Thursday, October 27, 2016

Bryan Fuller Exits as STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Showrunner Just Before Filming

Well, this sure is encouraging.

Variety revealed yesterday that Star Trek: Discovery executive producer Bryan Fuller has been replaced as showrunner by executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, just before filming begins in Toronto next month.  Fuller was originally announced as showrunner last February.

According to the article, Fuller will remain an executive producer, will still be involved in breaking stories, and the show will continue to follow his vision for the upcoming CBS All Access series.  They also state that writer/director Akiva Goldsman is also expected to join Discovery in a "top creative role," serving as producing support for Berg and Harberts, Fuller and executive producer Alex Kurtzman.

In addition, the article claims there "had been some strain between Star Trek producer CBS Television Studios and Fuller over the progress of production on the show, as Fuller is also juggling the final weeks of shooting and post-production duties on Starz’s upcoming drama American Gods and prepping a reboot of Amazing Stories for NBC."  Fuller has written the first two scripts for Star Trek: Discovery and worked out the broader story arc and the show's mythology.  

The article also states it "became clear that (Fuller) couldn’t devote the amount of time needed for Discovery to make its premiere date and with production scheduled to start in Toronto next month."  CBS previously pushed the Discovery premiere back from January 2017 to May to give the team more time to work out stories and for the visual effects.

In addition, "the new structure was worked out quickly over the weekend in an effort to allow Fuller to remain actively involved albeit not on the day-to-day production level as originally envisioned.  There’s also some internal stress at the studio that the lead character, described by Fuller as a female lieutenant commander, has yet to be cast."

Variety's sources also stated "CBS execs have been happy with the material that Fuller has developed to date but became increasingly concerned that he had too much on his plate and there was no willingness to delay the premiere date once more."

CBS said in a statement, "We are extremely happy with the creative direction of Star Trek: Discovery and the strong foundation that Bryan Fuller has helped us create for the series. Due to Bryan’s other projects, he is no longer able to oversee the day-to-day of Star Trek, but he remains an executive producer, and will continue to map out the story arc for the entire season…Bryan is a brilliant creative talent and passionate Star Trek fan, who has helped us chart an exciting course for the series.  We are all committed to seeing this vision through and look forward to premiering Star Trek: Discovery this coming May 2017."

Star Trek: Discovery is currently scheduled to premiere on CBS in May 2017, with the next 12 episodes airing on CBS All Access.

Friday, October 21, 2016

HAN SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Casts Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

This deal is getting better all the time.

The official Star Wars site has confirmed that the upcoming Han Solo: A Star Wars Story spinoff film has cast Donald Glover as the younger Lando Calrissian.  Glover joins Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo, in the film directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.

According to the press release, the Han Solo film "depicts Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld — years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and his rise to Rebel hero in Return of the Jedi."

Glover, 33, is best known as Troy Barnes on the NBC sitcom Community and as a recording artist under the stage name Childish Gambino.  He currently stars in the FX series Atlanta and has appeared in the films Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Martian, Magic Mike XXL, The Lazarus Effect, and The Muppets.  He's also voiced Miles Morales/Spider-Man for the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series, and has appeared on episodes of Girls, Sesame Street, and 30 Rock.

"We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us," said Lord and Miller. "These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations.  Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever."

Created in 1980 by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas, Lando Calrissian first appeared in the film The Empire Strikes Back, played by Billy Dee Williams.  As the administrator of Cloud City, Lando was concerned primarily with keeping the Empire out of his affairs.  Bounty hunter Boba Fett, working for Darth Vader, tracked Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and C-3PO to Bespin, traveling in the damaged Millennium Falcon, which used to belong to Lando.  Shortly before they arrived at Bespin, Darth Vader and a contingent of Imperial forces arrived and threatened to take over the city.  Lando was strongarmed by Vader into betraying his old friend and turning him over to Boba Fett.

Unwilling to leave the city in the hands of the Empire, Lando reluctantly did as he was instructed, but his conscience got the better of him when Vader went back on his word and took Leia and Chewbacca as prisoners. When Lando set Leia, C-3PO and Chewbacca free, Chewbacca choked him for giving Han to Vader and Fett, and Leia angrily told Lando that they didn't need his help before chasing after Fett, who escaped with Solo, now frozen in carbonite.  In the ensuing evacuation of Cloud City, Lando helped Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2 escape.  He then assisted Leia in rescuing the maimed Luke Skywalker, who had fallen into Vader's trap and lost his right hand in a duel. Afterward, he joined the Rebel Alliance and promised Leia that they would find Solo.

