure), writer Kazuki Nakashima (Gurren Lagann), character designer Takashi Okazaki (Afro Samurai), and screenwriters Leo Chu (Supah Ninjas) and Eric Garcia (Afro Samurai), who produced the English adaptation. The project is executive produced by Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan. The cast includes Batman Ninja stars Roger Craig Smith (Batman), Tony Hale (The Joker), Grey Griffin (Harley Quinn), Fred Tatasciore (Gorilla Grodd), Yuri Lowenthal (Robin), Adam Croasdell (Nightwing/Alfred), Will Friedle (Red Robin), Tom Kenny (Penguin), and Eric Bauza (Two-Face).

The description is “Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine transports many of Batman’s worst enemies to feudal Japan – along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among the warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted almost immediately, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies – including Catwoman and the extended Bat-family – to restore order to the land, and return to present-day Gotham City.”

This is not really my thing, but maybe  it’s yours, will you watch?

Over at DC Television, we have some casting news, for the big December Arrowverse crossover, the role of Mr Freeze’s wife, Nora Fries has been cast and it’s someone whom Stephen Amell is familiar with, his wife Cassandra Jean Amell. No word on how her character will be seen in the show yet. Interesting enough, Cassandra Jean is not to first spouse to act in the arrowverse, The Flash’s first Firestorm, Robbie Amell’s wife Italia Ricci appeared as the villain Siobhan Smythe/Silver Banshee on Supergirl (though they were not married at the time) while on Legends of Tomorrow, Brandon Routh’s (Ray Palmer/The Atom) wife Courtney Ford plays Nora Darhk.

More Arrowverse casting news, for the big crossover, Grimm alum Elizabeth Tulloch will play the Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane, . She has other roles under her belt including Concussion with Will Smith and Alec Baldwin, Parkland with Billy Bob thornton and the Academy Award winning silent film “The Artist.”

Over on the movie casting couch , you might remember a few weeks ago about Alec Baldwin signing up to be Thomas Wayne in the upcoming The Joker movie. Well, Alec had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. Now the role of Bruce Wayne’s father will be played by actor Brett Cullen. Cullen is known for roles in 2007’s Ghost Rider as Barton Blaze and The Dark Knight Rises where he played a nameless Congressman and appearances on lots of tv shows. Just look at his IMDB page, he is gets a lot of guest star work including a guest spot on an episode of Deep Space Nine.
What can I say, the man gets around.

Marvel News
Comics writer Chelsea Cain is at a complete loss. She was in the middle of writing a new mini series for Marvel centered around the superhero The Vision and his daughter Viv. She had turned in four scripts. Preorders for issue number one were about to come in from Diamond where Cain got the notice via Twitter that Marvel had canceled the series with no explanation. The hollywood reporter did some digging and found that Marvel’s decision to axe the series boiled down to the company wanting to take the characters in a new direction. Marvel so far has had no comment about this development, The odd thing is that Chelsea was just writing a mini series,there was no reason not to put that out and take the characters in a new direction later, or given that she only had it partly written, have her rewrite it to their liking. Marvel Chelsea, if you’d like to talk about this, I would love to have an interview about this.

The MCU’s Scarlet Witch might just be a mutant after all.
First a little background, In Classic Marvel comics, Scarlet Witch and her brother Quicksilver are mutants, the children of Magneto.

However, in the MCU they aren’t due to the Mutants belonging to the Twentieth Century Fox part of the Marvel Cinematic Rights.

But with the deal between Disney and Fox on the horizon, that might change. The Marvel Studios Visual Dictionary devotes a paragraph to Scarlet Witch’s powers, quote  “She may be called Scarlet Witch, but Wanda’s powers aren’t derived from the occult. Whether it altered her or merely unlocked something latent inside Wanda, the Infinity Stone on Loki’s scepter bestowed incredible powers of the mind. Wanda’s internal neuro-electric interface allows her to conjure blasts of red telekinetic energy. She can also use this energy to create barriers, levitate and move objects; to communicate and read thoughts by telepathy; and even to manipulate the minds of others.” unquote could the latent power that was unlocked be her mutant gene? If so, this would make it super east to bring her into the current MCU as a mutant when the mutants come home to Fox.

The trailer for Captain Marvel was pretty good. Thanks to a release of information from the Louisiana Economic Development division, we have an idea of what the budget for the movie was. According to documents, the film was budgeted around 152 million dollars, which would make it one of the cheapest Marvel movies to date.  However it’s right in line recent superhero films like Ant Man and the Wasp and Wonder Woman.

