Show Notes: Episode 48:Opening a Channel to The Orville & Episode 49: Dancing Down the Joker Steps

Tonight! Ewan McGregor finally gets to spill the beans, Could Janeway get a monument? And we talk about The Orville with a special guest  on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight. 

So how was your Halloween? My wife and I had about 50 kids over the night. Not a lot of costumes as it was kinda cold. And then we had the time warp again a few days later, Daylight Savings time needs to be abolished. It’s no good for anyone. Especially me, I don’t get an extra hour of sleep, I get an extra hour of work at my job.

This episode we have an interview with Tom Costantino. An interview that we would have recorded last week except, he had to prep his family for a voluntary evacuation from a fire that was in the LA area. 

Anyway, Let’s start with the news…

Star Wars

We start with Star Wars news and Ewan McGregor who must feel so much better now that the news has been announced that he will be returning to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for a Disney Plus series. The actor told Men’s Journal that quote “It’s a fucking massive relief,” “Because for four years, I’ve been having to lie to people about it.” unquote. However he’s only being allowed to say that the show will be six hour long episodes. He also reveals that the story quote sits between Episode III and Episode IV unquote He also wants to quote “…get closer and closer to how Obi-Wan felt while Alec Guinness was playing him. I feel like I’m grayer and nearer him in age, so it’ll be easier to do that.” unquote  I can see it. Right now ewan is just 17 years younger than Alec Guiness was when the film debuted.

Filming on the show will start in the summer of 2020 and will debut on Disney Plus in 2021.

The trailer for the Rise of Skywalker was big news and now the movie is showing up in everything including The United Airlines In Flight Safety video

https://youtu.be/21hbvm69i4k

And speaking of the movie it smashed pre sale records in its first 24 hours, the JJ Abrams helmed movie has racked up more advanced ticket sales than any previous title in the series according to Atom tickets. Tickets went on sale after the trailer was released during Monday Night Football. It is also Atom tickets second biggest title in first day sales behind Avengers Endgame and has sold two and a half as many tickets as The Last Jedi. Although this has come with controversy from some circles saying that some entity bought up tickets in blocks in order to achieve this. I try to stay out of rumors until I see actual proof. 

In a stunner this past Tuesday, it was reported that Game of Thrones tv creators David Benioff and DB Weiss are out of a planned new Star Wars trilogy that had been announced over a year ago. Benioff and Weiss in a statement said quote “We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too,” . “Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything. But there are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects. So we are regretfully stepping away.” The first of the trilogy would have been out on December  sixteenth of 2022. This news comes after last months revelation that Kevin Feige was developing a Star Wars movie. Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm did express her appreciation of Benioff and Weiss and hoped to work with them in the future when their schedules weren’t so busy. However the duo did just sign a five year two hundred fifty million dollar deal with Netflix, so I guess they will be tied up for some time. Maybe Disney and Lucasfilm should ask for open submissions for the next trilogy?

So why have so many directors come and gone from the franchise? Apparently the answer might be creative control. According to a piece in Variety, in the beginning the filmmakers were promised a level of creative control. However multiple insiders that talked to Variety new ideas were commonly shot down as it seems that Kenedy and her team wanted people to stick to the company line.

Benioff and Weiss would have explored the distant past of the universe to explore how the Jedi came to be.  However the studio and the pair started to diverge on their vision for the new trilogy

Apparently the final straw was after pair signed their deal with Netflix, and Kathleen Kennedy not believing that they could focus on both projects at the same time.

I’m not going to recap the entire article here, but the article is fascinating and there’ll be a link to it in the show notes. https://variety.com/2019/film/features/star-wars-kathleen-kennedy-david-benioff-db-weiss-1203388611/

Star Trek

A lot of Voyager news this edition, first off, The Captain Janeway Bloomington Collective is currently seeking crowdfunding support to create and install a monument to the future Starfleet captain in her future hometown of Bloomington Indiana. The proposed monument would be a bronze bust of Janeway on a limestone base in the shape of a Starfleet insignia with stainless steel plating. It will have info on Janeway and her backstory and her connection to the town. Annd will be installed on Bloomington’s B-Line Trailer The campaign is sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and is now live on Patronicity. Artisan Alley leads the campaign with permission from CBS Studios.  If they achieve their goal of at least 12,500 by December 21st, they will receive a matching grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. This January will be the 25th anniversary of the debut of the series on nUPN. They are about halfway to their goal.

Titan Books has announced The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway; The History of the Captain Who went Further Than Any Had Before. The book written by the Admiral and edited by Una McCormack. Recalls her journey through the Delta Quadrant. The book come out on July fourteenth, 2020.

Titan has also announced other Star Trek hardcovers in 2020. The art of Star Trek Discovery by Paula M Block and Terry J Erdmann. The book includes cast and crew interviews, photographs from the set, concept art and storyboards with never before seen content from the first two seasons. It comes out on April twenty-eighth, 2020.

Also coming out from Titan is Star Trek The artistry of Dan Curry, written by Dan Curry and Ben Robinson. It covers his emmy award winning work from the Next Generation through to Star Trek Enterprise The book will offer a look at some of Curry’s techniques and reflections on highlights from his Star Trek career in his own words. The book includes photos and illustrations from Curry’s own collection. It also contains contributions from Star Trek stars such as Michael Dorn and Scott Bakula. The book goes on sale on September 1, 2020.

Geek 

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series has a main villain. The series has cast Game of Thrones Joseph Mawley according to sources to the Hollywood reporter. Mawle is believed to be playing a character named Oren. He joins Will Poulter and Markella Kavenagh in the cast. Production on the show is set to begin in 2020. 

Stranger Things fourth season will consist of eight episodes. But the next season is still a ways off, Filming will start in January and will wrap in August. So we won’t have a summer premiere like the last season. Maybe a Halloween debut?

Netflix has released some preview photos for it’s new vampire series V Wars, based on the book series by Jonathan Maberry. The series follows a doctor and his best friend who has been transformed into a vampiric predator. Ian Somerhalder plays Dr. Luther Swann and Adrian Holmes plays Michael Fayne. Here’s the official synopsisDr. Luther Swann (Ian Somerhalder) enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne (Adrian Holmes), into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these “vampires.” Swann races against time to understand what’s happening, while Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires. Unquote The ten episode first season will arrive on Netflix on December fifth. Just in time for Christmas.

Speaking of Netflix, they have renewed Katee Sackhoff’s series Another Life for season two. The series, which centers on Sackhoff’s astronaut Niko Breckinridge and her crew as they take on a high risk mission to investigate and alien artifact and find extraterrestrial intelligence. The ten episode season will begin production in 2020. Season one is out now.

Disney Plus will not rotate it’s content like other streaming service once the service debuts on the eleventh. A spokesman for Disney Plus confirmed to comicbook dot com that nothing licensed will be rotated each month and nothing from Disney’s Signature Collection will be rotated in or out. This is a change from the past when Disney used to bring out a classic movie for a limited time and the then put it back in the quote “Disney Vault” unquote 

Let’s get to that interview with The Orville Associate Producer and Editor Tom Costantino.

Thomas Townley: My guest today is part of one of my favorite shows, The Orville. He joins us from the Fox studio lot in Los Angeles. Please walk up my associate producer and editor Tom Costantino.

Tom Costantino: Yes, thank you. Actually they gave me a bump. It’s co-producer, hope producer.

Thomas Townley: Well, congratulations.

Tom Costantino: Oh yeah, it’s just a more, more work. [inaudible]

Thomas Townley: okay. Now, well, start off by telling us more about yourself and what you do on the show.

Tom Costantino: Uh, well I, uh, I’m, I’m happy to also be the supervising editor. I started on the pilots and have been here ever since. Um, I’m sort of in charge of all picture cutting and uh, I have some various other responsibilities which some above some of the things with social media, uh, comic con, uh, and a lot of other minutiae that I would never dare to bore you with. But uh, there is a lot, there’s a lot of big shows, so there’s a lot to do. So we all, it’s all hands on deck.

Thomas Townley: Okay. And what would you say this is the best part of your job?

Tom Costantino: Best part of my job actually is doing stuff like this, getting, having, having a real time interaction with, um, with uh, people who are very appreciative of the show and just, and, and also the fact that I’m a huge, you know, I mean I’m a huge scifi nerd and star Trek fan and I never thought that this font of useless information somehow earned me a living.

Thomas Townley: Well, I am deeply honored. Um, now some news dropped yesterday, deadline.com reported that Anne Winters as joining the cast as a series regular. Can you tell me anything about what her role is on the show?

Tom Costantino: I, unfortunately, I can’t, but she does play an integral part of the show and she’s awesome. Uh, sitting behind you. I have some dailies of her and, uh, yeah, we’re happy to, happy to have her. Um, but, uh, you know, a contrary to popular opinion. She’s not replacing Adrian. That’s all I’m going to say. That’s that. No, she’s a, yeah, she’s a, she’ll be with us, uh, this season and she’s gonna fit right into this crazy cookie bunch.

Thomas Townley: Awesome. And, uh, well, right now, where are you in the filming of the season?

Tom Costantino: Uh, we are, we are, uh, we’re, we’re only a few weeks into filming, uh, and we’re, uh, you know, we’re working on the first episode and some of the, uh, some subsequent other early episodes, uh, were not quite block shooting, but we’re trying to, you know, uh, you know, gather as much material as possible. Um, so, uh, yeah, we’re, we’re basically part of the way through the first episode and some others, not much past the third. Okay. It’s a nonlinear answer to a two or a nonlinear question. The, normally I would say, you know, I would have a more definitive answer, but we’re, we’re trying to gather as much material as possible.

Thomas Townley: Oh yeah. And, uh, I know, I know you have an, an NDA. There’s not really much you can tell us. Is there, is there any way, any kind of a hint you can give us.

Tom Costantino: about.

Thomas Townley: anything.

Tom Costantino: specifically? Uh, well, I kind of said this before, so I don’t want to be cliche, but, uh, you know, a lot of the, a lot of the story threads that people were loving in season two and season one, they will not be forgotten. You know, we’re not going to ever be serialized. It’s not our, it’s not our style, but we, we’re not going to forget our history. So I can totally say that. And you know, uh, I, I, this has been said before, but, but it’s true. You know, we had an identity part two and uh, tomorrow, sorry, that’s tomorrow. That’s the 12th day you have a road not taken. You know, we had like two of those and then some other ones, but now we have like seven of them. So…

Thomas Townley: Awesome.

Tom Costantino: Yeah. So we’re bigger.

Thomas Townley: Okay. And, uh, was kinda been your favorite episode so far?

Tom Costantino: Yeah. Ever?

Thomas Townley: Yeah.

Tom Costantino: Uh, you know, it’s a fight for me between, I mean, they’re, they’re all our babies, but, uh, you know, I have a soft spot for the Clare Isaac narrative, so I always will love , Into the Fold and A Happy Refrain, but I thought, you know, having to sit on the finale, uh, you know, that was, that was the most gratifying to sort of like live scroll that on Twitter and, and uh, so, so, but, uh, but I mean, as for my softspot, I would say it’s A Happy Refrain.

Thomas Townley: Cool. And, uh, has, as we know, this, uh, third season is going onto Hulu and they sent you some cookies I saw.

Tom Costantino: Yeah. Oh, good. Oh good. They looked good. Yeah, they’re sure. And they were like, they were like a shortbread cookies or something. I got one of the last ones. I didn’t even take that picture.

Thomas Townley: And, uh, also since, uh, Fox(sic, Disney) has merged with Hulu. Has, has Disney had any kind of contact or influence on the show yet?

Tom Costantino: Uh, yeah, I wouldn’t say influenced, but they’ve been very receptive. Uh, you know, we had a kickoff meeting with them, sort of catching them up on stuff. I mean, uh, you know,It’s mostly business as usual. We, we’ve been pretty lucky in terms of like, Fox has been really understanding in terms of, you know, what the show is and how much larger it can be than sort of network shows. And that’s why they kind of, you know, allowed the Hulu transition. And um, yeah, I mean there hasn’t been any sort of like, you know, any, I mean, I think people make bigger, not you personally, but they make bigger stories or like, you know, like, Oh my God, the corporate overlords are coming in. No, no, it’s not, you know, it’s not like that. I mean, there’s definitely infrastructure changes and really boring stuff, but everyone’s been pretty supportive so far. I, it’s, it’s, you know, it’s hard to, it’s hard to deny cause I’ve heard of other situations, but now granted we’re early into it. I mean, who knows? Ask me again in a year.

Thomas Townley: Okay. And, uh, well since you’re under the Disney umbrella, the Muppets are also under that Disney umbrella as well. Could you see other Muppets or than Kermit show up on the show, perhaps in the environment simulator?

Tom Costantino: Oh my God. I don’t know if we’ve ever, ever explored that a, I think we did get Kermit cleared. Um, I think there’s probably some legal loopholes we’ve got to get through, but I would also say that we probably have some other, probably pretty fun guest stars and other things before we’ll get to the Kermit stuff and the miss piggy stuff. However, that would be awesome to recreate that in the simulator.

Thomas Townley: Yeah. You don’t want, you know, I like to see, I’d like to see Ed jamming with Rowlf the dog.

Tom Costantino: Really? Yeah, I’ll mention that to Seth.

Thomas Townley: Yeah, that would, I think would be, that would be a really cool combo right there.

Tom Costantino: I love Rowlf.

Thomas Townley: Oh yeah. Oh yeah.

Tom Costantino: Originally. I mean, I’m assuming, I’m assuming maybe we can do, maybe we can link some of them with pigs in space or something and then we’re like, we’relike [inaudible]

Thomas Townley: Ooh, that’d be, that’d be cool right there. That’d be awesome. Um, okay, now you’re, you’re in your third season. Do you see, could you see any chance of an Orville movie in the far future?

Tom Costantino: Yeah, I mean, be honest if, if, if everyone’s willing and Seth is, it’s really, if Seth has it in him and, and, and the fates are right, sure. Why not? I think we’re all open. We’re all here as a labor of love. So I would imagine if, if he wanted to do it and people wanted to pay for it, that we would all stick around and try and, you know, blow people’s socks off for two hours and some odd minutes.

Thomas Townley: All right,

Tom Costantino: now I won’t rule it out.

Thomas Townley: Now let’s take a take a turn into merchandising here. Now the Orville has a comic books from Dark Horse comics and they’ve been very well received. Are there any plans for a novel based on the series?

Tom Costantino: Plans for a novel…. You know, I will, I will get you an answer. I don’t, I have not heard anything about a novel. I know that there might be more things in the vein of comic books, but if anywhere person were to do it, it would be, it would be Mr. David Goodman, Uber talented David Goodman. So next time I see him I will ask him, which will probably be tomorrow because I’ll see him on set.

Thomas Townley: Cool.

Tom Costantino: But that’s a good question. I actually actually don’t know. You know, we’re just starting to see fan films, which is exciting. So I’m just going to have that. 

Thomas Townley: [inaudible] cause cause that would, that would really go over well with me. I love, I love the old star Trek novels.

Tom Costantino: really.

Thomas Townley: back in the day and, and the Orville would seem like something that would go great with a novel.