In the following film Return of the Jedi, Lando went undercover to help Luke rescue Han from the crime lord Jabba the Hutt.  During a battle with Jabba's henchmen, Han saved Lando from being devoured by a desert creature known as the Sarlacc.  Lando then helped Han and the others destroy Jabba's barge.  For his heroics, he was made a general in the Rebel Alliance.  Lando then resumed the pilot chair in his old ship, the Millennium Falcon, and led the attack on the second Death Star.  He helped the Rebels achieve victory by destroying the gigantic Imperial battle station during the battle above Endor.

Lando has also appeared in the animated series Star Wars Rebels and briefly in the animated The LEGO Movie, both voiced by Williams.

Han Solo: A Star Wars Story is scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 25, 2018.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

First LOGAN Trailer Teases Old Man Wolverine

One last time, he's the best there is at what he does and what he does isn't pretty.

20th Century Fox has revealed the first trailer for Logan, the upcoming film starring Hugh Jackman in his final appearance as Marvel Comics character Wolverine.  The one-minute, forty-five second trailer teases the movie loosely based on "Old Man Logan," written by Mark Millar.

Opening to the melancholic sounds of "Hurt" by the late Johnny Cash, the teaser trailer begins with the aged and frail Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) asking, "Logan...what did you do?"

"Charles, the world is not the same as it was," replies an older Logan as we glimpse him drinking at a cemetery and surviving in a barren future landscape.  "Mutants...They're gone now."

We then see Logan with a back full of scars, and Xavier alone in a hospital bed.  Logan then encounters a mysterious young girl, whom we know as X-23 (Sienna Novikov).  Xavier tells Logan, "She's like you.  Very much like you."

We glimpse a masked figure, dressed a hat and poncho similar to Clint Eastwood in the classic film The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.  Xavier tells Logan, "She needs our help."

"Someone else will come along," replies Logan.

"Someone has come along," counters Xavier.

As the music builds, we see Logan hurriedly driving Xavier away from an approaching threat, which appears to be Donald Pierce (Boyd Holbrook) and the villainous Reavers.  In a flurry of fleeting images, we see Logan and protecting X-23 in several action scenes.

The last scene features X-23 taking a bloodied Logan by the hand as Xavier weakly says, " still have time."

You can view the trailer below, thanks to the official 20th Century Fox account on YouTube...

Logan is scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 3, 2017.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

THE FANDOM ZONE 079: "The Adventures of Supergirl" is Up!

"That was awesome!  I mean, that was terrible, but it was awesome.  We've never saved anything together."
"I know."
"I've dreamt of this moment -- the two of us teaming up."
"Me, too."
– Supergirl and Superman, Supergirl: "The Adventures of Supergirl"

That's right, Karen and I are back with another HUGE episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Supergirl 2x01 -- "The Adventures of Supergirl"  (Season Premiere)
Gotham 3x04 -- "New Day Rising"
Lucifer 2x03 -- "Sin-Eater"
The Flash 3x02 -- "Paradox"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4x03 -- "Uprising"
Arrow 5x02 -- "The Recruits"
Legends of Tomorrow 2x01 -- "Out of Time"  (Season Premiere) 
Luke Cage 1x03 -- "Who's Gonna Take the Weight?"

This time, we talk about things like my Davros Funko figure, Karen's cookies from Kelly, Karen cougaring Tyler Hoechlin as Superman, the Family Ties theme music, the density of Kryptonian poop, teasing Mon-El, the yo-yo treatment of superhero romantic relationships, the dishonor of Luchador wrestlers, more of the Penguin and the Riddler as villain bros, Chloe and Dan heading for D-I-V-O-R-C-E, the changes to Barry Allen's mostly-corrected timeline, Julian Albert being Albert Desmond, Paula Cole being Peter Gabriel's backup singer, Fitz as MacGyver, the awkwardness of an EMP going off while you're trying to bring someone back from the dead, the horrible Shaquille O'Neal Steel movie, Thea's really bad idea of making on and off alcoholic Quentin deputy mayor, Diggle coming back home to find his baby daughter is now his baby son, Citizen Steel being from Ohio State University, Rip Hunter initiating Emergency Protocol One from Doctor Who, Karen's Heat Wave impression, Luke Cage bringing da ruckus in an awesome hallway fight, using a car door as a shield, Genghis Connie's blowin' up real good, some feedback from Justina, watching the 600th episode of The Simpsons, and more!

