Show Notes: Episode 62: Jedi Record Keeping & Episode 63: Parasite sucks The Jokers Oscars away

Tonight! Picard breaks records, Mark Hamill gets reunited with a record and we remember Orson Bean and others on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to episode 62 of Multiverse Tonight!

Picard is doing great. And they finally got the old man into space at last. And there are so many backstories that need to be told. All told all the episodes so far leave me in a happy place.

Star Wars fans, I feel bad for you, no Oscars, but it’s an honor just to be nominated right?

ON a completley different subject, Valentines day is in a few days, if you’re new to the podcast, let me just tell you that Valentines day is my birthday. You wanna give me a present? Just spread the word about the podcast and if you want donate a dollar you can find all the appropriate links over at Multiverse tonight dot com. 

Star Trek

Star Trek Picard is breaking records over at CBS All Access. Picard along with the Grammy’s and the end of the NFL season led to record high new signups for the streamer beating it’s previous record se in February of 2019. In fact, the first week of Picard was the second best signup week, the best being the 2019 Super Bowl week. The premiere of Star Trek: Picard also set a new record for total streams, driving the highest volume of subscribers streaming a CBS All Access original series ever. The Picard premiere was up more than +115% and +180% over the previous record set by Star Trek: Discovery, making Star Trek: Picard the service’s most-watched premiere ever.

According to Marc DeBovise, Chief Digital Officer at Viacom CBS and President and CEO of CBS Interactive quote “We’ve seen tremendous continued growth in the service, and the new records we’ve experienced due to Star Trek: Picard, the Grammys and a fantastic season of football are a phenomenal way to kick off what will be a fantastic year for CBS All Access,” “CBS All Access continues to build upon its great mix of programming – from original series, to sports and special events – and we’ve strategically programmed 2020 to bring subscribers an ‘always on’ calendar of must-watch series and events.” unquote Picard has also been declared fresh by rotten tomatoes. 

If your in LA between April 30th and September sixth, why not head on down to the Skirball Cultural Center in Westside for Star Trek Exploring New Worlds, which will be a visual examination of the sci fi franchises impact on culture, art and technology as well as its futuristic vision of inclusiveness. The exhibit was originally organized by the Museum o fPop Culture  in Seattle and will bring 100 artifacts, set pieces and props . Including Captain Kirk’s captains chair, Leonard Nimoys, Nichelle Nichols and Patrick Stewart’s costumes, filming models of the Enterprise, Excelsior, and Deep Space Nine and a bunch of stuff showcasing Star trek’s impact on culture, art and technology.

Picard isn’t the only thing that’s premiered, Star Trek Online has celebrated its tenth anniversary with Star Trek Online Legacy, which has a new mission featuring Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine and Sonequa Martin Green has Michael Burnham. Jeri Ryan has been in STO for a few years now, having voiced her character for the Delta Rising expansion. Now she’s back as her Picard version of the character. Legacy will have two new featured episodes based around the Excalbians featured in the TOS episode The Savage Curtain. A new 5 person Task Force Operation called To Hell with Honor, the Mycelium TFO and the Anniversary Celebration with a new T6 Khitomer Alliance Battlecrusier. It is available now on PC and on Xbox One and Playstation 4 on March 3rd. And as always, its free to play. If you want to join a Fleet, join The Multiverse Tonight Fleet, do it today.

Blurbs have been released for the new Simon & Schuster Star Trek novels. First off in June is Dayton Ward’s Agents of Influence, an Original Series novel. Here’ the blurb quote For years, Starfleet Intelligence agents have carried out undercover assignments deep within the Klingon Empire. Surgically altered and rigorously trained in Klingon culture, they operate in plain sight and without any direct support, while collecting information and infiltrating the highest levels of imperial power. Their actions have given Starfleet valuable insight into the inner workings of the Klingon government and its relentless military apparatus.

After three of Starfleet’s longest serving agents fear exposure, they initiate emergency extraction procedures. Their planned rendezvous with the USS Endeavour goes awry, threatening to reveal their activities and the damaging intelligence they’ve collected during their mission. Tasked by Starfleet to salvage the botched rescue attempt, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise must discover the truth behind a secret weapons experiment while avoiding an interstellar incident with the potential to ignite a new war between the Federation and one of its oldest adversaries. Unquote

Next up is John Jackson Miller’s Discovery novel Die Standing coming out in July quoteNo one in the history of histories has lost more than Philippa Georgiou, ruler of the Terran Empire. Forced to take refuge in the Federation’s universe, she bides her time until Section 31, a rogue spy force within Starfleet, offers her a chance to work as their agent. She has no intention of serving under anyone else, of course; her only interest is escape.

But when a young Trill, Emony Dax, discovers a powerful interstellar menace, Georgiou recognizes it as a superweapon that escaped her grasp in her own universe. Escorted by a team sent by an untrusting Federation to watch over her, the emperor journeys to a region forbidden to travelers. But will what she finds there end the threat—or give “Agent Georgiou” the means to create her old empire anew? Unquote 

August brings us a new Kelvin Timeline book, More Beautiful Than Death from David Mack quote Captain James T. Kirk and the Enterprise crew escort Spock’s father, Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan, to a dilithium-rich planet called Akiron. They arrive to find this world under siege by creatures that some of the planet’s denizens believe are demons. Sarek orders Kirk to abandon the mission, but the young captain won’t turn his back on people in danger. After a harrowing encounter with the dark-energy “demons,” Kirk’s belief in a rational universe is challenged by a mystic who insists that it wasn’t coincidence that brought Kirk to Akiron, but the alien equivalent of a Karmic debt.

Meanwhile, aboard the Enterprise, Sarek’s young Vulcan aide L’Nel has a sinister agenda—and its chief objective appears to be the cold-blooded murder of Spock! Unquote

In October, we have Kirsten Beyer’s next Voyager novel, To Lose the Earth, this book has been delayed because of her other work on Discovery and Picard, here’s the blurb quote As the crew of the Full Circle fleet works to determine the fate of their lost ship, the Galen, a struggle for survival begins at the far edge of the galaxy. New revelations about Species 001, the race that built the biodomes that first drew the fleet to investigate planet DK-1116, force Admiral Kathryn Janeway to risk everything to learn the truth.unquote

Well happy reading or in my case listening, I don’t have much time to actually read.

