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but because of the quality of the series, fans are still out there supporting the
show -- and new ones are joining each day. With J. Michael Straczynski promising a
new production in the near future, we need to continue support of the show -- bringing
new people to watch and discuss the show. Join in the discussion today on Facebook or Twitter.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday (Nov. 24) with a little gift: the first teaser trailer for "Captain America: Civil War."
The new film is based on the Marvel Comics crossover event that happened in 2006 and 2007. The story finds Cap and Iron Man on opposing sides as the governments across the world attempt to regulate its superheroes.
In an odd turn of events, the law abiding Captain takes a side against the governments in question and becomes at odds with Tony Stark. This chain of events leads to a fracturing of the Avengers team and causes the other heroes to pick sides.
While the clip doesn't unload anything really mind-blowing, as it looks like Marvel is holding this one close to the chest, this is the first video footage introducing Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) to the world.
No new Spider-Man (Tom Holland) as-of-yet and it looks like fans will have to wait into the new year before they can glimpse the web-slinger at work. It also looks like William Hurt is returning as General Thaddeus Ross, reprising the role from 2008's "The Incredible Hulk."
Continuing the story of Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) from "The Winter Soldier" will definitely prove exciting as there is so much more story to be explored. But, be warned, things are going to get really dark in "Captain America: Civil War" which is set to hit theaters everywhere on May 6, 2016.
BBC and PBS mystery drama “Sherlock” unveiled new character portraits for its upcoming Christmas special, “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” to fans online Tuesday.
In a post to the show’s Facebook page, fans are able to see the new portraits. “New images released from The Abominable Bride. The game is afoot! #221Back #Sherlock,” reads the post.
The series’ social media page has been a great resource for fans awaiting the series since it premiered a snippet of footage for the upcoming Victorian-themed special. For the first time in the show’s history it will premiere in the US and the UK on the same night.
The series will also have its first showing in theaters when it premieres in January. “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” will appear in select theaters throughout the US and UK and feature bonus material that will not be shown on the small screen.
The theatrical version of the special includes 20 minutes of additional footage: a guided tour of the set with executive producer Steven Moffat along with a “making-of” video guided by stars Cumberbatch and Freeman. Executive producer Rebecca Eaton previously told Entertainment Weekly that fans will be sure to support “Sherlock” on the big screen.
“’Sherlock’ fans just can’t get enough of the show in any way, shape or form,” explains Eaton. “Offering the show on lots of platforms makes it more of an event; good buzz raises all boats.”
“Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” will be screened in theaters for two days only. Tickets are available now for the screenings on Jan. 5 and 6. The 90-minute Christmas special will air at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on January 1, 2016 on PBS and BBC America.
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
You know how you always thought you'd be the kind of person who'd sneer at marketing campaigns and just wait to watch the movie? Yeah, me too, but that was before Star Wars: The Force Awakens came into all of our lives. The film has me positively captivated with every little piece of information, and last night we got just a little bit more.
During ABC's #TGIT (led by writer/producer Shonda Rhimes) programming Thursday, Disney and Lucasfilm unleashed a 60-second TV spot for the film. Now, of course, much of it is footage we've already seen, but there is a little more. Like so many of the trailers that've come before, it focuses on Rey, and even features a tender moment between her and Han Solo.
I don't know about you, but for me the best moment in that trailer is Leia sitting at a command table, ready to be awesome. Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives Dec. 18.
THE FLYING MAN
A short film about a mysterious hero and his impact on a would-be criminal has been put into development at Sony Pictures. Get ready for The Flying Man.
The 2013 short film, written and directed by animator and visual effects artist Marcus Alqueres, is a fascinating take on vigilantism and how the world might really react if a guy started flying around a city and bashing in skulls. Alqueres has been working with Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire) to turn the short film into a workable spec script, which is apparently part of the package that attracted Sony.
The story itself is told through the eyes of a would-be criminal having a crisis of conscience, which is at least a unique spin on the tried and true superhero tale. There’s a lot of meat in the concept to mine for a feature script, and assuming they're digging in the right places, this could be a very interesting project. A crime story with a superhero hanging around on the fringes? Yeah, that could be fun.
Here’s the film’s tantalizingly brief synopsis:
A new superhero is coming, only this time it's on his terms. Will he still be considered a hero?
