Friday, April 29, 2016

DAREDEVIL Spinoff Series THE PUNISHER Ordered by Netflix

Good news for you, bad news for criminals.

Entertainment Weekly and Marvel have confirmed that Netflix has ordered a spinoff series of The Punisher, based on the Marvel Comics character played by Jon Bernthal in Daredevil Season 2.  This will be the sixth Marvel series for Netflix, after Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders.

According to the articles, writer and executive producer Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal, Casualty) will serve as the series' showrunner.  The project was first reported by TVLine last summer.

"For me, the complexity and unpredictability of Frank Castle make him an incredibly compelling character and I couldn’t be more excited to dive into his world," said Lightfoot. "After watching Jon’s performance in Marvel’s Daredevil, I could not be more excited to be working with him to further develop and progress the story of this anti-hero in a show of his own."

"We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil," said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb.  "Now combined with showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring Marvel’s The Punisher to Netflix."

"Jon hooked our global audience with his performance as Frank Castle from the moment he stepped on screen in Marvel’s Daredevil, and we are looking forward to seeing more of him in this role under the vision of Steve Lightfoot," said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.

Created in 1974 by Gerry Conway, Ross Andru and John Romita, Sr., The Punisher first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man (vol.1) #129 as Frank Castlle, a vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture in his war on crime.  He was determined to kill Spider-Man, who was wanted for the apparent murder of Norman Osborn.  He later encountered other heroes, such as Captain America and Nightcrawler, then faced off against Daredevil, whose more liberal views of crime often put them on opposite sides.

Driven by the deaths of his wife and two children, who were killed by the mob during a shootout in New York City's Central Park, the Punisher wages a one-man war on the mob and all criminals in general by using all manner of conventional war weaponry.  His family's killers were the first to be slain.  A war veteran of the U.S. military, Frank Castle is a master of martial arts, stealth tactics, guerrilla warfare, and a wide variety of weapons.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

THE FANDOM ZONE 057: "Better Angels" is Up!

"I was exactly where you are, Kara.  And when I was, you told me to never give up." 

"I'm not giving up, but my mother didn't send me to fall in love with a human, have children, and live in a house with a white picket fence.  She sent me here to protect Kal-El.  And now I will use my powers to protect the Earth.  And if I die achieving that, I'm at peace with it.  I'll join my mother.  We'll be together in Rao's light."

– The Martian Manhunter and Supergirl, Supergirl: "Better Angels"

Back on track at last, Karen Lindsay and I are here once again with another HUGE episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Fear the Walking Dead 2
x02 -- "We All Fall Down" 
Supergirl 1x20 -- "Better Angels" (Season 1 Finale)
Gotham 2x18 -- "Pinewood"
Lucifer 1x12 -- "#TeamLucifer"
The Flash 2x18 -- "Versus Zoom"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x17 -- "The Team"
Legends of Tomorrow 1x12 -- "Last Refuge"
Daredevil 2x07 -- "Semper Fidelus"

This time, we talk about things like shamelessly begging for San Diego Comic Con tickets, A Christmas Story, Nick's skill sets of sniffing out drugs and babysitting, how long we would stay alive in an actual zombie apocalypse, Daniel's trust of Strand, great boats having great responsibility, Harrison Ford in Working Girl, turning it up to eleven in Spinal Tap, driving Fort Rozz through Supergirl plotholes, hoping for Krypto the Superdog, Gordon & Alfred shooting bulletproof Mr. Freeze in his armored chest instead of a headshot, the return of Doctor Who's Michelle Gomez as The Lady, all glory to the Hypnotoad, Mazikeen being taken advantage of by everyone, Earth-2 vs. Earth-3, Cisco's fear of turning into Reverb, speculating that we'll see a bunch of speedsters in The Flash Season 2 finale, Fitzsimmons shippers being happy, more Doctor Who connections on Legends of Tomorrow, The Atom making geeky Terminator resets, some Booster Gold speculation, that awkward moment when your girlfriend shows up when your ex-girlfriend assassin is around, setting up The Defenders, reading a new Justina review, welcoming our new Google Play Music listeners, and more!

You can now check out episodes of The Fandom Zone on Google Play Music right HERE, or for those of you who use iTunes, we're already available HERE, so please subscribe and rate us!  If direct download MP3s are more your thing, you can find those HERE as well.  In addition, you can Like us on The Fandom Zone Facebook show page, which you can check out HERE.  And yes, we're also on Twitter with our account @FandomZoneCast.

And hey, if you're interested in an officially official Fandom Zone Podcast t-shirt, you can get those on TeePublic HERE as well!

Be sure to come back next week, as we review the Season 1 finale of Lucifer, Episode 8 of Daredevil Season 2, and new episodes of Fear the Walking Dead, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Showtime Reveals Official Cast List for TWIN PEAKS Revival

Let's rock!

Showtime has revealed the full cast list for its upcoming revival of Twin Peaks, which totals 217 names that include returning veterans and a lot of new additions to the saga.  And yes, a few disappointments, barring any surprise appearances.