We close out Star trek news with the passing of actress Marj Dusay at the age of 83. She would be best known to Star Trek fans for her guest appearance on the Spock’s Brain episode in the third season. 

She played Kara, the girl who put the crew to sleep and then stole Spock’s grey matter. She was born in Russell, Kansas in 1936, The role on Star Trek was one of the first she had, se also had roles on the Wild Wild West, Bonanza, Hawaii Five-o, The Odd Couple, The Facts of Life, Dallas and soap operas Stana Barbara, The Guiding Light, Days of OUr Lives, All my Children. She won five Daytime emmys for her soap opera work. She was twice married and  had a son and a daughter. 

She passed away from natural causes in her Manhattan home.

Kahless has returned to Sto-Vo-Kor. Actor Kevin Conway, the actor who played the returned Kahless in the Next Generation episode Birthright has passed away from a heart attack.  Kevin was a vetern actor who started acting at the age of twenty four. His first major role was as Roland Weary in 1972’s film adaptation of Slaughterhouse five, he would go on to play such memorable movie roles as Crum Petree the crazy mailman from the Chevy Chase movie Funny Farm, Frank Papale in Disney’s Invincible and Sgt. Buster Kilrain in Gettysburg and the sequel Gods and Generals. His television work included a guest star role on an Episode of Homicide Life on the Street, the Control Voice on the 1995 reboot of The Outer Limits, The Good Wife, JAG and HBO’s Oz. He was 77 years old. 

Star wars

Star Wars actor Jake Lloyd has had many struggles with mental health. The actor best known for his role Anakin Skywalker i nThe Phantom Menace. And has had many struggles including run in with the law and the unexpected passing of his younger sister a couple of years ago.

In a statement with Geek News Now, Jake’s mother talked about her son’s present state quote “We would like to thank everyone for their kind words, their support, and goodwill,” the statement reads. “Jake has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, but unfortunately he also has a symptom called anosognosia which causes a lack of insight into his illness. This only adds to the struggle he faces, which has been very difficult after the tragic loss of his younger sister, Madison. He has moved closer to his family and we are all working hard to help him with this. He is still a kind and caring person and we hope to have him back to his fun and entertaining self as soon as possible. Jake will continue to make progress with the love and support you continue to show.” unquote  My heart goes out to him. I wish him peace and long life.

The Mandalorian second season comes to Disney Plus this October. In the First quarter earnings call CEO Bob Iger , The show has been very successful for Disney with 65 percent of viewers of the show going on to try at least ten other offerings on the streamer. 

Mark Hamill got a surprise last month. An Arizona bookstore tweeted the actor saying that it had found his original copy of the Star Wars soundtrack and wanted to send it back to him.. How did they know it was his, the record sleeve was personally inscribed by John Williams to Mark. In an interview with the New York Times on Monday Mark said quote I wasn’t completely sure that it was mine,“”But I know that I’d had an album signed by John. How would they know that?” Mark didn’t even know that it was missing and had assumed it was still in the basement of his California home with the rest of his record collection.  How it got to Bookmans Entertainment Exchange in Flagstaff, Arizona, who can say. All the store knows is that it showed up in a collection a lady brought in from her deceased father’s collection. The record had even been temporarily [but on sale before it was taken down, it was posted on twitter soon there after where Mr. Hamill saw it. Within days, it was in the mail back to it’s Jedi owner.Mark said quote “This is so above and beyond, considering they could’ve sold it.” Unquote Mark made his grattitude clear encouraging his twitter fans to visit the store and he signed some memorabilia for the store incudingg a Star wars DVD and a replica of the medal given to Luke and Han at the end of A New Hope. 

The Star Wars A Galaxy Far far Away Show at Disney’s hollywood studios is closing. The show , which featured classic moments from the Skywalker Saga brought to live on stage will be closing soon, however there apparently is no set end date. However there are rumors that the show will close a week after the scheduled opening of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway on March fourth I’m guessing it’s no longer needed with Galaxy’s Edge.

Taika Waititi is downplaying the rumors that he was offered a Star wars film. When asked about it by entertainment weekly, the Oscar award winning director slash actor said quote “Listen, what does ‘approached’ even mean?” “I’ve seen Star Wars, that’s about as far as it got.” Pushed on the subject further he said quote  “Look, I’m not an idiot,” “Who would actually say no to Star Wars? Of course, I didn’t send that idea very seriously, it’s more that in light of all the things that were happening over the last couple of months, it would make me a little nervous.” unquote. So it sounds like no, but he wouldn’t say no. So come on, Lucasfilm. Balls in your court, unless this is all a big lie? But let’s just deal with facts and not rumours. 

Some more sad news to report actor Alan Harris has passed away after a battle with lung cancer. His career mostly was as an extra or stand in. But he is known to Star Wars fans as the bounty hunter Bossk in the Empire Strikes Back, he was also a security guard on Bespin. Over his career he showed up in the Living Daylights, Doctor Who, Top Secret!, Return of the Jedi, . Flash Gordon, The Shining, Superman: The Movie, Return of the Jedi and The Avengers among others usually uncredited. He was 81 years old.

Geek

Disney Plus is doing well. The service has 28.6 million subscribers which is nearly half way to it’s five year goal of 60 to 90 million subscribers. This March the service will expand to the UK, Western Europe and India. It will come to the rest of the planet in 2021.

And some more good news for those of you outside the US, Hulu will be expanding outside of North America next year. Hulu will also now be the exclusive streaming service for all new FX Original Programming, plus it will start offering in season streaming of current FX shows and back seasons for almost all of its shows.