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NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 067: "The Tomb of the Cybermen" is Up!

"But how did you know in the first place?"
"Oh, I used my own special technique."
"Oh really, Doctor...And may we know what that is?"
"Keeping my eyes open and my mouth shut."
-- Eric Klieg and The Second DoctorDoctor Who: "The Tomb of the Cybermen"

My partner in time Jesse Jackson and I are back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  In this episode, we review "The Tomb of the Cybermen," the classic story from 1967 starring Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor, Frazer Hines as Jamie McCrimmon, and Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield!

This time, Jesse and I discuss things like more of the evils of Skype, reconstructing the missing episodes of the Patrick Troughton era, Jamie as the definitive male companion, Grant Morrison's comic story where the Sixth Doctor meets Old Jamie, more James Bond connections to Doctor Who, the Doctor's rivalry with Eric Klieg, the Doctor actually discussing his family, watching classic stories to appreciate the modern era even more, Victoria being really good with a gun, the '60s sexism of leaving female characters behind while male characters face dangermy Reverse the Reverse the Polarity segment, BBC America making a big mistake by pushing the premiere of Class back until April, and more!

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Be sure to come back soon as Jesse and I review "For Tonight We Might Die," the first episode of the new Doctor Who spinoff series Class featuring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Sticher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Like murdered homecoming queen Laura Palmer, The Secret History of Twin Peaks is full of seeeecrets.

Flatiron Books' new Twin Peaks novel from co-creator Mark Frost arrived in bookstores yesterday, helping to bridge the continuity gap between the original ABC television from 1990-91 and the upcoming revival airing on Showtime in 2017.  The 362-page hardcover contains a fascinating compilation of Twin Peaks Post and Twin Peaks Gazette newspaper clippings and personal letters, gathered in a fictional dossier supposedly recovered on July 17, 2016 from "a crime scene that is still classified as unsolved and may have relevance to a previous crime or crimes in 1991 that is similarly classified" according to Federal Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Gordon Cole.

The dossier is given to Special Agent Tamara Preston, a new character that will likely be very important in the Showtime revival next year.  Agent Preston provides personal annotations throughout the dossier's chronological contents, which were apparently compiled by someone who identifies themselves as "The Archivist" and presented as a historical narrative.

Starting off with excerpts from the expedition journals of William Clark and Meriwether Lewis, dated September 20, 1805, the dossier explores the history of Twin Peaks and the surrounding area until a final entry from The Archivist, dated March 28, 1989 (Two days after the date of events featured in the TV show's final episode.)  While the major revelations are presumably being saved for the Showtime revival, there are some notable details revealing what happened to several of the show's characters (SPOILER WARNING):

Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn) -- Audrey survived the explosion at the Twin Peaks Savings and Loan in the show's final episode, although she was found unconscious and placed in the ICU at Calhoun Memorial Hospital, where she was listed in critical condition.

Pete Martell (Jack Nance) -- Pete, sadly, did not survive the explosion, having shielded Audrey from the blast, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Andrew Packard (Dan O'Herlihy) -- Andrew, being the closest to the blast, also did not survive the explosion.

Catherine Martell (Piper Laurie) -- With no living heirs or relations following the explosion, Catherine became a grieving recluse as the only resident of Blue Pine Lodge.  Gaining sole possession of the Packard Mill and its properties, Catherine sold the mill and its properties to Ben Horne and his investors in the Ghostwood Development.

Ben Horne (Richard Beymer) -- After receiving Audrey's final note to him that said she was going to call public attention to his plan to close the Packard Mill and turn Ghostwood Forest into "tacky neighborhoods and shopping centers," Ben visited Audrey in the hospital and was described as "a man broken in half with grief" and "personal guilt."  Regardless, Ben went ahead with the purchase of the mill and Ghostwood from Catherine Martell.

