Thursday, October 8, 2015

ARROW Season Four Premiere, A Great Start For The New Season

ARROW Season Four Premiere

The fourth season premiere of The CW's Arrow came off with a great and subtle form of energy. It ended with an enticing bit of a tease about who Oliver will be facing off with in this new season.


Below are light to mild ARROW spoilers.

Arrow opens to what appears to be an idyllic setting where Oliver and Felicity are living the perfect life in the suburbs. Yikes, it was almost too perfect. Of course.

But Oliver's old team Laurel (Black Canary), Diggle (Diggle Man), & Thea (Speedy) have been facing off with a new nemesis being called the Ghosts. They strike, stealing hi-tech gear.

Later, their boss, Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough) makes a brazen appearance with the acting city council of a sort telling them they will all be dead, like most citizens of the city, so they can rebuild the city from scratch.


Static Bits: Renewals, Casting, and Sequel news For TYRANT, CATCH FIRE, POWER RANGERS, JURASSIC WORLD, MAD MAX and...

TV and Movie News Bits: Renewals, Casting, and Sequel news For TYRANT, CATCH FIRE, POWER RANGERS, JURASSIC WORLD, MAD MAX and...

Today we chat a bit about some news that includes renewals, casting for upcoming movies and a bit on a sequel or two. Plus, there is one more Resident Evil film coming at us. Yes, but at least it has the word final in the title!


TV Renewal Notes

FX has renewed Tyrant for a third season of brotherly love and intradiction. It will be a 10-episode count.


AMC has renewed Halt and Catch Fire for a third season.

For some reason the series creators have been bumped to showrunners, aka, producers. It's really... odd, how AMC can have such turbulence within their ranks of some of their good shows.

Here's the other weird catch: Production will remain in Atlanta while the story moves to Silicon Valley.

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Movie Casting Notes

Right now, it looks like Naomi Scott has been cast in the role of the Pink Ranger in that upcoming Power Rangers remake movie.

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Movie Sequel Stuff

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Static Bits: SENSE8, HUMANS, GRIMM, RED on TV, X-FILES, NARUTO movie and..

Entertainment news about SENSE8, HUMANS, GRIMM, RED on TV, X-FILES, NARUTO movie

Below we have some renewal news, a tiny casting news bit for Grimm, a potential movie-TV-series premise, a reboot bit and what I believe will be great news (hopefully) for Naruto fans.


- Sense8 was renewed for a second season by Netflix

- Humans was renewed for a second season by AMC. (It's a production partnership with Channel 4 in the U.K.)

(Based on a Swedish series called Real Humans, AMC/Channel 4’s Humans takes place in a not-too-distant future London in which anthropomorphic automatons, or “synths,” have not only become the app of all apps, but are used as servants designed to mindlessly carry through mundane household chores. Though the show features a relatively large ensemble cast that includes the veteran film actor William Hurt, the plot mostly centers around a sketchy synth named “Anita” (Gemma Chang), whose sporadic instances of emotion-fueled acts vexes her new owners in the Hawkins family. However, it turns out that Anita is far from factory-fresh and her issues stem back to a rather fascinating, cognizant past that’s connected to a warrant-evading programmer, Leo Elster (Colin Morgan).)

Psst: I just started watching the first season and the first few episodes definitely have my imagination and curiosity sparked. More on this later when I finish the season.

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Carlson Young has been cast for a part in Grimm.

Monday, October 5, 2015

America's GODZILLA Inspires Toho To Redo Their Own, WTH?

Toho's Godzilla Teaser Image

When Gareth Edwards' Godzilla 2014 reboot hit the box office, pulling in over $500 million worldwide, a sequel was put in motion and right now, is slated for a June 2018 release.

I think Legendary wanted a sequel sooner than 2018 but they had to give Edwards time to work on his Star Wars Anthology movie, Rogue One.

But writer Max Borenstein says he's working on the new script and word or at least suggestions out there are saying that the next film could include Rodan, King Ghidorah, and Mothra.


But what is confusing to me is that after Toho let Legendary license the big lizard for a movie and saw how well it did, now Toho has cranked up their own Godzilla production once again.

Their last production was 2004's Godzilla Final Wars and it was a fun but kooky send off to the franchise from Toho. But Toho says their new version will be more terrifying and darker than their previous lighter versions.



Real quick: Two reboots (MacGyver and Power Rangers) are coming at us, and HBO is looking for a new soft-porn title in Watchmen!

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Guess what? MacGyver might be coming back to TV.  CBS is looking to reboot the franchise (not continue it) and they've tapped James Wan (Furious 7) to direct the pilot episode.



Lionsgate is rebooting the Power Rangers movie franchise and according to sources the studio has started testing acting talent for the rangers roles.

Season Four of PERSON OF INTEREST, Backed Into A Corner And Its Last Upcoming Season

Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson and Amy Acker in PERSON OF INTEREST

Despite Person of Interest actually having an interesting premise, it seems that the producers backed themselves into a corner with their present story line directions and possibly pushed this fun show right over the shark themselves. If they had only taken a different route!