They may not have superheroes, but Universal Pictures is definitely working on shared universes of its own. The studio announced earlier this month that it's looking into prequels and a spinoff for the Fast and Furious franchise, and then of course there's that revival of the Universal Monsters helmed by writers Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan.
We don't know all that much about the plans for the shared universe, other than it hopes to recapture the former glory of the classic Universal Monsters lineup with an even greater focusing on overlapping the monsters' stories. Kurtzman, Morgan and company opened up a bit about their approach to developing the universe (led by a 10-person writers' room) last week, but when it comes to actual release details, all we really know is the first movie will be a reboot of The Mummy. Now we might know who the star is, and this is a big one.
Variety reports that Tom Cruise is "in talks" to star in The Mummy, which could start production as early as next year. It's not clear which starring role he'll play, whether he'll be the titular mummy or the man who has to take the monster down, but the report notes that Cruise is expected to "play a large part" in the franchise as a whole, even appearing in other monster films. So, if this is a true, it's a pretty big undertaking.
Getting Cruise involved in a budding franchise effort would also be a major win for Universal as it tries to make its way into a shared-universe filmmaking world that Marvel, Warner Bros. and Fox are already major players in. Whether this monsterverse will work is still anyone's guess, but it couldn't hurt to have one of the biggest movie stars on the planet in the studio's corner.
TREMORS TV SERIES
The 1990 cult classic Tremors marked one of the first leading roles for actor Kevin Bacon. Today, EW reports that Bacon will be back for an upcoming Tremors TV series! Bacon will not only star, reprising his Valentine McKee role for the first time in 25 years, but will also serve as executiveproducer.
Plans for the Tremors tv series hail from Universal Cable Productions and Blumhouse Productions. Andrew Miller, creator of The CW‘s “The Secret Circle,” is attached to script. Plot details have not yet been revealed, but it appears that the new Tremors tv series will maintain continuity with at least the first film in the franchise and will return the story’s setting to Perfection, Nevada.
Directed by Ron Underwood, the first Tremors also stars Fred Ward, Finn Carter, Michael Gross and Reba McEntire as a group of unfortunate souls who find themselves facing off against “Graboids,” monstrous sandworm creatures living beneath the earth of a small Nevada town.
Tremors received a big screen sequel, Tremors 2: Aftershocks, in 1996. A direct to home video sequel, Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, arrived in 2001, followed by a direct to home video prequel, Tremors 4: The Legend Begins, in 2004. 2003 also saw the launch of a first, short-lived Tremors TV series. Then, just last month, the world received a fifth direct to home video sequel, Tremors 5: Bloodlines.
Although the new Tremors TV series does not yet have a home, it is expected to announce one in the near future. After all, STARZ has already proven the power of in-continuity followups to horror classics. Their currently airing Ash vs. Evil Dead has met with acclaim from fans and critics alike.
Despite set photos popping up online a few weeks ago, Marvel Studios has now announced that production has officially begun on the upcoming Doctor Strange and confirmed the film’s cast. Production on the film is currently set up in London with additional plans to shoot in New York and Hong Kong.
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the title hero in the film and is joined by Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, Rachel McAdams, and Michael Stuhlbarg, with Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One. Other cast members previously reported to be in the film include Scott Adkins and Amy Landecker.
Scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016, Doctor Strange is scripted by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Passengers) and directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil). Doctor Strange follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange is produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth, Stephen Broussard and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.
Director Scott Derrickson’s creative team also includes director of photography Ben Davis, B.S.C. (Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy); production designer Charles Wood (Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy); costume designer Alexandra Byrne (Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy); editors Wyatt Smith (Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World) and Sabrina Plisco, ACE; and visuals effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy).
8:00pm on Syfy
Oz the Great and Powerful (2013)
A shady circus magician crashes his balloon in the magical land of Oz, where he encounters three beautiful witches and becomes a reluctant leader in an epic battle of good vs. evil. Based on characters created by L. Frank Baum.
James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff
8:30pm on FX
This Is the End (2013)
Cabin fever and dwindling supplies threaten to tear apart six friends who are trapped in a house together after cataclysmic events devastate Los Angeles. Based on the short film ``Seth and Jay Versus the Apocalypse.''
James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride
Here is a quote from J. Michael Straczynski about emotions. I had this theory that the more important and intimate the emotion, the
fewer words are required to express it.
First it's in dating: "Will you go out with me?" Six words.
"Honey, I care for you." Five words.
"You matter to me." Four words.
