I'm sure many of you have already blazed through Stranger Things Season 2, but I know many of you are still in the middle of watching it. I've already finished it and I freakin' loved it! I won't get into any of the details of Season 2, but I will say that I enjoyed it just as much as the first season! I freakin' love these characters and the story that Matt and Ross Duffer have set out to tell.
When talking about wanting to go bigger and darker with Season 2, Matt said that they used certain movie sequels as reference points:
"Well, most of the lessons I’ve learned have been from movies. So our reference points were mostly movie sequels. Obviously there are more failed sequels than there are successful ones, which is scary. But you look at the ones that you respect and admire and you try to take the lessons from those and you try to take lessons from the ones that didn’t work as well and avoid the mistakes they made. And our favorite sequels tend to up the ante a little."
If you have watched the series, I'm sure you noticed a lot of the classic movie references and influences in it. They are hard to miss. Well, during an interview with Deadline, the Duffer Bros. talked about some of these influences like Aliens, Terminator 2, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Matt says:
"I feel like James Cameron is the master of it. I mean,The Godfather Part II is a great movie but not a great reference here just because we’re looking at popcorn films and then big summer blockbusters and the successful sequels there.
"So we talked a lot about Aliens, we talked a lot about Terminator 2. I also think the Indiana Jones movies are interesting ones to talk about. I actually love a lot about Temple of Doom, even though Spielberg seems to disown that movie. I also love Last Crusade for a very different reason."
Matt went on to talk about the Indiana Jones films and why they are interesting to him, saying:
"Well, something like Last Crusade’s really interesting in that it does hit a lot of the same beats as Raiders and it can get knocked for that. But it also introduces the Sean Connery character, introducing enough new elements that it feels fresh while also feeling very much in like an Indiana Jones movie."
They are then asked about James Cameron and how Terminator 2 fits into that pantheon, and in regards to that, Matt explains:
"With James Cameron, he always tends to increase the stakes, doesn’t he? He took it from one alien to many, many aliens. That’s sort of become the sequel cliché now, but it worked and he pivoted genres. I mean, we didn’t do that but I think that’s an interesting thing to do.
"And then Terminator kind of went from being like almost a horror movie and he didn’t have a lot of money on that one. I have a real fondness for the original Terminator."
It's kind of cool to hear what the Duffer Bros. are thinking about in regards to these films when they are developing Stranger Things. There are visual shout-outs to all of these films in Season 2. When talking about the Terminator films specifically, Ross says:
"Yeah, which actually wasn’t that easy to get. I love the original Terminator too but I love T2 also. I think that T2, it’s still the same, takes a lot of the same characters but it does new things with them, that’s important."
"So, for us, with a second season, we wanted the sequel debate, you want people to argue about it. That was sort of the goal and I think that honestly we learned a lot doing Season 1, so there was a lot that we felt that we could do better."
Well, I think they succeeded with what they were trying to accomplish and now I can;t wait for Season 3!
Last week it was announced that Zachary Levi would be taking on the role of Earth's Mightiest Mortal in director Adam F. Sandberg's upcoming DC film Shazam! I think he's going to be great in the role. I know a lot of people are worried he's not muscular enough, but come on... that's what Hollywood trainers are for. If Chris Pratt can do it, anyone can!
Anyway, today we have a couple of cool pieces of fan art that shows us what Levi might look like in the role. The piece above was created by Datrinti and the one below was created by BossLogic. Zachary Levi also has made his first comments in regards to playing the character. This is what he posted on Instagram:
“Honored and greatly humbled to be a part of the #dcuniverse by bringing the original Captain Marvel to life. I am beside myself with gratitude, not only for this opportunity, but also the incredible outpouring of love and support from so many of you out there in the world. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be in the gym for the rest of forever.”
For clarification, Captain Marvel was the original name of Shazam before DC Comics changed it. Why? To avoid confusion and legal battles with Marvel Comics.