Hank Jennings (Chris Mulkey) -- After pleading guilty to international drug trafficking, assault and attempted murder, Hank was given a 25-year sentence at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla and "fatally knifed in the prison weight room by a hard-core lifer who turned out to be a distant cousin of the Renault family."

Douglas "Dougie" Milford (Tony Jay) -- Before marrying Lana Budding at the Great Northern Hotel and soon dying of a heart attack, Mayor Milford's brother Dougie served as a United States Air Force colonel in command of Listening Post Alpha, a high-security secret station located in Ghostwood Forest that monitored the area for signs of imminent atack from intelligent nonhuman life in deep space and inside Ghostwood, under the direction of President Richard Nixon.

Major Garland Briggs (Don S. Davis) -- Major Briggs became Dougie's successor at Listening Post Alpha and is eventually revealed as "The Archivist" who compiled the dossier.  After convincing himself that Special Agent Dale Cooper was the person he needed to complete his mission, he learns about Cooper being affected by the events at Glastonbury Grove shown in the series finale.  Intending to show Cooper the dossier and show him the LPA, Major Briggs meets with Cooper at home, but senses that something is wrong.  He claims that the LPA's "Mayday" protocols are in place and that he must act quickly.  He then states that he is heading to the LPA alone, which is the end of the dossier.

There are other revelations of considerable interest, notably that Margaret "The Log Lady" Lanterman, Carl Rodd (owner of the Fat Trout Trailer Park shown in the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me), and another boy named Alan Trahearne, vanished in 1947 one night in the woods near Pearl Lake and returned thinking they'd only been gone an hour or so. Rodd also received the mysterious three-triangled symbol on the back of his right knee that The Log Lady mentions in the original TV series.

The Secret History of Twin Peaks is currently available as a hardcover in bookstores and will be available as an ebook on October 18, 2016.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

THE FANDOM ZONE 078: "Flashpoint" is Up!

"Time.  It's already screwing with you and everyone you love.  And pretty soon, it's gonna take me right down along with you."
"Wow.  You know, you've got some nerve, I'll give you that.  Warning me about messing with other people's lives.  You -- You know the whole reason I did this is what you did to my life. To my family.  To my mother."
"Yeah, well...One day soon, Barry, you'll be begging me to kill her again."
– The Reverse-Flash and The Flash, The Flash: "Flashpoint"

That's right, Karen and I are back with another big episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Fear the Walking Dead 2x14 -- "Wrath"
Fear the Walking Dead 2x15 -- "North"  (Season 2 Finale)
Gotham 3x03 -- "Look Into My Eyes"
Lucifer 2x02 -- "Liar, Liar, Slutty Dress on Fire"
The Flash 3x01 -- "Flashpoint"  (Season Premiere)
Arrow 5x01 -- "Legacy" (Season Premiere)
Luke Cage 1x02 -- "Code of the Streets"

This time, we talk about things like the first issue of the new Jessica Jones comic, Karen not being able to pronounce La Colonia, Chris getting the Baby James treatment, welcoming Travis to the party, the joys of schadenfreude, Strand living the good life as the 7-Up Guy, murdering people bringing Travis and Madison closer together, Nick as Moses, speculating that Boba Jim could be Clayface, the awkwardness of Lee meeting Boba Jim at the GCPD, why the Penguin running for mayor never goes well for him, the greatness of Tricia Helfer, Trixie's disturbing mutilation of her doll, Dr. Linda throwing shade on Amenadiel, the return of Alex Desert as Julio Mendez, how Wally West became Kid Flash, Barry now being responsible for his mother's death, wondering how the Reverse-Flash poops inside the secret cell Barry put him in, the welcome return of Karen's Thea Queen impression, Felicity's new boyfriend, the really ugly statue of Black Canary, the awkwardness of murdering Cottonmouth's friend from back in the day, Turk deciding it's safer with Daredevil in Hell's Kitchen than Cottonmouth in Harlem, Luke Cage not having all night for a teenage punk to shoot him, Luke's Uncle Ben moment, some feedback from Justina, Sigourney Weaver as the Big Bad of The Defenders, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week, as we review the season premieres of Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, the third episode of Luke Cage, and new episodes of Gotham, Lucifer, The Flash, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Arrowright here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!