Hilarious First Look at SON OF ZORN from Phil Lord and Chris Miller

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Thanks to EW we have our first look at Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s wacky looking new project Son of Zorn. This is a live-action/animated hybrid series that revolves around a character named Zorn, who is voiced by Jason Sudeikis. Zorn is the “defender of the island nation of Zephyria, who returns to Orange County, takes a job selling industrial soap dispensers, and tries to reconnect with his teenage son (Johnny Pemberton) and ex-wife (Cheryl Hines), who is otherwise engaged (literally, to a psychology professor at an online university, played by Tim Meadows).”

This sounds like an awesome project that could prove to be pretty hilarious. It comes from the guys who gave us The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street, so we know that the great comedy is going to be there. Talking to EW about the series, Miller said:

“He tries to be a family man, but he is a barbarian warrior from another land who doesn’t quite fit in. The thing I like about this show is that while the premise is really outrageous and ridiculous, the tone of the show is finding the practical, real, understated minutia of daily life. And the parts of the show that feel the most interesting to me are the [ones that] play it relatively grounded for such a ridiculous concept.”

Lord talked about his favorite scenes in the series:

“My favorite scenes are Zorn in the break room at his office, putting cream cheese on a bagel with a sword and talking to weird strangers. Even though he’s a wild character, it’s all just really well-observed, funny, strange details about our life. Because he’s a foreigner, he’s highlighting what is ridiculous about the way we all live.”

This is sure to end up being being a wild and wacky show that will find a devoted fanbase. I think it’s great that Lord and Miller are able to get away with things that not many other filmmakers can. Lord realizes this and explained:

“I think we are addicted to the feeling of getting away with something. And when I see this show on the air, I’m going to think, ‘Why didn’t anyone stop us? This is crazy!’”

There will be 13 episodes of Son of Zorn in its first season, and the first is expected to air later this year or in early 2017. I can’t wait to see this!

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ABC Made a Mistake and Cancelled Marvel’s AGENT CARTER

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Well, unfortunately, it happened. ABC has officially cancelled Marvel’s Agent Carter after two fantastic seasons. In my opinion, they cancelled the wrong Marvel series. Agent Carter was far superior to anything that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been doing, and it’s sad that such a great series has prematurely come to an end. For some strange reason, people just stopped watching! I guess fans should have seen this coming. After all, they literally buried Agent Carter in Captain America: Civil War. Oh well, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will go on.

I guess there’s kind of a silver lining to this news, though, and that is that Agent Carter star Hayley Atwell is set to star in a new series for ABC called Conviction, which just got a green light for the 2017-2017 season.

In Conviction, “Atwell stars as a lawyer and the former First Daughter Hayes Morrison, who is about to accept a job offered from her sexy nemesis, NY District Attorney Wayne Wallis (Eddie Cahill), to avoid jail time for cocaine possession and avoid hurting her mother’s Senate campaign. Working with his team at the new Conviction Integrity Unit will let her use her brilliant mind to turn over cases where there is credible suspicion of wrongful conviction, and give her a chance to turn things around with her high-powered political family.”

It sounds like it could be a decent series, but I would have much rather seen Agent Carter continue. 

SPACE JAM Director Says The Sequel is “Doomed”

Last week when I wrote about the how Fast & Furious director Justin Lin is going to direct a Space Jam sequel that will probably star LeBron James, I talked about how the first movie is...to put it nicely, not very good. Yes, '90s kids love it for nostalgic reasons, but have you rewatched it recently? It does not hold up AT ALL.

In any case, the first film's director, Joe Pytka, has some advice for Lin and James:

"Don't do it. It's doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet."

What he's getting at is that LeBron has been eclipsed this year by the Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry, who recently won the NBA's MVP award by unanimous vote for the first time in history (not even Jordan accomplished that feat). Pytka's implying that by the time Space Jam 2 actually hits theaters, LeBron might not be the mega-star that he is right now.

"When we did Space Jam, there was a perfect storm of players and ex-players available — Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing," says Pytka. "They all had a persona that complemented the film. There are none around like that now."

Look, I'm not interested in seeing Space Jam 2, but whether LeBron is the best current player in basketball at the moment is not the deciding factor of if this movie gets made. He's a huge superstar, has a hell of a lot better comedic timing than Jordan ever did (see: Trainwreck), and is one of the world's most successful athletes. I think people will still know who he is in two years. There are plenty of reasons not to make this movie, but LeBron's perceived lack of star power is not one of them. And those other guys he mentioned? They were great athletes in their own right, but they certainly weren't actors, and I think there are a crop of guys who are in the league now who grew up with new media, cell phone video cameras, and YouTube that have cultivated much better chances for being able to succeed in supporting roles than those old guys did back in the '90s.

SUPERGIRL Lands a Second Season on The CW

I was wondering what was taking so long for Supergirl to get officially renewed for Season 2. We all hoped it was coming, but today it's official! Supergirl Season 2 is coming, and there's also a bit of other interesting news to come along with the announcement. The series is moving from CBS to The CW for its second season, which is pretty much where the series belonged all along. 

