28
Mar
2015

Bond 24 Spectre logo

Bond is back, and he has a secret.

Clearly from this first teaser trailer for Spectre, we’re picking right up from where Skyfall ended, and that’s fine by me as that was easily the best Bond film yet. And it’s also clear we are going to get an introduction to the evil that is SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion).

To say I can’t wait would be an understatement.

Here is the official synopsis of the film.

In SPECTRE, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. SPECTRE is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, from a script by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.

Spectre hits theaters on Nov. 6, 2015.

27
Mar
2015

Robotech

Fans of the 1980s animé series Robotech are either going to be very happy or very sad in the future when a live-action version of it shows up on screens.

Lets get the rough spot out of the way, Robotech has a very odd past. In the 1980s a man named Carl Macek was trying to sell animé series into syndication on American television, but he needed 65 episodes to make it work. 65 has always been the magic number as it 13 weeks of five airings each, so a rotation of four times a year. No animé series had that many episodes, and he only had six weeks until a deadline to make it into a fall season.

At the time Macek had the rights to three different animé series – The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Climber MOSPEADA – and he struck on an idea. Using Macross as the basis for the story, he figured out a way to make the other two shows sound like they were part of the same mythos and made it so they expanded on the end of the first story arcs storyline.

This made Macek a loathed individual in the animé scene by purists, but I was always a staunch defender of the decision as it exposed so many people to animé for the first time.  Say what you will about Robotech, it changed the game for animé in the U.S.

But, here we are, and now it may be turned into a live-action film. Well, more accurately, a franchise of films. Sony Pictures isn’t hiding anything and is saying up front it sees this as a franchise. If I was to put in my two cents, do three or four films based off the Macross portion and then just stop. Maybe do original stories in that portion of the universe, but the story quality drops dramatically with the second and third story arcs.

With all that being said, Macross could make for some awesome movies. From the human relationships to the amazing vehicle designs – man, please don’t screw up the Veritech fighters – this series could easily be a hit series of films if handled properly.

Sadly, however, this is Sony Pictures which is known for screwing up films. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed, but I will not be holding my breath.

26
Mar
2015

Jubilee comics

Bryan Singer announced on Wednesday that fan-favorite X-men Jubilee would be joining the roster for X-Men: Apocalypse.

Singer once again took to his Instagram account on Wednesday to announce that he had cast newcomer Lana Condor in the role of Jubilation Lee, better known as Jubilee. The character was originally introduced in 1989 in Uncanny X-Men #244, and pretty much became an instant hit with fans. She went on to play a starring role in the X-Men cartoon where she gained even more fans.

Jubilee actually appeared in the first three X-Men films although she never had any dialogue and was played by two different actresses. Hopefully this time she will actually get to speak.

I wouldn’t get your hopes up for this to be a meaty role as Singer announced many mutants for X-Men: Days of Future Past, most of whom did use their powers, but didn’t have much to do in that film.

X-Men: Apocalypse will hit theaters on May 27, 2016.

I'd officially like to welcome our newest mutant #JubilationLee, #Jubilee @LanaCondor to #XMEN #Apocalypse

A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on

25
Mar
2015

The X-Files

The truth is still out there somewhere, and the X-Files plans to find it.

After months of rumors and “maybe” comments, Fox on Tuesday officially announced that The X-Files will be returning to the network albeit just for six episodes. And, yes, along with those episodes will comes David Duchovny (Mulder) and Gillian Anderson (Scully) as well as series creator Chris Carter.

Although the series definitely became uneven towards the end, and the general dislike for the second film, something about this timing feels right. Enough time has passed since we last saw these characters and a brief check in with them will be welcome for sure.

The big question now is if these six episodes will deal with the overarching alien conspiracy from the original run (that I honestly don’t think anyone ever fully understood), or if this will be something entirely new. It could also just be six “monster of the week” stories, which would be totally fine with me.