Tom Costantino: Well, I think the comic was that basic idea, but I could imagine a world where, you know, where that, that can happen. But, uh, I, it’s funny, it’s one of those, it’s one of the few loopholes. I haven’t really, one of the things I haven’t really heard much about or been involved or there’s toys and other things come on away, but, uh, that I will check into.

Thomas Townley: Excellent. And finally, what is your favorite scifi show? Other than The Orville?

Tom Costantino: *grabs a Battlestar Galactica Colonel Viper ship and slaps it on the desk*

Thomas Townley: Battlestar Galactica.

Tom Costantino: I rarely have a visual aid, but you happen that I don’t know if you time that, but yeah, yeah, no, I mean, of course I love star Wars and you know, all these old Star Wars and uh, I mean, I, I mean as fan I like some more obscure stuff, but uh, you know, like the black hole and stuff. But, but the, uh, more than anything, these guys also have Doug Drexler down the hall. He gave me this. So cool. You know, that’s the most exciting thing so far of being able to interact with my, I don’t want to make them that much older than me, my childhood hero, but my hero of postproduction and makeup. So yes, I would say BSG.

Thomas Townley: Alright, awesome. Well, thank you very much for your time, Tom. And the…

Tom Costantino: I’m saying this publicly, apologize about the fires last week. Kind of screwed up our last meeting.

Thomas Townley: Oh, that’s it. That’s okay. You know, I hope you and everyone out there stay safe during the wildfire season. And uh, I hope we can talk again once the Orville debuts on Hulu next year.

Tom Costantino: Yes, please. We’d love to, I’ll bring, I’ll bring some friends. We’ll do, we’ll do some more and uh, but before then I will definitely get you to answer about the novels.

Thomas Townley: Oh, cool. Thank you. Thank you very much.

Tom Costantino: Alright, you have a good one.

Thomas Townley: You too.

Tom Costantino: We’ll talk soon. All right, bye.

Good interview.

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Episode 49

Tonight! The Bronx says stop dancing down our steps, Superman gets a new series and The Spiderverse comes again on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight.

A few days ago I started playing Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch and it’s a very good game. However it is one that you will need to limber up your fingers for it. It uses almost all the buttons in rapid succession. 

By the way, if you’ve been watching HBO’s Watchmen, be sure to look at the Peteypedia on the shows website. It’s full of all sorts of backgoround on what’s happening in that weeks episode. 

I hope you tuned into the last episode, I had a great interview with Associate Producer and Editor Tom Constantino from the Orville, if you wanna hear what he said, just go back one episode in the feed.

Let’s get one with the news

DC

So you love the Joker movie and want to recreate Joaquin Phoenix’s dance down that set of stairs. That set of stairs is in the Bronx neighborhood of New York  at the corner of Shakespeare and Anderson in Highbridge and you might not want to go there. According to a report, residents of the community aren’t thrilled with the attention and one man decided to send a message by throwing eggs at some of the tourists descending the staircase. The man even videode himself and uploaded it to twitter shouting at the people quote “Y’all not spending no money in my store, but come and take pictures. Get the f*** out of here!” unquote In other words, be kind, spend a dime.

Brandon Routh is saying Goodbye to Legends of Tomorrow. The Former Superman, current The Atom star said goodbye via Instagram saying quote “My final day of filming with my #LegendsFamily. I love you all & appreciate the 5 seasons we’ve spent together.

It hasn’t always been easy, but I think that’s what makes it harder to leave—getting through the growing pains of the first few seasons has bonded us. 👊🏻 And made the last three seasons a blast! I’ve never been at a job this long, so this is new for me. 😢 I think I will miss you all and the fun we’ve had making this silly show on the #Waverider—as much as I’ll miss bringing #RayPalmer to life. Love & blessings on a great finish to the season. 🙏🏼❤️❤️❤️”

Both Routh and his wife Courney Ford who plays Nora Darhk are leaving the series. Series Executive Producers Phill Klemmer, Grainne Godfree and Keto Shimizu told Deadline quote “Brandon and Courtney have been invaluable members of the Legends family,” “They have always brought a level of passion and collaboration to their characters and to the show — both on and off the screen – that we deeply admire and for which we are eternally grateful.”

Speaking of endings. Arrow co-creator took to Twitter to explain the meaning behind the series finale’s title “Fadeout” in the post he displayed a drawing of a bow with callouts to what all the parts of the weapon . He circled the bottom of the bow which is called the Fadeout. Wonder if Starling city will be destroyed one time… 

Warner Bros tangentially Batman related Joker has passed Deadpool 2 to become the highest rated R rated movie. The film has totaled over 790 million dollars.. Deadpool 2 grossed in 785 million last year and the first deadpool garnered 782 million. Ryan Renolds congratulated Joker with a tweet saying quote “R-rated box office congratulatory posts aren’t like the ones you’re used to.” unquote . That was because it came with a redone pic of the movie poster with the words you mother f*cker , heart Deadpool , Neo, Pennywise, Jesus, Hugh Jackman, the Wolfpack, Mr. Grey, Ted

Batwoman’s ratings have slowly slipped down since the premiere, but the CW has confidence in the show giving it and Nancy Drew full season pickups. CW went on to emphasize that both shows Plus 3 and Plus 7 numbers are doing good. With double digit gains. Not only have they given batwoman a full season they have extended the season order from 13 to 22.

Lucifer is in the midst of filming its final season and Kelly Calrkson on her talk show got to visit the set with her mother and sister, while there Tom Ellis announced that the sixteen episode season will be split in two saying quote “Season 5 of Lucifer is going to be split into two halves. Netflix are gonna drop eight episodes and then there’s gonna be a little break, and then they’re gonna drop another eight episodes.” unquote There will also be a special black and white 1940’s themed episode with a musical flair. The release date has not been announced.

Wonder Woman 1984 director has all but confirmed that Pedro Pascal will play Maxwell Lord. She tweeted a pic of the character from the comics with “Well hello…Max” #WW1984 she tagged Pedro Pascal in the post, which is what is leading the speculation that Pedro will be Max.  The character was created back in 1987 and debuted in Justice League number one. He was first just a backer of the league but later turned into a more sinister character. Wonder Woman 1984 opens in theaters on June fifth, 2020. Seems like they better get crackin on that movie…

Superman is returning to tv. Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch will play the titular characters in Superman & Lois. Former Flash showrunner todd Helbing will be writing and executive producing the new series. And will follow Lois and Clark as they deal with all the problems of being working parents in today’s society. Of course, you know that Greg Brelanti will be executive producing the show alongside Helbing, Berlanti Productions Sarah Schechter and DC’s Geoff Johns. 

The CW is also working on a female focused arrow spinoff with Katherine McNamara, Katie Cassidy and Juliana Harkavy. So when will the CW just become the DCW already.

Marvel

One of the best jokes in Avengers Endgame was Captain America looking at his past self lying face down on the ground and remarking “This is America’s Ass. In an interview with Syfy Wire Endgame writer Christopher Marcus explained that originally it was only Tony Stark and Ant-man on the joke. But then it grew. He told them quote “It sort of grew on its own,” “The first thing that was there was Tony looking at Cap’s terrible Avengers outfit and going, ‘that suit does nothing for your ass.’ That stood on its own for a while, and then Ant-Man was added to the scene, and he said, ‘I think that’s America’s ass.’ And that was the joke for a while.” unquote His writing partner Stephen McFeely decided to add Cap in on the joke during the reshoots he told Syfy Wire quote “We redid the Cap on Cap fight, the ending of it, and that helped us tremendously,” “And then we needed to get out of that scene a little differently, and there [2012 Cap] was, slumped on the ground with his butt in the air.” unquote And movie magic was born.

By the way, Christopher Markus also talked with CinemaBlend and told the site that he would like to see MODOK as the next big bad. Quote “I always go back to the guy I always want to see on screen, which is MODOK,” “Also, part of me… it’s hard to say if he was officially destroyed, I wouldn’t mind seeing a third incarnation of Zola. Now in a robotic body. We got him from human to face on screen, I’d like him to get mobile now. I can’t say that’s going to happen, but it’d be fun.”

MODOK aka Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing was originally a guy named George Tarleton who was mutated after an accident that made his head huge and required a special hoverchair to move around. He first appeared in Tales of Suspense #93 back in 1967.

Payton reed is making it a three peat has the director has signed on to do the third movie in the Ant-man franchise, deadline has confirmed. Payton Directed the first two which did really well, Ant-man made 519 million and ant-man and the wasp made 622 million. Paul Rudd is, of course, expected to return. There’s no release date or production dates yet.

Sony announced on Halloween, the sequel to the Oscar award winning Spider-man into the Spider-verse will come to theaters on April 8th, 2022. The team of Lord and Miller will be back for the sequel. They also announced that another Sony Pictures animation project, a musical adventure story called Vivo that has songs from lin-Manuel Miranda will be pushed back to April 2021. Vivo was a project they acquired from Dreamworks and centers on a capuchin capuchin monkey with a thirst for adventure – and a passion for music – who makes a treacherous passage from Havana to Miami to fulfill his destiny. Quiara Alegría Hudes, Miranda’s collaborator on In the Heights, wrote the script with  The Croods director Kirk De Micco is directing.

A report from variety might spell a problem for Marvel’s Hawkeye series. Hailee Steinfeld is supposed to be up for the lead role in the series, but  she already has a role on Apple Plus’ Dickenson. When asked about it at the premiere for the show, she played coy about it saying quote “That, I don’t know about!” she said, seemingly caught off guard. “I don’t know,”“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

Sources have told Variety that her deal with Apple might preclude her taking a role on a competing streaming service, although her team could always negotiate a fix for that.

If more detail comes out, I’ll let you know.

Some Marvel comics news, The X-Men comic lineup is expanding. THe two new titles were announced at the MCM comic con in London. First off is Giant Size X-men that will be an ongoing series of special issues written by Jonathan Hickman that will spotlight individual characters or small group of characters of X-Men each illustrated by different  artists. The first will star Jean Grey and emma frost with art by Russell dautherman.

The second is a four issue miniseries, X-men/Fantastic Four written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Terry and Rachel Dodson. The story surrounds Franklin richards and the question of if he belongs on Krakoa or not. 

Both series will be out in February.

Marvel is teaming up with Sirius XM to make exclusive podcasts.  The shows will be available to SiriusXM subscribers with streaming access via connected devices and to all Pandora users. There will be four series to start with featuring Wolverine, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Star Lord. There is a fifth series in the works with the characters teamed up. There will be an unscripted series that will look at Marvel’s history with a modern day lens and include talk shows and series dedicated to popular Marvel franchises. Another series that’s being worked on would be an interview show with celebrities. 

The deal doesn’t give SiriusXM ownership of the shows and they will be released widely after an undisclosed amount of time. The shows will come out weekly in 2020.

Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger will not see a third season. The Freeform series has been canceled, possible due to the shakeup at Marvel Television with the departure of Jeph Loeb. Series creator and showrunner Joe Pokaski shared his feelings were everyone does. Twitter. Now this is a long post, so I’m only gonna give you a little of it. The rest you can read via a link in our show notes. https://twitter.com/JoePokaski/status/1187500131735572482?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1187500131735572482&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbr.com%2Fcloak-dagger-showrunner-reacts-cancellation%2F

He said quote So, yeah.  There are parts of me that feel gut-punched or angry at larger corporate forces, but the biggest feeling I have in my heart right now, by far, is pride.   I’m so fucking proud with what we got to do on unquote .

Geek

The Tom & Jerry movie has been moved forward on the calendar to December 23, 2020 the live action animated movie was supposed to come out in April of 2021. The movie is about Tom and Jerry getting kicked out of their home and moving to a new york hotel where Chloe Grace Moretz’s character must evict Jerry of lose her job… and hilarity ensues I guess. The film also features Michael Pena, Ken Jeong, Jordan Bolger and Pallavi Sharda.

The remake of The Witches with Anne Hathaway has also been moved up to October 9th 2020.

The Muppets are getting their own talk show on Disney Plus. Disney and the Jim Henson Company have announced a new comedy talk show called Earth to Ned. the 30 minute show will follow alien muppet Ned interview celebrities and will be apart of Disney Plus unscripted line up. The show will be executive produced by Brian Henson and Vince Raisa from The Jim Henson Company and Joseph Freed and Allison Berkley from Marwar Junction Prods.

Actor David Dastmalchian has a new comic book out the actor created the book, called Count Crowley: reluctant midnight monster hunter while on the set of Dune. he told the hollywood reporter quote “I was on break, sitting in my trailer, and I started jotting down this idea that had been woken up in me,” unquote the comic is set in 1983 and centers on a character named Jerri Bateman who ends up hosting a nightly Creature Feature on a small midwest station but soon learns that the job also includes hunting down monsters that are trying to control the world’s news and information.  The titular Count Crowley, her predecessor went missing.

David said of the series quote “I’m dealing with all these issues relevant to my own sobriety,” “My own struggles with interpersonal relationships. The way I relate to my family, dealing with feelings of shame, guilt, the giant growing pains we’re going through as society as a whole, and thinking about how all that filters through the metaphor of monsters battling monsters.” unquote 

The comic is out now.

Comedy Central has ordered a new animated web series from Bobby Moynihan called Loafy. Loafy is an animated comedy about a weed dealing manatee running a drug empire out of the Central Park Zoo. Bobby will write, act  and executive produce the series alongside Big Breakfasts Luke Kelly-Clyne. This show joins Blark and Son from Stoopid Buddy stoodios. Comedy Central VP of digital original development Steve elliot said quote “We are so excited for both of these series as we continue add(ing) original content to our growing digital portfolio,” said Comedy Central vp digital original development Steve Elliott. “It’s a great opportunity to work with Adam and Ben again after the success of the first season of Blark and Son. And clearly, now more than ever, the world needs a weed-dealing manatee and more Bobby Moynihan — not necessarily in that order.”

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

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Multiverse Tonight Episode 42Sci Fi Edition

Tonight! Fans want a statue for Nog, Picard and Discovery hit New York Comic Con and the Walking Dead Universe gets an unsurprising name all that and more  on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight. So, how’s the new fall season hitting you. The wife and I have gotten into Evil on CBS. We’re glad that the Good Place is back on. 

So here’s a question for you? Is ten years too long to do a sequel? Zombieland Double Tap is coming out, the first one was ten years ago. And I find myself asking the question, is this too long to come out with the sequel. To prove that it’s too long, let’s take Independence Day Resurgence. Was a good movie, could have been a great movie, but it was just too long from the first movie to this one. The first one was in 1996, the sequel 20 years later, 2016. In other words, twenty years might  be too long. It might have been better to just relaunch the series with a new movie. Or maybe they should have put out the first back into theaters a month before first? Get people remembering the first one and then released the sequel? Either way, let’s come up with a rule, 20 years is too long. Will ten be too long? I guess we will see shortly. Personally, I think a sequel shouldn’t be more than 5 years after the previous one. More than that, you have to either reboot the whole thing or re release the previous one in wide release. Anyway, let’s get on with the news.

