Show Notes: Episode 54: Death in Winter & Episode 55: A Grouch for All Seasons

Tonight! Baby Yoda says buckle up, Picard’s got more adventures coming and we say goodbye to three of the greats on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight. This is episode 54, 

So, we’re halfway through December, are you ready to finish the year,. I think we’re all ready to get done with this year and get into 2020. This is the time of year it seems that things slow down. I’m always amazed that there’s enough to really report on. But a few things always come up.

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Star Wars

Baby Yoda wants you to know he still needs a carseat in the state of Mississippi. Or at least a Star Wars The Mandalorian fan wants you to  think that. The official twitter account for the Mississippi Department of Transportation posted a photoshopped highway sign that read quote Baby Yoda Uses the Force but still needs a carseat. Unquote They also captioned it with quote Buckle up. This is the way. #BabyYoda.

You know, Baby Yoda, Porgs, Ewoks. All cute, all more popular than almost anything else in the Star Wars Universe. Maybe they should just make a show starring Baby Yoda playing with Porgs and Ewoks. 

Speaking of the small green Muppet, Mandalorian Director Bryce Dallas Howard has broken her silence on how it was to keep the character a secret. Telling the Hollywood reporter quote “Agonizing,” Howard replied with a laugh. “I’ve been walking around for the last year with a face like the cat that ate the canary. I’m so, so, so excited to be a part of this and the phenomenon that Baby has become. The thing I was most nervous about was that my kids had been on set quite a bit. So they had seen Baby and interacted with Baby. When we were filming, my kids were 6 and 11; they’re now 7 and 12. When the kids went back to school, every single day I would say, ‘So, what are you not gonna talk about today?’ And they would say, ‘Baby!’ (Laughs) I’d be like, ‘That’s right!’ I would just consistently remind them that there’s no circumstance that could ever arise where they’re allowed to talk about Baby. Now, for them, it’s very confusing, because I’m like, ‘Oh, now, you can talk about Baby,’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, okay.’ We’ve been having this routine for about a year now, and it’s fun; it’s really, really fun. Everyone is super pissed that there’s no merch. (Laughs) Everyone is like, ‘I want a Baby Yoda stuffed toy!’ But I think they made a good choice in not focusing there and just focusing on the storytelling.” unquote . And I’m still SO behind in watching it. Only watched episode one. Too much to watch so little time. 

The press tour for the final Skywalker movie is in full swing and JJ Abrams in an interview with Cinema Blend talked about Carrie Fisher’s role in the movie, despite her passing nearly three years ago. This involved using unused footage from The Force Awakens. JJ told them quote “Clearly we would have done other things had Carrie been around, but I will say despite her not being with us anymore, her presence in the movie is not inconsequential,” “She’s not being ‘added in’ so that she’s in the movie. And I would say that her story, her role, the importance of Leia, I would argue is as profound as what you’re saying even though she wasn’t here.””There was no way, as I’ve said before, to tell the story without Leia. She’s too important. It’s Skywalker saga. She is the living Skywalker in our story. You don’t want to start the story and say something happened to her in between movies. It didn’t feel right. We’d never recast it. A digital Leia wouldn’t work. There was no way to do it.” “When we looked at the footage from [Star Wars:] The Force Awakens, which I was obviously very familiar with, and realized we had a number of scenes we could use, and, and write scenes around, it was suddenly like, ‘Oh my God, we could tell the story with Leia in the film.” unquote

The rise of Skywalker comes out in just a few days from now. 

Disney is warning fans that the new Star Wars movie could trigger seizures with those people with epilepsy. Disney issued a statement with the Epilepsy Foundation that the film contains quote “several sequences with imagery and sustained flashing lights” that could affect those with photosensitive epilepsy. My guess would be flashes from lightsabers hitting together. Disney suggests that theaters post notices to warn of the risk. Flashing lights can trigger seizures in about three percent of individuals who have epilepsy. This isn’t the first time Disney has given this notice, they also did it for The Incredibles II.