Lethal Weapon 5 is now in development. According to It Chapter Two producer Dan Lin it will be the last one. Speaking with the Hollywood reporter an Said quote , “I’m going to knock on wood, because I don’t want to jinx myself, but we’re trying to make the last Lethal Weapon movie, and Dick Donner’s coming back,” Lin told The Hollywood Reporter. “The original cast is coming back, and it’s just amazing. The story itself is very personal to him. Mel [Gibson] and Danny [Glover] are ready to go, so it’s about the script.”

Actor Orson Bean has passed away after being hit by two cars while walking in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. Orson, who was originally born Dallas Frederick Burrows in 1928 began acting in 1952 on the Goodyear Television Playhouse. He would go on to act in dozens of shows including the twilight zone episode Mr Bevis,  1977’s animated the Hobbit and the sequel The Return of the king. , The Love Boat, The facts of Life, Murder She Wrote, Tiny toon Adventures, 146 episode of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, 23 episodes of Desperate housewives, Modern Family, and Superstore. His final tv show appearance is in an episode of Netflix’s Grace And Frankie. He’s also done quite a few movies including InnerSpace, Being John Malkovich and The Equalizer 2. He was nominated for a grammy in 1979 for The Hobbit and for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2000 for Being John Malkovich. Orson Bean was 91.

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Episode 63: Parasite sucks The Joker’s Oscars away

Tonight! Owen Wilson might be coming to an MCU show near you, Wonder Woman has a new weapon and who won the Oscars much more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight.  Episode 62. 

So did you watch the Oscars this past Sunday. It was…okay. There were a few surprises  like Eminem , the fact that Joker didn’t sweep the awards and John Williams not winning. Really thought that Mister Williams should have won. Anyway, if you missed it apparently you’re not alone, the Oscars Viewership sank to a new low this year. And I’ve noticed a lot of the usual complaints. Lack of diversity in the acting categories. Too much politics. Which is surprising because there weren’t a lot of big moments of politics, a few speeches, maybe not as much as a few years ago. Too long? Eh. It was about three and a half hours. Pretty typical. I could shorten it by not having the best songs all performed during the course of the evening, but having them shown in clips or maybe a medley of some kind?  Maybe no confusing performances by Eminem? I’ve also seen some complaints about how so and so was missing from the In Memoriam section. Folks, they only have so much time to do that and a lot of people can die in the course of the year and it’s not just actors, it’s all members of the Motion Picture Association of America. Plus, some of these people will be remembered at other award shows. Just as long as YOU remember them, that’s the important part.

Marvel

Rick And Morty are known to exist in multitudes of universes on the show, but did you know they exist in other franchises universes? Or rather the show does,  In Marvel’s Marauders number six, Rick and Morty gets a mention when Yellowjacket mentions that Pyro has quote made himself a couple of Long Island iced teas and now he’s in the yacht’s movie theater watching Rick and Morty.” unquote  Well that makes me wonder, Oni Press currently makes the Rick and Morty comics, perhaps Marvel and Oni can come together for a Marvel/Rick & morty crossover? Anyone wanna start a tweet hashtag for that?

Marvel Comics will have a new wanna be Captain America character in its upcoming Falcon & Winter Soldier miniseries.  The Natural is described as a Captain America superfan vigilante who will pose a threat to the duo. Falcon and Winter Soldier writer Derek Landy told comic book dot com quote “In combat, no matter how good you are, there will always be someone better than you,””Someone who’s stronger, or quicker, or who’s trained that little bit more. Even someone who’s luckier. That’s where the Natural came from — that fear in a fighter’s mind that, maybe, their next opponent will be the one to outclass them.” Artist Federico Vicentini added quote “He wants to be Captain America, his idol, his hero, but he does that from the wrong side of the barricade, unaware of his mistakes,” “Bucky and Sam will have to do their best to show him what it really means to be Captain America. For his costume I tried to keep some details from Cap’s old one (the boots, for example), but I also added something new, like the black logo on his chest and mask, to point out the dark traits of his behavior.” Unquote 

Falcon and winter Soldier number one comes out on February 26.

Actor Owen Wilson is in talks to join Disney Plus’ Loki series according to sources close to the Hollywood reporter. What character he possibly could be playing is unknown. Rick and Morty writer Michael Waldron is writing the plot for the show and will be acting as show creator and executive producer. 

While we don’t have a release window for the series yet, The Falcon and The WinterSoldier will be coming in August and WandaVision will debut in December.

Fast 9 star  Tyrese Gibson gave an update on his character in Sony’s Morbius and how the film is progressing. Tyrese will be playing Agent Shroud. He told Comic book dot com at the F9 event in Miami quote “I play a character named Agent Shroud, Agent Simon Shroud, opposite Jared Leto. It’s the Spider-Man spinoff, Morbius, Venom, Marvel. I’m just excited to be a part of this franchise. I love the Fast & the Furious but I’ve been wanting to be a part of another franchise. Because, the last time I was in a franchise was Transformers, which is not too shabby.” unquote 

Fast and Furious, Transformers. Well he does have a knack for being in successful franchises. Could Tyrese rub off on the extended Spider-man franchise?

Sooner or later the X-Men movie franchise will get rebooted, so what advice would former Cyclops actor James Marsden give to the next man who fills the role, Collider, talking with Marsden while he’s promoting Sonic The Hedgehog gave some quote The biggest challenge was that, the audience and other actors never being able to see your eyes. Definitely was a handicap in bringing a persona to the character, and an energy to the character. To a character who is also very, by nature, very by-the-books. Kind of a Boy Scout, ‘do the right thing.’ He’s a foil to Wolverine’s character, who is more fly by the seat of his pants, a little more unpredictable, and aggressive.

I would just say lean into it. Own it. And carve out your own thing. The fans of the books are going to tell you ‘it needs to be this’. Find a new way to make it interesting. Because it is tough to like get something interesting and cool and different across when no one ever sees your eyes. Which is obviously, you know, the main part of the character.” unquote 

DC

Well Arrow is officially done. However it kind of looks like a lot of people said goodbye earlier than others. The Ratings for the final episode are out. 723,000 tuned in to the episode, which was an almost 20 percent drop from the week before. It also wasn’t helped by the fact that it wa moved back an hour for an arrow special. Plus, who watches tv shows when they’re actually on anyway, that’s so twentieth century.