A Fan of Reddit recently updated a project which chronologically orders the MCU with Avengers Infinity War and in doing so, provided a little math. In order to watch the current run of the MCU from beginning to end Currently the length to watch everything that’s movies, tv shows, one shots, the WHIH broadcasts from the internet, related Youtube shorts right up to Infinity War will take you 11 days, 2 hours and seventeen minutes. I recommend protein bars, a tank of water and a commode.

The Fantastic Four is returning to the Marvel Comics Universe. But where have then been since the end of 2015’s Secret Wars? We know were the Human Torch and The Thing have been, as they returned to the newly reborn Marvel Universe. We finally have an answer to where Reed and his family have gone in Fantastic Four #2
Fantastic Four #2 reveals that the Richards family and Future Foundation students are doing just fine. In fact, they’re on something of a vacation, a dimensional road trip as they repopulate the multiverse following its almost complete destruction. The process sees Franklin Richards construct a new universe, and Molecule Man uses his powers to turn that image into a reality.

The issue also reveals that vacation time is over. Just as Powerhouse runs out of juice, a being called the Griever at the End of all Things, a cosmic manifestation of entropy, breaks through the walls of one of these new realities and kills Molecule Man, guaranteeing the multiverse expansion is at an end. Will the Fantastic Four stop The Griever? I’m not gonna tell ya, go read a comic!

Ya know, it’s been awhile since we’ve checked in with “the man” Stan Lee. In a new episode of Stan’s Soapbox Presents, Lee digs into the archives for a story from 1980. Lee ended up at the White House during President Carter’s administration, for The Captain America Youth Conservation Campaign Kickoff and was held at the White House on Wednesday, October 1st on the south lawn.Alongside him were several actors in full costume, including Captain America, Spider-Woman, Spider-Man, and Green Goblin, and it was the latter of those that presented the biggest problem. Stan recounts that in October of 1980, they were at the White House for an occasion and the fellow dressed as the Green Goblin quote decided to stay in character and he went over to Amy Carter, and he started scaring the kid, making faces, and the kid was terrified and I said ‘you idiot, stop it! The secret service will shoot you!’ Anyway, luckily he stopped in time before he became a casualty.” Unquote  Imagine the headline Green Goblin shot while Spiderman and Captain America look on.

Stan also makes a cameo in the new Spiderman Game for PS4 from Insomniac. Early on Peter meets MJ at a diner, one that seems to be a frequent spot in the past for them. That is confirmed by the owner of the diner, who turns out to be Stan Lee, and he is thrilled that the two are back together, at least from appearances. Of course he is, he’s a Watcher.

 

Geek News

The sequel to Zombieland will start filming soon according to director Ruben Fleischer talking to Fandango quote “Yeah, we’re just at the very early stages, but we have an amazing script, and we’re going to start shooting in Georgia in January.” According to the Hollywood reporter “The new movie will once again put the focus on comic mayhem, taking the quartet from the White House to the American heartland as they face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But, most of all, according to the studio, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.”

 

All right, lots of news out of Nintendo. In the recent Nintendo Direct a lot of big games were announced a new Animal Crossing game for the Switch, Luigi’s Mansion 3, New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe, Final Fantasy games 7, 9, X and X-2 Remix, an HD upgraded Katamari Damacy, Mega Man 11 and it finally looks like the long awaited Yoshi game will be released now titled as Yoshi’s Crafted World.  There’s too much to go over in this episode, I’ll have a link to a broken down version of the Nintendo Direct in the show notes. https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/09-13-2018/

 

Amazon has picked Star Trek 4 writers Patrick McKay and JD Payne to helm it’s Lord of the Rings series. According to Amazon Studio Head Jennifer Salke with McKay and Payne onboard the show can move ahead with its development. McKay and Payne have been a writing duo for sometime now and have worked on other projects including the 2017 Blacklist drama script Escape and Disney’s Jungle Cruise.

 

The show will take place prior to The Lord of the Rings and feature a younger Aragorn. Amazon is committed to producing five seasons of the show. It’s set for production in 2021.

 

Only a few weeks after The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that there would be a new category for Best Popular Movie, they have announced that they will  be postponing the creation of the award. The Academy said that they recognized that implementing any new award nine months into the year would create challenges for films that have already been released and that The Board of Governors continues to be actively engaged in discussions and will examine and seek additional input regarding this category.

