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Saturday, December 8, 2018

TITANTALK 015: "Donna Troy" is Up!


"You know, when Diana took me in, she showed me how to fill the hole that fire left in my life with love and with family.  That’s just what the Amazons do.  They have a tradition of empowerment and self-discovery.  Bruce filled that hole in your life the only way he knew how – with rage and violence.  Wonder Woman was born to protect the innocent and Batman was created to punish the guilty.  But we’re not them, either one of us."
-- Donna Troy to Dick Grayson, Titans: "Donna Troy"

Hello again, Titans fans!  My fellow TitanTalker Jesse Jackson and I are back with another new episode of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast!  This time, we discuss "Donna Troy", the eighth episode of the DC Universe series Titans, introducing Conor Leslie as Donna Troy, and featuring Andi Hubick as Young Donna Troy and Tomaso Sanelli as Young Dick Grayson!

TITANS TOGETHER!

In this episode, Jesse and I discuss things like the expectations for Donna Troy's debut on Titans, Titans Season One being setup for a long game, The Man in the High Castle, wanting a Teen Titans spinoff series with Young Dick and Donna, Conor Leslie as Donna Troy, Dick and Donna's younger brother/older sister relationship, seeing this Dick Grayson as a social introvert, Dick being more relaxed around Donna than the other Titans, Donna realizing she could do more good as Donna Troy than as Wonder Girl, the Easter eggs of Donna as a photographer and the fire from her childhood, wondering if the classic New Teen Titans story "Who Is Donna Troy?" will be adapted for Titans, Dick trying to keep up with Donna after she leaps over a truck, Donna having a beer with Dick to get a handle on who he is right now, my wife Lori thinking Conor Leslie's Donna Troy is "promising", Killdeer, Ohio not existing in real life, wondering if this version of Angela is setting Rachel up, Rachel making her mom breakfast, Angela wanting Rachel to grow up with a mom, Titans dancing around the name of Rachel's father Trigon, Kory possibly moving away from disco music to AC/DC, the tease of Kory escaping in a spaceship, Donna being able to translate Kory's Tamaranean language, Dick and Kory having an actual relationship beyond hot sex, our favorite quotes of the episode, Conor Leslie being a real-life photographer, the Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle being developed as a movie, new feedback from Michael Rotton and DJ Nik in Milan, Italy, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week for Episode 016 as Jesse and I discuss "Hank and Dawn", the ninth episode of the new DC Universe series Titans, featuring the secret origin of Alan Ritchson as Hawk and Minka Kelly as Dove, and the introduction of Elliot Knight as Don Hall, the original Dove!  Look for more of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 127: "It Takes You Away" is Up!


"You are the maddest, most beautiful thing I've ever experienced and I haven't even scratched the surface.  I wish I could stay.  But if either of us are going to survive, you're gonna have to let me go and keep on being brilliant by yourself."
--The Thirteenth Doctor to the Solitract, Doctor Who: "It Takes You Away"

With Karen off in time and space, I'm joined this week by my partner in time Jesse Jackson for a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  This time, we review "It Takes You Away", the ninth episode from Doctor Who Series Eleven, featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, Kevin Eldon as Ribbons of the Seven Stomachs, Eleanor Wallwork as Hanne, and Sharon D. Clarke as Grace O’Brien!

In this episode, Jesse and I discuss things like Jesse going down the negative Doctor Who fan rabbit hole once again, being able to say bad things about any TV show, wondering how you make something too politically correct, Columbus Doctor Who fan Steve Pompa, Eleanor Wallwork being the first blind actor playing a blind character on Doctor Who, the Thirteenth Doctor identifying a time and location by tasting something, getting new stuff vs. comfort food from Doctor Who, the Doctor's seven grandmothers and Granny 2 being a Zygon secret agent, Ryan finally referring to Graham as "Granddad", Graham's lingering pain over losing Grace, Graham keeping sandwiches on him, Ryan getting called out by Hanne, companion character development during Series 11, Erik's horrible parenting toward Hanne, Jesse feeling guilty about accidentally leaving his dog Ranger outside, wondering why the Doctor and Yaz left Hanne with Erik without making sure she'll be okay, M. Night Shyamalan's The Village, Yaz's cousin seeing the Arctic Monkeys' first gig, Ribbons cutting the Doctor's Hansel and Gretel thread, Jesse enjoying a Diet Coke, Ken from Chicago and "non-evil" villains in Series 11, the Solitract taking on the form of a talking frog, our favorite quotes of the episode, reversed Slayer t-shirts, a quick Reverse the Polarity segment, some feedback from David K. Proctor, Holly from Wisconsin and Paul from Australia, and more!