Do you think Zachary Levi is going to be able to effectively pull off playing this superhero? I wonder who they are going to get to play the kid version of the character.
If you're into comics and you're fascinated by the history of them, there's a show coming to AMC that you're not going to want to miss. It's called Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics and it will dive into the untold true stories of Marvel and DC Comics, and examine the "untold origin stories" of some of our favorite superhero characters like Spider-Man, Captain America, the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Black Panther, Superman, Wonder Woman and the talented individuals who created them.
The documentary series will include interviews with Stan Lee (co-creator, Spider-Man, The Avengers), Patty Jenkins (director, Wonder Woman), Kevin Smith (director, The CW's Supergirl and The Flash), J.K. Simmons (actor, Spider-Man, Justice League), Lynda Carter (actor, 1975's Wonder Woman), Famke Janssen (actor, X-Men), Michelle Rodriguez (actor, The Fate of the Furious) and Todd McFarlane (creator, Spawn) among others.
Robert Kirkman, the creator of The Walking Dead, had this to say in a statement:
“My love for the world of comics knows no bounds. It’s a universe of amazing stories that has been driving pop culture as a whole for decades. Being able to explore the nooks and crannies of this world has allowed me to find out secrets even I didn’t know. It’s been a pleasure putting this series together, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be able to finally share it with the world.”
I'm actually really excited about watching this as its going to be full of some really cool and interesting stories about the comic book world that we've never known before! The two-night premiere event will start on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 11/10c. Check out the trailer!
A behind-the-scenes featurette was recently released for the upcoming new Stargate series Stargate: Origins. It gives us our first look at the series and also offers us our first look at actress Ellie Gall as the young version of the character Catherine Langford, which is who the series centers around. Judging from what I'm seeing here in this video, it looks like it could be a cool series!
The story "will follow a younger version of Catherine Langford (originally played by Elizabeth Hoffman) and explore a new chapter in her early history surrounding the portal. Catherine embarks on a new unexpected adventure to unlock the mystery of what lies beyond the Stargate in order to save the Earth from darkness."
The series is being directed by Mercedes Bryce Morgan and when talking about the first week of shooting she said:
“We had stunts and we had blood and we had emotional moments, and I feel like we really hit all those, and at the end it was going and going and going and going.”
Stargate Origins also stars Connor Trinneer (Stargate Atlantis), who will play Catherine's father Professor Langford. The rest of the cast includes Salome Azizi, Philip Alexander, Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez, Daniel Rashid, Sarah Navratil, Shvan Aladdin, Tonatiuh Elizarraraz, Derek Chariton, Justin Michael Terry and Lincoln Werner Hoppe. There are still no details on the characters that these actors will play.
Stargate Origins is being developed as a digital series that will consist of 10 episodes that run 10 minutes in length. It will be exclusively shown on a new website called Stargate Command. According to MGM, this website will also be an official destination for all things Stargate, including a “variety of Stargate assets and content from the franchise’s nearly 25-year history.” It's also a place where more new behind-the-scenes footage of the series will be dropped.
Here's a previously released synopsis for the series:
Stargate Origins will be a new chapter in the life of franchise stalwart Catherine Langford, whose father, archeologist Paul Langford, discovered the eponymous Stargate in 1928, when Catherine was a young girl.
Origins will see a young Catherine — whose death as an elderly woman is depicted in the eighth season of Stargate SG-1 — exploring the mysteries of the Stargate in an attempt to save Earth.
I hope that Stargate Origins turns out to be good!
I know we've already seen a shit-ton of promo videos and trailers for Thor: Ragnarok recently, but the movie is set to open up later this week, so Marvel is kicking their marking for the film into ultra high gear. To help keep the excitement for the film pumping, we have a couple of new promo videos to share with you today.
The first is a new sneak peek that offers a good amount of new footage. If you're already sold on the movie you might want to skip it because there is one clip in the video near the end that I'd consider a spoiler.
