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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
After the relative success of X-Men: Days of Future Past and The Wolverine, there’d been rumblings Fox might expand their X-Men franchise with a few new spinoffs — and they didn’t have to look too far for ideas.
A Deadpool film has been in the works ever since Ryan Reynolds portrayed the Merc With A Mouth in 2009’s awful X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but the proposed R-rated take on the character made the studio nervous and its been languishing on the shelf ever since. Now, five years later, they’ve finally decided to dust ol' Wade Wilson off and give him another shot.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, that long-gestating Deadpool movie is finally getting made. The studio has slated the film to open in theaters on Feb. 12, 2016. It will be directed by Tim Miller, though there’s still no confirmation that original star Reynolds will be back to portray the character. We’d call the odds likely, but a deal is apparently not in place. Yet.
Fans have been clamoring for a Deadpool movie for years, and we’re psyched to see the project finally (finally) get off the ground. Of course, we still don’t know if we’ll be getting the R-rated version fans are wanting or a watered-down PG-13 script. They could also scrap the existing script entirely and start fresh. We just don't know. It’d be a shame if they tried to tone the character down, though. If there’s any property that’d be best served by an R-rating, it’s Deadpool.
Some of DC’s best films as of late have come on the animated side, and the company is beefing up its Justice League commitment with an ambitious new online series that promises to put a “dark” spin on the franchise.
Dubbed Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, the three-part animated series is set to launch in the spring of 2015 on the male-skewing online video service Machinima. As a point of reference, the service has previous hosted shows such as Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome and Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
According to Variety, the series will be set in a newly conceived DC universe where Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are much darker versions of the heroes that people know. The series is based on Bruce Timm’s (Batman Beyond) upcoming animated film Justice League: Gods & Monsters, coming in 2015. The online episodes will premiere in the weeks leading up to the film’s release.
If you’re wondering about the Machinima connection, Warner Bros. invested $18 million in the online service in March, so this represents the first bit of synergy from the deal. DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson noted the online avenue represents a unique, new way to introduce animated content:
“We are committed to delivering DC Entertainment’s extensive line-up of world-class characters and stories to audiences across all platforms and formats. ‘Justice League: Gods and Monsters’ is an exciting opportunity to bring alternate versions of DC Comics’ iconic Justice League characters to Machinima, and we look forward to bringing this new animated shortform series to life with our partners across Warner Bros.”
Despite the fact that we’re getting a little tired of the “dark” schtick, we’re psyched to see how the series will turn out, especially considering its being spun off from Timm’s upcoming film. The guy is a legit legend when it comes to the golden age of late 1990’s DC animated shows. He worked on everything from Batman Beyond, to Batman: The Animated Series and Superman —so he definitely has the chops to put a spin on these characters.
STAR WARS EPISODE VII
Thanks to a boatload of flyover set pics, we’ve already gotten a preliminary look at the practical sets being developed for Han Solo’s iconic Millennium Falcon that’ll be featured in Star Wars: Episode VII — now we have an official, well, flyover look. Oh, plus the Batmobile.
Mega-directors J.J. Abrams and Zack Snyder seem to be involved in a weird, geeky battle of crossovers, and Abrams just took a nice shot across the bow. The bantering was seemingly started by Snyder after he tweeted some mashup shots of Star Wars combined with the Batman v Superman film he’s currently shooting.
So Abrams fired back with this video, which is a cheeky little (super-tight) flyby of the Falcon’s exterior set to John Williams’ iconic Star Wars score ... which is then replaced by the Dark Knight theme, as the flyby finally lands on a tiny, familiar piece of Bat-lore hidden on the underside of Han’s ship. Well played, Abrams. Well played.
Astrid Berges-Frisbey is in talks to play Guinevere, the iconic lover of Arthur Pendragon, in Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, Warner Bros.’ epic retelling of the British legend.
Charlie Hunnam is starring as Arthur, the young man whose journey to the throne the Guy Ritchie-directed movie is recounting.
Idris Elba is already on board as Bedivere, the right-hand man of Arthur’s father, who teaches the lad how to be a leader.
Guinevere, of course, is Arthur’s ladylove, who eventually betrays him for the knight Lancelot, creating a messy triangle that contributes to the downfall of shimmering Camelot.
In Ritchie’s movie, the first of a planned series, the love story is in the blooming stages, with the young princess saving the young prince and helping him believe in himself.
Lionel Wigram, Akiva Goldsman,Tory Tunnell and Joby Harold are producing. Niija Kuykendall and Cate Adams are overseeing for the studio.
Berges-Frisbey is the Spanish actress who nabbed the high-profile role of the mermaid Syrena in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. She also appeared in Mike Cahill’s I Origins.