Star Trek

The merger of Viacom and CBS is now official and the newly reunited company is busy merging, selling unneeded headquarters, eliminating duplicate positions and forth. 

This also means that the Star Trek movie and tv rights are now back under one roof. What will that mean for the franchise? New movies featuring the tv characters from the new shows?

So with that behind us, let’s check in with the Section 31 show. The new show is set to start filming once Discovery’s season three is done. CBS All Access executive vice president Julie McNamara talking to Vanity Fair said that the writers room under Alex Krutzman has been assembled quote “We are very excited about the Section 31 show and Michelle Yeoh is excited to do it,”. “She is in the current season of Discovery so she’s working on that right now but we have scripts getting written, and Alex has a writer’s room. We love what we’ve heard so far. It’s yet another tonality of Trek. As Alex has mapped it all out, each show has its own unique sort of voice and vision.”

Mr. Kurtzman has dropped some hints of the tone of the show comparing it to a Clint Eastwood style Western.. Saying quote It occupies an area of the Trek universe that’s never really been explored geographically. It has a new mythology to it, which is very interesting. And it puts Michelle’s character to the test in a lot of ways that Discovery can’t. In some ways it will be her Unforgiven, I would say.” Unquote 

And yesterday we got the news the Star Trek Picard will not be just a one shot series. The show has been renewed for season two. However Michael Chabon will not be a part of season two as he’s been named showrunner for the adaptation of the Cavalier and Klay novels over at showtime. No word on when the second season will be, but It’ll probably be in late 2020 or sometime in 2021.

William Shatner is going someplace he knows very well, Divorce Court. The soon to be Four Time Divorcee has filed for divorce from his wife Elizabeth, his wife of the past eighteen years. This will be a smooth divorce as Mister Shatner is a fan of prenuptial agreements. Bill first got married back in 1956, that lasted to 1969. His next one was from 1973 to 1994. His next marriage in 1997 didn’t last long ending with the death of Nerine Kidd in 1999. Odds are that this latest marriage will be his last. William Shatner is 88 years old.

Good news or bad news depending on what side of the coin your on. Quientin tarantino speaking with the consequence of sound dot net was asked if Star Trek was going to be part of hsi planned ten films. He replied quote I think I’m steering away from Star Trek, but I haven’t had an official conversation with those guys yet. In a strange way, it seems like this movie, Hollywood, would be my last. So, I’ve kind of taken the pressure off myself to make that last big voilà kind of statement. I mean to such a degree there was a moment when I was writing and went, “Should I do this now? Should I do something else? Is this the 10th one?” No, no don’t stop the planets from aligning, what are you, Galactus? If the Earth is saying do it, do it. Not that it was an argument, but a little thought, like, “Well, if I’m gonna go out like Max Ophüls style, Lola Montez, this is it, and if It’s not good, then all my other work is trash, alright.” This would have been the one. But in a weird way, it actually kind of freed me up. I mean, I have no idea what the story of the next one’s going to be. I don’t even have a clue. Unquote 

And now for some sad news Michael Lamper, husband of Next Generation actress Marina Sirtis has passed away. Marina broke the news on twitter saying quoteI’m going to be gone for a while. My beloved husband passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. For those of you waiting for a shoutout on Cameo, please forgive me I don’t feel up to i. I’ll let you know when the service is back on. Unquote Michael was a rock guitarist and musician who once portrayed an Acamarian Gatherer in the TNG third season episode The Vengeance Factor.  He and Marina married on June twenty first 1992 with Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn acting as groomsman in a traditional greek ceremony. His rock carrer saw him play with such musicians as Tommy Shaw from Styx, The Allman Brothers, Quiet Riot and Los Lobos. He was 61. My heart goes out to Marina.