No word as of yet as to when the episodes will air, but my guess would be some time next winter or spring.

The truth is out there folks… again.

24
Mar
2015

Avengers Infinity War logo

It looks like the Russo Brothers are sticking with Marvel for some time to come.

Joe and Anthony Russo  – collectively known as the Russo Brothers – had a hit with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and they are now set to direct Captain America: Civil War. It appears, however, that Marvel plans on keeping them around for several more years to let them take on the biggest project yet.

According to multiple sources on Monday, the Russos have signed on to direct Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War Part II as one gigantic production. Apparently the films will begin production in late 2016 and carry over into the early part of 2017. The films will then be released in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

This is interesting for a couple reasons. First off, it adds to the rumor that Joss Whedon is leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Avengers: Age of Ultron. This has been assumed for some time as his agreement to serve as creative director expires this year and he has stated he wants to get back to some original projects. And secondly, the Russos have been attached to the Spider-Man project at Sony as well as one of the two Ghostbusters films in development over there. Where this places them in those projects, if anywhere, is anyone’s guess at this point.

Hopefully there will be an official confirmation soon, but it looks like the men behind one of the best Marvel films yet will be around for some time to come.

23
Mar
2015

Insurgent banner

Well, at least it’s predictable.

Insurgent, the second film in the Divergent series, opened to the same numbers as the first film bringing in $54 million. While there is something to be said for consistency, the final numbers for Divergent left the sequel in a tough spot. Makes you wonder how the series will finish out.

Cinderella scraped by falling 49.2 percent over its opening weekend to bring in $34.4 million for a two week domestic total of $122 million off of a $95 million dollar budget.

Liam Neeson’s Run All Night slipped 53.6 percent to land in third with $5.1 million for a new total of $19.7 million off of a $50 million dollar budget. Perhaps it’s time for Neeson to find a new type of character to play.

Sean Penn had his worst ever opening with The Gunman bringing in a lackluster $5 million.

Rounding out the top five was Kingsman: The Secret Service with $5 million.

Next week’s big openers are Get Hard and Home.

Curious how I think these films will do? Check out my The Movies of 2015 – 1st Quarter report.

22
Mar
2015

Gotham cast

As we head into the time for the network upfront presentations, it’s time to start wondering what is going to be renewed and what’s canceled for the 2015/2016 television season. While not all decisions are final, we already know a good chunk of which ones have been renewed. It was a turbulent season to be sure, and more than likely a few more will be heading to the cancelation pile. Just a brief description here:

  • Renewed for 2015/2016 Season – Means just that, it’s already locked.
  • Likely to be Renewed for 2015/2016 Season – Not official yet, but looking good.
  • On the Bubble for 2015/2016 Season – Could go either way.
  • Canceled for 2015/2016 Season – Confirmed to not be coming back.
  • Ending for 2015/2016 Season – Shows that had a planned ending.

I will be updating this list as changes are announced by the networks, so be sure to bookmark it if you don’t see a decision as of yet on a show you care about.  The network upfronts where the final decisions are announced will be held the week of May 14. I have added a table to the bottom so you can see all of the info int he format you prefer.

Renewed for 2015/2016 Season

Arrow Season 3

  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS)
  • The 100 (The CW)
  • America’s Next Top Model (The CW)
  • Arrow (The CW)
  • Beauty and the Beast (The CW)
  • The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
  • Big Brother (CBS)
  • The Blacklist (NBC)
  • Bob’s Burgers (Fox)
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
  • Celebrity Apprentice (NBC)
  • Chicago Fire (NBC)
  • Chicago P.D. (NBC)
  • Empire (Fox)
  • Extant (CBS)
  • Family Guy (Fox)
  • The Flash (The CW)
  • Gotham (Fox)
  • Grimm (NBC)
  • Hannibal (NBC)
  • Hollywood Game Night (NBC)
  • Jane the Virgin (The CW)
  • Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
  • Madam Secretary (CBS)
  • MasterChef Junior (Fox)
  • Masters of Illusion (The CW)
  • Mike & Molly (CBS)
  • Mom (CBS)
  • NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
  • The Originals (The CW)
  • Penn & Teller: Fool Us (The CW)
  • Reign (The CW)
  • Scorpion (CBS)
  • The Simpsons (Fox)
  • Sleepy Hollow (Fox)
  • So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
  • Supernatural (The CW)
  • Undateable (NBC)
  • Under the Dome (CBS)
  • The Vampire Diaries (The CW)
  • Whose Line is it Anyway? (The CW)

