The road to EPISODE #200 BEGINS HERE!!!
In this episode AJ is joined by NeeHigh100, Alfred, Andrew, and James.
First up comes discussion of the Fox/Disney merger.
Next, AJ and crew give their top lists for 2017.
And finally, the guys review Star Wars The Last Jedi. All of this on the final episode of the year!!
I’ve been asked, more than a few times over the last decade; “why Star Wars?” from people who just don’t get it. They either never saw the films at all, or did see them, under duress, and continued to hate them out of spite and a sense of superior bitterness.
This week, “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi” opened in theaters. A new chapter in a 40 year old tale has been laid down as cannon and, as always, many “outsiders” are taking the opportunity to vocalize their distain for the franchise as a whole. As it does every time someone’s fandom becomes popular, the haters take over social media. They are hard at work belittling the joy and excitement of fans with nasty comments and boisterous claims about how “adult” they are because they don’t like Star Wars, have never seen Star Wars and how, somehow, that makes them super cool, more mature, etc.. These are the folks who say, “Why? Why be into a series of movies about characters who have a made up religion with light up swords?” …as they go about their very “adult” business of watching chick flicks and binge watching Sons of Anarchy with a sense of superiority.
For all that bitterness, it does bring us to an important question. Why does *this* story create the feelings, the power it does within us? I thought as a former Star Wars hater turned super fan, I’d take a moment to chat about this. Why Star Wars?
Iwanyk will produce with Erica Lee of the duo’s Thunder Road, the company behind awards contender Wind River as well as the Wick action movies. Jeff Waxman (mother!) is also producing. Brubaker will act as executive producer.
The project tells of a depressed college student who attempts suicide. He survives due to unlikely events but is soon visited by a demon who explains that he was the one who spared the student’s life. But there’s a price to be paid: Going forward, the young man will be allowed to live one month for every person he kills.
Sean Phillips draws the comic, which is currently being published by Image Comics.
Brubaker is the prolific comics author perhaps best known for his work that revitalized Captain America in the 21st century and also reintroduced the character of Bucky Barnes as assassin Winter Soldier, who was then featured in Marvel’s Captain America movies.
Brubaker often focuses on the crime and thriller genres and in recent years has garnered acclaim for his comics such as The Fade Out, a Hollywood noir, and Fatale, a supernatural noir. He is repped by UTA and Katz Golden.
Casey wrote Kin, a crime thriller produced by Shawn Levy that Lionsgate is releasing in summer 2018. He is repped by CAA and Writ Large.
Stahelski, repped by WME and Gang Tyre, is the stunt coordinator and second unit director who put his action knowledge to good use with the 2014 breakout John Wick. He followed that up with this year’s John Wick: Chapter Two and is now in preproduction on John Wick: Chapter Three. He is also attached to direct the Highlander remake.
Netflix has acquired the film rights to John Scalzi’s Hugo Award-nominated modern sci-fi six-book series “Old Man’s War” with plans to develop the first novel as an original film for Jon Shestack Productions and Madhouse Entertainment.
Set centuries in the future, older citizens are given a choice: age and die on Earth or permanently leave the planet and join the Colonial Defence Forces which will transfer their minds into super-charged, battle-ready versions of their own younger bodies.
The story follows 75-year-old widower John Perry who, in his new body, leads his platoon through gruelling battles against hostile alien races. When he meets a soldier who looks like a younger version of his beloved deceased wife, everything he thought he knew about his new life and the war he’s fighting is turned upside down.
Robyn Meisinger and Adam Kolbrenner will produce. Previously the books were being developed by Wolfgang Petersen as a film for Paramount, before the US SyFy channel took it over with hopes of spawning a TV series. Neither version took off.
Source: Empire Online
Marvel Entertainment has unveiled “Marvel Rising,” a new, multi-platform animation franchise starring the next generation of Marvel heroes which will launch in 2018.
The program will begin with six, four-minute digital shorts that spotlight Spider-Gwen with her new secret moniker, Ghost-Spider, and introduce audiences to the world of Marvel Rising with heroes like Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake, Patriot, America Chavez, and Inferno. Following the shorts, a feature-length animated film, “Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors,” will premiere later that year.
Distribution partners for the content will be announced at a later date. Voice talent includes Dove Cameron, Tyler Posey, BooBoo Stewart, Kathreen Khavari, Milana Vayntrub, Cierra Ramirez, Kamil McFadden, Skai Jackson, Kim Raver, Ming-Na Wen, Steven Weber, and Dee Bradley Baker among others with Chloe Bennet reprising her role of Daisy Johnson from “Agents of SHIELD”.
Future stories and content are also being developed across Marvel’s digital and publishing platforms and will be announced at a later date.
GTFO – Gameplay Trailer
GTFO is a terrifying 4 player co-op game for hardcore FPS players, brought to you by the game designer behind the PAYDAY franchise.
Death Stranding 8 Mins
World War Z
Saber Interactive and Paramount pictures presents World War Z, a new four-player coop third-person shooter coming in 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC!
In Cinemas July 20, 2018
Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) create a groundbreaking new heroine in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment. Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield Alita from her mysterious past while her street-smart new friend, Hugo (Keean Johnson), offers instead to help trigger her memories. A growing affection develops between the two until deadly forces come after Alita and threaten her newfound relationships. It is then that Alita discovers she has extraordinary fighting abilities that could be used to save the friends and family she’s grown to love. Determined to uncover the truth behind her origin, Alita sets out on a journey that will lead her to take on the injustices of this dark, corrupt world, and discover that one young woman can change the world in which she lives.
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Produced by: James Cameron, Jon Landau
In this episode AJ is joined by James and Alfred as they cover all the latest news.
The series is adding cast members Tom Hopper as Luther, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison, David Castañeda as Diego, Robert Sheehan as Klaus, and Aidan Gallagher as Number Five. They join previously announced cast member Ellen Page, who will play Vanya.
The live action series follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (The Umbrella Academy) – Luther, Diego, Allison, Vanya, Klaus and Number Five – as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.