The second video is more of a comedic promo that amusingly explains the apocalyptic event, Ragnarok. It starts out with Chris Hemsworth starting to explain what Ragnarok is, but before he can take a dive into the explanation, Mark Ruffalo jumps in to suggest that Cate Blanchett do it because she can do a much better job at it. The outcome is really funny, so that's definitely worth checking out!
Here's a new TV spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi that aired during the World Series over the weekend. It's just a little spot to keep the excitement of the fans peaked. There have been rumors that we'll see one more full trailer before the movie is released, but that has yet to be confirmed. I'm already sold, and so are a lot of the other fans, so I think it will; be fine if we don't see any more new footage of the film. Of course, if there is new footage released, I have to watch it!
When talking about the film with USA Today, director Rian Johnson explained that this next chapter of the saga is going to be hard one for the characters:
"When I first read the script of The Force Awakens, I was like, 'I feel like I know these characters instantly.' And now we get to kind of put them through a meat grinder. And for me, part of that meant that we had to make things as hard on each of them as possible: At least part of the movie, they don’t have their friends around. They’ve got to figure things out for themselves. They’ve got to be faced with whatever the toughest thing each of them can be faced with, and they’re not going to have their buddy there next to them to get them out of it, necessarily."
Star War: The Last Jedi is set to be released on December 15th.
The Orville just had one of its best nights since week 2 of the series, which is good news as the show has struggled to find its audience in Season 1. Normally, this would mean quick cancellation for your typical FOX science fiction series, but considering their golden boy Seth MacFarlane is running this show, I would not at all be surprised to hear this series gets more episodes for a Season 2.
Personally, I have not yet watched the show, so I'm looking to get some opinions of people who have on what they think. Are you a fan of The Orville, or is it a hard pass? Thanks Variety for the heads up!
No offense to Dokken, but as awesome as their "Dream Warriors" song was back in the day, it has aged over time. That becomes incredibly apparent when you check out this cover done by the YouTube metal legend 331Erock with the help of Matt Turkington on vocals. Check out their version below, and then take a listen to the original below that. Maybe I'm just biased the updated version is better, so I want your opinion.
In case this article's title gave you a fright because you read it too quickly, no Jackie Chan is fine. Film producer and Chan's former manager, Willie Chan, is not though. He recently passed away peacefully in his sleep according to Variety.
Jackie and Willie would often refer to themselves as brothers, even though there were reports that no talent management contract had ever been signed between them. Actor Charlie Chin had introduced Jackie to Willie, while Jackie was working as a stuntman. And it was in 1976, after Bruce Lee's death and the hunt for a new male lead role began, that Jackie was featured in New Fist of Fury.
And so a strong 38-year relationship began. Willie managed Jackie's career for many long years, until Jackie became so big in the film industry that Willie had to step down.
(Jackie Chan) didn’t need my help anymore and I couldn’t help him with much. There would be many high-ranking officials at the same table, or rich men, and yes men. My words fell on deaf ears.
We're sure this can't be easy on Jackie, and we send him and the families our condolences and wishes in this time.
As if Metal Gear Survive didn't have enough of a hill to climb at launch, news has just dropped that it will require an internet connection to play. That includes for the single-player campaign, and while most people have an internet connection in their homes these days, one has to wonder Konami is using such an unpopular feature in their game?
This news comes on the heels of the announcement that the game won't release until 2018, so things are already looking bad for the follow up to MGSV. To be fair, they looked pretty grim from the start considering this will be the companies first attempt at keeping the series alive in the wake of Hideo Kojima's absence.
While all this news seems bad, perhaps the worst news is that Konami is likely going to tank this franchise by the time this is all said and done, and another great gaming franchise will come to an end. Of course, Kojima can create a spiritual successor of sorts with Death Stranding, but it won't be the same.
Is there anyone out there that hopes that despite what all we've learned that Metal Gear Survive is good?