The Batman has begun principal photography and we now know what role actres Jayme Lawson is playing in the movie. Business Wire lists her as Candida Bella real. Since there is no character in known batman lore by that name, she is either a new character that plays some role in the film or that character’s name is false and she is actually playing another role. Some suggestions have been Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl.  So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this pans out.

We are also learning that Peter Skarsgaurd will be playing the role of Gotham City District Attorney Gil Colson, which is…you guessed it. Another name that has no known usage in the DCU. Could it be a new character or a different character, who knows.  NEXT.

On comics news, Scott Snyder has given Wonder Woman a new weapon. The writer posted on his twitter  a link to a Newsarama article showing Wonder Woman wielding a chainsaw-like device. Scott added quote It’s called the chainsaw of truth quote The weapon will show up in the sequel to Dark Knight Metal. Not much is known about the new series only that quote “the mayhem is imminent.” unquote 

In John Constantine: Hellblazer number four, John Constantine gets introduced to Tommy Willowtree a street mage who’s been guarding Endland from mystickal threats since Constantine’s been away causing a new era of peace in London using white magic. Tonny is quote “a gentleman, a scholar, a clean-living, vegan acolyte of love.” unquote In other words every thind Constantine isn’t and that’s something that John can’t stand. Unfortunately, Constantine is gonna have to suck it up and team with him. 

John Constantine Hellblazer number four will have new artist Matias Bergara taking over for Aaron Campbell joining writer Simon Spurrier and colorist Jordie Bellaire. It’s coming to comic stores on February twenty sixth.

Writer artist Any reeder will be bringing a new character to the DC Universe in her upcoming Amethyst series. In an interview with CBR.com She said quote “I can’t wait for everyone to meet Phoss. Creating new characters is always on my radar; it’s fun and necessary to keep things fresh. I got a chance to do this at Marvel with Moon Girl, and I’m so glad she took off the way she did. For the sake of this miniseries Phoss is tied to Gemworld only, but I would love if she really takes off into the general DCU. Is it strange that I haven’t thought about that yet?””Phoss is the first new teen friend Amy makes, a commoner from Turquoise, the warrior realm,” “She’s maybe a little too easy going, and too honest, but she’s a great foil to Princess Amethyst and keeps her grounded. Oh and no biggie, but Phoss is a lesbian animal lover with four forearms and she rides a giant caterpillar named Stan. WHATEVER. Anyway, the strength of friendship is a major element to the story, so you’ll see a lot of Phoss and that other upcoming character, Maxixe.

Amethyst is not a new character, she was created by Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn and Earnie Colon of 1983’s Legion of SuperHeroes issue 298. Where the character otherwise known as Amy Winston discovered that she was a princess of the House of Amethyst on Gemworld. Here’s the plot quote Following her triumphant reintroduction in the pages of Young Justice, the new Amethyst miniseries follows teenager Amy Winston—a.k.a. Princess Amethyst—as she returns to her magical kingdom to celebrate her 16th birthday in style. The only problem? Her kingdom is missing, her subjects have vanished, and none in the realm of Gemworld—even her best friend, Lady Turquoise—remain loyal to her house! Alone and dejected, Amy’s forced to find new allies and confront dark secrets on an all-new quest to the farthest reaches of Gemworld. Unquote 

Amethyst #1 releases Feb. 26.

Comic writer Steve Orlando is stepping out. The writer who has been working for DC Comics for the past four years is moving away from the Distinguished Competition. To a number of other publishers. To mark the end of his contract he had an interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

It’s a good interview. When asked why he signed exclusively with DC he said quote 

I mean, look, I grew up as a DC guy. I was, you know, knocked over when they offered me that contract after Midnighter. And of course it’s nice to have that reliability and a home for most of your work. But I mean, you know, young Steve, who is reading DC books out of flea markets in the 1980s and early ’90s, you know, it’s a dream job. And by the way, working for DC’s still a dream job.

You know, when you’re an adult, you realize that dreams have to evolve and change. So at the time, you know, there was no way that I would stay away from that, because it’s like playing for the Yankees. (Laughs) So of course I would take it. And it’s still a company that I have, and characters that I continue to have, great affection for.

I’m excited to continue on Wonder Woman for that reason. These are icons, and to be asked to become a lasting part of those things, you know, it’s an honor, it’s a huge responsibility, and there’s just no way I wouldn’t do that. Unquote 

In other words, he’s not leaving DC completely, he’s just going to be a free agent.

He also announced that he will be working with TKO, Studio Arancia and for his prose work with Fuse Literary.

Birds of Prey is flying in a little lower than expected in its opening weekend. The movie only debuted to a Friday box office of 33 to 35 million. Warner bros had been aiming for a 45 to 50 million dollar opening. There could be several factors for this including its r rating causing the younger kids from seeing the movie, it’s february opening date or something else. However, it’s ratings and reviews can’t be blamed as it’s gotten largely positive.

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Geek

Could a new Green Hornet movie be in the offing?  The Green Hornet movie rights have been acquired by Amasia Entertainment a company run by former Marvel Studios President Michael Helfant and Bradley Gallo. In a statement Helfant said quote “This is one of the only stand-alone classic superhero franchises,” “We’re a bunch of fan geeks at Amasia and are thrilled about creating something fresh and truly worthy of this legacy property. A new world that is relevant and thrilling, while respecting and honoring the original vision.”“When I was a kid, The Green Hornet was one of my favorite television series,” he added. “I loved everything about it: the Green Hornet, Kato, and of course, the Black Beauty. They were the coolest! It was personally painful to leave them all behind when I left Dimension. So I tried to option the property again at Marvel before it went over to Sony, and then again in 2017 before the rights landed at Paramount.” unquote The rights have been bouncing from studio to studio for years now. The last time it was made into anything was 2011’s The Green Hornet starring Seth rogen, which did poorly. 