Last season's episodes were peppered with the usual stories of various folks needing to be saved, from either themselves or outside influences. Then there were the underlying plot lines where the secret government entity closed in on our heroes and their sentient computer.

It's this story line that has pushed our show into a corner. To have our heroes facing off against a huge government conspiracy while they are on the run, does not leave a ton of room for our story to go anywhere from there.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

TRANSFORMERS 5 thru 8 Announced By Hasbro, Michael Bay Will Direct

Transformers Five announced

Hasbro just confirmed what many Transformers fans were hoping for and what many haters have been dreading...

When we last saw Optimus Prime kick in his new boot jets to fly off into orbit at the end of Age of Extinction, fans wondered if that would be be the last time we see the big guy on film. That answer is NO.

At what is known as the MIP Junior Conference 2015, Hasbro's executive VP and content officer announced that after three months in the writers room, they now have outlines for Transformers 5, 6, 7 and 8.

This represents Transformers movies for the next 10 years for fans, with Michael Bay being one of the executive producers on the creative team. Oh, and the guy who probably was not going to direct another one, well, Bay will be directing #5. I guess the billions is hard to walk away from.

AGENTS OF SHIELD Season Three Premiere Gets Off TO Good, Inhuman Start And Other Spin-Offs

AGENTS OF SHIELD Season Three Premiere

This is a review of season three of Marvel's Agents of Shield, peppered with some other Marvel TV news about spin-offs and movie connections.

Mild spoilers after the break:

The Agents of SHIELD third season premiere episode opens where we see a man having some rather unusual morning problems where everything metal he touches seems to have molecular issues. The cops (A black ops team) show up to detain him, but instead of capturing him, our SHIELD heroes show up, and Skye, identifying herself as Daisy now, talks our new Inhuman down into a state of calm, and gets him transported to Phil's new flying "Helicarrier."

What we do learn is that there is a secret group looking to kill any person who sporadically turns into a Inhuman. Or at least it seemed that way. But what we do know is that they are called the Advanced Threat Containment Unit (ATCU) tasked by the President to clean up this alien threat that's evolving.

Then we see Fitz cruising the world, looking for clues on how to find and or save Simmons. But Fitz is not handling this situation with Simmons missing well at all.

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INTERSTELLAR Review; Fantastic Story With A Fluffy Weird Ending That Needs Explaining

This is my review of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar.

Interstellar, a review

It was directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine, while Nolan produced the film with his wife Emma Thomas (Syncopy) and Lynda Obst Productions. Caltech theoretical physicist Kip Thorne executive produced and was the scientific consultant, which is important to know, since the actual and theoretical sciences thrown forth in the story are factual. Sometimes a little confusing, but real.


Interstellar opens to a bleak and dreary world. A world where crops around the world are dying and humanity is living on or in a dust bowl. It's a dark and bleak prophecy for our future, one that Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is determined to fix or find a way to save, inspired by his love for his family, his children and the future of all. (Nolan never says it out loud in the story, but is this some vision of our future from global warming?)

A Professor Brand (Caine) has been working on a secret NASA program that is looking for a planet to relocate humanity to. But to get to one like Earth, they need to use a black hole to transport to distances that would otherwise be unreachable. They had already sent manned missions through the black hole, but communication is iffy from the other side. So any mission out there is dependent on guesses on our side.

Meanwhile, Cooper's daughter Murph, has a poltergeist in her bedroom, leaving her messages.  (More on that shark alert later.)

Cooper goes on the mission with a few other astronauts looking for the right planet for humanity.  The astronauts are accompanied by two fairly cool robots named TARS and CASE. Also on the trip they have 'Plan B' with them, 5,000 frozen embryos to provide for humanity's survival.

TARS from Interstellar

To me, TARS is like R2-D2. He's the co-pilot, the hiking partner, the savior when needed. He looks extremely boring and limited, but watching this bot in action and how versatile it really is, is a pleasurable surprise. He's pretty funny at times too.


THE MARTIAN Review: Ridley Scott, Matt Damon and Drew Goddard Hit The Mark

The Martian review

Movie review: The Martian stars Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Aksel Henni and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The cast alone is a pretty awesome collective of talent, but the film's screenplay is penned by Drew Goddard (World War Z, The Cabin in The Woods, Cloverfield; TV's Daredevil (on Netflix), Lost, etc.)

The film is directed by Ridley Scott (Child 44, Out of the Furnace, The Counselor and that questionable Alien/not Alien movie.)

It runs 141 minutes.

All of this is based off a book by the same name written by Andy Weir.

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As you may very well be aware, "During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive."

Watney is played by Matt Damon, while the rest of the crew, both space-based and earth-bound, are played by one hell of a supporting cast.

The accident that leaves Watney behind is an honest mistake made by everyone when debris strikes Watney's spacesuit, killing the telemetry gear that transmits his vitals to the team, hence, they thought him dead.

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