Geek

The Matrix Four has cast Jonathan Groff in an unknown role. Groff is most recently known for his role voicing Kristoff in Frozen 2. Johnathan joins returning cast members Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris and Jessica Henwick.

Variety has learned that Will Poulter will not be in the Lord of the Rings series on Amazon. Variety has learned through their sources that scheduling conflicts will present him from being a part of it. As to what role he would have played is still unknown. 

Power Rangers is getting another big screen reboot, this time it will be at Paramount and will take it back to the 90’s. The Hollywood reporter reports that Paramount is currently in early negotiations with Johnathan Entwistle and would involve quote “a time-travel element that brings the kids to the 1990s, and in Back to the Future fashion, they have to find a way to get back to their present. Unquote 

To say that Disney had a very good year at the box office would be an understatement, The House of Mouse broke their own box office record of 7.6 billion set back in 2016 crossing the ten billion dollar ceiling. It should be noted that this doesn’t include it’s newly acquired Fox movies. If those are factored in the number would be nearly 12 billion.  Disney currently also holds six of the ten biggest movies of the year.

The Golden Globe nominations are out. Netflix walked away with thirty four nominations. Seventeen for motion pictures and 17 for television. HBO came in second with fifteen. The movie Marriage Story had the most for a film. While Chernobyl, the Crown and Unbelievable had the most for television. Geeky films getting nominations included Joker with four including Best Motion Picture, Best Director , Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and best score. Also getting nominations were Frozen 2, How to train your dragon the hidden world and toy story 4. Only one Geeky tv nomination Game of Thrones with one best actor nomination for Kit Harington.

Death seemed to be busy. A few minutes ago I talked about the death of Deanna Sirtis’s husband. Well, there are three more.

First off, we say goodbye to actor Robert Walker Jr. The actor passed away in Malibu on December sixth. He will be best known to people as Charlie Evans the boy raised by the Thasians who gave him omnipotent power in the episode Charlie X. He also appeared in episodes of The Time Tunnel, Bonanza, the Six Million Dollar Man and Chips. He also had a role in the movie Easy rider. In a statement his wife said about roebert quote “Bob always beat to his own drum and stayed true to himself in all of his endeavors,” his wife said in a statement. “Although an accomplished actor, his true art was living fully. He was a photographer, drummer, raconteur and gallery owner. His love of the ocean kept him in Malibu, and he had great tales of his adventures paddling to Catalina from there. Bob [also] had a constant interest in developing his internal martial arts practice.” He is survived by his wife, seven children and five grandchildren. He was 79.

Next is Star Trek writer Dorthy Catherine Fontana better known as DC Fontana. DC began as a secretary for tv writer Samuel A Peeples, while working for him, she became a professional writer writing stories for The Tall Man and Frontier Circus. Later she began working for Gene Roddenberry’s series The Lieutenant as a secretary for producer Del Reisman. Eventually she wanted to work for Gene directly and after finding out that she wanted to become a writer, Roddenberry encouraged her. In 1964, she would publish her first novel, a western called Brazos River co written with Harry Sanford.

When Roddenberry began working on Star Trek and with the encouragement of associate producer Robert Justmn, she began working on the show Where she wrote the teleplay for Charlie X She worked on ten episodes overall including tomorrow is Yesterday, This Side of Paradise, which got her a promotion to story editor, Journey to Babel, friday’s child, the ultimate computer, The city on the edge of forever, The Enterprise Incident, That which survives and The Way to eden. After Star Trek, she worked with Gene again on the Questor tapes ,Genesis II and Star Trek The Animated Series.

After that she worked on scripts for other shows including The Six Million Dollar Man, Logan’s Run, Buck Rogers and The Waltons.

When the Star trek the Next Generation began, she went to Gene immediately where he pitched an idea to her that became the pilot episode Encounter at Farpoint. She would become an associate producer on the series but left during the first season due to reported  difficulties with writer Robert Lewin caused a bit of a falling out between her and Gene Roddenberry and she left. . She would later return to star Trek writing the Deep Space Nine episode Dax.