Speaking of projects that might come again. The Crow is back in active development. According to Bloody Disgusting.com, Davis Films, Highland Film Group and Electric Shadow’s planned reboot of The Crow might be moving forward after nearly eighteen months of no movement. The reboot had originally been planned for release in October of last year, but development fell apart in Summer of 2018 when star Jason Mamoa and director Corin Hardy left the project causing Sony Pictures to pull it. So far no new director or actor has surfaced.

Ron Howard has given an update on Disney Plus’ Willow series. Ron talked to Variety about the project, quote “We’re working on it, it’s not greenlit, but I was just on the phone today discussing it with Jonathan who has written the scripts,” “It’s in serious development, but there’s nothing to announce quite yet.” unquote Ron also confirmed that talks are ongoing for Willow star warwick davis to return. Saying quote “If it happens, Warwick will definitely be a part of it,”

Disney Pixar’s new movie Onward has a lawsuit on its hands. The Hollywood reporter reports that artist Sweet Cecily Daniher is suing Onward producer Kori Rae over the design on the van driven by the movie’s main characters.  Her design called Vanicorn shows a white unicorn in front of a blue and purple sky with bolts of lightning extending behind it. In the movie the characters van shows a white Pegasus in front of a blue and purple sky with lightning bolts in the background. 

According to Daniher, Disney contacted her to use Vanicorn as a showpiece for a festival . Not long after, she noticed the similarity and pointed it out online. 

Onward producer Kori Rae apologized for not making her aware there were plans to use the Vanicorn design in the movie because, at the time of the festival, the movie didn’t have a title and without a title Disney couldn’t have Daniher sign a non disclosure agreement. 

Ms. Daniher is now suing Disney for Copyright infringement as well as violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the visual Artists rights act and the California Artists Protection Act. Onward hits theaters on March sixth.

The fortieth Golden Raspberry Awards aka The Razzie nominations have been announced and Cats ran away with it like well a cat from a dog. Cats got nominations for worst picture, director, actress, supporting actor for James Corden, Supporting actress for Dame Judi Dench and Rebel Wilson, Worst Screen Combo for any two characters in Cats and Jason Derulo and his CGI neutered bulge,and  screenplay. Hellboy received 5 nods including worst director, actor for David Harbour, worst prequel, remake, rip off or sequel, screenplay and reckless disregard for Human Life and Public Property. Dark Phoenix received two nominations worst prequel remake, rip off or sequel and worst supporting actor for Jessica Chastain. But it’s not all thumbs in the eyes, They also give out The razzie Redeemer Award for those who have come back from bad. This year’s nominations are Jennifer Lopez for Hustlers, Eddie Murphy for Dolemite IS my Name, Keanu Reeves for John Wick 3 and Toy Story 4, Adam Sandler for Uncut Gems and Will Smith for Aladdin. The ceremony date has not been announced yet.

But we do know who won the Oscars

Parasite walked away with four sucking the awards away from the front runner Joker, It won best director for Bong Joon Ho, Best original screenplay for Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won and both best picture and best international picture. Marking the first time a forign film won the best picture award.

Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for Joker, Taika Waititi won best adapted screenplay for Jojo Rabbit. Toy Story 4 won for best animated feature film. And I was hoping randy Newman or John Williams would have won this catergory but Best Original score went to Joker’s Hildur Guðnadóttir (pronounced Hill-dur Guth-nah-door-tier).  If I pronounced that right, please donate a dollar. Thank you.

Archie Comics Editor in Chief Victor Gorelick has passed away.  An announcement was made on the Archie Comic twitter account this past Saturday.Quote  “We are extremely heartbroken and devastated to inform the Archie family of the passing of Archie Comics icon and Editor in Chief, Victor Gorelick, who made Riverdale his home for over sixty years,” the statement read. “No person embodied the Archie spirit more than Victor, who was a leader, friend, and mentor to everyone that walked through the doors of Archie. A lifelong friend and mentor to Archie Comics Co-CEO, Jon Goldwater – and an inspiration to the entire Archie Comics family – Victor will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Kathie, his family, his friends, and his many fans.” Gorelick first joined Archie Comics when he was 16 as an art assistant over the years he picked up skills and moved up the ladder until he was named editor in chief in 2007. He was honored with the Inkpot Award in 2008. During his tenure, he oversaw collaborations with Kraft, radio Shack and the FBI. IN addition to his day job at archie comics, he served on the Comics Code Authority Guidelines Committee and a member or the Board ofAdvisors of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. He was 78 years old. 

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Episode Twenty-Six: The Orville and What’s Next

Tonight! Shows are renewed and canceled, Anne Hathaway gets witchy and loot boxes get investigated on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the show! I’m your host Thomas Townley! So have you enjoyed the season finales? The Game of Thrones has been lost or won, The Big Bang Theory has been blown up, shows have been renewed or cancelled. Lots of good and bad. Frankly,  I thought the finale of the Big Bang Theory was good. However for an episode about changes in life, they kinda left Raj out. Raj got nothing. He ended his relationship with his fiancee to be and that was it, nothing. Not one thing really changed for Raj. I think he kinda got the short shrift. Kinda sucked or him.

I heard a lot of people thought this wrap up season of Game of Thrones sucked, I wouldn’t know, I never was really interested in it.

I am getting things put together for Smallville Con in Hutchinson, KS next month, 1 month to be exact. And I planning things for the con including some team ups with SciFi4Me.

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DC Comics

According to Variety in an exclusive I might add, Robert Pattinson, yes that Robert Pattinson from the Twilight films, is in negotiations to be the star in Matt Reeves The Batman movie which is still scheduled to hit theaters June 25, 2021. However it’s not a done deal, so watch this space. Personally, I just don’t see it.

Rumors have been floating around the next suicide squad movie. Well despite rumors to the contrary, Michael rooker will not be playing King Shark in James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad. The rumor has been floating around the past few weeks, but in an instagram post Rooker shooker shot it down. With a simple quote Da…..Not unquote. Well I guess I’m inclined to believe Mr. Rooker.  Of course, he could be lying…. After all he usually plays a villian….