"I love you." Three words.
"Marry me." Two words.
But what's left? What's the one most important and intimate word you can ever
say to somebody? It's "goodbye."
While Michael O'Hare (Sinclair), Andreas Katsulas (G'Kar), Rick Biggs (Dr. Franklin), Tim Choate (Zathras) and Jeff Conoway (Zach Allen) are no longer with us, we will not forget their wonderful personalities and talent -- as well as their significant contributions to the BABYLON 5 universe. Be sure to visit In Memory Of for more information about memorial efforts. Until we met again, in a place where no shadows fall.
BABYLON 5 BIRTHDAYS
Robert Foxworth - November 1
Marjean Holden - November 3
John Vickery - November 4
Carolyn Seymour - November 7 (Senator Crosby in "Endgame" Season 4)
Teryl Rothery - November 9 (ISN reporter Miss Chambers in "Lost Tales")
Neil Gaiman - November 10 (writer - Day of the Dead)
Damian London - November 12
Tracy Scoggins - November 13
Dwight Schultz - November 24
Louise Turenne - November 26
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. - November 30 (Missed Greatly)
Have I missed anyone? If you know the birthday of someone connected with Babylon 5, pass the information along. We want to include everyone in our Happy Birthday Wishes.
BABYLON 5 MUSIC VIDEOS AND TRIBUTES
John Hudgens has created many Babylon 5 videos, but I believe this is the most moving. It was first shown at the Phoenix Comic Con 20th Anniversary and honors many of the Babylon 5 familywho have passed on.
- This is the extended version that I did for Andreas' widow ater the
original cut was released on the net. It's never been seen online
For those of you who've never seen these, I hope you enjoy them - and
for those that have (and emailed me many times over the years about
releasing them), I hope they're as good as you remember. Working with
Joe on these videos was one of the highlights of my career, and I'll
be forever grateful to him for the doors these have opened for me. I'm
proud to have them on my resume.
STEEL CITY CON
Dates: December 4-6, 2015
Place: Monroeville Convention Center (near Pittsburgh, PA)
Guests: Walter Koenig, Danny Glover, William Katt, Amy Allen, Nalini Krishan, Naomi Grossman,
Jason Mewes, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt and more
For more information, go to http://www.steelcitycon.com.
Dates: December 12-14, 2015
Place: Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AR
Guests: Tom Skerritt, Linda Blair, Eddie McClintock, Ben Browser
For more information, to go http://phoenixcomicon.com/.
ICHIBAN CON 7
Dates: Dec 31 to Jan 3 2016
Place: Embassy Suites Hotel, Concord, NC
For more information, go to http://ichibancon.com.
WIZARD WORLD COMIC CON - NEW ORLEANS
Date: January 8-10, 2016
Place: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Guests: William Shatner, Edward James Olmos, Eily Kinney, and many more
For more information, go to http://www.wizardworld.com/home-neworleans.html.
Dates: February 12-14, 2016
Place: Radisson Hotel North Baltimore
Guests: Sean Maher - more to be announced
For more information, go to http://www.farpointcon.comPENSACON
Date: Feburary 19- 21, 2016
Location: Pensacola, Florida, USA
Official Website: http://pensacon.com.
Dates: March 4-6, 2016
Place: Savanah, GA
For more information, go to http://gnomecon.orgTRIAD ANIME CONVENTION 5
Dates: March 11-13 2016
Place: Winston Salem Marriott, North Carolina
For more information, go to http://triadanimecon.com.
March 18-20 2016
MACE 2016 - Anime and game Convention on UpcomingCons.com
Dates: May 26-29, 2016
Place: Orange County Convention Center
For more information, go to http://megaconvention.com/.
June 17-19 2016
July 15-17 2016
Charlotte Comic Con
Min con happen four times a year
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS! Wizard World Conventions has a large number of events planned for the year. Be sure to visit the page to see if there is a convention of interest near you.
Creation Entertainment has a large
number of conventions planned for the next several months. They include stars
from TWILIGHT, SUPERNATURAL, STARGATE, FARSCAPE, XENA, SERENITY, STAR TREK,
etc. Check out their calendar to see if one will be in your neighborhood soon.
Don't miss their Videos
page as well. It is full of some priceless video from a number of
Be sure to visit the referenced sites to see if there have been changes in
dates/guests attending. Visit our Convention
Calendar for a full listing of upcoming conventions.
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