 

There still will be changes to the 91st annual award show in 2019 including restructuring and shortening the length of the telecast to three hours. To make sure all 24 award categories will be able to be presented, six to eight categories will be done during the commercial breaks and the winning moments will then be edited back into the show. These selected categories will be rotated each year and The Academy will collaborate with the show producers to select these categories. They also announced that The 92nd Oscar telecast will be moved up to February 9th, 2020. Also in 2020, the Scientific and Technical Awards will be moved to June as the technologies honored do not represent achievements within a specific awards year. The 91st Oscar telecast will be held on February 24th.

 

Do you have a loved one who is being held in the grip of the game Fortnite? Are they playing more than paying attention to your needs? Well, Divorce ‘em.

According to the UK resource site Divorce Online over 200 different couples have cited Fortnite as the reason for their divorce. According to the site, that’s about 5 percent of the over 4600 divorces in the United Kingdom so far this year. If you added numbers from the United States into the mix that number would likely rise. So couples, do you feel your marriage is strong enough to survive the game?

 

Tonight we are saddened to report the tragic death of Hollywood sound master Frank Serafine, who died on September 12th in Palmdale, California. Frank was known for his work in sound design, editing and composing for tons of movies, tv shows, shorts and commercials. His list of credits includes “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” (1979), “TRON” (1982), “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984), “Manhunter,” “Field of Dreams,” “The Hunt for Red October” (1990), “The Addams Family,” and “TRON: Legacy” (2010). He was also sound designer on the 1983 telefilm “The Day After” (which was partially shot here in Kansas by the way)(which won an Emmy for its sound editing) He also worked on a few video games as well including Grand Theft Auto and The Suffering. He also collaborated with such big names as Ravi Shankar, George Harrison and Peter Gabriel. According to the a report by the Antelope Valley Times, he was fatally struck by a motorist travelling west on Palmdale Boulevard, and Serafine died at the scene of major head and body trauma.
Frank Serafine was sixty five years old.

 

We also saw goodbye to Al Matthews. Al was best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Apone in the James Cameron film Aliens was found dead in his home him Spain. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he started his show biz career singing on street corners, but not long after that he joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he served in the Vietnam War and earned 13 combat awards and decorations — including two Purple Hearts After his time in the Marines, Matthews moved to the U.K. and then France where, as a folk singer, he scored a hit with the Pierre Tubbs-written “Fool.” In 1978, he became the first black disc jockey to join Radio 1 in Britain. He did some acting during the late seventies and early eighties including an appearance as a Fire Chief in the so-so Superman III, He will be most remembered for his role in Aliens in 1986, a role he would reprise for Aliens Colonial Marines game in 2013. He also had small parts in The Fifth Element and Tomorrow Never Dies.

 

Al Matthews was 75.

 

Gary Kurtz, producer of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back passed away on September 23rd of cancer.

He started out in the 60’s as a camera operator, production assistant and an assistant director. He began his producing career in the 70’s with Two Lane Blacktop, in 1973 he moved up to co-producer working with George Lucas on American Graffiti. That would propel him to champion and become executive producer of George Lucas’ sci-fi gamble, Star Wars. He would split from George Lucas after the sequel to Star Wars: the Empire Strikes Back after the production became complicated. He would than go on to produce The Dark Crystal and Return to Oz. In 1995, he stopped producing for nearly 10 years before returning he would produce right up to 2016. He passed away in London England. He is survived by his third wife and his children from his two previous marriages.

 

Gary Kurtz was 78 years old.

 

Finally, we say goodbye to actor Peter Donat who passed away from complications with Diabetes. Peter Donat’s more recognizable as guest starring as Agent Mulder’s father on the X-Files. He was also an accomplished stage actor having played Cyrano de Bergerac, Prospero, Shylock, King Lear and Hadrian VII over the years. He also has guest starred on tv series like “The F.B.I.,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Mannix,” McMillan & Wife,” “Hill Street Blues” and “Murder, She Wrote.” His biggest movie roles was when Francis Ford Coopala cast Peter as a lawyer in the “The Godfather Part II” Donat also played Otto Kerner in Coppola’s “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” in 1980.

He is survived by his wife Maria, two sons, two step daughters a step son, 11 grandchildren and his brother Richard, who is also an actor.

 

Peter Donat was 90 years old.
Well that’s all the news for tonight.

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