More rumor news… Geeks Worldwide reports that Benicio del Toro is Warner Bros. top choice to be the villain of The Suicide Squad as a character codenamed The Mayor. The character is described as a “irascible old warrior that lives for war”

A new teaser for the Batman’s butler Prequel Pennyworth has been released and Pennyworth is a badass. Let’s watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2y4qdiT4vo The EPIX series tells the tory of a 20 year old  Alfred Pennyworth played by Jack Bannon, who just recently completed his duties as a British SAS soldier. To find a new line of work, Alfred forms a new private security company and gets into business with a young billionaire by the name of Thomas Wayne played by (Ben Aldridge).

So, you might be asking your self, how is Pennyworth this kind of bad ass, simple. Executive producer Danny Cannon explains quote “I went back and watched Michael Caine’s Harry Palmer movies, and the first couple of James Bond movies, because going back to that Cold War kind of story telling I liked going back into this period because all of our Berlin movies and Russian espionage movies, it was like the British version of westerns,” unquote

We also have a teaser for HBO’s Watchmen series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zymgtV99Rko

And a trailer for Batwoman https://youtu.be/vrIiPcv4_iY

Marvel

Bad news for Dark Phoenix hopes at the box office,  According to Variety, early tracking for the latest X-Men movie is showing that it will come in at number 2 behind The Secret Life of Pets 2 when it hits theaters, June 7th. The Secret Life of Pets is expected to get around 65 million while Phoenix is expected to get around 50 million.

According to Disney’s CEO and the man most likley to be called the King of All Media, Bob Iger, man he makes a lot of news, During the Disney company’s quarterly call Bob Iger spoke about Marvel’s Phase Four and hinted that details about Phase 4 would probably begin to come to light later this summer. And that some of the hints were in Endgame itself.  Quote “If you watch, and I hope you did, Avengers: Endgame, there were a lot of clues in that film as to movies that may be coming,” Iger said. I guess we’ll have to wait for it to be released on digital and blu-ray to comb over that movie within an inch of it’s pixels.  By the way, Avengers Endgame will hit the Disney Plus streaming service on December eleventh, a month after the new service starts with the release of Captain Marvel.

However if you want to see Captain Marvel sooner then that, it will be released on digital platforms on May twenty eighth and on Blu-ray and DVD on June eleventh. The release will come with deleted scenes, a gag reel and a featurette focused on The Origin of Nick Fury..

During that same call, Iger also revealed that his newest acquisition 20th Century Fox will be scaling back it’s production schedule to just five or six movies a year. That’s about half as many films as the studio released just two years ago. Pretty much prioritizing franchises like Deadpool, Avatar and Kingsman. \\

The Russo Brothers have officially left the Marvel buildings…but they might be tempted back for the right project. Talking to business insider, Anthony Russo said quote “We love Marvel, we have the most amazing working relationship with them, and we’re very close with them,” “Maybe there will be an idea that comes up in the future, but there is none now.” unquote Joe added quote “It’s just about finding the right story that inspires us,” “That’s why we get out of bed every day.” Could that be a Fantastic Four or X-men story? Joe said quote “I love Ben Grimm from the Fantastic Four,” “Doctor Doom was always one of my favorite villains.” He also said he loves Wolverine.

However It’ll be awhile before we get to see any of that as the former Fox held characters probably won’t be seen for at least a few years probably later. But who knows, one day the X symbol will arise in the west from Disney HQ and the Russos will answer the call.

Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige has previously stated it could be around 5 years before we see the X-Men in the MCU, though undoubtedly part of that equation will be Wolverine, one of it not the most popular mutant in Marvels universe.

Avenger’s Endgame has been dethroned at the box office, by John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum, The Keanu Reeves movie grossed over 57 million in its opening weekend, endgame fell by over 53 percent to rake in just 29.4 million. However, Endgame total box office has now topped 2.6 million and has passed Avater on the Domestic All time box office chart.

Star Trek

Trek head Alex Kurtzman talking with the LA Times dropped some info on the Section 31 show that’s currently in development. He told them that the spinoff is looking at some popular film and tv works as touchstones for the story.

“We looked to shows like Killing Eve, to franchises like Mission: Impossible, things that were complicated on a plot level but also a character level. I think it’s fun for people to see a show with a protagonist who’s entirely unreliable. At the end of the day, she’s going to do the right thing, but in the exact wrong way.” unquote

He also spoke of the former Emperor Georgiou character.

Quote “People locked in on Georgiou as being a wonderful oddity,” Kurtzman says. “She is wicked, devious, manipulative and yet somehow radiates this incredible heart. People love her.

Keep in mind, if the series is picked up, and right now there’s no reason why not, given that CBS is in a streaming war with everyone else and needs original content, it won’t be till after the next season of Discovery.

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The Picard series formally has a title and it’s Star Trek Picard. Not really original. Perhaps they should have called Star Trek Discovery, Star Trek Burnham? Any way, we didn’t get much about it other than a logo and a short clip of Picard not in a Starfleet uniform anymore. The series, still in production will be out on All Access later this year in the United States, on Amazon internationally and on Space and Z in Canada.

By the way, in that same article in the LA Times, Kurtzman said about the Picard series, quote “The mandate was to make it a more psychological show, a character study about this man in his emeritus years. There are so few shows that allow a significantly older protagonist to be the driver.”“What happens when circumstances have conspired to not give him the happiest of endings?” “Hopefully, it’s a reinforcement of [Star Trek creator Gene] Roddenberry’s vision of optimism. He’s going to have to go through deep valleys to get back to the light.” unquote Just as long as it’s not all darkness, I’m good.

We Also have news that the new adult edged animated comedy series Star Trek Lower Decks had its first table read. The series from Mike McMahn, who is also the head writer for Rick and Morty is still a ways away from coming out. If you’ll remember the last episode a new teen centered animated series was also announced for Nickelodeon.