I imagine the reason why it took so long to announce was because of all the behind the scenes work involved making the major network change. Before the first season of Supergirl even had a network, there were rumors that it could land at either The CW or CBS. I wonder if The CW let CBS take it first to see if it would be a success there before they brought it into the fold with the rest of the DC TV universe. I think the real test came with The Flash crossover, which was a huge success for the series as it gave the show its biggest ratings.

I surprisingly fell hard for this series and I enjoyed watching the first season with my girls. It turned out to be a lot better than I was expecting it to be after that first trailer for the series hit. It's a wonderfully charming and action-packed superhero series that found its groove.

I can't wait to see what's in store for the second season, but I'm sure we'll definitely be seeing some more DC character crossover episodes.

Source: Variety 

This STAR WARS Lava Lamp is Full of X-Wings and TIE Fighters

Are lava lamps still a thing? They were obviously big in the '70s, and then they had a resurgence in the '90s, but I haven't seen one or heard anybody talk about one in probably fifteen years. I had one when I was a kid, but I wonder if most kids growing up now even know what they are.

UK-based company Pandalone is trying to bring them back with a Star Wars twist, creating a lava lamp full of floating X-Wing and TIE Fighter cutouts. I guess slapping a Star Wars brand on just about anything has the potential to attract an audience, but I'm not sure if this is going to be enough to get people interested — especially when you have to buy a minimum of six of them in order to get one from their website. Amazon sells a single one for around $40 bucks, though.

Bring the entire Star Wars Universe home with this brilliant Galaxy Battle Light glitter lamp.
A beautiful desktop mood light, the Galaxy Battle Light has Star Wars themed glitter pieces that float continually once the lamp has heated up. Featuring ships and characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this unique glitter lamp is a great new spin on the classic lava lamp, enabling mesmeric galactic battles to take place right on your own desktop.

Via: NerdApproved

JURASSIC WORLD’s Derek Connolly Writing PACIFIC RIM 2

After the charming indie Safety Not Guaranteed put him on Hollywood's radar, writer Derek Connolly has become a go-to guy for big studio projects. He co-wrote Jurassic World with his writing partner Colin Trevorrow, is co-writing that movie's sequel, and took a swing at Kong: Skull Island, just to name a few, and I believe he's also co-writing Star Wars: Episode IX. Now he's adding one more big project to his schedule, as THR reports he'll be penning the screenplay for Pacific Rim 2.

This particular project has experienced a lot of ups and downs over the past year or so, but the current configuration is that original director Guillermo del Toro will serve as a producer and Daredevil season 1 showrunner Steven S. DeKnight has stepped in to direct for Legendary Pictures. At this point it's unclear if he's going to start from scratch, or if he'll be doing rewrites of work that's already been done by Jon Spaihts, Zak Penn, and del Toro himself. I'm just surprised this project has continued to exist at all, because for a while it seemed as if it was just going to be another one of those "what if" movies that geeks would wonder about for years to come. Here's hoping Maisie Williams still gets to pilot a Jaeger against some rampaging kaiju in it.

Simon Kinberg Teases X-MEN: APOCALYPSE’s Post-Credits Scene

X-Men: Apocalypse's release date is quickly approaching, and even though I thought the movie didn't live up to its full potential, it still had a couple of standout moments that make it worth watching. One of the things that wasn't attached to the early press screening a few days ago was the film's post-credits scene, so I'm completely in the dark about what that's going to be. The one for Days of Future Past directly hinted at the coming of Apocalypse (which, at the time, we already knew was in development), so will this one do something similar?

Writer/producer Simon Kinberg told Collider about what we can expect after the credits roll:

“It’s a nod toward potentially a lot of different movies. I mean certainly the Wolverine movie is related to what happens at the end of it, but there’s also another character that’s introduced, at least in name, in the tag and he could show up in any host of different X-Men films. Maybe a Gambit movie, maybe another X-Men movie.”

Considering Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has put his name out there as wanting to play the villainous Mister Sinister, maybe that's who Kinberg is referring to. Sinister has a complicated history with Gambit in the comics that would probably be a bit too confusing to incorporate into a live-action movie (even with this film franchise's completely screwed up timeline), but if Kinberg can figure out a way to condense and streamline that history, it'd be cool to see Cranston face off against Channing Tatum on the big screen. Who do you think is referenced in the Apocalypse post-credits scene?

GUNDAM: IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS Picked Up By Toonami

Fans of Gundam will be happy to hear Toonami announced a recent acquisition of a series for its lineup later this year! Looks like Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans will make its debut sometime soon on Toonami! Here's a description:

The series will take the closest-ever look in Gundam’s 35-year history at the bonds and clashes between its protagonists and the drama of their growth to adulthood, telling the story of a band of young boys and the changes their own maturation spurs in the “Gundam”.

Led by Anohana director Tatsuyuki Nagai and written by Mari Okada, IRON-BLOODED ORPHANS will feature an all-star staff of mechanical design by Naohiro Washio, Kanetake Ebikawa, Ippei Gyoubu, Kenji Teraoka, and Tamotsu Shinohara, with character concepts by Yu Ito designed for animation by Michinori Chiba and music by Masaru Yokoyama.

It's been awhile since we've seen a Gundam show on American television so I'm hyped for this! Has anyone watched the Sub? Is it something to look forward to? The animation looks amazing!