She also wrote the Star Trek bok Vulcan’s Glory and an episode of the fan made series Star Trek New Voyages.

DC Fontana is survived by her husband Dennis Skotak, who told the New York Times that the cause of her death was cancer. She was eighty years old.

Finally we say farewell to Rene Auberjonois, the actor known to Star Trek fans for his portrayal of 

Constable Odo on Star trek Deep Space Nine as well as directing eight episodes of the show. Rene was born in New York in 1940. After college he began his acting career in earnest working with theater companies in Washington DC, San Francisco , LA and New York. In 1968, he landed a role on Broadway appearing in three films simultaneously. A year later he would win a Tony Award for his role opposite Katharine Hepburn in Coco. He directed and acted in lots of productions over the years and was inducted into the American theater Hall of Fame in 2018.

His Film work is vast as well. He played Father Mulcahy in the film version of MASH, played a gangster in Police Academy 5, Dr. Burton in Batman Forever and appeared as Colonel West in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country. His final film role in a movie called Cortex has yet to be released.

But his most known work was in Television. He worked in that medium since 1966. Appearing in episodes of the Mod Squad, Night Gallery, The Jeffersons, Wonder Woman, LA Law, The Outer Limits, Chicago Hope, Stargate SG1, Frasier, Nash Bridges, Warehouse 13, the Good Wife and Many more. He is best known not only for his role as Odo, but the role of Clayton Endicott the third on the sitcom Benson as well as the role of Paul Lewiston on Boston Legal. His last tv role was in 2016 in four episodes of Madam Secretary.

He also did lots of voice over work appearing in the Disney’s the Little Mermaid Family Guy, The Smurfs, Snorks, Ducktales, Batman the Animated Series, the Pirates of Dark Water, The Savage dragon, Justice League and more as well as video games like, Star trek Deep Space Nine Harbinger, Uncharted 2 and 3, Fallout New Vegas, God of War and Star Trek Online. 

He died on December 8th from lung cancer that had metastasized. He is survived by his son Remy and daughter Tessa and his wife Judith. In a statement to the press his son Remy said that his father was a proud progressive and consummate professional and craftsman and praised his father’s work with Doctors Without Borders. He also said that he was a dedicated father and had a fantastic sense of humor. 

Rene Auberjonois was 79 years old.

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Tonight! Synder cut…subway sandwiches, Birds of Prey is not a sequel and we say Farewell to the man in the Big Bird on this comic edition of Multiverse Tonight.

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Episode 55.

So…here we are, just a week away from Christmas, little over a week until the end of the year. What do you want for Christmas? What do you want from next year?

Here’s what I want. I want to do a good job for you with this podcast. All I ask of you is to share the show with your friends, donate a buck or two if you feel generous. Just go to the site for more.

DC

Are you starting to get tired of all the calls to release the Snyder cut of Justice League? It’s kinda one of those things that just won’t die. Well Subway restaurants have put in their two cents via twitter. Snyder fans started it by asking the company how many retweets it would take to get a donation of 10,000 sandwiches by Subway. Subway responded by saying that 5000 retweets in five hours would get it done. The fans came through Subway soon tweeted quote  So you’re fast… and since you did it in under 214 minutes we are going to up the donation to 15,000 subs! And oh yeah, #ReleaseTheSnyderCut unquote Good on them and good on the fans. My guess is that the cut will eventually see the light of day. Maybe if they all pledge to make some movie of Warner Bros a success that normally wouldn’t they’d get the studios attention?