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills will be showcasing Star Trek Discovery season two in a multimedia exhibit called Star Trek Discovery Fight For The Future. The exhibit will cover two floors of the Paley Center and will showcast the creative process and feature production and concept art, models, props, costumes and set pieces including the Discovery’s captain’s chair, full prosthetic makeup busts and more. David Stapf, president of CBS Studios said quote“Coming off a successful season two of Star Trek Discovery, we are excited to partner with the Paley Center to give fans and visitors an opportunity to see and interact with drawings, costumes and set design from the series,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios. “This exhibit will allow fans a tactile experience never before seen beyond the studio’s stages.” unquote The exhibit will be up until July 7th.   

Star Wars

Star Wars The Mandalorian star Werner Herzog in an interview with the associated press has revealed that he’s never seen a Star Wars movie.  Quote “I have to confess I never saw a single one,” Herzog shared with the Associated Press. “I’ve seen some trailers, I’ve seen some excerpts here and there. And I know about the whole franchise and about the toys for the kids, and so… it’s all a new mythology of a time of some sort of heroics, and it has created new mythologies, and you better take them seriously. Yes, they’re out there, and don’t ignore them.”

If you’re wondering why he’s here, the answer is Jon Favreau, Herzog explains quote

“The Mandalorian, I was invited by Jon Favreau — who started this whole series — to act,” “I looked at the screenplays and I had the feeling, although I know very little about Star Wars, I had the feeling yes, I could do it. It’s a character in whom you cannot trust. And I said yes, I can do that.” unquote

Star Wars: The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+ on November 12th.

Disney CEO Bob Iger, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and directors JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg went on a personal tour of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge with Galaxy’s Edge creator Scott Trowbridge. Me. Iger tweeted about it quote “Best way to impress your friends…give them a personal tour of @starwars Galaxy’s Edge!

#stevenspielberg, #jjabrams, Kathy Kennedy with Imagineer & Galaxy’s Edge creator, Scott Trowbridge.” unquote with pictures of them in front of the Millenium Falcon and sitting around the iconic Falcon game board.  Galaxy’s edge will open at Disneyland on May 31st. Wonder if they were also showed out after four hours as well.

Speaking of Disney, they have announced that three more Star Wars films will start hitting theaters with the first one in 2022 and the next two spaced out every two years following.  So why every other year? Well, they announced that the Avatar sequels will be in the odd years. So 2021, Avatar 2, 2022 star wars 10, 2023 Avatar 3, 2024 Star Wars 11, etcra. Personally, I think I’ll skip Dances with Smurfs 2….err Avatar 2.

EA is seeing potential dollar signs with Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order. During a recent earnings call, EA said that they expect Fallen Order to sell between six and eight million copies by March 31, 2020.  They came about these expectations by how well Star Wars Battlefront II sold in the same amount of time. The game will be released on November 15th on PS4, Xbox one and pc.

Last issue we talked about the passing of Peter Mayhew, the original Chewy.

Nick Hague an astronaut currently on the International Space Station saluted Mr. Mayew on twitter, quote Honoring Peter Mayhew (also known as Chewbacca) up here on @Space_Station. Thank you Peter for inspiring generations of explorers. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6ErMQGXoAA_wVi.jpg unquote he also included a picture of Mayhew posted on a window of the station that was looking at earth. Very nice.

Geek News

We are fully loaded with Geek News this week.

Starting with someone who has had a lot of time with remakes, Anne Hathaway. This time Anne is in Robert Zemeckis’ remake of the 1990 cult classic which was based on the 1983 novel by Roald Dahl, The Witches. Ms. Hathaway about the new version and how much it’s different from the 90’s version. Anne said quote “ I think the stories will be the only thing that is familiar. I think everything else is totally from the mind of Robert Zemeckis and I’m really excited.” unquote.

Zemeckis is on record as saying that the movie will be a more accurate version of Roald Dahl’s original work, than the 1990 Jim Henson production. Zemeckis called the French site Allocine quote We’re going to set it in the Gothic South of the 1960’s. It’s an exciting way to put a sociological spin on this kind of with story.”

Anne Hathaway will be playing the Grand High Witch and Octavia Spencer will be playing the grandmother. The boy will be played by newcomer Jahzir Bruno. The Witches will hit theaters on October 16, 2020.

Have you seen the new trailer for It Chapter 2? Let’s watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqUopiAYdRg

Looks really good.

Speaking of It. Bill Skarsgard, who plays Pennywise, the IT of the story says that playing the role for the second movie was even more difficult. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bill said quote “After we wrapped, I was in my childhood home in Sweden, sitting having coffee with my mom at our kitchen table, and realized, ‘Oh, holy sh–, I don’t have to deal with this relationship anymore!'”. “It was a very quick shift of just feeling better, like ‘Oh my God, I’m relieved that I don’t have to deal with the darkness of the character.’ I likened it to an exorcism — him exiting my body and getting rid of the Pennywise toxins.” Even with that release he couldn’t get himself and Pennywise quote separated telling EW quote “I was home, done with the movie, and I started having very strange and vivid Pennywise dreams,”. “Every night, he came and visited. It was in the shape of either me dealing with him, sort of Pennywise as a separate entity of me, and then also me as Pennywise in circumstances that I didn’t appreciate. Like, I’m Pennywise and I’m really upset that I’m out in public and people are looking at me.” “This was a process of letting go of the monster,” “It was amazing. It’s a daunting but exciting thing to sort of revisit him again.” Well Bill I hope you’re having sweet dreams right now. Keep Pennywise at bay.  If you need someone to check under your bed, I think I know some women who would be happy to oblige.

The New York State Fair wants the writers of The Simpsons to come to the Fair in person. After a recent episode featured a song making light of upstate new york aired on the show , the head of the New York state fair has invited the staff of tv longest running animated series to prove that the region is not a joke. New York State Fair Director Troy Waffner said in a statement quote “We want the show’s writers to see the very best of New York and the Fair is the perfect place to highlight the diversity and vitality of one of the nation’s largest economies. We know it’s just a tv show, we can certainly take a joke and we love The Simpsons, but there’s so much that’s great about the region.” unquote. Director Waffner added in the statement that they would be given free admission and a gift basket of local foods.  No word on if the writers will take him up on the offer.