Star Trek

As we discussed in the last edition, the loss of Aron Eisenberg was sudden and it really hit the fan base hard. The outpouring of grief has been great and Some Star Trek fans have taken the initiative and have put up a petition on change dot org to have a statue of Captain Nog on display at Starfleet Academy in a future season of Star Trek Picard. It would make sense timeline wise as the show takes place decades after Deep Space Nine and the time period when Nog would or could  have been Captain. So far over two thousand six hundred have signed. We will have a link to the petition in the show notes. https://www.change.org/p/star-trek-creators-producers-fans-of-aron-petition-to-make-captain-nog-statue-at-starfleet-acadamy-canon-in-the-new-picard-series?recruiter=251534001&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=a6e88f00-c882-11e4-9219-e937fb5329ea

Asked at NYCC if Captain Nog could possibly be made cannon Alex Kurtzman said quote We saw that petition and obviously we would love to honor Aaron in any way possible, so we will look for any opportunity,” unquote So I’m guessing we see something in Picard season two. Perhaps we could get a mention in Lower Decks?

The second season of Picard, which has been revealed by Sir Patrick will start production in March of next year. He spoke about the show at the University of Huddersfield in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. Speaking to Examiner Live Mister Stewart said quote“I am not giving up my stage work, though it may have to wait for now because there are three projects that I have finished, two films and the TV series, which all need promotion,” . “So I am clearing the decks for that and then there is also the possibility of a second Picard series filming in March next year.” unquote The show is eagerly awaited and will start airing on CBS All Access on January twenty third 2020 I wanna see this more than Discovery.

Star Trek Voyager’s commanding officer Kate Mulgrew took time out to commemorate the twenty fifth anniversary of her first ever scenes as Captain Kathern Janeway. She wrote on Facebook quote “It’s come to my attention that on this day, 25 years ago, I filmed my first scenes as Captain Janeway,”. “Thus, 25 years ago today I walked onto the Bridge and my life changed utterly. A singularly privileged and extraordinary journey on that intrepid vessel, with my beloved crew. How lucky I have been.” unquote. It should be noted that she was the second to take the role after actress Genevieve Bujold quit a few days into filming. Congratulations to the cast and crew of Voyager on the anniversary. Maybe we’ll get to see more Voyager characters in Picard than just Seven of Nine. Like Lieutenant JG Harry Kim?

IDW is helping celebrate the fortieth anniversary of 1979’s Star Trek The Motion Picture with a magazine sized facsimile edition of Marvel Comics Star Trek The Motion Picture Magazine.Here’s the official blurb:Star Trek: The Motion Picture Facsimile Edition

Marv Wolfman (w) • Dave Cockrum & Klaus Janson (a) • Bob Larkin (c)

An alien presence of enormous power enters Federation space, destroying three powerful Klingon cruisers and neutralizing everything in its path. As it heads toward Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk returns to the helm of an upgraded U.S.S. Enterprise and sets course to meet the aggressor head-on. This spectacular adaptation, featuring work by industry legends Marv Wolfman, Dave Cockrum, and Klaus Janson, boldly re-presented in its original form!

FC • 64 pages • 8-1/2” x 11” • $5.99

• Re-presented in its original magazine form!

• Includes all the original essays, interviews, and glossary!

This is scheduled for release on December 18th, which is just a week after the movie opened back in 1979.

Speaking of the Motion Picture it may have been a bit plodding, but it sure was pretty.  Titan Books is releasing a new coffee table book celebrating the art and visual effects of the first Star Trek movie called Star Trek The Motion Picture Inside The Art and Visual effects. Written by Jeff Bond and Gene Kozicki according to a press release from Star Trek dot com quote With this artistic guide, fans can celebrate the landmark 40th anniversary of The Motion Picture’s release by discovering the visual artistry that made this an enduring science-fiction classic. For the first time ever, explore archival material created by legendary Star Trek collaborators, including Robert Abel, Syd Mead, Ralph McQuarrie, Andrew Probert, and Ken Adams. 

Showcasing visionary special effects, concept art, scale models, matte painting and more, this stunning hardback coffee table book will be published on May 12, 2020, priced at $39.95 and £29.99.  unquote  Sounds interesting.N

New York Comic Con has brought us some news on Discovery and Picard. They released new trailers for both and CBS ALL Access has released the first short trek. Frankly I wouldn’t pay for Short Treks until Picard comes out, we got a release date. January twenty third 2020. The trailer seemed to confirm my suspicion that Data is just in Picard’s dreams. We also see our first look at old man Riker and Troi. Looks like they’re in retirement as well. So, let me take a moment to dissect the trailer. First off, it kinda confirms my suspicion that Data is just a dream of Picard’s. Two it looks like Starfleet Admirals are still a bunch of hardasses. Third I’m guessing he goes to The Rikers for help and they either turn him down or give him someone else to turn to for help.  Finally, we see a damaged Borg cube, we know we have two Ex Borg on this journey. So how do the Borg factor into this story, or is this just a side quest to Picard’s mission?

In the Discovery trailer, it looks like Burnham and the ship didn’t arrive at the same time. It also hints that the Federation might have collapsed at some point in the future as well. I’m gonna guess the Discovery will have to help rebuild the Federation. So I guess we’ll see sometime in 2020 when the show returns. 

Just wish they had something to show from Lower Decks,

Star Wars

Not often do I dip into politics on this show and for good reason, but the New York Times Opinion twitter feed, posted something cute after the United States House of Representatives finally opened an impeachment inquiry into the possible high crimes of Donald Trump, put up an informational  little Star Wars like crawl entitled “The Last Straw”. It’s very cute and I’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://twitter.com/i/status/1177383602792927232

Disney Plus’ Obi-Wan Kenobi series, which should really be titled O! Kenobi. Has found a director, Deborah Chow, who has just finished up work on The Mandalorians first season will be directing on the show which will see Ewan McGregor back in Obi-Wan’s boots and finds the Jedi in Hiding eight years after the events of revenge of the sith. No word on when they get to work yet or what the plot exactly is. I wonder if we’ll get to see Luke, he should be about eight years old right? Maybe the show is Obi-Wan taking Luke on adventures. I hope it’s not just Obi Wan watching Luke through binoculars….cause that’s just creepy.

Kevin Feige’s newly announced Star Wars film is big news maker lately and Ming-Na Wen and Chris Evans want in.  Chris Evans volunteered for Feige’s project on Twitter in response to a Collider story asking which MCU actor people would want to see in a Star Wars movie. Evans replied with one word quote Me unquote .  Ming Na Wen chimed in to Chris’ response with her own quote Me Too #StarWars unquote. Wen is already expected to appear in The Mandalorian and has more than enough geek cred to be a good choice for a role in this new film. Would you like to see Ming Na Wen or Chis Evans in this project? Who else would be a good choice for a new Star Wars movie? Let me know on twitter, email or Instagram.

So… what’s in the future for everyone’s favorite wookie Chewbacca? Chewie actor Joonas Suotamo spoke with Radio Times about The Rise of Skywalker and Chewie’s role, but he played it very close to the vest saying quote “Well, we’re going to have to wait and see.” Refusing to confirm or deny Chewbacca’s fate, “I would love to see Chewie more, but everything depends on this next film and the story.” unquote . He might have been quiet on Chewies role, he did have glowing words for the movie telling the site quote “It’s a great story, and we’re gonna have to wait until December to see what that’s all about. Everyone’s back together, they’re going on a great adventure together, facing the ever-growing danger from the First Order. And that’s gonna be something to see.” unquote  Hopefully we might see Chewie in The Mandalorian. Frankly it would be nice to have a Chewie animated series.

Remember in the Force Awakens when Kylo destroyed his helmet? Well he unbroke it. JJ Abrams addressed his helmet, which you can see in the trailer and the new action figure that just came out on Force Friday. Abrams told Empire Magazine quote “Having him be masked, but also fractured, is a very intentional thing,” “Like that classic Japanese process of taking ceramics and repairing them, and how the breaks in a way define the beauty of the piece as much as the original itself. As fracted as Ren is, the mask becomes a visual representation of that. There’s something about this that tells his history. His mask doesn’t ultimately hide him and his behavior is revealed.”  They should have made a short film of him supergluing the mask back together. Hey Robot Chicken, there’s a free sketch idea for you! Your welcome.

Force Friday has arrived and the new Star Wars toys have arrived. https://ew.com/movies/star-wars-rise-of-skywalker-toys/?slide=6520926#6520926

Marvel will be relaunching the Star Wars comic book this January with a new creative team and story Lucasfilm confirmed at NYCC. The new series will take place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and will have Charles Soule as writer and art by Jesus Saiz. The official press release describes the new series as quote “In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his past. Vader did not kill Luke’s father Anakin–Vader is Luke’s father! Now, after narrowly escaping the dark lord’s clutches, and wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, the Wookiee Chewbacca and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 must fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance—for the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake! After so many losses is victory still possible? But, what Leia, Luke and their ragtag band of freedom fighters do not realize is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin’s Will!” unquote I’m surprised they would name anything after Grand Moff Tarkin after the death star blew up.

Geek

The third season of Stranger Things has come and gone. People waited in anticipation for news of Season Four. Well, your pleas have been answered. Season Four has been announced by Netflix with a new teaser trailer. The video ends with the cryptic “We’re not in Hawkins anymore,”. Road Trip! No date when the next season will arrive, but it’s likely in late 2020 or 2021.

The second season for Snowpiercer has been moved back to TNT, Warner Media announced this past week, the show based on the film had been announced to move from TNT to TBS The show has not had an easy life having lost two showrunners and two directors already. According to the Hollywood reporter, Chief Content Officer of HBO Max and President of TNT, TBS and TruTV Kevin Reilly explained quote “We’ve had the unique opportunity to more thoroughly test and explore where this show will best perform. While we are still adding dramas to TBS (such as Obliterated), after further research and consideration we’ve decided to keep Snowpiercer on TNT,” he said in a statement announcing the news. “Now that we’ve seen this incredible post-apocalyptic sci-fi series in its entirety, and better understand the audience this show will appeal to, we’re confident it will perform strongest on TNT.”A release date for season two has not been announced but the second season should arrive in Spring 2020. 

Disney will apparently be making another live-action Inspector Gadget movie according to a report from the hollywood reporter. The movie will be produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich who produced the live action Aladdin movie, Mikey Day and Streeter Sidell will write the script. The film, based on the 80’s cartoons about a detective full of gadgets last saw the big screen in 1999 with Matthew Broderieck in the role. It…didn’t perform great.  But merited a direct to DVD sequel a few years later. Disney is busy making live action versions of cartoon classics. Lady and the Tramp, Mulan, Cruella, Little Mermaid and Lilo and Stitch are all still on the docket.

The Walking Dead family of shows and movies has an official name and it’s kinda redundant. AMC posted on twitter that the title was The Walking Dead Universe. Wouldn’t the Walkerverse work better? Did they think we would confuse it with Walker Texas Ranger? Walker Texas Ranger by the way is getting a reboot starring Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki.

The showrunner for The Walking Dead is hinting that season ten will have more lighter moments than previously in order to balance out the tone of the show. Kang talking to tvline said quote “There’s a certain amount of fun even though there’s this really, really tense and scary thing that is ramping up with our people,”. “That’s something that we really wanted to explore with our people — a way to blow off steam. We’re all human at the end of the day, and you can’t always be living in a dark, nihilistic state. That’s really difficult. So for our people to be able to have these lighter moments helps them — and it helps the actors, too — deal with the seriousness of everything else that’s happening.” unquote  

We also learned at New York Comic Con that Lauren Cohan will be returning to the series.Cohen’s Maggie will return sometime in season 10 and than become a regular character again in season 11

The sequel to the reboot of Halloween. Halloween Kills is bring back characters from the past . Anthony Michael Hall will be back as Tommy Doyle, one of the kids that Laurie Strode was babysitting. Also returning will be Nancy Stephens Nurse Marion Chambers

, who was nearly killed by Michael in the original Halloween. Halloween ends will be in theaters i two years on October fifteenth 2021.

And finally, good news fans of the now Hulu Original Series The Orville, we got some news out of New York Comicon. A panel was held for the show with everyone but the always busy Seth Macfarlane and it was revealed their will be eleven episodes in season 3, now that may seem small, but it was also revealed that the episodes would be longer than they used to be up to twelve to fifteen minutes longer acording to orvile co producer Tom Costantino. The show will return about a year from now in late 2020.

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 Multiverse Tonight 45 Comic Book edition

Tonight! Sony and Disney get along, Rachael Maddow enters the Arrowverse and Todd McFarlane makes a world record on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. We’ve got a lot of good news in this show today. Fall is here, Winter is fast approaching. I suppose it’s good that I have a lot of things I can do indoors, I’ve picked up a lot of coffee table books, The DC Anatomy of a Metahuman book and Tobin’s Spirit Guide from Insight editions…they were on sale. Good price, nice books. 

Marvel

The Black Widow movie is in production and it looks like General Thunderbolt Ross might be showing up. Podcaster @_CharlesMurphy on twitter posted that quote William Hurt, aka Thunderbolt Ross, is currently on the set of what I believe to be additional photography for ‘BLACK WIDOW.’ ScarJo is not believed to be there. Could Ross be visiting with Yelena in a post credit scene setting up a ‘THUNDERBOLTS’ project? That I cannot confirm. Unquote  Last time we saw him was in Endgame paying his respects at the funeral for Tony Stark. Of course, this movie takes place between Captain America Civil War and Infinity War. Is he hunting Natasha after she defected in civil war? His he trying to recruit her for his own team? Guess we’ll have to wait and see when it comes out on May 1st 2020.

Variety reports that with Marvel Studios starting work on tv shows, the fate of Marvel Television seems to be up for some debate. According to several sources that have spoken with Variety, the consensus is that live action productions will all if not mostly be taken away from Jeph Loeb’s Marvel Television division and placed in the more powerful Kevin Feige’s camp in the future. An unknown TV lit agent who spoke to the publication said quote “Feige’s shows are so far beyond anything Marvel TV has been able to do,” “He has access to all of these MCU characters that the other Marvel live-action stuff just doesn’t, not to mention way bigger budgets.”

The budgets for the Marvel Studios projects would probably way higher than Marvel TV gets with budgets probably in the 100 million dollar range for six to eight episodes.. For comparison, the first seasons of Daredevil, Jesica Jones, Luke Cage,and Iron Fist combined was around 200 million.

Though Marvel Television has  its share of successes itself , the current slate of shows has atrophied to Runaways on Hulu, Cloak and Dagger at Freeform and the upcoming series Helstrom. However it should be noted that Marvel TV does have a lot of upcoming animated shows in its portfolio, including the new animated shows coming to Hulu. 

So, should Marvel Television stick to Animation and leave the TV shows to Marvel Studios instead? Or should they just fold themselves into Marvel Studios? What do you think?

Marvel Comics and Games workshop have announced that they are teaming up to publish comics based on the Warhammer line of tabletop games. Games Workshop announcement on their website posted quote “Marvel Comics are the name behind many of the world’s best-loved superhero characters (you know, like Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four),” Games Workshop stated as part of announcing the news. “With more than 80 years of comics experience, Marvel has built an amazing reputation for bringing together the best comic book writers and artists to forge stories that span generations. It’s not for nothing that Marvel has cemented itself as a household name.” unquote This isn’t Warhammers first foray into comics, having teamed up with Titan Comics, that deal ended last year. No titles, creative teams or release dates have been announced. 