Likely to be Renewed for 2015/2016 Season

Modern Family

  • The Amazing Race (CBS)
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
  • American Idol (Fox)
  • The Bachelor (ABC)
  • The Biggest Loser (NBC)
  • Black-ish (ABC)
  • Blue Bloods (CBS)
  • Bones (Fox)
  • Castle (ABC)
  • Criminal Minds (CBS)
  • Cristela (ABC)
  • Fresh Off the Boat (ABC)
  • The Goldbergs (ABC)
  • The Good Wife (CBS)
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  • Hell’s Kitchen (Fox)
  • How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
  • MasterChef (Fox)
  • The Middle (ABC)
  • Modern Family (ABC)
  • NCIS (CBS)
  • NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
  • New Girl (Fox)
  • Once Upon a Time (ABC)
  • Person of Interest (CBS)
  • Scandal (ABC)
  • Shark Tank (ABC)
  • Survivor (CBS)
  • Undercover Boss (CBS)
  • The Voice (NBC)

On the Bubble for 2015/2016 Season

BACKSTROM cast

  • About a Boy (NBC)
  • A.D. (NBC)
  • Agent Carter (ABC)
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
  • Aquarius (NBC)
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Fox)
  • Backstrom (Fox)
  • Battle Creek (CBS)
  • Bordertown (Fox)
  • Constantine (NBC)
  • CSI (CBS)
  • CSI: Cyber (CBS)
  • Elementary (CBS)
  • The Following (Fox)
  • Forever (ABC)
  • Galavant (ABC)
  • Hart of Dixie (The CW)
  • Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
  • iZombie (The CW)
  • The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
  • Last Man Standing (ABC)
  • Marry Me (NBC)
  • The Messengers (The CW)
  • The Mindy Project (Fox)
  • Mulaney (Fox)
  • The Mysteries of Laura (NBC)
  • Nashville (ABC)
  • The Night Shift (NBC)
  • The Odd Couple (CBS)
  • Odyssey (NBC)
  • One Big Happy (NBC)
  • Resurrection (ABC)
  • Revenge (ABC)
  • Stalker (CBS)
  • State of Affairs (NBC)
  • Wayward Pines (Fox)
  • Weird Loners (Fox)

Canceled for 2015/2016 Season

A to Z - Season Pilot

  • A to Z (NBC)
  • Allegiance (NBC)
  • Bad Judge (NBC)
  • Gang Related (Fox)
  • Manhattan Love Story (ABC)
  • The McCarthys (CBS)
  • Members Only (ABC)
  • The Millers (CBS)
  • Reckless (CBS)
  • Red Band Society (Fox)
  • Selfie (ABC)
  • Unforgettable (CBS, moving to A&E for Season 4)
  • Utopia (Fox)
  • The X Factor (Fox)