The cinematographer for Black Adam, Lawrence Sher is making some high claims for what the movie will be. Telling Collier during a Q&A for Joker quote “One of my interests about it is to continue to sort of — and we’ve talked about it with Dwayne and obviously with Jaume and DC — can we continue to sort of reshape what a comic book movie is?” “Like yes, of course you want it to be entertaining and it has to make a decent amount of money so it can’t live in such a fringe place that it doesn’t bring people in, but can we do something inventive? So that’s the goal is to continue to try to do something a bit inventive with it.” That’s a big bold claim for a movie that we haven’t seen anything from yet. Hopefully he won’t end up eating those words.

So what do you think of Jokers potential for an Oscar Nomination? Well if the critics choice award nominations are any indication. There’s a chance. Joker has received seven nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Adapted Screenplay for Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, Best Cinematography for Lawrence Sher, Best Production Design for Mark Friedberg and Kris Moran, Best Hair and Makeup, and Best Score for Hildur Guanadottir. They weren’t the only comics property to get some nominations: Avengers Endgame and Spiderman Far From Home got nominations for Best Action Movie. Avengers Endgame also got a nod for Best SciFi or Horror Movie as well as best visual effects. HBO’s Watchmen got a nomination for Best Drama, it faces off against Game of Thrones in that category but I think Watchmen’s got this. Watchmen’s Regina King got is up for Best Actress in  a Drama , Tim Blake Nelson is up for Best Supporting Actor, Jean Smart Watchmen and Gwendoline Christies is up for Best Supporting Actress. The twenty fifth Critics Choice Awards will be handed out on Sunday January twelfth.

Well here’s something to make you go huh? The upcoming Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn will have no ties to Suicide Squad according to BoP director Sue Kroll during a set visit by Screen Rant. She told them quote “You’ll see it in the movie, it’s a standalone movie, it’s not connected to Suicide Squad. It’s not a sequel, it’s not a continuation of that story. So it has nothing to do with her break out of prison. But you’re right, and we’ve been very upfront that this is about her emancipation. She and the Joker have broken up. This is her personal journey of discovery with these women. So it’s not related at all, so don’t try to apply linear logic to how the two go, because they don’t.” unquote She also told them that it has no similarities to Suicide Squad and that it was an oportunity to celebrate the amazing character. 

So let’s just unwind this this movie is…I’m assuming in the same universe as Suicide Squad, but it will in no way connect to Suicide Squad…not even a mention. They do realize that having Harley Quinn, the same character played by the same actress still connects it to Suicide Squad, don’t they? Maybe I should just stop and lie down for awhile, this is making my head hurt. Birds of Prey comes out on February seventh.

Let’s talk tv for a moment. The big Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover has had many cameos, Burt Ward’s Dick Grayson, Lucifer. Apparently Arrowverse producer Marc Guggenheim put out feelers to another star Nicolas Cage. In an interview with Indiewire Mr. Guggenheim said quote”We did reach out to Nic Cage,” Guggenheim revealed during an interview with Indiewire. “We reached out to a lot of people, and there were people who didn’t want to do it. There were people who would only do it for amounts of money that we could not ever afford. And there were other people who really wanted to do it, but couldn’t for scheduling. That was the case with a lot of, I have to say, the movie stars that we reached out to. The thing about movie stars is, they’re all shooting movies. And unless those movies are shooting in Vancouver, we’re kind of out of luck. But I have to say that the sheer number of actors that we did end up getting exceeded my expectation.” unquote. Too bad, he could have finally gotten to wear that Superman suit on screen. 

The Crisis will conclude on January fourteenth. Maybe next year they should do Zero Hour.

Marvel

Kevin Feige Marvel Studios president and chief creative officer of Marvel confirmed at Brazil’s CCXP19 con that Disney Plus’ Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be all about what happens to the falcon after endgame. Quote “We saw Old Man Cap hand that shield to Sam Wilson at the end of [Endgame], and the question is, what did he do with it next? What does it mean for Sam Wilson and that shield?” Feige said at Brazil’s CCXP19. “That’s a big responsibility, and that’s very much what the show focuses on and is about.” unquote Unfortunatly Wilson will have to deal with the US government’s U.S. Agent just in time for Helmut Zemo to come back on the scene. Sounds interesting, we still have no release date though other than the always enigmatic Fall 2020.