Marvel and Sony have made a deal for more Spider-man. Thanks to Spider-man actor Tom Holland. Disney CEO Bob Iger appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Confirmed the actors involvement.  Telling Jimmy quote “We had an event called D23, which is a big Disney fan event; Tom was there because he’s a voice in a new Pixar movie called Onward with Chris Pratt,” Iger says. “And he said something onstage and it was clear that the fans wanted Tom back as Spider-Man made by Marvel and our Marvel production team.” The executive is of course referring to Holland’s emotional message to fans gathered at the convention, “I love you 3,000.”

“After D23, Tom reached out to folks who worked for me, ‘Could I please have Bob’s email address or phone number?’ Of course I’m very protected and they were very careful,” Iger continues. “I said, ‘Sure, have him contact me.’ And he did. We spoke. Basically he made a… he cried on the phone.”

To which Jimmy Kimmel replied, “Really?!”

Iger continued with a laugh saying  “No, not really. But it was clear that he cared so much and actually we care a lot about him. He’s a great Spider-Man. I actually felt for him, and it was clear that the fans wanted this to happen. So after I got off the phone with him I made a couple of phone calls to our team at Disney Studios and then I decided to call the head of Sony and I said, ‘We gotta figure out a way to get this done.’ For Tom and for the fans. And we did. That’s how it happened. He called me and I called them.”

 The deal is for two more movies. The sequel to homecoming in July 2021 and than another unknown movie. Both produced by Marvel Studios Kevin Feige. Disney will get a proportionally bigger cut of the profits, reportedly twenty five percent versus the previous cut of five percent, but will have to pay a proportionally twenty five percent of the production costs.  Sony will get the remaining monies, plus the distribution fee.

With the bad blood behind them, Deadline reports that Jon Watts in talks to return to the franchise for the third MCU Spiderman movie. 

During the X-Men panel at New York Comic Con Marvel announced a new ongoing series for Wolverine, his first since 2014. Wolverine #1 will be written by Benjamin Percy with art by Adam Kubert and Victor Bog don avic. Percy has experience writing about Wolverine having written Wolverine The Long Night and The Lost Trail podcasts. The series will debut in February.

DC

Brandon Routh has put the S back on. And as expected he’s going to be The Kingdom Come version of Superman. A photo of Brandon Routh was released with the actor in the costume with graying temples. Brandon Routh will join Tom Welling and Erica Durance will be in the crossover as the Smallville versions of Superman and Lois Lane. Routh will also be doing double duty as Ray The Atom Palmer. He will in turn be joined by a new Atom, Ryan Choi played by Osric Chau . The crisis crossover will begin on Supergirl on December eighth and continue on that week’s Batwoman and The Flash and than continue on January fourteenth on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.

Joining these stars in the crossover will be Ashley Scott who played Huntress on Birds of Prey, the WB series that lasted for threaten episodes in 2002.

Supergirl has a new suit and a new haircut this season, but they almost decided not to have her new haircut in the show. Costume Designer Victoria Auth told insider dot com quote “We were moving the whole concept of ‘Supergirl’ into a bit more sophistication, and I think she just thought, ‘new suit, new ‘do,'” Auth told Insider. “It kind of worked to balance each other. They were going to put her in a wig and hold on to the old cut, but then once they saw it, they thought it was a nice freshening.” unquote 

Didn’t Supergirl have a mohawk in one version in the comic books? Frankly I’ve always liked Supergirl with billowy Farrah Fawcett kinda hair, but that’s just me.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow will be making an appearance on Batwoman. The Hollywood Reporter  says she will play DC Universe tv and radio personality Vesper Fairchild. IN the comics the character was one of Bruce Wayne’s one time girlfriends. Maddow will be seen once but heard in multiple episodes. Rachael shared her excitement on Twitter saying quote “I know no one’s going to believe this is true, but it’s true. I’m ‘Vesper Fairchild’ in the new Batwoman TV show that starts this Sunday night on The CW. (My character is soooo not me; turns out playing her is one of the most fun things I’ve ever done).”  Showrunner caroline dries said in a statement quote “We consider Vesper Fairchild to be the sardonic Voice of Gotham,” “In addition to Rachel’s interest in Batwoman, we thought she’d be the perfect casting choice because her own hard-hitting journalism wildly contrasts Vesper’s penchant for snark, gossip and criticism of female superheroes.”

And on the heels of that announcement comes this one, Sabastian Roche from the Man in the High Castle and Vampire Diaries has joined the cast of Batwoman as a recurring character named Dr. Campbell.

The Joker is getting a lot of mileage this year, isn’t he. Legendary filmmaker John Carpenter is getting his turn at the clown prince of crime as the writer of the comic The Joker Year of the Villain. Here’s the blurb: “In this one-shot special, Lex Luthor – now a human-alien hybrid – has made his appeal to the world, asking its citizens to embrace doom and give in once and for all to evil, humanity’s true nature. In exchange, he will grant them the tools to ascend to their ultimate selves. While some DC villains (and heroes) are willing to hear what “Apex Lex” has to offer, the Clown Prince of Crime isn’t going to wait around until Lex gets to him. This puts The Joker on a mission to get his swagger back in a world gone bad by out-badding everyone else, proving that the greatest evil is always the one that leaves them laughing.” The comic will be out this week.

Comedian and acgor Pete Davidson missed the preiere of SNL to film James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad in Atlanta.. Pete also went to a special screening of The Joker in Atlanta with the cast of the movie. James Gunn posted a picture of the cast on Instagram. “#TheSuicideSquad (and Pom). Many of us are doing weird things in this photo. After a screening of Joker (thanks @wbpictures!),” No word on when Pete will be returning to Saturday Night Live.

 At NYCC DC announced that they are releasing  a new official DC Timeline. In this timeline, Wonder Woman is the first superhero of the Golden Age. There are four eras on this time timeline, The first“Dawn of the Heroic Age,” includes the Justice Society of America, the All Star Squadron, and the Freedom Fighters. The Second“The Space Age,” began with Superman and featured the Justice League and Doom Patrol before giving way to The Third“The Age of Crisis,” starting with Crisis on Infinite Earths. And the fourth “The Flashpoint,”starting with Flashpoint the current era and extending into the future of the just-reintroduced Legion of Super-Heroes. I’m pretty happy to stay in the third. 

Geek

Todd McFarlane believes that there will be a Spawn Universe. Todd Speaking with comic book dot coms Jim Viscardi was asked if it was time to expand Spawn even title wise, Todd replied quote “So essentially there’s been a blink in the universe and it’s sort of awakened a bunch of things or it’s triggered a bunch of things. And so this battle that he’d been raging for 300 issues, almost exclusively as a solo act is now going to slowly morph into that,” “Not necessarily that he’s going to have a team, although that could be possible in the future. But that he’s not going to be alone and that there’s going to be other soldiers in this war because it’s a daunting task what he’s trying to do right now. And, he intellectually knows he can’t do it by himself. So he’s going to get help one way or another, whether he wants it or not, helps coming.” “The bigger sort of stories moving forward is what does all that mean? A) help is always good, but if the people helping you don’t have the same mindset or have their own agendas or have their own attitudes, then what seems like it should be a positive can turn into a neutral or a negative. And those are all the things that arguably any theme books go through, the mechanisms of who are all these individuals when they run into each other.” He also said that there would be some new material coming to the books. Saying quote And, then we’re going to start going from there and then building hopefully some new super villains if you will, that will be on par with the Clown and some of the other characters I’ve had in the book. But maybe in 10 years, we’ll be thought of in the same category as some of the big sort of iconic superheroes. Don’t know if it’ll happen, but I think it’s time. I think it’s time to just create my Spawn verse, if you will.

And with issue 301 The Guinness World Records will be giving Todd MacFarlane the world record for longest running creator owned superhero comic book series

Netflix’s Bojack Horseman is coming to an end with season 6. The last season will be presented in two parts, the first part will debut at the end of October and the second half at the end of January. IN a press release about it McFarlane talked about how long running series come in on the backs of a lot of people saying quote “As much as I am proud to be receiving this award, I gratefully accept it on behalf of all those who helped me the past 27 years on this journey.” unquote 

It’s now official. Kevin Smith’s next film will be Clerks 3. Kevin broke the news in a post on Instagram and a poster standing next to Jay Mewes and Jeff Anderson quote”3 CLERKS,” . “Thanks to the good folks at [Leeloo Multiprops], I got to see Randal! Jeff Anderson, Jay Mewes, and I spend Saturday signing stuff and catching up, seeing so much movie merch that’s been made over the last 25 years (hit the Leeloo site for sweet signed skateboards)! But even better than that? We talked about making a movie together. It’ll be a movie that concludes a saga. It’ll be a movie about how you’re never too old to completely change your life. It’ll be a movie about how a decades-spanning friendship finally confronts the future. It’ll be a movie that brings us back to the beginning – a return to the cradle of civilization in the great state of New Jersey. It’ll be a movie that stars Jeff and Brian O’Halloran with me and Jay in supporting roles. And it’ll be a movie called CLERKS III!” unquote. This will be a new version of the script and not the old one that he wrote a few years back.

Disney Plus and Amazon have hit a snag. Amazon’s Fire TV might not get Disney Plus in a dispute over advertising. Amazon apparently wants the right to sell a quote “substantial percentage of the ad space on Disney apps,” unquote, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Disney is resisting. Let’s hope the two mega money giants come to an agreement by next month as Disney Plus is set to debut on November twelfth. 

Rick and Morty’s return is imminent! Adult Swim announced that Rick And Morty will be back for a five episode half season run on November 10th. Just remember that this is just the beginning as the show was renewed for 70 episodes. 

The peacock network NBC is putting into development a post apocalyptic civilization rebuilding drama called The Vault from Keshet Studios and Universal TV. The Vault is written by Jesse Lasky and centers around a cataclysmic event seemingly wipes out the planet, the survival of humanity rests upon Annie, a geobiologist who has been setting up a state-of-the-art facility in the Arctic known as the Vault. It houses a dozen experts in their respective fields all with specific skill sets that would be essential in rebuilding civilization.

Lasky executive produces with Keshet’s Avi Nir, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan and Alon Shtruzman. Lasky is managed by Echo Lake Entertainment.

Joker had a big opening weekend nearly matching Justice League and becoming Warner Bros Second Biggest Opening Weekend since Wonder Woman.

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

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

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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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Episode Twenty-Five: After The Endgame, What’s Next?

Tonight! Avengers Endgame breaks records like the Hulk breaks pants, California recognizes Star Wars Day and we say goodbye to everyone’s favorite wookie actor on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

  

Welcome to the show! I’m your host Thomas Townley! I hope you’ve seen Endgame, it was 3 hours well spent. Now that you’ve seen Avengers Endgame, what’s next? Spider-man Far From Home? Star Wars? More streaming services than you have hours in the day?

By the way, we are just two episodes away from our one year anniversary…

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Let’s start with the Marvel News

Avengers Endgame rocked the box office to its knees. Bringing in 1.2 billion dollars in its opening weekend worldwide. And in it’s second weekend, it’s up to $2,188,698,638. Could it make it to three million next weekend? It now holds the records for Worldwide opening, foreign opening weekend, opening day gross, single day gross,and single day friday, saturday and sunday gross, april opening weekend, spring opening weekend, top 3 day and top 4 day gross and many many more.  It’s competition from the previous weeks, The Curse of La Llorona and Shazam saw drops of over 60 percent while the new Pet Sematary remake so a drop of 72 percent. Needless to say, Avengers made all the money and will probably keep making money for sometime until the next big summer blockbuster which ever one that is.

By the way, have you noticed that not many spoilers have been bandied about? Here’s a cautionary tale out of Hong Kong to make you think twice of opening your big mouth outside a theater. Asia One reports that a man was assaulted outside a Hong Kong theater for loudly exposing major Endgame spoilers to those in line for the movie..

If that doesn’t make you keep quiet maybe this will, Directors Joe and Anthony Russo penned a letter to fans saying quote “Because so many of you have invested your time, your hearts, and your souls into these stories, we’re once again asking for your help,” the letter reads in part. “When you see Endgame in the coming weeks, please don’t spoil it for others, the same way you wouldn’t want it spoiled for you. Remember, Thanos still demands your silence.” quote So shhhhhhh.

And for those theater workers out there who kept theaters clean, popcorn popped and lines moving, Mark ruffalo has a message for you quote “Thank you to everyone that went to see Endgame this weekend, reminding us how great it is to watch movies with others,” Ruffalo said. “And a special thank you to the people working at theaters this weekend. Love you 3000.” unquote

By the way, according to the Hollywood Reporter, a big winner financially in all this is Robert Downey Jr. Who will walk away with a 75 million dollar payout from backend profits on Endgame. It’s good to be the Iron Man.

Well with one movie done, another must be made.According to the Hollywood reporter,  Guardians of the galaxy 3 will start filming in 2020 with one of three possible release dates in 2021, February 12th, May 7th or November 5th. Personally I’m pulling for February. It’s a couple of days before my birthday.

Now last episode we talked about Disney Plus and it’s myriad of MCU shows. Well  We now know how many episodes the first seasons of those shows will be. According to the hollywood reporter , Loki, Falcon and Winter Soldier and Scarlet Vision will each have six to eight episode seasons. This info comes from the stars contracts, which were negotiated separately from their movie contracts. Just a reminder, Disney Plus will launch on November 12th.

Meanwhile over at Sony Pictures. The studio has signed Phil Lord and Chris Miller to a five year deal worth nine figures to start after their current Fox contract expires.  The new deal will see the Spider-verse makers create and develop comedy and drama projects of their own creation for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms as well as oversee other writers projects. They will also be making tv projects based on the Sony MCU characters including Spider-man, Venom, Morbius, Black Cat and Silver Sable.  Lord and Miller said in a statement quote “We are so grateful to everyone at Sony Pictures Television for choosing to partner with us and expand our enduring relationship with the studio,” “Together we aim to make groundbreaking work of the highest quality and integrity, and to place that work in convenient proximity to your eyeballs and ear holes, wherever you may be.”

Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson has been an outspoken advocate for diversity in the movie business. Now she has a few thoughts on creating a more diverse future for the MCU. On Variety’s Big Ticket podcast, Brie responded to host Marc Malkin talking about the notion that he never thought that he’d see an LGBT hero when he was growing up. She responded quote “That breaks my heart to hear that, because there’s no reason,” “I don’t understand how you could think that a certain type of person isn’t allowed to be a superhero. So to me it’s like, we gotta move faster. But I’m always wanting to move faster with this stuff.”“It wasn’t enough for me to just look strong on a poster; it needed to extend further than that,” “I feel like I can’t at the end of the day go to sleep at night if I didn’t do everything that I possibly could.”” Unquote

She also expressed gratitude over Captain Marvel’s success at the box office. Quote “I’m happy to be on the forefront of the normalization of this type of content and to prove once again that representation matters. Diverse storytelling matters, the female experience matters, and these are markers,”. “So it’s something I’ve always known and I think a lot of people always knew, but this is just normalizing.” The next phase is expected to be more diverse with upcoming movies like Shang-Chi, Eternals and Black Panther 2.