Ending for 2015/2016 Season

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  • Glee (Fox)
  • Kitchen Nightmares (Fox)
  • The Mentalist (CBS)
  • Parenthood (NBC)
  • Parks & Recreation (NBC)
  • Two and a Half Men (CBS)
ShowNetworkStatusLast Updated
2 Broke GirlsCBSRenewed3/22/15
The 100The CWRenewed3/22/15
ArrowThe CWRenewed3/22/15
America's Next Top ModelThe CWRenewed3/22/15
Beauty and the BeastThe CWRenewed3/22/15
The Big Bang TheoryCBSRenewed3/22/15
Big BrotherCBSRenewed3/22/15
The BlacklistNBCRenewed3/22/15
Bob’s BurgersFoxRenewed3/22/15
Brooklyn Nine-NineFoxRenewed3/22/15
Celebrity ApprenticeNBCRenewed3/22/15
Chicago FireNBCRenewed3/22/15
Chicago P.D.NBCRenewed3/22/15
EmpireFoxRenewed3/22/15
Family GuyFoxRenewed3/22/15
The FlashThe CWRenewed3/22/15
GothamFoxRenewed3/22/15
GrimmNBCRenewed3/22/15
HannibalNBCRenewed3/22/15
Hollywood Game NightNBCRenewed3/22/15
Jane the VirginThe CWRenewed3/22/15
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitNBCRenewed3/22/15
Madam SecretaryCBSRenewed3/22/15
Masters of IllusionThe CWRenewed3/22/15
MasterChef JuniorFoxRenewed3/22/15
Mike & MollyCBSRenewed3/22/15
MomCBSRenewed3/22/15
NCIS: New OrleansCBSRenewed3/22/15
The OriginalsThe CWRenewed3/22/15
Penn & Teller: Fool UsThe CWRenewed3/22/15
ReignThe CWRenewed3/22/15
The SimpsonsFoxRenewed3/22/15
Sleepy HollowFoxRenewed3/22/15
So You Think You Can DanceFoxRenewed3/22/15
SupernaturalThe CWRenewed3/22/15
UndateableNBCRenewed3/22/15
Under the DomeCBSRenewed3/22/15
The Vampire DiariesThe CWRenewed3/22/15
Whose Line Is It Anyway?The CWRenewed3/22/15
The Amazing RaceCBSLikely to be renewed3/22/15
America’s Funniest Home VideosABCLikely to be renewed3/22/15
American IdolFoxLikely to be renewed3/22/15
The BachelorABCLikely to be renewed3/22/15
The Biggest LoserNBCLikely to be renewed3/22/15
Black-ishABCLikely to be renewed3/22/15
BonesFoxLikely to be renewed3/22/15
Blue BloodsCBSLikely to be renewed3/22/15
CastleABCLikely to be renewed3/22/15
Criminal MindsCBSLikely to be renewed3/22/15
CristelaABCLikely to be renewed3/22/15
Fresh Off the BoatABCLikely to be renewed3/22/15
The GoldbergsABCLikely to be renewed3/22/15
The Good WifeCBSLikely to be renewed3/22/15
Grey's AnatomyABCLikely to be renewed3/22/15
Hell's KitchenFoxLikely to be renewed3/22/15
How to Get Away With MurderABCLikely to be renewed3/22/15
MasterChefFoxLikely to be renewed3/22/15
The MiddleABCLikely to be renewed3/22/15
Modern FamilyABCLikely to be renewed3/22/15
NCISCBSLikely to be renewed3/22/15
NCIS: Los AngelesCBSLikely to be renewed3/22/15
New GirlFoxLikely to be renewed3/22/15
Once Upon a TimeABCLikely to be renewed3/22/15
Person of InterestCBSLikely to be renewed3/22/15
ScandalABCLikely to be renewed3/22/15
Shark TankABCLikely to be renewed3/22/15
SurvivorCBSLikely to be renewed3/22/15
Undercover BossCBSLikely to be renewed3/22/15
The VoiceNBCLikely to be renewed3/22/15
About a BoyNBCOn the bubble3/22/15
A.D.NBCOn the bubble3/22/15
Agent CarterABCOn the bubble3/22/15
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.ABCOn the bubble3/22/15
AquariusNBCOn the bubble3/22/15
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?FoxOn the bubble3/22/15
BackstromFoxOn the bubble3/22/15
Battle CreekCBSOn the bubble3/22/15
BordertownFoxOn the bubble3/22/15
ConstantineNBCOn the bubble3/22/15
CSICBSOn the bubble3/22/15
CSI: CyberCBSOn the bubble3/22/15
ElementaryCBSOn the bubble3/22/15
The FollowingFoxOn the bubble3/22/15
ForeverABCOn the bubble3/22/15
GalavantABCOn the bubble3/22/15
Hart of DixieThe CWOn the bubble3/22/15
Hawaii Five-0CBSOn the bubble3/22/15
iZombieThe CWOn the bubble3/22/15
The Last Man on EarthFoxOn the bubble3/22/15
Last Man StandingABCOn the bubble3/22/15
Marry MeNBCOn the bubble3/22/15
The MessengersThe CWOn the bubble3/22/15
The Mindy ProjectFoxOn the bubble3/22/15
MulaneyFoxOn the bubble3/22/15
The Mysteries of LauraNBCOn the bubble3/22/15
NashvilleABCOn the bubble3/22/15
The Night ShiftNBCOn the bubble3/22/15
The Odd CoupleCBSOn the bubble3/22/15
OdysseyNBCOn the bubble3/22/15
One Big HappyNBCOn the bubble3/22/15
ResurrectionABCOn the bubble3/22/15
RevengeABCOn the bubble3/22/15
StalkerCBSOn the bubble3/22/15
State of AffairsNBCOn the bubble3/22/15
Wayward PinesFoxOn the bubble3/22/15
Weird LonersFoxOn the bubble3/22/15
A to ZNBCCancelled3/22/15
AllegianceNBCCancelled3/22/15
Bad JudgeNBCCancelled3/22/15
Gang RelatedFoxCancelled3/22/15
GracepointFoxCancelled3/22/15
Manhattan Love StoryABCCancelled3/22/15
The McCarthysCBSCancelled3/22/15
Members OnlyABCCancelled3/22/15
The MillersCBSCancelled3/22/15
RecklessCBSCancelled3/22/15
Red Band SocietyFoxCancelled3/22/15
UnforgettableCBS (Moving to A&E)Cancelled3/22/15
SelfieABCCacelled3/22/15
UtopiaFoxCacelled3/22/15
The X FactorFoxCacelled3/22/15
GleeFoxEnded3/22/15
Kitchen NightmaresFoxEnded3/22/15
The MentalistCBSEnded3/22/15
ParenthoodNBCEnded3/22/15
Parks & RecreationNBCEnded3/22/15
Two and a Half MenCBSEnded3/22/15
21
Mar
2015