The show's official Facebook account also revealed that principal photography has been completed, mysteriously saying:

The cameras have stopped rolling. 
A key piece of the mystery is revealed.
Welcome back* to Twin Peaks.

The full list of 217 can be seen at TVLine HERE, but here are the big names...

Returning to Twin Peaks

M├Ądchen Amick as Shelly Johnson
Dana Ashbrook as Bobby Briggs
Phoebe Augustine as Ronette Pulaski
Richard Beymer as Ben Horne
Catherine E. Coulson as Margaret "The Log Lady" Lanterman
Julee Cruise as Roadhouse Singer
Jan D'Arcy as Sylvia Horne
David Duchovny as Denise Bryson
Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne
Miguel Ferrer as Albert Rosenfeld
Warren Frost as Will Hayward
Harry Goaz as Andy Brennan
Andrea Hays as Heidi
Gary Hershberger as Mike Nelson
Michael Horse as Tommy "Hawk" Hill
David Patrick Kelly as Jerry Horne
Sheryl Lee as Laura Palmer (or Madeline Ferguson)
Peggy Lipton as Norma Jennings
Bellina Martin Logan as Great Northern Clerk
David Lynch as Gordon Cole
Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper
James Marshall as James Hurley
Everett McGill as "Big Ed" Hurley
Walter Olkewicz as Jacques Renault
Kimmy Robertson as Lucy Moran
Wendy Robie as Nadine Hurley
Carlton Lee Russell as Jumping Man
Harry Dean Stanton as Carl Rodd
Charlotte Stewart as Betty Briggs
Al Strobel as Phillip Michael Gerard (The One-Armed Man)
Carel Struycken as The Giant
Russ Tamblyn as Dr. Lawrence Jacoby
Ray Wise as Leland Palmer
Alicia Witt as Gersten Hayward
Grace Zabriskie as Sarah Palmer

Notable New Residents of Twin Peaks

Monica Bellucci
Jim Belushi
John Billingsley
Michael Cera
Richard Chamberlain
Jeremy Davies
Laura Dern
Robert Forster
Balthazar Getty
Grant Goodeve
Ernie Hudson
Caleb Landry Jones
Ashley Judd
Robert Knepper
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Matthew Lillard

Josh McDermitt
Trent Reznor
Tim Roth
Amanda Seyfried
Tom Sizemore
Eddie Vedder
Naomi Watts

Twin Peaks is expected to debut on Showtime sometime in 2017.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pearl Mackie IS the New DOCTOR WHO Companion!

It's official...The Twelfth Doctor is about to meet his newest companion, to be played by actress Pearl Mackie.  The news was released this afternoon on the BBC One Match of the Day Live (MOTD Live), during halftime of the FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United.   

A special two-minute trailer titled "Friend from the Future" revealed the announcement, with Mackie's character Bill getting a necessary recap on the Daleks.  

The BBC's official website confirmed the news, saying filming for the next series of the long-running science fiction show will start this year but air in 2017.

The little-known Mackie has appeared in the film Svengali as Foh girl and on the television series Doctors as Anne-Marie Frasier.  She graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2010, and is currently performing in the National Theatre's West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

Mackie commented on the casting, saying "I'm incredibly excited to be joining the Doctor Who family.  It's such an extraordinary British institution, I couldn't be prouder to call the TARDIS my home!  Peter Capaldi is such a brilliant actor, and his Doctor is such a wacky and wonderful character, I can't wait to see what adventures are in store for him and Bill throughout time and space.  Reading the script at the audition I thought Bill was wicked. Fantastically written, cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in.  I can't wait to bring her to life, and to see how she develops through the series.  

"I always loved stage combat at drama school so I can't wait to get on set and kick some evil monsters into the next dimension!  Shooting the trailer was absolutely mental.  There were pyrotechnics and smoke and I met my first Dalek!  I'm not sure it will ever become 'the norm' seeing crazy monsters on set, but I cannot wait to meet some more!  The weirder, the better, bring it on!"

Star Peter Capaldi also remarked, "It is a genuine delight to welcome Pearl Mackie to Doctor Who.  A fine, fine actress with a wonderful zest and charm, she’s a refreshing addition to the TARDIS and will bring a universe of exciting new possibilities to The Doctor’s adventures."

If you'd like to check out the two-minute trailer, you can view it below thanks to the official BBC America account on YouTube...

Friday, April 22, 2016

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 057: "The Heart of the Battle" is Up!

"Yes, Prime Dalek...Where does this leave the peace negotiations?  How does shattering Gallifrey and dispersing it into the maelstrom of temporal chaos fit in with the cease-fire plan?  Just wondering."
-- The War Doctor to the Prime Dalek, Doctor Who: "The Heart of the Battle"

Returning from the farthest reaches of time and space, my good friend and co-host Jesse Jackson and I are finally back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  We're reviewing the third and final audio adventure from Big Finish Productions' first War Doctor set Only the Monstrous, "The Heart of the Battle" starring John Hurt!