Disney is taking full advantage of being the majority owner of Hulu. Disney owns sixty percent of the streaming service.  Today Hulu announced that it’s 28 million subscribers will have the pleasure of seeing Gabriel Luna return to the role of Ghost Rider in a new series. Interestingly enough, he won’t be the same Ghost Rider from Agents of Shield. Also announced Marvel’s Helstrom. Hellstrom is about Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the children of a mysterious and powerful serial killer. The two use their complicated dynamic, attitude and skills to track down the worst of humanity. Paul Zbyszewski executive producer and showrunner said in the official announcement quote “As a lifelong Marvel fan, I feel incredibly fortunate to help bring this darker, thrilling corner of the comic book universe to life, and I’m just grateful to everyone at Marvel Television and Hulu for the opportunity,” “Marvel’s known for all the heart, humor, and action they put into every series, but this time around we’re adding some scares to that mix. I think we’ve found a compelling way to dissect some of our deepest fears through the experiences of our two lead characters.”

“We’re thrilled Hulu will be moving into a new—admittedly chilling—corner of the Marvel Universe with GHOST RIDER and HELSTROM. Paul and Ingrid are crafting gripping adventures into fear that live in our SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE cornerstone.”

These two series joining the third season of Marvel’s Runaways, and new animated series M.O.D.O.K., Hit Monkey, Tigra and Dazzler and Howard the Duck. The four animated series will join together to become The Offenders.

Sounds fun.

We would like to shout out some congratulations to Heimdall himself, Idris Elba back on April 26th, he tied the not to Sabrina Dhowre. According to the British edition of Vogue, they were married in Morocco. Congrats to the happy couple.

And speaking of happy couples, Surprise. Captain Marvel star Jude Law tied the knot with his fiancee Phillipa Coan on April 30th in a surprise wedding. The couple got wed in London with only a select number of the couples friends and family attending. This is Jude’s second marriage. Congratulations.

DC Comics

I know that most eyeballs have been on Marvel lately, but DC also has news so…

Variety reports that James Gunn’s The  Suicide Squad has added Daniela Melchior for the role of Ratcatcher. This would be a gender swap fro the Batman villain. The member of The Rogues Gallery was a rat catcher who discovered that he could actually control rats and used them to commit crimes. She joins Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Idris Elba. Also new to the cast will be Ant-man vet David Dastmalchian who will be taking up the mantle of D list villain Polka Dot Man and John Cena stepping up as Peacemaker. The movie should start filming soon and will hit theaters in August of 2021.

DC is adding another new book to their DC Zoom imprint. The book called Dear Justice League puts the heroes of the DCU answering questions from their biggest fans. The book is written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte DC put up a trailer, lets watch.

https://youtu.be/35tW9oC2fF0

The description for the book is quote The greatest heroes in the DC universe, the Justice League, answer mail from their biggest fans–kids!–courtesy of Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, and artist Gustavo Duarte.Does Superman ever make mistakes? What was Wonder Woman’s eleventh birthday like? Does Aquaman smell like fish? In this new middle-grade graphic novel, iconic heroes are asked questions both big and small, and when they are not busy saving the world, the Justice League even finds time to respond. Their honest and humorous answers will surprise and delight readers of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid.

Full of feats, follies, and colorful illustrations, Dear Justice League gives readers the inside scoop into everyday heroics, no matter who wears the cape!”

Dear Justice League hits stores on August 6th and will retail for $9.99.

Kinda looks interesting.

DC Comics has announced Batman/Superman a new series to be written by Joshua Williamson and featuring art from debut artist David Marquez. The series is a follow up to The Batman Who Laughs miniseries and focuses on a version of Batman from the Dark Multiverse that was corrupted by the Joker toxin and became a villain. Now he has a plan. Williams told the hollywood reporter“We discover, through the Batman Who Laughs series that the Batman Who Laughs have been working on this massive plan since [Dark Nights: Metal],” “What it is is, he has sleeper agents throughout the [DC Universe]. They’ve been infected, and they’re slowly turning into the worst versions of themselves. Some of them know they’re changing, some don’t. Some aren’t aware it’s kind of like a Jekyll and Hyde situation where they’re not aware of [what] the other side is doing. “This is happening to six people — we’ve been calling them the new Secret Six — who have been turned. But who could be turned? Who are they? [Batman and Superman] have to go out and figure it out. But that means spying on other heroes, friends, allies. We talked about the end of The Thing, where it’s the two of them and they’re like, ‘It could be you, it could be me, but now we have to work together.’” He went on to tell the reporter that unraveling the mystery is the core of the book, but the mystery will also spread out to other books.

Sounds like Batman and Superman trying to find the secret cylons, doesn’t it.

Arrow Star Stephen Amell has faced down many a bad guy on Arrow. But the real Amell hates one thing at home. Leaf Blowers. Stephen tood to twitter to voice his frustrations quote “A person in my neighborhood has been blasting a leaf blower on a property that’s under construction for the past 40 minutes. I’m home for the first time in months and I’m wandering around in my undies. Hope your lot is clean FOR NO F****** REASON.” “I can’t even begin to explain how much I hate leaf blowers. I hate leaf blowers just a little less than I love my daughter,” However Elon Musk might have a solution to his dilemma. Elon recently revealed on twitter that quote Tesla is going to develop a quiet, electric leaf blower unquote Stephen tweeted back “I humbly offer you my first born son,” unquote  I don’t know if that’s a even trade. I’m pretty sure Elon can build a son…probably using the leaf blower.

Star Wars

So have you seen the trailer for Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker, if you saw it in the first 24 hours after it was released, you’re not alone. According to a report from Deadline, one hundred eleven million views were recorded by Youtube, that beat out  The Last jedis 91 million viewers and is more than double The Force Awakens numbers. That’s pretty impressive but falls short of the numbers for the trailers for Avengers Infinity War and Endgame which both had more than 238 and 289 million respectively. Still those numbers are Youtube only.

Disney fans watch now! With Disney Plus coming soon there’s now an expiration date on any Disney content still up on the service. Cars 3 leaves on July 31st, CoCo expires on November 29th and Incredibles 2 leaves on July 30th. Star Wars movies The Last Jedi leaves on December 26th, Solo A Star Wars story on July 9th. Marvel movies Guardian of the Galaxy Vol 2: May 5th, Thor Ragnarok on December 6th, Black Panther leaves on March 4th, Avengers Infinity War on June 25th and Ant-man and the Wasp leaves on July 29th. Of course, you can always just buy these movies and support them directly.

And while you watch those movies, Wanna play a blast from the past? Discord has some oldies for you. The company has announced 11 games from the Lucasfilm and Disney archives that will be heading to its Nitro Games subscription service . Revealed so far are Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Star Wars: Republic Commando

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

Knights of the Old Republic one and two are available now The Discord app is free but the Nitro games subscription is 10 dollars a month.

May the 4th as long been known as Star Wars day for years now and now The California State  Assembly has introduced a Resolution declaring May 4, 2019 as “Star Wars Day.”

The Assembly drafted the Resolution in advance of Disneyland’s new “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”

It reads, in part:

“Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes the Star Wars franchise upon the celebration of the opening of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” the largest single site expansion to date of Disneyland Park, and commends the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney Company for their decades-long record of enhancing the quality of life for people in California and beyond; and be it further Resolved, That the Legislature declares May 4, 2019, as Star Wars Day.”

“Star Wars” was created by Modesto native George Lucas. The first film of the franchise was released in 1977.

The Assembly Rules Committee passed ACR 72 Monday by a vote of 10-0.

And speaking of Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s Hollywood Studios put out an open casting call for people to play “gatherers” in Savi’s Workshop inside the land’s Black Spire Outpost.

The casting call read as follows quote

“Gatherers: Warm and inviting; capable of leading a structured interactive

experience. Gatherers have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy. Adept at

engaging authentically with visitors. Though slightly quirky and mysterious, the Gatherer is

always personable and humorous. Good comedic and improvisational instincts. All abilities,

genders and types welcome.”

Your job will be to guide guests in building their own unique lightsabers. You’ll also amaze them with your deep knowledge of the Force and train them to be Jedi’s.

Auditions are being held on Tuesday, May 21 at 4 p.m. at Animal Kingdom rehearsal facility with callbacks will be held May 28 and 29 in Orlando.

Actors should prepare for their audition with the provided script. I’ll have a link to it in the show notes.

https://cdn.media.disneyauditions.com/other-files/music/wdw/Kembe-AUDITION_SIDE.pdf

We close Star Wars news on a sad note Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca has passed away. The following was posted on his facebook page. Quote

The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away.  He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home.

Peter was the man behind the mask of Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, episode 3 of the prequels, and the New Trilogy. He fought his way back from being wheelchair-bound to stand tall and portray Chewbacca once more in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  He also consulted on The Last Jedi in an attempt to teach his successor. He put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca and it showed in every frame of the films from his knock kneed running, firing his bowcaster from the hip, his bright blue eyes, down to each subtle movement of his head and mouth.  But, to him, the Star Wars family meant so much more to him than a role in a film.

The relationships that began then grew into the friends and family that he would love for decades to come.  As the films released and became more well-known he had his eyes opened to the possibilities of what he could achieve with his role in the Star Wars universe.  For more than 30 years Peter traveled all over the world spending time with his fans and friends. Peter developed lifelong friendships with the other cast members and his fans while on the convention circuit touching the lives of millions.  As he realized over the years the impact he could have, he became heavily involved with the 501st legion, Wounded Warriors, Make-a-Wish, and other non-profit organizations.
 
To this end, he established the Peter Mayhew Foundation, supporting everything from individuals and families in crisis situations to food and supplies for children of Venezuela during their recent road to freedom. He not only provided funds but became personally involved with each individual, family and cause he supported.

As he grew older he continued to “soldier on” as he put it and was completely in his element around his fans and supporters. He grew great strength from the energy of his family, friends and the fans he knew and loved.

He is survived by his wife Angie and three children. His kindness, generosity and care will live on in the Peter Mayhew Foundation with Angie taking the helm as his voice.

There will be a memorial service for friends and family held on June 29th and in early December in Los Angeles there will be a memorial for fans set up with his family in attendance, personal effects, and collection at EmpireConLA. 

For additional information, information on the memorials or to offer condolences email ryan@ReelAppearances.com

Rather than gifts and flowers the family asks that you consider donating to the foundation so that they can continue his efforts to help the community.  You can donate at http://petermayhewfoundation.org/make-a-donation.php

Unquote

I got to see him once at Planet Comicon a few years ago. He was a really nice guy. Our condolences to his family and Star wars fans everywhere.

Star Trek news

CBS and Viacom might be headed towards a reunion. Bloomberg reports that CBS is no longer looking for a permanent successor for former CEO Les Moonves. Instead Joe Ianniello, who was Moonves’s former number 2 will continue as acting CEO till the end of the year.

Bloomberg speculates that this could be signaling that CBS is prepared to merge back with Viacom, as CBS wouldn’t probably be looking for a new CEO while trying to negotiate a deal with Viacom at the same time. A merger would be good for both Viacom and CBS so that they can be on a larger footing to compete with Disney and Warner Media.

On the subject of CBS, Star Trek has announced that it’s launching a Star Trek global franchise group. This new division will manage and maximize the expansion of the Star Trek brand beyond broadcasting and streaming. Including  podcasts, new digital spaces and live experiential events.

Leading this new unit will be Veronica Hart who will serve as Executive Vice President of Star Trek Global Franchise Management. In other words, she’s kind of Alex Kurtzman’s boss. Alex Kurtzman said in a statement. Quote “As we expand the Trekverse, Veronica’s team and Secret Hideout are dedicated to broadening ‘Star Trek’s’ brand reach by amplifying its core values globally: empowerment, inclusion, imagination, and above all, the exceptional storytelling that’s inspired generations of fans,” unquote .

Exceptional storytelling. Exceptional. Storytelling. Let’s just meditate on those words, shall we Alex? Anyway.

And while we’re hoping for exceptional storytelling, CBS Television Studios has announced that it has greenlight a new Star Trek animated series, but not for All Access but for Nickelodeon. The show is seen as an opportunity to get younger kids into Star Trek. The show is being developed by Emmy Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman. The as of yet named CG animated show will follow a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation. The series  comes from CBS Eye Animation Productions, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers alongside Kevin and Dan Hageman. Aaron Baiers will serve as a co-executive producer. In a statement Alex Kurtzman said quote “‘Star Trek’s’ mission is to inspire generations of dreamers to build a brighter future,” “Dan and Kevin have crafted a story that honors its exploratory spirit in a way that’s never been done before, while the Nickelodeon team blew us away with their excitement at bringing ‘Trek’ to a younger generation around the world.”

The show joins an adult animated comedy called Lower Decks that will air on All Access.

Star Trek Online is bringing back Jason Isaacs as non Mirror Captain Gabriel Lorca and Reka Sharma as Commander Ellen Landry back to life. Perfect World and Cryptic Studios announced Star Trek Online major update Rise of Discovery will hit servers on PC on May 14th. Players will get to fight alongside the USS Buran and get a look at Landry and Loraca before they joined the crew of the Discovery. The new update will also introduce a brand new reputation and a ship system update that will allow players to level up Tier 6 ships with their characters. Let’s watch the trailer https://youtu.be/OEjGJaxgdgI

Variety reports that Ethan Phillips is joining the cast of a new space comedy for HBO. Avenue 5 comes from Veep creator Armando Iannucci and is described as a space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future. THe show stars Hugh Laurie as the captain of the space cruise ship Avenue 5 and also stars Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Nikki Amuka, Rebecca Front, Lenora Crichlow, and Suzy Nakamura.

Ethan will play a character named Spike Martin, an elderly space enthusiast and former astronaut. Spike is described as quote  “a grizzled womanizer and heavy drinker who is also surprisingly good with kids. Spike thinks he should have a higher status due to his achievements as an astronaut, but not many people know who he is. He often boasts of being the first Canadian to land on Mars, which isn’t strictly true.” unquote

So you finished Season Two of Discovery and thought what to do now. IDW has your answer, a season 2.5 miniseries called Star Trek Discovery Aftermath. The three-issue series comes from previous Discovery mini-series writers Kristen Beyer,  Mike Johnson. With Art by Tony Shasteen. According to Mike Johnson quote “The new series shows how Pike, Spock, L’Rell, and the rest of the cast deal with the fallout from the mind-blowing events of Season Two,” say “And we couldn’t be happier that Tony Shasteen is beaming back onboard for this story!” unquote

Editor Chase Marotz added quote “To be able to follow up on the huge status-quo shift presented in that finale is a dream come true, especially with a team as talented as Kirsten, Mike, and Tony,”. “In terms of fitting into the broader universe presented in Discovery, this new series is perhaps our most essential yet, and I can’t wait for everybody to see what we’ve got in store for them.” Unquote

You know, one thing we haven’t heard much about lately is Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek project.  It was assigned to screenwriter Mark L Smith in December of 2017 and since than all has been quiet on that front.  However Quinten was asked about it by Slash Film quote : I feel like I have to ask this even though I don’t know if you’ll want to answer. But are you going to make a Star Trek movie? Is there any truth to that?

Quinten : It’s a very big possibility. I haven’t been dealing with those guys for a while cause I’ve been making my movie. But we’ve talked about a story and a script. The script has been written and when I emerge my head like Punxsutawney Phil, post-Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, we’ll pick up talking about it again. Unquote

Once Upon a Time will be released this summer, so i guess only time will tell.