Captain America Civil War logo

Marvel looks set to start filming Captain America: Civil War within just a few weeks.

Welcome to the new world of Marvel films where they are stacked on top of one another. Avengers: Age of Ultron will be out in about six weeks. Ant-Man is in post-production and the next film after that one is gearing up to film. According to multiple reports Captain America: Civil War will begin filming on April 1.

Along with that news also come the official synopsis for the upcoming film.

Following the events of Age of Ultron, the collective governments of the world pass an act designed to regulate all superhuman activity. This polarizes opinion amongst the Avengers, causing two factions to side with Iron Man or Captain America, which causes an epic battle between former allies.

It is an excellent time to be a Marvel fan.

Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters on May 6, 2016.

20
Mar
2015

Avengers Age of Ultron Trailer March 2015 - 22

The latest TV spot for Avengers: Age of Ultron is making the wait for this film unbearable.

For most movies I don’t like trailers that are nothing but action. You begin to wonder if there is any sort of story under all of those quick cuts and explosions. However, seeing as Joss Whedon led this film, and I trust him implicitly when it comes to telling a good story, I will gladly gobble up the fast paced nature.

This TV spot has a lot of scenes we haven’t experienced yet from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Perhaps a few too many. I won’t go into detail on what I think this commercial spoils in case you can’t figure it out, but there are some definite moments.