Speaking of the Falcon and the Winter Soldier they’ve added two new cast members Desmond Chiam and Miki Ishikawa have been added in two unknown roles. 

Also at CCXP19, in a sit down interview, Mr. Feige confirmed that the Marvel Multiverse will be something that will shape the MCU for a long time to come.“When we first started the MCU, it was all about Tony Stark. Introduce the world to Tony Stark and that Iron Man armor,” “Then [we] went on to teach people what Asgardians were and learn about super soldiers then bring them together in Avengers. I’ve always loved space movies and I’ve always loved big intergalactic tales, which is why we did Guardians and the audience came with us so we could do a movie like Endgame. I always wanted to do time travel, which we finally got to do in Endgame. The multiverse is the next step in the evolution of the MCU and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is going to crack it open in ways that will have repercussions for a Disney+ series before it that’s not WandaVision and for movies after it in a big fun way.” unquote it’s also thought that the Loki series will tie into this in some way, Well we will have even longer to wait than Falcon and the winter soldier. WandaVision comes out in Spring of 21 and Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness comes out May 7th of 21.

Speaking of WandaVision, some paparazzi photos from the set of the show have surfaced online and they show that the space faring version of SHIELD will be in the show. SWORD. SWORD aka the Sentient World Observation and Response Department was one of the properties that used to belong to the 20th Century Fox subset of Marvel characters.

Could Venom 2 get an  R rating. And you might be able to thank Joker’s Billion dollar box office for that. Venom Producer Matt tolmach told Cinema blend quote  I mean, I think you always have to think about [it], now that that works. Having said that, our movie worked really well. Our franchise exists as it is, and I don’t think anybody is looking to just say, ‘Hey, they [did it]!’ We have a place in the world. So it isn’t like suddenly everybody’s considering what to do with the rating. … I think what Joker does is it tells you that you can succeed. For a very long time, that was the narrative. And Deadpool sort of wrestled that to the turf, and then Logan, but for a long time, that was considered totally forbidden. … So you know, I think it’s the greatest thing in the world that R-rated movies are being embraced by massive audiences. And it just means that there are more opportunities for that kind of storytelling.

Prepare to relieve the greatest moments in Marvel’s eighty year history. Marvel Snapshots will see Kurt Busiek bring together several creative teams for these eight standalone double sized issues which will include characters from the Golden Age to today through the eyes of ordinary people. Alex Ross will provide the covers.

First off is Sub Mariner: Marvels Snapshot number one. Best Selling Novelist and emmy Award winning writer Alan Brennert and artist Jerry Ordway join forces to tell an unforgettable story about Prince Namor set during WORLD WAR II featuring Namor, Betty Dean and the All Winners Squad. Alan Brennert in a statement on Marvel dot com said quote “I can honestly say that I enjoyed working on this story more than any comics story I’ve done in years. I grew up reading (and loving) Marvel’s Golden Age heroes in the 1960s, in reprints in FANTASY MASTERPIECES. But I never thought I’d have a shot at writing them—especially the All-Winners Squad!—and I’m grateful to Kurt Busiek and Tom Brevoort for providing me the opportunity, and to Jerry Ordway for bringing it all to glorious life,”. “I’m enormously proud of ‘Reunion’ and honored to be the first story published in MARVEL’S SNAPSHOTS.” unquote

This year’s long journey begins this March at your local comic book store.

Marvel has postponed the release of issue five, six and seven of X-Men by a month. Issue five will now be out on January 29th, issue six will come on February twelfth and seven will come on the twenty sixth of February.