This time, Jesse and I discuss things like the iZombie Season 2 finale, wanting the War Doctor to return on television, David Tennant dressed as Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor, Seratrix's moral hypocrisy, the War Doctor's moral dilemma, the Doctor's moral outrage in the classic Doctor Who era, Cardinal Ollistra's manipulations, my Reverse the Polarity segment, Jesse trying to get Set Lusting Bruce recognized for a best music podcast award, and more!

If you'd like to check out this episode, we're now available on Google Play Music RIGHT HERE, or you can find us on iTunes RIGHT HERE, or Stitcher RIGHT HERE, so please subscribe and rate us!  If you're looking for direct MP3 downloads, you can find them RIGHT HERE as well. Oh, and don't forget we have an officially official Next Stop Everywhere Facebook page and Twitter account, so be sure to Like and/or Follow us, okay?

And hey, if you'd like to pick up the officially official Next Stop Everywhere t-shirt, you can find it on TeePublic right HERE!  Help support the show!

Be sure to come back soon for our review of the classic Seventh Doctor story "The Curse of Fenric" starring Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred, and look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Sticher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

THE FANDOM ZONE 056: "Salivation Army" is Up!

"A massive zombie outbreak means never having to say you're sorry."
– Liv Moore, iZombie: "Salivation Army"

After a slight delay due to Karen's internet provider Comcrap, Karen Lindsay and I are back with another HUGE episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Fear the Walking Dead 2
x01 -- "Monster" (Season 2 Premiere)
Supergirl 1x19 -- "Myriad"
Gotham 2x17 -- "Into the Woods"
Lucifer 1x11 -- "St. Lucifer"
iZombie 2x18 -- "Dead Beat"
iZombie 2x19 -- "Salivation Army" (Season 2 Finale)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x16 -- "Paradise Lost"
Legends of Tomorrow 1x11 -- "The Magnificent Eight"
Daredevil 2x06 -- "Regrets Only"

This time, we talk about things like my PVC Flash figurines, The Dead Boat, Karen meeting The Love Boat cast, Alicia looking to hook up in the zombie apocalypse, women who dig the skeevy look on guys, Alicia discovering the nautical version of sexting, Nick covering up his big balding fivehead, our grammar fight over the word "myriad," Non's Myriad being a swipe of the Sycorax's blood control from Doctor Who, The Riddler enjoying when someone figures out his riddles even if it gets him caught, The Penguin going all Eric Cartman from the Scott Tenorman episode of South Park, Karen doing the happy dance about having her Lucifer theory being proven right, Amenadiel and Mazikeen having freaky car sex, more meta with Rob Thomas, iZombie needing a black and white crossover with The Walking Dead, wondering why Daisy rushes into a situation instead of sending the Avengers, Jonah Hex checking out our tweets, The Atom being a big cowboy geek, western heroes Nighthawk and Cinnamon being past lives of Hawkman and Hawkgirl, Elektra playing mind games with Daredevil, wondering what the Daredevil Season 3 big fight scene will be like, and more!

You can now check out episodes on Google Play Music right HERE, or for those of you who use iTunes, we're already available HERE, so please subscribe and rate us!  If direct download MP3s are more your thing, you can find those HERE as well.  In addition, you can Like us on The Fandom Zone Facebook show page, which you can check out HERE.  And yes, we're also on Twitter with our account @FandomZoneCast.

And hey, if you're interested in an officially official Fandom Zone Podcast t-shirt, you can get those on TeePublic HERE as well!

Be sure to come back next week, as we review the Season 1 finale of Supergirl, Episode 7 of Daredevil Season 2, and new episodes of Fear the Walking Dead, Gotham, Lucifer, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Legends of Tomorrow, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Adds Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man

Are we one step closer to seeing the Iron Spider armor on the big screen?

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the upcoming Sony Pictures movie Spider-Man: Homecoming will feature Robert Downey, Jr. reprising his Marvel Cinematic Universe role of Iron Man/Tony Stark.

According to the article, Captain America: Civil War "establishes a key relationship between Tony Stark/Iron Man and (Peter) Parker and Homecoming will continue that thread."

Spider-Man: Homecoming will be directed by Jon Watts and currently stars Tom Holland as the amazing Spider-Man, Marisa Tomei as Peter's Aunt May, Zendaya as a character named Michelle that plays a big part in future installments, and Tony Revolori as a character named Manuel that will be a high school enemy of Peter's.

After appearing in this film, Spider-Man and Iron Man will be seen in the upcoming two Avengers: Infinity War films directed by Anthony & Joe Russo that are currently scheduled for May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019.

In February 2015, Sony and Marvel announced a deal to share live-action rights to the character, which were previously solely under Sony's control.  

The article also points out that with the addition of Downey, "it appears that Marvel will continue to keep Spider-Man close not just creatively but also literally; Tony Stark/Iron Man appearing together in Homecoming keeps the Sony’s movies strongly tied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its films released by Disney."

Spider-Man: Homecoming is slated to arrive in theaters on July 7, 2017.