Nichelle Nichols is on the final leg of her convention farewell tour. Her final appearance is set for May 2020 and Nichelle would like to ttel her life story with a biographical documentary titled Breaking Barriers. With the help of Atomic Network, An Indiegogo campaign has been launched to assist with financing the production.The campaign has a goal of  $25,000, it’s about half way there with only a few days left in the campaign. If you’d like to donate as little as $5 just look up the campaign on Indiegogo or find the link in our show notes. The campaign ends on the tenth.

Geek News

Game of Thrones is busy on it’s wind down tour. The cast is making a good pay day for these last 6 episodes. According to IndieWire, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau each received $500,000 per episode, while co-stars Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright each received $175,000 per episode. I take half those paychecks anyday.

Netflix has killed it’s zombie comedy The Santa Clarita Diet. The third season just dropped a couple of months ago.  This came has a bit of shock as it seemed to be one of Netflix’s tentpole properties. In a statement, Netflix said, “The world had never known a ‘zom-com’ until Santa Clarita Diet, and we’re indebted to creator Victor Fresco for bringing this idea to Netflix,” “To their endless credit, the incredible Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant were totally game, with an uncanny knack for comedy that brought Sheila and Joel Hammond to vibrant life, even though one of them was undead. We’re grateful to Victor, Drew, and Timothy, along with fellow executive producers Tracy Katsky, Aaron Kaplan, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell and the terrific cast, including Liv Hewson and Skyler Gisondo, and crew for three hilarious seasons for Netflix members to discover for years to come.”

Stars Timothy Oliphant and Drew Barrymore responded in a statement to the Hollywood reporter. Drew Barrymore said quote Of all of the characters I’ve ever been, Sheila Hammond is one of my favorites,”  “She and Joel were an amazing couple, who had shared goals. And I am lucky to have worked alongside Tim Olyphant. It was an honor to get to do something so delightful. Sheila lives forever in me. And I am grateful to Victor Fresco, who created a world so unique.” unquote

Timothy Oliphant in his statement said quote “I loved working on this show. I’m going to continue coming in and doing scenes. If they don’t want to film it, that’s up to them.” unquote

The Nintendo 3DS is at its End of Life. Nintendo has  confirmed that it has nothing new to announce regarding first-party software for the Nintendo 3DS. And while there’s still new software from third-party publishers in the pipeline, it looks like Nintendo is moving on. The 3DS first came out in 2011. It was not as big of a seller as its predecessor, it still was well received by fans. Of course, given that the Nintendo Switch is both a handheld and a home console system kind of made the 3DS obsolete. Farewell 3DS.

The Critters are back. The film series which debut with the first Critters movie in 1986 starring Dee Wallace and M. Emmet Walsh. Critters featured creatures from outer space that were cute looking but had rows and rows of sharp teeth that land on Earth as they attempt to escape intergalactic bounty hunters. It’s had many sequels including a new one Critters Attack! Which is the fifth film in the series. It will debut on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on July 23rd.

Here’s the description quote “Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), who starred in the original Critters as Helen Brown, will sink her teeth into the franchise for a second time in the mysterious role of Aunt Dee. Inspired by the film series from the ’80s and ’90s, Critters follows 20-year-old Drea (Tashiana Washington), who reluctantly takes a job babysitting for a professor of a college she hopes to attend. Struggling to entertain the professor’s children Trissy (Ava Preston) and Jake (Jack Fulton), along with her own little brother Phillip (Jaeden Noel), Drea takes them on a hike, unaware that mysterious alien critters have crash-landed and started devouring every living thing they encounter. “While being tracked by the ravenous critters, Drea and the kids encounter an adorable, seemingly harmless female critter named Bianca, an exiled royal fleeing the critter race. As the critters converge on the college campus, Drea and the kids, who are now inextricably linked to Bianca, rush to head them off. Will Drea discover her inner badass, and will it be enough to stop the critter onslaught? And is the critter princess as innocent as she seems?” unquote

Well that sounds like…something.

Paramount is moving forward with its live adaptation of Rugrats by hiring Diary of a wimpy kid director David Bowers. The adaptation of the 90’s cartoon is set to be a live action and CGI hybrid. With the babies done in CGI and the adults being live action. No other details are available. CGI babies, sounds really creepy.

And while we’re on cartoons being made into movies, Warner Bros is bringing Tom and Jerry to the movies and they are in talks with Chloe Grace Moretz to star in the film. Just like Rugrats this would be a live action animated hybrid movie. Chloe would be playing the part of Kayla an employee at the hotel that Jerry movies into during a glamorous wedding. Kayla hires Tom  to take out Jerry and hilarity ensues?

The twenty fifth James Bond movie is….taking its sweet time. However, we have a little news about the casting. No title yet, but we did get word via a promotional video that Rami Malek will play the villain of the picture. Also we got some plot details, According to producer Barbara Broccoli quote “He’s enjoying himself in Jamaica,”unquote Barbara also added that the production has built an “extraordinary” house for the famous agent and his license to kill. The description of the movie is that quote  “[Bond’s] peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.” Unquote.

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Episode Twenty One: We Haven’t Been Bought by Disney…Yet.

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Star Wars news begins with a lot of peaks at the Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World and Disney Land. The DisneyLand version will open on May 31st, while the Disney World version will open on August 29th.

First off, is the new Tie Fighters https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWarsLeaks/comments/avw1wz/tie_echelon_from_galaxys_edge_and_maybe_ix/?utm_content=media&utm_medium=post_embed&utm_name=2de182e27dc54057950d572ea822c0c1&utm_source=embedly&utm_term=avw1wz The TIE Echelon, which was confirmed by ABC News’s Clayton Sandall, will  appear in an upcoming movie, but nothing concrete on if it’ll be in Episode Nine. Sandall described quote It combines, if you could imagine Kylo’s shuttle kind of shrunken down into a TIE fighter look.” unquote We have also learned that the battalion of First Order Stormtroopers patrolling the park will be The 709th, aka The red Fury. Entertainment Weekly noted quote “This elite squad from The First Order has arrived on a new ship — the TIE Echelon, which has a cockpit similar to Kylo Ren’s batwinged shuttle but the curved foils of Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced x1.”

So while you’re at Disneyland or Disney World checking out the new Tie fighter and evading the Stormtroopers, why not sit down for a tall glass of Blue Bantha Milk. Blue Milk is, of course, what was served to Luke by his Aunt Beru in his last meal before his Aunt and Uncle met their grisly fates. Scott Trowbridge, the Disney Imagineer in charge of galaxy’s edge shared with Entertainment Weekly, quote  “I will tell you it’s not actually milk,”“If you’re walking around Florida in the middle of August, the last thing you want is, uh, a huge glass of milk.” He might be right, you might end up with a cold glass of Blue Cottage Cheese or worse. Perhaps they should make some cheese so you can have a Bantha Cheese pizza. Wonder if there’s an alchol filled version…a Blue Russian?

So you’ve had the milk, now what. We have word or two on the major attractions at Galaxy’s Edge. First off is Smuggler’s Run, which puts guests in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon has either a pilot, gunner or flight engineer, each with a different role, so you can have a different experience every time you ride.

Also you have Rise of the Resistance, that puts you in the role of a new recruit with the Resistance in a battle against the First Order and a face off with Kylo Ren. The journey takes you inside a full size starship and aboard a nearby Star Destroyer.

And of course you’re visit is not complete unless you empty your wallet of Galactic credits. The Droid Depot will let guests build their own astromech droids. Patrons will build either a R-series or BB series and can customize their droids with various parts and colors. You can also buy a pre-built droid and other droid related items.

You can also visit Savi’s Workshop to make your own lightsaber, Just cause the Jedi’s are no more doesn’t mean you can have a light sword of your own. And at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, guest will fine items from Star Wars galactic history, including holocrons, Jedi and Sith artifacts and more. There’s also a Toydarian Toymaker, the Resistance Supply for all your resistance gear, the First Order Cargo for your First Order gear. And much much more.

I’ll have a link in the show notes for an article at Comicbook.com with a list of all the locations at the park.

A leaked lego set might just have confirmed a return to Rey’s home planet of Jakku An Instargamer by the name of savcreationsog claims that a set titled Assault on Jakku will sell for nearly fifty dollars and contain 399 pieces. No images of the set and for all we know this might be a complete fabrication. However, it must be noted that Episode IX did have principal photography that took place in Jordan, where Jakku was filmed in The Force Awakens, so….connect your own dots or bricks.

Chris Avellone, the writer of Star Wars Knights of the Old republic II and Fallout New Vegas is apparently working on a new Star Wars game,  Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order for Respawn. The games writer took to Twitter and confirmed it quote “I can’t say 100% b/c of NDAs, but the ones I can say: I just finished up work with Jedi: The Fallen Order – and beyond that, there’s another big bomb dropping in a month,”. “Er, I mean, maybe. Ahem

Jedi Fallen Order is A new action adventure game which tells an original story set shortly after the events of Star Wars™: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith™.

Currently, to watch all 10 films in the Star Wars saga, one would have to watch around 23 hours of film. Lucky for us, Topher Grace and Jeff Yorkes have condensed that down into one five minute video entitled Star Wars forever. Topher announced the compilation on his twitter quote “10 movies. 2 nerds. 1 weekend (when our wives were out of town). Enjoy…” The video boils it down to the key or iconic moments in the movies. This isn’t the first time Topher has taking a knife to Star Wars, back in 2012, he whittled down the prequel trilogy down to a single film. Topher said that it wasn’t a way to discredit George Lucas’ it was just an experiment to hone his editing skills. Topher told IndieWire why he did it. Quote“I don’t know what other guys do. Go fishing? For me, this is just a great way to relax,” “There’s something really zen about it.” So is there something you’d like to edit down into a smaller package?

Star Wars Celebration is just around the corner and our friends over at SciFi4Me will have a correspondent at the event. And Jedi News has revealed some of the exclusive merchandise that will be offered at the event. First on the list is Plush Loth-Wolves in white or grey from Star Wars Rebels. There’s also a Rancor tiki mug with a Luke Skywalker muglet by Geeky Tiki, a special Celebration mug with an adorable Porg surprise inside. And a Darth Maul jacket to honor the 20th anniversary of The Phantom Menace.  Twenty years since the Phantom Menace. I guess it’s time to fire up the Bluray and see if it holds up.

Star Trek

So many Trek series, so little time…Let’s start off with The Picard show is on a hiring first off is the initial director for the pilot episode, That honor goes to Hanelle Culpepper. Hanelle might be relatively new to trek having only directed two episodes of Discovery, but she has quote the directoral pedigree. She has directed for Empire Criminal Minds, Sleepy Hollow, Grimm, Gotham, Lucifer and The Flash. This will also make her the first female director to helm a pilot episode for the franchise. We also have word straight from the mouth of Trek Alum Jonathan Frakes that he will direct  the new series. Telling the Writer Experience Podcast quote Now my season looks like Star Trek: Discovery – the new wonderful Star Trek series, the Picard show – which Patrick [Stewart] is launching, and The Orville, which is some people’s new Star Trek. And I just finished The Gifted, which is a sort of X-Men Marvel origins show. So, I am back in that world. Unquote

In front of the camera we will see, Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd, Cabrera has recently starred in the CBS series Salvation and Big Little Lies on HBO and Hurd’s credits include Blind Spot, the Fox tv version of Lethal Weapon as well as Ash vs Evil Dead, Daredevil and Jessica Jones. No word on what roles either actor will be in the series.

We got some new details about when production will begin. Production Weekly Said that production will begin on April 14th and go for five and a half months finishing on October 1st. The show will be shot at Santa Clarita Studios, 35 miles north of the old Paramount Studios where most Star trek series were produced. This is also the studio where Patrick Stewart filmed his two season Starz comedy series Blunt Talk.

We also have a hint at the series title, Production Weekly lists the title as Star Trek Destiny with a working title as Drawing Room. It should be noted that Destiny is one of the titles that CBS trademarked last year..

By the way,  Congratulations to actress Mary Wiseman who tied to note to her fiance Noah last month.

Moving on to shows starting production to one with episodes aplenty under its belt. CBS All Access has renewed Discovery as expected for it’s third season with production set to start in July and it will have yet another new showrunner. Michelle Paradise has been promoted to co showrunner alongside Alex Kurtzman, To quote Alex Kurtzman in the official announcement, quote “Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of Trek,” . “Her grasp of character and story detail, her drive and her focus have already become essential in ensuring the Trek legacy, and her fresh perspective always keeps us looking forward. I’m proud to say Michelle and I are officially running Star Trek: Discovery together.” I’ll have to agree that this season has been markedly better than last season. The main story is interesting, however… Maybe season three can see it tightened up some more? It’s expected that season three will air in the second or third quarter of 2020, after the new Picard show finishes up.

Now I mentioned Jonathan Frakes a couple of minutes ago, and that wasn’t the only thing he mentioned in that interview Mr. Frakes also assessed CBS’s plans for the franchise on tv quote My understanding is that Alex Kurtzman and Secret Hideout are creating a Star Trek show that will hopefully allow fans of Trek to have something fresh to see all the time. That is why Discovery, now that it is a hit, will continue, and they have announced Sir Patrick’s show, which is not titled, that will air after Discovery. And they have announced they are developing a show for Michelle Yeoh, so Empress Georgiou who is a character on Discovery will have her own stories. They have hired the guy from Rick and Morty – [Mike McMahan] – to write an animated show called Lower Decks, which I have seen parts of that are hysterical. So you have one, two, three, four. They’ve got a Nickelodeon connection for a little kid’s Star Trek, so that’s five. So, there is a world that is being created by Kurtzman and his team that will hopefully continue for many years and provide entertainment, and obviously conversation, about Star Trek for decades. Unquote  Jonathan talks a lot more about directing on the podcast, we will have a link to The Writer Experience podcast in our show notes. https://soundcloud.com/writerexperience/ep38

We also have an update on the DS9 documentary What we Left Behind. They’ve been working for months, to put 20 minutes of Deep Space Nine footage into HD. They released an update on the official website quote We’re nearly through the heavy research-and-scanning stage of our remaster, and with just a few (hundred) more film rolls ahead of us, we’re hard at work replacing the 20+ minutes of new HD sequences — spanning ALL SEVEN seasons of the original run of Deep Space Nine! Unquote  And they also posted an update on how close they are to release quote The restoration process alone is a HUGE undertaking — after all your support in funding this expensive endeavor, it has taken months of work from the CBS Digital team to coordinate, research, find, ship, scan and deliver the original film negatives for us, and more time from our team to clean up, color, and polish the resulting images (and even re-create a handful of effects!).

While we’re still waiting on final elements to arrive and distribution details to lock firmly into place, we don’t want to promise any deadlines we can’t meet with the film not yet entirely complete. They also teased a big update to come this month. So stay tuned…

Set a course for the Gamma Quadrant, GameSamba announced a sequel to Star Trek Alien Domain, Star Trek Alien Domain Incursion. The web browser based new game, which is now available pits groups of players against The Dominion in a battle for control of resources. The game is described as a hybrid of a simulation and strategy game. You can play the game at https://incursion.gamesamba.com

Marvel News

We start off Marvel news with Captain Marvel. The movie opened this past weekend grossing 455 million dollars worldwide, 153 million of that from the US. This made it the seventh largest opening for a Marvel movie of all time and puts it 18th on the list of biggest opening weekends of all time domestically.