Geek

We start the Geek news with a record setting opening…and not a good one. Playmobil: The Movie just set the record for the Lowest Box Office for a film opening in over 2000 theatres. The movie based on the toys was sort of an answer to the Lego movie. Unfortunately, Playmobil is not as well known as Lego. Rotten Tomatoes has given the movie a sixteen percent. We will check what it did this weekend and how won the pre Star Wars box office in just a moment.

From one record to another potential record setter. Disney’s Frozen 2 just became the sixth film from the House of Mouse to cross the one billion dollar mark this year.  According to Variety, the movie has over six million internationally and three hundred six million in the US. It’s currently the eighth highest grossing movie of the year. We will see if The Rise of Skywalker makes it seven, it would have just 11 days to do so.

Dark Horse Comics is set to adapt Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology into a mini-series. The book was released back in 2017 and features Neil retelling norse mythology starring Thor, Odin, Loki and others. It has been adapted into a BBC radio production. Next year, it’ll be an 18 issue series adapted by Gaiman and P. Craig Russell with colors fromDave Stewart and Lovern Kindzierski, letters by Galen Showman and art from a round table of artists like Jerry Ordway and Mike Mignola. Norse Mythology will hit comic book stores on May 27th, 2020.

Dynamite Entertainment is getting into the novel business. The company has announced the formation of Dynamite Books. First up is Vampirella: Blood Invasion written by Nancy A Collins. Here’s the blurb quote “In Vampirella: Blood Invasion, Vampirella left her planet of Drakulon on a desperate quest to find another source of blood that her people need to survive. After years out of contact, the skies of Earth fill with an armada of ships from her home planet. Thrilled at first to see her people, Vampirella is horrified to learn of General Orlok’s plan for her adopted planet. She must choose between her own kind or to take up arms with her partner Pantha and join a rebel army led by Count Dracula, Evily the Witch and Doctor Frankenstein and his patchwork monstrosities.” unquote 

It’s out now along with a line of audiobook adaptations of existing novels including Shaft The Original Novel by Ernest Tidyman. Dynamite Books plans to release one new novel a month.

So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

Finally tonight we say goodbye to someone who was a big part of all of our childhoods, Caroll Spinney. You might not know that name but you’ll know the characters he played on Sesame Street, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. 

Caroll was born in Waltham Massachusetts on December twenty sixth 1933 and became interested in puppetry at a young age. After high school, he served in the Air Force where he created a comic strip called Harvey. After he left the service he moved to Las Vegas where he performed in the show Rascal Rabbit and a few years later he moved to Boston where he would eventually perform on Boston’s broadcast of Bozo’s Big Top.

IN 1960, he got married to his first wife Janice and had three children, they would divorce in 1971

In 1962, Caroll first met Jim Henson at a puppeteering festival, where Jim asked him if he wanted to talk about the Muppets, unfortunately due to a misunderstanding, Caroll didn’t know that he was being offered a job, He met Henson again in 1969 at a Puppeteer festival in Utah, where he was offered to talk about the muppets again. This time Caroll took him up on the offer and he joined the Muppeteers full time later that year, joining the cast of a new show called Sesame Street.

In 1979, Caroll would get married again this time to Debra jean Gilroy whom he would remain married to the rest of his life.

Unfortunately, Caroll would eventually develop dystonia and in October of last year, Spinney announced his retirement from Sesame Street, handing the role of Big bird to matt Vogel and Oscar to Eric Jacobson. 

In his long career, Caroll would win four Daytime Emmys, two Grammys, a gold record, a star of the Hollywood Walk of fame, the Library of Congress Living Legend Award and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Caroll passed away on December eighth at this home in Connecticut. He was eighty five 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.

So next episode is our one year anniversary. Who knows maybe i’ll change up the theme music, if you have some well wishes or suggestions, if you wanna make me a new logo whatever, just send them along, twitter, email, facebook all those links are on our website. Multiverse Tonight.com and while you’re there check out the show notes, drop a dime through our affiliate links, and more. If you do make something I can use, I might make it worth your while.

Anyway, let’s get on with the news

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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