Following videos featuring the likes of Oswald Cobblepot, Fish Mooney and Jim Gordon and Harvey Bullock, FOX has released another new profile promo for their upcoming series “Gotham.” This time focusing on Gordon’s fiancee Barbara Keen, as played by Erin Richards, the video also features star Ben McKenzie and quite a bit of new footage from the upcoming series.
“Gotham” is an origin story of the great DC Comics super villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. From executive producer/writer Bruno Heller (“The Mentalist,” “Rome”), “Gotham” follows one cop’s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time.
Also starring Donal Logue, Sean Pertwee, Zabryna Guevara, Robin Lord Taylor, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, David Zayas, and Jada Pinkett Smith, “Gotham” will premiere on FOX on September 22.
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ON THE TUBE TONIGHT
8:00pm on BBC America
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Nobleman crusader Robin of Locksley (Kevin Costner) breaks out of a Jerusalem prison with the help of Moorish fellow prisoner Azeem (Morgan Freeman) and travels back home to England. But upon arrival he discovers his dead father in the ruins of his family estate, killed by the vicious sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Rickman). Robin and Azeem join forces with outlaws Little John (Nick Brimble) and Will Scarlett (Christian Slater) to save the kingdom from the sheriff's villainy.
8:00pm on FX
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Two years after he and his Autobot friends saved the Earth from the Decepticons, Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) faces a new battle: college. Meanwhile, Optimus Prime and the Autobots are working with a secret military organization and trying to make a home for themselves on Earth. When an ancient Decepticon known as The Fallen rises up to wreak vengeance, Sam and his girlfriend, Mikaela, must figure out the history of the Transformers on Earth and find a way to defeat The Fallen once and for all.
8:00pm on TNT
Along Came a Spider
A psychological suspense thriller adapted from James Patterson's first highly acclaimed novel in the Alex Cross series, Morgan Freeman reprises his role as the Washington, D.C. police detective and psychologist who is through playing mind games with criminals -- that is until a methodical predator, Gary Soneji (Michael Wincott) commits a daring kidnapping and lures Cross into the case.
9:00pm on CBS
Season 4, Episode 22: O ka Pili 'Ohana ka 'Oi
Grover is forced to steal $100 million when a nemesis kidnaps his daughter.
10:00pm on CBS
Season 4, Episode 22: Exiles
Danny uncovers shocking information while investigating a case against orders.
10:00p on Syfy
Season 1, Episode 2: Fracking Zombies
In New Jersey, Cassandra's past comes back to haunt her, and the survivors run out of fuel.
KEEPING UP WITH CAST AND CREW
ROBIN ATKIN DOWNES - THE STRAIN
Ranger Anne has informed me that Robin is providing the voice of The Master, physically played by former WWE wrestler Robert Maillet. The horror series, co-created by Guillermo del Toro (from the novels he co-wrote), deals with a CDC team investigating a viral outbreak in NYC, which have the markings of vampirism, and trying to stop it from destroying humanity. "The Strain" is on FX Sunday nights at 10pm ET (repeats at 11pm ET), and rated TV-MA.
SPECIAL EFFECTS FROM BABYLON 5
Leo Laporte's "Triangulation" video podcast this week has a very interesting interview with Jeoffrey Mark, who got his CGI start on Babylon 5, and has gone on to major motion pictures including Spiderman and Serenity, among many others. They talk about his experience on B5, including numerous clips from his B5 demo reel, throughout the interview, and of course also talk about his other projects.
This would be of great interest to the B5 community. He even lets slip that he still has digital models of many of the B5 ships backed up at home, and then jokingly tries to backtrack, as if he's not supposed to have them. Pretty funny.
The link to the video is http://twit.tv/show/triangulation/165.
TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE FINAL BATTLE #9
The killer Thomas Parnell's control over the Terminator army has brought both Skynet and the human resistance to their knees. With all of John Connor's other allies fallen or displaced in time, only he and the resurrected Marcus Wright remain to stand against this psychotic oppressor!
SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE
Just released: the cover for Superman: Earth One volume 3, which comes out February/March. This volume ties both of the previous books together, answering such questions as who pulled the trigger on Krypton, how the aliens who attacked him in book one were recruited, and deals with the consequences of his decision to knock over (for the greater good) a tyrant running a small island nation. In my admittedly subjective view, this volume is the best of the three.