Marvel movie star Samuel L Jackson has played both a Jedi and an agent of shield and he would be more than happy to reprise his Star wars roel of Mace Windu if asked, his Captain Marvel co-star Brie Larson confirmed to entertainment weekly that Sam even brought his lightsaber to the set of the marvel movie. Quote “I got to hold his lightsaber! He brought it to me on set on May the 4th, and I cried. It was so cool. I wanna be a Jedi.” unquote of course May the 4th is best known as Star Wars day.

Of course, we know that Captain Marvel is set in the 1990s, a time of video stores, well an interesting pop up shop has popedup in Canada (as far as we know) in the mall, a parody of Blockbuster video called Stanley’s video. Not an actual video store apparently but a scavenger hunt that nets the participant a Captain Marvel pin as a prize. Nifty.

And congratulations appear to be in order for Captain Marvel co-star Jude Law, according to Closer Weekly, Jude has officially gotten engaged to his girlfriend of four years business psychologist Phillipa Coan. This will be the second marriage for Mr. Law. The Sun reports that the wedding will take place in May with Jude’s eldest son Rafferty serving as best man.

Now over to the comic book side Thanos and Infinity Wars Artist Mike Deodato Jr.  has announced his departure from the House of ideas. However he won’t be leaving immediately, he’ll leave in June. According to Mr, Deodato On his facebook page, quote “Like everything in adult life, all decisions we make come with consequences, a price to be paid,” “In this case, in order to live my adult dream I have to let go my child dream. I have to leave Marvel. To leave home.”

“Marvel became a family to me, I grew as an artist and as a person together with all the good people I have worked there. The best people,” “Always encouraging me, always treating me with respect and care. It is weird that I feel like a teenager leaving home to face the world when I am older than a lot of them, but that is how I feel. 
 And I will miss and treasure them.” He did however teased he has one more project before he leaves, quote “June 14 will be my last day at home [Marvel], but you will keep seeing me for a while after that,” “Because my family would not let me go without a gift and what they gave me was the most amazing book ever, an opportunity for me to revisit all the characters I care the most in Marvel Universe – The Savage Avengers. I couldn’t think of a better farewell gift. We wish Dedato good wishes on his future endeavors.

On to the Sony side of the Marvel coin perhaps I should start calling it a die, there are more sides that way, Venom 2 is searching for a new director. As Venom director Ruben Fleischer won’t direct the sequel, Discussing Film has confirmed with Sony that he has departed.  According to the report production on the sequel is currently on the schedule for this November in Atlanta. Anyone want to do it?

Spiderman Into the Spider Verse is an Academy Award winning film. So how better to capitalize on this? Spin-offs! A new report from Discussing Film  says that Sony is looking into more spin offs than just the Spider Verse sequel and the all female spinoff. Which would suit Spider Verse producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller just fine, Lord told comicbook.com quote “Look, we wanted to make a movie that felt like it was the tip of the iceberg,” “You could imagine all of these other things. So it’s music to our ears that people could imagine a Spider-Noir film, and the Spider-Ham insane cartoon.” Into the Spider-verse grossed 362.8 million worldwide and had a budget of 90 million.

Now for some breaking business news. Disney has set the closing date for the merger as 12:02 AM Eastern Time on March 20th. This indicates that the final regulatory hurdle from regluators in Mexico has been achieved.  

Not all of this is great as up to 4, 000 layoffs are expected to occur as the two companies integrate.

The closing also means that a new corporation is born, Fox Corporation will emerge from the bits and pieces of 21st Century Fox that Disney didn’t buy.

By the way, I do own stock in Disney.

DC News

We start the DC Universe news with the end…of Arrow. Stephen Amell, who plays the Green Arrow on the show announced it on his twitter feed  quote Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever. Arrow will return for a final run of 10 episodes this Fall,”. “There’s so much to say… for now I just want to say thank you.” The show that launched the Arrowverse of shows shot it’s first arrow in October of 2012.

Krypton’s second season has wrapped shooting. The Syfy network show left off on a bit of a cliff hanger. Season 2 will debut sometime later this year.

DC’s Legends of tomorrow has a new series regular. Jes Macallan, who plays Time Bureau director Ava Sharpe has closed a deal to return permanently for season five of the WB show according to an exclusive report on Deadline dot com. Jes joined the series as Ava in season 3.

In movie news, Aquaman has passed Guardians of the galaxy on the all time domestic box office list. So far, Aquaman has grossed  333.2 million in the united states passing the first Guardians movie which grossed 333.17 million. Aquaman is one of the best performing DCEU movies and it’s already put a sequel and a spinoff based on The Trench into production.

DC is having a bit of a resurgence with the success of Aquaman and the anticipation over Shazam! The stand alone movie things seems to be doing well for DC movies. Speaking with the LA Times, Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara spoke about this new strategy

Quote “The upcoming slate, with Shazam, Joker, Wonder Woman 1984 and Birds of Prey, feels like we’re on the right track,” said Tsujihara. “We have the right people in the right jobs working on it. The universe isn’t as connected as we thought it was going to be five years ago. You’re seeing much more focus on individual experiences around individual characters. That’s not to say we won’t at some point come back to that notion of a more connected universe. But it feels like that’s the right strategy for us right now.” Sounds a lot like their going more for the Marvel version of universe building. Sounds like a good idea.

The streaming service DC Universe’s Doom Patrol series has revealed that Aquaman exists in their universe after Robotman referenced the King of the seas. Robotman teased Cyborg as Cyborg looked for his keys saying quote “I bet Aquaman doesn’t lose his keys.”. Of course Aquaman doesn’t lose his keys, they’re on a little seahorse keychain.

Shazam!s running time has been revealed and you’ll want to block two hours and twelve minutes. That puts it’s run time between Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad in length and a few minutes longer than Captain Marvel.

Swamp Thing is currently under production and director les wiseman showed off a video on his Instagram showing off the creepy set. In the video Len is shown wading in the swamp, feeling around for something in the water. We don’t know what he was searching for, but one thing has been found. Adrienne Barbeau, who starred in the swamp thing movie back in 1982 will be in the new series. What role she will play has not been revealed.

Geek News

We begin Geek News with an old man complaining. Steven Spielberg thinks that movies made for Netflix should be ineligible for the Academy Awards and is proposing a rule change to accomplish this. All this because Roma, which was produced by Netflix and ran in a theater for a short time in order to be eligible for the Oscars nearly won Best Picture. It did however walk away with three awards, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. A spokesperson for Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment said quote “Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” a spokesperson for Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment said. “He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He will see what happens.” Now it’s not that Steven is alone in this battle, there are other reports that say that some Academy members think Netflix spent too much too market the film to Academy members and that you shouldn’t be able to just put a release in a couple of theaters for less than a week to qualify for the awards.  If any change is made by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We’ll let you know.

Speaking of films, we have some possible casting news on the new Ghostbusters movie from Sony. According to Variety, Carrie Coon and Finn Wolfhard are in talks to play a mother and her son. Apparently these characters will be the center of plot. Not much is known about the film,which is being helmed by Jason Reitman, son of the original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman. The film should be filmed this summer and be released in July next year.

Now I know what you’re thinking, We don’t need another Ghostbusters movie and you may or may not be right. However do you think we need a sequel to the Tom Cruise movie of many titles, Edge of Tomorrow aka Live, Die, Repeat? Well get ready for one. Warner Bros is moving ahead with the movie with Invention of Lying scribe Matthew Robinson writing the script. The original from 2014 based on the Japanese novel, All you need is Kill did make 370 plus million worldwide. Tom Cruise , whose 56 by the way, has not signed on for the sequel but it’s expected that they will.

As you know, I love the Orville. It’s my favorite series right now. Well now we get an expansion this summer with a new comic book mini – series from Dark Horse Comics. The four issue series will be written by  The Orville executive producer and writer David A Goodman with art by David Cabeza and color from Michael Atiyeh and will take place between seasons one and two and be split into two storylines. Story one is called New Beginnings and sees Ed and Gordon on a journey to a fleet conference when they find a distress call from a Union ship that’s older than a century. The second storyline follows The Orville as the ship discovers a Union ship headed toward Krill space, but could it be something more complicated and deadly? The Orville miniseries comes out on July 17th.

Seth Rogen is entering the Twilight Zone. Seth will star in an upcoming episode of the classic series revival on CBS All Access. The series, which premieres on April first with new weekly episodes starting on April 11th. No word on what role Seth will be playing or in what episode. He joins other famous names like Greg Kinnear, John Cho, Adam Scott and Kumail Nanjiani who will star in upcoming episodes.

Taika Waititi has been tapped to co-write and direct the pilot for a Time Bandits tv series according to Deadline. The series will adapt the 1981 adventure comedy from Terry Gilliam, that saw a group of time jumping dwarves on the run from God after taking a map to all the time holes in the universe.  Waititi will executive produce alongside Terry Gilliam and Dan Halsted.

The world was shocked this past week by the announcement from Jeopardy! host Alex trebek that he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  Alex decided to get ahead of tabloid journalism and make the announcement himself. He said that he plans on beating this and even joked that he has too because he still has three years left on his contract. We send our best well wishes to Mr. trebek.

We close tonight with a couple of remembrances. First off, we say goodbye to Katherine Helmond, the actress probably most well known for her roles on Who’s the Boss and Soap died at the age of 89 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Her career goes back more than fifty years Her first television role was on Car 54 Where are you in 1962. Her first big tv role was in 1977 as Kathrine Tate on the tv comedy Soap, which won her a Golden Globe in 1980. In 1981, she had a memorable role as Mrs. Ogre in the Terry Gilliam movie Time Bandits. In 1984, she got another big role as Mona Robinson in the Tony Danza show Who’s the Boss, for which she won another Golden Globe award.  She has also had role in the Cars movie franchise as Lizzie. Katherine Helmond is survived by her husband David Christian.

The saddest news of this past week was the sudden death of actor Luke Perry. Luke Perry was 52 years old. He moved to LA after high school to pursue acting. He started in soap operas like Loving and Another world, before getting his big break as Dylan McKay in 1990 on Beverly Hills 90210. He’s had plenty of geeky roles over the years with roles in the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer and  The Fifth Element. He was also appeared on The Simpsons, Biker Mice From mars , Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the realm, The Incredible Hulk , Family Guy and Community. His last big role was as Archie Andrews father, Fred on Riverdale. His last role will be as Wayne Maunder in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood which will be out this year. Luke Perry passed away from a stroke He is survived by his two children Jack and Sophie and his finance Wendy Bauer.

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Episode Twenty – Spider-Ham Eats World

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DC recently teased a series for Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen  by writer Matt Fraction and artist Steve Lieber also coming is a series for Lois Lane from writer Greg Rucka and art form Mke Perkins. These come on the heels of the announcement of DCeased. The latest event series to hit the DC Universe. From writer Tom Taylor with art by Trevor Hairsine, James Harren and Stefano Gaudiano. Here’s the official synopsis: quote  “A mysterious techno-virus has been released on Earth, infecting 600 million people and turning them instantly into violent, monstrous engines of destruction. The heroes of the DCU are caught completely unprepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and struggle to save their loved ones first…but what happens to the World’s Greatest Heroes if the world ends? Unquote Soooo. Zombies. No word on if this takes place in the main DC Universe or an alternate one.The first issue is set to be released on May 1st.

Aquaman has now knocked off Transformers Dark of the Moon to become the 20th highest grossing movie of all time. The movie has ascended to 1.13 billion dollars in worldwide box office. Aquaman is already the highest grossing DC Comics movie of all time having taken the prize from The Dark Knight Rises. A sequel is already in development With James Wan rumored to return,

You gotta love cookies. A girl scout has made Top Cookie CEO for her impressive cookie sales, how did she do it? She rebranded Samoas into Mamoas, after Jason Mamoa, she even redid the boxes with Jason Mamoa photo from Aquaman. Apparently they they were a hit with both boys and girls because according to charlotte quote “Girls will want to buy some because he’s on the front and boys will want to because he’s their favorite character,”. Unquote Now it wasn’t just charlotte’s idea as her mother is a marketing professional. Still, it’s very cool.

Well it’s official Ben Affleck has given up the cape and cowl and retired as Batman. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new Netflix movie Triple Frontier, Affleck spoke about his decision to leave the Dark Knight behind as director Matt Reeves puts together The Batman. Quote “Yeah, I am. I have decided — I tried to direct a version of it, worked with a really good screenwriter, but couldn’t come up with a version,” Affleck told Kimmel. “Couldn’t crack it. So I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at it, and they got some really good people.” Kimmel than hung Afflecks cape and cowl from the rafters.

So, who will next dawn the cape and cowl? No one knows yet, but Armie Hammer’s name has been bandied about, he denies it. Robert Pattinson has also been brought up as a possible contender, he wouldn’t be my choice, I don’t know that he has the chops to play the Dark Knight Detective. But I could be wrong.

Mattel’s loss is Todd McFarlane’s gain, Todd’s company, McFarlane Toys is taking over the DC Comics toy license. Todd has announced that the line will include interpretations of characters from movies, tv, video games and comics. Todd said in an interview quote “Let’s look at some of the categories we’re going to do,” McFarlane said. “We’re going to do movies. We’re going to do TV. We’re gonna do comic book versions. We’re gonna do animated versions. We’ll do the core toy line and then maybe even some video game stuff. So that gives us a wide range so that in any character you can think of, whether it’s Flash, I can do a version of each one of those. I can do TV, I can do movie, I can do comic book, I can do regular toy line Flash, animated Flash, video game Flash, so if you like Flash we’ll be able to do a big wide range of it.” unquote and it also looks like the figures will be super poseable with anywhere between quote 18 and 24 moving parts” Unquote  Mr. McFarlane hopes to launch the new line in January of 2020.

And on the subject of toys, Walmart stores have been trying to build up their collectibles aisle as of late and it has been announced that DC Collectibles will be bringing it’s Batman: Black and White statue line to Walmart stores as 4 inch mini figures. These figures will be shrunk down versions of the 9 inch figures and feature designs from artists like Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Amanda Conner and many more.  These figures will be presented in the “blind bag” packaging next to DC Comic Giants and will have new figures every few months in waves of six. Wave one comes out this month and has all Batman figures from artists Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Jason Fabok, Patrick Gleason, Frank Quitely and Dick Sprang. The next release after that will be in April. They will retail for five dollars each and will be available in over 3,000 Walmart locations.

The upcoming Birds of Prey movie has gotten a new cast member, Charlene Amoia. Amoia, who was Wendy on  How I met Your Mother will play the role of Helena Bertinelli’s mother Maria Bertinelli Helena aka The Huntress is being played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) comes out February 7th 2020.

