Dan Harmon May Have Leaked a DOCTOR STRANGE Spoiler

Take this with a grain of salt, but there's a chance writer Dan Harmon may have leaked a spoiler for Marvel Studios' upcoming film Doctor Strange. If you don't want to know what that spoiler could be, it's best to turn back now.

As you know, word broke last week that Harmon was brought on to write some scenes for "additional photography" for the movie, presumably to add some more humor to the screenplay (that assumption takes Harmon's past writing work into account). This could be anything from a post-credits sequence to a script-wide punch-up that could provide the basis for Marvel Studios' built-in reshoots process, but now there's word that Harmon may have leaked a big reveal about the true villain of the new movie.

Ready? Deep breath: CinemaBlend pointed to a Reddit thread which revealed a screengrab from Harmon's computer from his Harmontown presentation at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, and in his recent files on Final Draft, there is a document called "Strange Confronts Dormammu." That character is one of Doctor Strange's biggest adversaries in the comics, and though he was rumored to be one of the villains early on, we haven't seen or heard anything concrete about his appearance in the movie. (Mads Mikkelsen is playing a character named Kaecilius, who is a disciple of Chiwetel Ejiofor's Baron Mordo in the comics.)

Could this actually be a scene in the film? It's possible, but it's also possible that A) the scene ends up on the cutting room floor, or B) it's an elaborate misdirect by Harmon to give fans something to talk about. I find the latter choice slightly unlikely (especially since this was before we even knew he was working on Doctor Strange at all), but in any case, we may end up seeing the flame-headed Lord of the Dark Dimension on the big screen this November after all.

Dogs and Cats Live Together Again in 100% Soft’s MASS HYSTERIA 2

We’ve featured art by Truck Torrence, aka 100% Soft, a few times in the past, and you are probably familiar with his work on the Star Wars and Marvel emojis you may have seen or used on Twitter. On Friday he opened Mass Hysteria 2 at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, which is a sequel to his last solo show there. Once again, the show focuses on pop culture crowds, all rendered in Torrence’s signature kawaii style. The pieces feature Lord of the Rings, Willy Wonka, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World among others, plus there is a massive Mad Max: Fury Road piece that kind of has to be seen. 

I’ve included a few of my favorites below, but you can check out every piece in the collection here, and if you are interested in purchasing a print, or an acrylic laser cut character, or a set of character pins, you can head over to the Gallery 1988 website and start shopping. If you want to see the show in person, it will be at Gallery 1988 through September 17.


RIP Gene Wilder, Dead at Age 83

I come bearing sad news: The Associated Press reports that actor Gene Wilder has died at the age of 83. His nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, said Wilder passed away due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Here's the full statement:

“We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.
He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the the company of beloved ones.”

Wilder appeared in only 37 film and television projects from 1961-2015, but he'll have a lasting impact in cinematic history. Aside from his iconic role in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (a truly memorable part in which he showed astonishing range, from mischievous fun to tremendous sadness), the two-time Oscar nominee was best known for his collaborations with Mel Brooks, starring in Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, and The Producers. Those first two are among the greatest comedies ever made, so even if Wilder had appeared in those and those alone, his place in film history would be assured. If we have younger readers who haven't seen those movies, I can't recommend them highly enough.

Last year, there were rumors that Steven Spielberg was trying to coax Wilder out of retirement to star in either The BFG or Ready Player One, but sadly that didn't end up happening.

Rest in peace, Mr. Wilder. You will be sorely missed.

WINNIE THE ROBOT Art Series by Carlos Dattoli

If you liked Winnie the Pooh when you were a kid but wished it had a little more in common with Mega Man, you are in for a treat. Artist Carlos Dattoli created these giant robot versions of the gang from the Hundred Acre Wood, and he explains a little bit of his inspiration in this note:

Yes... yes I did haha, I've turned Winnie Pooh and his friends into Giant robots!
But this has a very good reason for it...
The idea came up because when I was a little boy, McDonald's in one of their happy meals, gave some hamburgers toys, cups and fries, that you could turn into robots, and as a kid I remember loving those, even though they were very simple, so one day this idea got stocked in my mind, and I had to do it! and mix two things with nothing in common, and this is the result! 
(And yes... that little guy right there is Christopher Robin haha)

I actually remember those toys, although I’m still not quite sure how he made the leap to Winnie the Pooh…I guess those kinds of creative leaps are why he’s an artist and I’m an occasional blogger. You can check out the individual robots below. You can't quite call them "cuddly little puffs all stuffed with fluff" anymore.


Kara Stands Strong on SUPERGIRL Season 2 Poster

The first season of Supergirl aired on CBS, but the network dropped the show after season one. Thankfully for fans, The CW — a network that's a much better fit for the series — swooped in and picked it up for season two, and it seems like it's gearing up for its best season yet, with the added bonuses of a new musical crossover with The Flash, the epic four-show crossover, and a new Superman coming along for the ride.

After a hoax poster hit the internet a little while back, The CW has debuted the first official poster for the new season that has star Melissa Benoist front and center, as she should be. It's her show, after all.

Season two of Supergirl lands on The CW on October 10th, 2016 at 8pm.

You Gotta See Footage From This Amazing Japanese Puppet Action Show

They called this an anime on Reddit, but I feel that's a bit misleading. Thunderbolt Fantasy, while technically a Japanese animation, uses puppets as opposed to drawings to tell what looks to be a bonkers story. The action and cinematography in this show is absolutely insane looking! Here's a description for the show:

Set in an Eastern fantasy setting, Dān Fěi and her brother, guardians of a sword known as the Tiān Xíng Jiàn, are pursued by the evil Xuán Guǐ Zōng clan, who seek to obtain the sword for their master, Miè Tiān Hái. 

Below is footage from the opening of the first episode. I think I'm going to have to watch this entire series after!

Here’s The Latest Batch of ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Photos

Empire Magazine has been teasing little bits of information about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story over the past couple of weeks, from the multiple covers to director Gareth Edwards' interpretation about the meaning(s) of the title. Now we finally have (what appears to be) all of the images from the magazine's coverage of the movie, complete with their own commentary in the photos themselves. Take a look:

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Some very quick thoughts:

Baze Malbus is still the most perfect Star Wars character name ever.

I have a bad feeling that Riz Ahmed isn't going to be in the movie very much. I can't exactly put my finger on why I feel that way — it's just a sense I've gotten from his limited appearances in the trailers, footage, and photos we've seen so far. My (completely speculative) guess is that he dies relatively early on.

Felicity Jones continues to look awesome as Jyn Erso, especially in that header photo at the very top of the post.

And finally, I'm going to guess that Donnie Yen's blind badass Chirrut Imwe is going to be the MVP supporting character (well, at least a flesh-based one — Alan Tudyk's K-2SO might ultimately take that prize).

Rogue One blasts into theaters on December 16th.

NBC Wanted Robert Kirkman to Remove Zombies and Make THE WALKING DEAD a Crime Show

We often hear about stupid things that happen in behind-the-scenes pitches to networks, but this one is about the best I've heard yet! Bloody Disgusting says that before Robert Kirkman signed a deal with AMC, he first pitched The Walking Dead to NBC executives. They liked the concept, but wondered if the show really needed zombies...oh, and he needed to add two crime fighting detectives, according to producer Gale Ann Hurd.

I'm guessing eventually the title of the show would have been changed to Law & Order: SZU or something. Clearly, the network executives weren't familiar with the source material, nor did they want to be! Lucky for us, AMC picked it up and began its reign of good cable television. Thank goodness for that — could you imagine how quick a show like that would be cancelled? Then again, iZombie does pretty well...