Comic Publishers Oni Press and Lion Forge are merging. Both companies are hoping that this will strengthen their library of Intellectual properties and they can then use the combined company to spread out to media platforms like film and animation.

Current Oni Press Publisher, James Lucas Jones will be president of the new company. Oni Press’ biggest hit to date was Scott Pilgrim vs the World.

Loot boxes might get the ban hammer from Congress. Missouri senator Josh Hawley has introduced legislation to ban explotative microtransactions, including Loot Boxes and pay to win systems.

The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act would mirror the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act  and target games that are aimed at users under 18 years old. Under the bill, such games would not be allowed to have loot boxes and would take aim at pay to win mechanics like having to spend money to buy additional time or a special weapon to help you win.

Senator Hawley in a statement said “When a game is designed for kids, game developers shouldn’t be allowed to monetize addiction,” “And when kids play games designed for adults, they should be walled off from compulsive microtransactions. Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.”

The bill has an uphill climb to ever make it to a law. First it would have to make it into committee’s in the senate and than the house and the likelihood of it getting out of committee are remote. If it does make any progress, we will let you know.

Adult Swim is full of off beat shows including Harvey Birdman the show that took Hanna Barbera hero Birdman and turned him into a lawyer for other Hanna Barbera characters. Now Adult Swim has announced that Birdgirl will be getting her own spinoff series on the network. The show, starting Paget Brewster as the titular Birdgirl doesn’t have a launch date yet.

Netflix has had a stream of good luck with Dark Horse properties Polar and The Umbrella Academy. Now Dark Horse and Netflix have signed a first look deal that gives Netflix the first pick of Dark Horse Properties for future tv shows or movies. Dark Horse president and founder Mike Richardson in a statement said quote “We are very excited about this new arrangement with the talented people at Netflix. We have strong creative relationships as well as a large content library to work with and, as we have seen with our recent projects, Netflix is the perfect partner to bring our stories to fans around the world.” unquote and Cindy Holland VP of Original content for Netflix added quote “Following the success of The Umbrella Academy, we’re excited to extend our relationship with Dark Horse Comics. The Netflix teams are already working in deep collaboration with Dark Horse to identify projects beyond the world of traditional superheroes — branching into horror, fantasy and family entertainment — that we think our members will love.” Netflix really needs the content now after Disney and now WarnerMedia have announced that they will be withdrawing their properties from other streaming services in order to start their own.

And speaking of streaming. Disney has now taken full control of Hulu after Comcast agreed to eventually sell their stake of the service to the Walt Disney Company. The sale price would probably be around 5.8 billion dollars and would probably not happen for at least five years. Under the terms of the deal, Comcast agrees to license NBC shows to Hulu until 2024 with the option to pull the content after three years. Comcast will also give up three seats on hulu’s board. Hulu currently has around 28 million subscribers.

Warner Bros new Matrix sequel has gotten a boost.  During an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, John Wick director and Matrix stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski said quote “I’m super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a Matrix, but they’re expanding what we all loved. And if it’s anywhere near the level of what they’ve already done, it wouldn’t take more than a call to go, ‘Hey, we want you to be a stunt guy’ and I would probably go and get hit by a car.” unquote The movie is currently being written by Zac Penn and is said to be more of a revival than a reboot.

Mel Gibson is going to play Santa. Yep. A new Action Comedy movie called Fatman will star Mel and will tell the story of quote “a rowdy, unorthodox Santa Claus who is fighting his business decline.” There’s an interesting and amusing twist to the story, though, as “a neglected and precocious 12-year-old hires a hitman to kill Santa after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking.” Unquote The movie is being directed by Ian and Eshom Nelms from a script they wrote. Are you interested in Mel Gibson as Santa Claus?

I’m so happy, The network upfronts, the week when the broadcasters pitch their new fall lineup to mainly advertisers has happened. Not a lot of genre tv on the networks unless you’re networks letters are C and W.

First off, let me say how happy I am that The Orville did get it’s order for a third season. Thank you New Fox. However we will have to wait till Thursday night football ends in 2020 for that new season to start.

While we’re talking Fox. They had a new show on the schedule sure to make you distrust your digital assistant speaker. Next. Here’s the trailer https://youtu.be/jFR3KsBrHRQ

Yep, killer AI. I hate to be this guy, but wouldn’t it just end up taking over the world in episode one?

And the best news to come out of the upfronts came from Warner Media. Rick and Morty season four  https://youtu.be/dIdk61KN1to

And remember this is just the start of seventy new episodes that were ordered by Adult Swim. Awesome.

Bad News, Amazon is not picking up The Tick for a third season. The announcement was made by Tick creator Ben Edlund quote “I’m sorry to say Amazon has chosen not to proceed with @TheTickTV I’m not sorry to say I love this show, its cast, its story, and its message. Destiny demands that my compatriots and I now seek a new home for this series.”  Unquote

Disney’s feature film length reimagining of the 90’s cartoon series Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue rangers now has a director. Akiva Schaffer, a member of the Lonely Island, he also co directed Popstar: Never Stop Stopping and Hulu’s Pen15, will be taking on the live and cq hybrid picture. No plot details have come to light, however it’s being described as being meta, self referential and cool. Yep. Also no word on if this well actually make theaters or just go straight to Disney Plus. My bet would be the later.

Host of Wild Kingdom, Jim Fowler has passed away. Younger kids might not know him, but Fowler co hosted Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins starting back in 1963. He was also a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, where he brought Johnny in contact with many amusing animals. Here’s a clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cFLFKyu5iY

Jim was always interested in wildlife when he was a kid, He studied zoology in college , where he was also a star baseball player. He could have played for the Phillies or Yankees but he turned them down to pursue a career as a naturalist.

Jim Fowler was 89 years old.

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