And in other DC casting news, Batwoman has found her father, actor Dougray Scott has been cast as Colonel Jacob Kane, the father of Kate Kane aka Batwoman. Dad is a retired colonel with a grudge against Batman. He now commands Gotham’s private security firm The Crows and has made it his mission to prove that Gotham doesn’t need a Batman. Hmmm. think he’ll be happy if he finds out that his daughter is a vigilante herself? The comic origins of the character are quite a bit different, as he is seen as an ally of Batwoman and has served as her Oracle type character.  Dougray is best known for his work in Mission Impossible II, Fear the Walking Dead and My Week with Marilyn. However he was almost Wolverine in X-Men, however he had to pass it up because the schedule conflicted with Mission Impossible II. Batwoman has yet to receive a pickup, but CW president Mark Pedowitz has expressed confidence that it will ultimately get picked up.

Marvel

Well, we knew it was only a matter of time. Netflix has announced that Jessica Jones and The Punisher have been canceled. The third season of Jessica Jones has yet to air. Netflix issued a statement saying quote “We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning.” However there may be life after netflix, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb in a letter to Marvel fans said quote “Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters… but you know Marvel better than that,” Loeb wrote, throwing some shade at Netflix for its decisions. “As Matthew Murdock’s Dad once said, ‘The measure of a man is not how he gets knocked to the mat, it’s how he gets back up.’

“To be continued…!”

So perhaps one day these characters will see the screen again.

And on the subject of exits, Gwyneth Paltrow has officially exited the MCU. The actress who has portrayed Pepper Potts since the birth of the MCU told Variety in an interview quote  “I mean, I’m a bit old to be in a suit and all that at this point,” “I feel very lucky that I did it, because I actually got talked into it. I was friend with [‘Iron Man’ director] Jon Favreau. It was such a wonderful experience making the first ‘Iron Man’ and then to watch how important it has become to fans.” Although she might come back for an occasional cameo if needed. Well now she has more time to spend promoting crackpot health theories.

Captain Marvel is on the horizon and a look at the new book Captain Marvel StarForce Mission Log has a character we haven’t seen since the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, Rohmann Dey. The Nova Corps member who was portrayed by John C Reilly. Does this mean we might see the character in the movie? We can only wait and see.

So, after watching Spider-man INto the Spider-verse have you asked yourself what hot dogs are made of in Spider-Ham’s universe? Wonder no more as producer Chris Miller answered the question on twitter quote In Spider-Ham’s universe, hot dogs are made of human meat. Feel better? Unquote

Hopefully from free range humans.

Star Wars

We start Star Wars news with news with a rumor about a possible new Star Wars series for Disney Plus. Star Wars News Net has heard from a little Porg that the studio is developing an Obi-Wan series. No if you’ll remember that an Obi-Wan movie was on the docket before Solo: A Star Wars story nixed those plans. So, I’m gonna guess that if The Mandalorian does well, this very well could happen.

HN Entertainment claims to have obtained a list of possible series that cold be put into production for Disney Plus. These include a Princess Leia prequel, Captain Phasma, The Knights of ren, Rose Tico and Darth Bane. Now keep in mind this is just a list of possible subjects ,nothing is in any stage of production. If any of these come anywhere near production, we will let you know.

So moving on from what might be to what will be, the trailer for the still subtitle less episode nine is on the horizon, and word is that it will be released in April as well as before Avengers Endgame. This report come from Star Wars News Net which says it has a very credible source. The debut could possibly be at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, which happens mid April.

Porgs, they aren’t just for dinner anymore. Syfy.com reports that ILMxLab has created a virtual reality experience called Star Wars: Project Porg, this mixed reality experience let’s the user take care of a virtual porg kinda like the old Tamagotchi (kid’s ask your parents what those are) The porgs can be played with fed and even mated with other porgs to make a new one. You can even take them on the road by taking your headset and controls with you. ILMxLab has released a video showcasing the game. It’s actually quite cute. We’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=197&v=cZNYwEyC-Gc

Grab your lightsaber and put it in your carry on bag, Time to got to france. The Associated Press reports that France has made Lightsaber dueling an official recognized competitive sport.  The sabers certified for this use LED rings to light up and are made of a touch polycarbonate plastic. Some of the higher quality sabers will even rumble when turned on and are made to be aerodynamic as possible. According to reports, lightsaber dueling was approved because of its intense physicality. The French Fencing Federation is equipping fencing clubs all over the country with sabers and instructors who are one with the Force and they are hoping that this will make fencing hip and will help attract people of all ages and help combat sedentary habits.

So if you’re asking yourself, what are the rules for the duel, here you go. The duel begins with both contestants entering a marked circle and saluting. A strike to the head or body accrues 5 points while limbs are worth 3 and hands 1. The first combatant to 15 points wins or to the person who has the most points after three minutes. Should both fighters reach 10 points before time runs out, the duel enters a ‘sudden death’ mode where the first person to strike their opponent’s head or body wins. Strikes only count if the saber’s point is pointed behind them before landing, making swings more theatrical and wide like actual lightsaber duels. So, if the step-and-launch method of fencing never fancied you, then this new combat system might do the trick. So…anyone want to duel?

Star Trek News

We start Star Trek news with the fifty thousand credit question. Now that Patrick Stewart is reprising the role of Jean Luc Picard, would Shatner consider returning to the role of Jame T Kirk? Speaking with comic book dot com before a show at the Grand Ole Opry. They asked him. His response? Quote “That word, ‘resurrect.’ That’s a keyword,” Shatner says. “Resurrect. You’d have to resurrect me, Shatner, in order to do the daily [laughes] I don’t what Patrick is doing doing that. Doing a series is debilitating for a young guy, for a 25-year-old, which I was doing when I was 25 years old. It’s a physical wrecker, it’s a mental wrecker, and it’s a homewrecker ‘cause you’re working 14, 18 hours a day. And in the last series I did, Boston Legal, I had, in rush hour, a two-hour commute. So add that.” Unquote In order words, no. Besides he probably makes more selling autographs for 80 bucks a piece at cons, please he doesn’t have to get off his seat. Trust me, I have a picture with him, he doesn’t get off his seat.

However, if you want someone who would return to Star Trek and has an EGOT (That’s an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony award. Whoopi Goldberg is ready to answer the call. On David Tennant’s podcast, Tennant brought up the notion of returning for the Picard series, and although she hasn’t been asked, but she would be open to it. So….balls in your court Sir Patrick, former cast members are standing by.

In a fourth quarter earnings call to investors, CBS interim CEO Joe Iannello revealed that CBS All Access roughly 4 million subscribers , they had originally hoped to reach that goal by 2020. CBS has now set a new target of 25 million subscribers for it’s All Access and Showtime subscription services by 2022. He did note the contribution of Discovery and the anticipation for the Picard series.   However I would like to note that no talk of the still possible merger between CBS and Viacom was discussed. So don’t expect anything on that front in the near future. However if we hear something, we will let you know.

Variety reports that CBS and Nickelodeon are in negotiations for a new Star Trek animated series for kids. The show would be from the writers of Hotel Transylvania and Ninjago:Masters of Spinjitzu, Kevin and Dan Hageman. If it comes to be, it would be the first Trek show to air outside of CBS All Access. This show is seperate from Star trek Lower Decks which is the adult oriented animated series that was previously announced.

Levar Burton is set to be honored by the city of Sacramento California. According to The Sacramento Bee, the city’s parks commission has recommended that Richfield Park in Meadowview be renamed Levar Burton Park. Sacramento was Levar’s childhood home after his family moved there when he was three years old. Brianna Moland, assistant planner for the city said quote “He’s always been proud of his Sacramento roots and he continues to use his career and his influence to be a strong advocate for literacy for children,” Levar tweeted in response to the news quote “Wow, is all I can say as well!”

The Tabletop RPG Star Trek Adventures is continuing to expand with The Sciences Division supplement, The Alpha Quadrant sourcebook and the new missions book Strange New World.

The Sciences Division supplement offers players details on the sciences division, including the science and medical departments, Starfleet Exploratory Division, Starfleet Science, and Starfleet Medical. The book also includes information and advice on including the nigh-omnipotent Q in Star Trek Adventures campaigns. The book also offers new options for science-based characters, science and medical equipment not previously covered by the game, and new rules for Game Masters for creating truly alien beings made of energy or different elements, as well as rules for diseases. The book also has non-player character statistics for significant scientist characters from Star Trek Lore, including Carol Marcus, Noonian Soong, and Zefram Cochrane. The supplement retails for 34.99 and is out now.

The alpha quadrant sourcebook is the follow up to the beta quadrant sourcebook and focuses on DS9, the Cardassians, Ferengi and the Maquis. The book will be released in July.

And the Strange New Worlds compendium will contain 10 original missions ready to play, the book will feature new material from Christopher L. Bennett and Jason Bulmahn and will be out in August.

So let’s talk merchandise at Toy Fair this month new products were announced. First off is a new licensee is Factory Entertainment. They showed off Original Series stylized vinyl figures called Revos. Collectible mental prop miniatures called Kuzos and Original Series and next gen plush toys called Pawzplay. Factory also announced they will be producing Star Trek themed desktop environments, bottle openers and a wine stopper. These products are set to start hitting shelves in the summer.

MEGO returned in 2018 and this year they showcased some new 12 inch Star Trek figures including Kirk, Spock, a gorn and a security guard. No specifics on then these will be out.

Quantum Mechanix showcased new badges from Star Trek Discovery, this time representing the badges from the Enterprise. They come in a full sized version and a mini lapel pin and will be priced at 19.95 for the set and will be out this spring. They also have three new Discovery Mirror Universe pins as seen on the show with magnetic backers and will be priced at 14.95

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Geek News

By the way, have you been watching The Orville? These last three episodes of the season are game changers. Wow. Anyway You can now play with The Orville as Wizkids announced that it has gotten the license to produce HeroClix figures. The first set which will be released this fall is a Jumbo Starter set featuring the main crew from the show. This is only the second tv license to join the Heroclix line, Star Trek being the first. I so want these.

The classic nickelodeon show Are You Afraid of the Dark? Is set to be revived as a miniseries alongside a new film adaptation. The miniseries will feature new members of the Midnight Society gathering around the campfire to tell scary stories, Nickelodeon has not announced when the show would debut but it’ll probably be around the same time as the movie which is set for release in October of this year.

And while we’re on the subject of revivals, Neil Gaiman has teamed up with The Jim Henson Company and Fremantle Media for a new version of The Storyteller. The series from 1987 showcased retelling of legends and myths and featured John Hurt and later Michael Gambon as the Storyteller. Speaking to Deadline, Mr. Gaiman said quote “Part of what fascinates me about The Storyteller is the stuff that we don’t know,”  “Who was the Storyteller, why was he telling these stories, was he a goblin, what kind of creature? What I’d love to do is an inside story that’s as long as the outside story.” Neil is no slouch when it comes to folklore and fairy tales having written about folklore in mythology in The Sandman and American Gods and having released Norse Mythology, a book retelling several classic Norse myths in 2017. No distribution or release date has been announced.

The Lost Boys series on the CW will have some fairly major differences from its source material, that’s to be expected. The latest one is very interesting. If you’ll remember the movie, The Frog Brothers, played in the movie by Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander were the keepers of lore about vampires and the possibility of their existence in Santa Clara, California. Now word has come down by the Witching Hour podcast that The Frog Brothers have been gender swapped into the Frog Sisters The duo will be named Cassie and Liza, but no other word on any other changes to the characters has come forth. Here are the concrete facts we do know, The Lost Boys reboot will be led by Grey’s Anatomy writer Heather Mitchell. Here’s the synopsis quote “Welcome to sunny seaside Santa Carla, home to a beautiful boardwalk, all the cotton candy you can eat… and a secret underworld of vampires,” “After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead.” unquote

No word on if the show will get to go to the production stage yet.

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While we are on the subject of the dead. We are sad by the report from The Hollywood Reporter that the George R.R. Martin inspired series Nightflyers will not be getting a renewal by Syfy The series based on Martin’s novella quote “followed eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of the solar system aboard The Nightflyer — a ship with a small tight-knit crew and a reclusive captain — in hopes of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place, they start to question each other, and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.” unquote. I’m sure Mr. Martin is crying into the large pile of money he already has and my sympathies to the crew and fans.

We also have word from the Hollywood reporter that Amazon will end the Man in the High Castle with Season 4. Production will wrap up next month and the final season will premiere in the fall.

An exclusive to Variety has reveled that  a Gremlins aminated sereis is in development for Warner Media’s upcoming streaming service. The potential series is said to be a period piece that would follow Mr. Wing, the Chinese grandfather played in the films by Keye Luke, as a young man as he goes on adventures with the friendly Mogwai Gizmo. The series will be produced by Warner Bros. Television and Amblin Television. Both Warner Bros. and Amblin produced the films on which the show will be based. Tzw Chun has been attached to write and executive produce it, his credits include the tv shows Gotham and Once Upon A Time and he is the co founder of comic book publisher TKO Studios.

We also have some news about the The Wheel of Time adaptation that Amazon Studios is producing. According to Deadline, Uta Briesewitz, who has worked on The Defenders, Jessica Jones and the third season of Stranger Things, will direct the first two episodes of the show about an grand struggle between good and evil. Rafe Judkins will serve as showrunner and executive producer. No launch date has been revealed yet.

We talked a couple of episodes about the award season. The grand finale is here. The razzies and the Oscars.

First off the 39th annual Golden raspberry awards were held this past saturday, these are awards showcasing the worst of hollywood this past year as voted on by the Golden Raspberry Foundation and the winners are: Worst Picture: Holmes and Watson, Worst Director Etan Cohen for Holmes and Watson, Donald Trump won worst actor for Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9, Melissa McCarthy won worst actress for The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party. Worst Screenplay Fifty Shades Freed There were a few other awards, but I’ll just link to those in the show notes.

And finally the big one The 91st Academy Awards were held on Sunday and Black Panther did pretty well. Picking up Oscars for Production Design and Costume Design and Original Score and the oscar for best animated picture went to Spiderman Into the Spider-verse.  Plus Stan Lee was honored in the In Memoriam tribute.

Mario and Zelda will have new games coming out this year as Nintendo has announced a new game for each. First up is Super Mario Maker 2, which will allow you to make your own Mario levels including new objects from Super Mario 3D World.  Zelda will get an old favorite remade as the Gameboy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is being brought to the switch. I loved this game when it first came out and the animation for the update looks good.

Tonight we say goodbye to Morgan Woodward, who passed away on February 23rd at the age of 93. Primarily known for his work in the Western Genre including Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, and The Life and Legend of Wyatt earp. He also appeared in such shows as Bonanza, The Waltons, Dallas and Hill Street Blues. So why am I talking about him today? Star Trek. Among Morgan’s many credits are two guest appearances in the original Star Trek. In the first season, he played Dr. Simon Van Gelder in Dagger of the Mind and became the first recipient of the Vulcan Mind Meld. He returned in the second season episode the Omega Glory as the crazed Starfleet Captain Ron Tracey. He also appeared in episodes of Logan’s Run, The Dukes of Hazzard, The A-Team and The X-Files.

Morgan Woodward passed away at the age of 93 in Paso Robles, California.

We also received word yesterday of the passing of tv’s original Marilyn Munster, Beverley Owen, Beverley originated the character in the first thirteen episodes. Beverley left the role in 1964 to marry writer and producer Jon Stone. She was replaced by Pat Priest for the remainder of the shows two season run. She passed away from ovarian cancer. She was 81 years old.


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