In addition to this new footage, Joss Whedon sat down with Marvel’s in-house video team and while most of it is standard fare, he does confirm there are Marvel characters in the film that we have not yet seen in the trailers.

Before you get too excited, we already know we will see Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), The Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Heimdall (Idris Elba). So he could mean any one of those, or he could mean something unexpected. We’ll just have to wait to find out.

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters in the U.S. on May 1, 2015.

19
Mar
2015

star-wars-x-wing-episode-vii-1

It looks as though J.J. Abrams may be the director to bookend the newest Star Wars trilogy.

According to a report from Latino Review, Disney is courting J.J. Abrams to step behind the camera again for Star Wars Episode IX. While Abrams directed Star Wars The Force Awakens, Rian Johnson (Looper) took over for Episode VIII. Abrams would then serve as an executive producer on the final two installments, but that may change now.

Disney is reportedly very happy with the footage that has come in from The Force Awakens and would like to see Abrams close out the series. Latino Review has said that it has confirmed with four sources that he is indeed the front runner to helm the film.

To be honest, with the turnaround on these films – a mere 18 months between The Force Awakens and Episode VIII – Disney is going to have to leapfrog directors as they will be deep in post production on one while pre-production begins on the next. So, yes, Abrams could return for the final entry in the trilogy, but the bigger question is if he and Disney can work out their issues. There has been a lot of scuttlebutt about some behind-the-scenes clashes over the script, release date and some other minor points. Could everything now be ironed out to let him return?

Only time will tell how this shakes out, but I’m all for the idea of the same person directing the first and third entries to keep a consistency.

[ Source Latino Review ]

18
Mar
2015

Blue Thunder

It looks as though Blue Thunder may be taking to the skies once again.

The Hollywood Reporter ran a story on Tuesday that Sony Pictures is readying a remake of the 1983 action thriller Blue Thunder. For those unfamiliar with the film, it starred Roy Scheider as a helicopter pilot charged with testing out a heavily militarized police chopper reconfigured for crowd control in Los Angeles during the 1984 Olympics. During the course of the story he discovers there are more nefarious plans for the vehicle and he goes rogue, stealing the copter and trying to expose the plans.

According to the report, the remake will focus on the hot topic of drones and their use on U.S. soil, so it’s unclear at this time if there will be a helicopter in the film by the Blue Thunder name, or if it is just a reimagining of the same basic story.

Craig Kyle, who usually works for Marvel Studios as an executive and writer, will be handling the script duties. Jason Blumenthal will be producing for Escape Artists as will Carter Swan from Trigger Street. Sony’s recently installed President of Production Michael De Luca will also be involved following his recent success with Fifty Shades of Grey.

No word as of yet on a director, cast or potential release date.

Of all the remakes being circulated around Hollywood as of late, I have to say this is one of the few that makes sense. It’s also interesting how a story that is over 30 years old is once again relevant, perhaps even more so than it was originally. It’s also a film that very rarely gets played on cable, or that you see on the various streaming services despite the fact it spawned a short lived show on ABC and inspired the mildly successful Airwolf series on CBS, and later on USA.

It should be interesting to see where this goes.

17
Mar
2015

Arrow Season 3

In a world turned upside down, The CW is producing some of the best content on TV right now.

Lets face it, The CW has always felt like an “also ran” network, but as Arrow and The Flash march on, they are just becoming more and more enjoyable.

During the Paley Fest panels for both shows this past weekend, new trailers were shown for the remainder of their respective seasons, and both are looking pretty awesome. First up is Arrow.

So, Det. Lance finally figures out Oliver is the Arrow and turns on him after working together for some time now? Interesting.

Now, on to The Flash.

It looks like things are turning series over in Central City. And I won’t spoil for anyone where I think the Det. Thawne story is going. If it’s what I think it is… get ready for some insanity.

Both shows return this week.