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
Judy Levitt (Mrs. Walter Koenig) - September 1 (Unnamed Psi Cop in "A Race Through Dark Places" and "Dust to Dust")
Pat Tallman - September 4
Cinzia Zanetti - September 5
Robin Atkin Downes - September 6
Mira Furlan - September 7
Jeffrey Combs - September 9 (Harrison Gray in 'Eyes')
Julia Nickson - September 11 (Sinclair's girl friend/fiance Catherine Sakai)
Christopher Neame - September 12 (Knight Two in "And the Sky Full of Stars")
Clyde Kusatsu - September 13 (Dr. Bill Morishi in Thirdspace)
Walter Koenig - September 14
Henry Darrow - September 15 (Dr. William Indiri in "Illusion of Truth")
Paul Williams - September 19
Robert Rusler - September 20
Gary Cole - September 20
Bear Burge - September 23
Jason Carter - September 23
Manny Case - September 23
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.
THE HOLLYWOOD SCI-FI MUSEUM
Here's a project you may want to get involved with!
About the Project:
New Starship Foundation, the nonprofit behind the
Enterprise-D Bridge Restoration, with board members including the greatest talents in science fiction, presents THE HOLLYWOOD SCIENCE FICTION MUSEUM. This will be the first museum in the world to exclusively show the history of sci-fi films, TV, art and literature through props, sets and costumes, as well as show advancements in space travel and teach Real Science through Science Fiction. It will be an interactive museum with fully immersive environments and touch screens that will incorporate old and new footage from actors, filmmakers and NASA astronauts and scientists, and will present both the fact and fiction of sci-fi. This will eventually teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based education in a fun new way to all ages. The museum will include exhibits from: Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, 2001, Alien, Metropolis, Thunderbirds, Firefly, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, Blake's 7, Ghostbusters, Farscape, The Time Machine, Godzilla, X-Men, Avengers, Superman, Planet of the Apes, Back to the Future, Day the Earth Stood Still, V, Batman, Six Million Dollar Man, Bionic Woman, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, as well as Fantasy like Lord of the Rings, Labyrinth, Legend, Munsters, Herbie the Love Bug, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Dark Crystal, Game of Thrones, Anime like Akira and Speed Racer, and anything else we can fit within our walls.
This Kickstarter is to acquire the funds to develop our 2015 Hollywood Sci Fi Museum, which will be smaller than the future museum, but still significant and unique. This "concept art" of the giant Millennium Falcon and Enterprise-D is for our 2018 Hollywood Sci Fi Museum.
Go to http://www.hollywoodscifi.org/ for more information.
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 family
who have passed on.
Here is a link to John's Babylon 5 videos:
Richard Biggs memorial:
Andreas Katsulas memorial:
- 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.
CRYSTAL COAST CON
Date: October 18, 2014
Place: Mac Daddys Family Entertainment Facility, Cape Carteret, NC
B5 Guests: Pat Tallman and Bill Blair
Pat will be a media signing guest. The facility located at 130 Golfin Dolphin Dr., Cape Carteret, NC 28584
For more information, go to http://www.crystalcoastcon.com/.
LONDON FILM AND COMIC CON WINTER
Dates: October 18-19, 2014
Place: Earls Court 2, Old Brompton Road, SW5 9TA
Guests: Katee Sackhoff, Nicola Bryant, Ralph Macchio, Christopher Cousins, Colin Baker, David Prowse and many more
For more information, go to http://www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com/
Spooky's Ultimate Horror Weekend
Dates: Oct. 24-26, 2014
Place: Doubletree Universal Studios, Orlando, FL 32819
Michael Rooker - Walking Dead & Jeremiah; Stephen Pearcy - Ratt; Dee Wallace Stone - ET & Cuju;
Tyler Mane - Halloween & X Men, and Tobin Bell - Dexter
For more information, go to http://www.spookyempire.com/.
MALTA COMIC EXPO
Dates: October 31-November 2, 2014
Place: Mediterranean Conference Center, Valletta, Malta
Guests: Richard Piccardo, Dirk Benedict,Silvester McCoy and many more
For more information, go to http://maltacomicsexpo.com/.
MAGIC CITY COMIC CON
Dates: January 16-18, 2015
Place: Miami Airport Convention Center
Comic Guests: John Romita, Jr., Allen Bellman, Adelso Corona, Greg Kirkpatrick, Dan Scott
For more information, go to http://www.magiccitycomiccon.com/.
STEEL CITY CON
Dates: December 5-7, 2014
Place: Monroeville Convention Center, Monroeville, PA
Guests: Linda Blair, Henry Winkler, Michael Dorn, Peter Mayhew, Terry Farrell, John Wesley Shippe, and more.
For more information, go to http://www.steelcitycon.com/.
Dates: May 21-24, 2015
Place: Maritim Hotel, Dusseldorf, Germany
Guests: Sam Jones, Aaron Douglas, Grant Bowler and more to come
For more information, go to http://www.fedcon.de/en/.
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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