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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 and feel free to post pictures on our Facebook page of you or some other cool person you know wearing the shirt!

Be sure to come back next week as Jesse, Karen and I review "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos", the Doctor Who Series Eleven finale, featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, Tosin Cole as Ryan Sinclair, Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan, and Bradley Walsh as Graham O'Brien!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

CAPTAIN MARVEL Monday Night Football Trailer Takes Carol Danvers Into Space


Captain Marvel's life began the day it nearly ended.

During last night's Monday Night Football game where the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins 28-13, Marvel Studios debuted the second trailer for Captain Marvel, the upcoming film based on the Marvel Comics character, starring Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn.

The two-minute, 15-second trailer opens with Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Larson) aboard a Los Angeles Metro Rail car in the 1990s, looking for her intended target while being stared at by astonished passengers.  We hear a voiceover from a younger Nick Fury (Jackson), who says, "So...Skrulls are the bad guys..."

Captain Marvel finds her target, an eldery woman who smiles upon being recognized, and unleashes a brutal right cross to the face designed to shock us.  The eldery woman shrugs off the blow, turns and abruptly launches into a drop kick that initiates a brief fight between the two until Captain Marvel subdues the elderly woman.  "...and you're a Kree," continues Fury, "a race of noble warriors?"

"Heroes," corrects Carol as we see a separate scene of her riding in a car with Fury.  "Noble warrior heroes."

As dramatic music builds, we see Captain Marvel slo-mo walking alongside other members of the Kree military group known as Starforce.  

"Your life began the day it nearly ended," remarks a voiceover from Annette Bening's unnamed character, a Kree who rescued Danvers and made her part Kree.  "We found you, with no memory, we made you...one of us.  So you could live longer, stronger, superior.  You were reborn."

We see fleeting images of Carol being infused with some sort of fluid, and Captain Marvel hanging upside down, forcibly restrained, as an alien device is doing something to her mind. 

"I keep having these...memories," remarks Carol, as we see a fleeting image of her in a flight uniform with her fellow pilot, Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch), the mother of another Captain Marvel from the comics, Monica Rambeau.  "Something in my past is the key to all of this."

Next, we see Carol wearing S.H.I.E.L.D. ball cap while at the controls of some sort of airship, with Nick Fury in the co-pilot's seat.  "You know how to fly this thing?" asks Fury.

"We'll see," replies Carol as she starts activating switches.

"That's a yes-or-no question."

"Yes," answers Carol, pushing the throttle forward and launching the airship from its hangar.  

Aboard a Skrull spaceship, Captain Marvel faces off against Talos (Mendelsohn), the film's big bad.  "Would you like to know...what you really are?" asks Talos in a voiceover.

We see Carol and Nick Fury researching something in a S.H.I.E.L.D. archives room.  "I think I had a life here," Carol remarks in a voiceover as we glimpse a brief shot of Mar-Vell (Jude Law), Carol's mentor and commander in Starforce.  "What aren't you telling me?"

"You've come a long way," Mar-Vell tells her in a different scene, "but you're not as strong as you think."

"This war...is just the beginning," says Talos as we see the back of Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) as the two watch a battle in space.

"I'm not gonna fight your war," Captain Marvel states in a separate scene, followed by flashes from various points in Carol's life that end with Captain Marvel looking impressively formidable as she bursts with power.  "I'm gonna end it."

This is immediately followed by a brief sequence of Captain Marvel, now sporting her red helmet that creates a faux-mohawk with her hair, battling a Skrull invasion of Earth in space and destroying ships left and right.

In the trailer's final scene, we see Nick Fury in the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility, bending down to pet a cat, saying "Aren't you the cutest little thing?  Aren't you cute?  And what's your name, hunh?"

"Fury," admonishes Carol, trying to refocus his attention, and nodding to address the matter at hand.

"I'll be back," Fury whispers to the cat before getting up to leave.

If you'd like to check out the new Captain Marvel trailer, you can view it below thanks to the official Marvel Entertainment account on YouTube...




Captain Marvel is scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 8, 2019.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 126: "The Witchfinders" is Up!


"Honestly, if I was still a bloke, I could just get on with the job and not have to waste time defending myself!"
--The Thirteenth Doctor, Doctor Who: "The Witchfinders"

With Karen off in time and space, I'm joined this week by my partner in time Jesse Jackson for a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  This time, we review "The Witchfinders", the eighth episode from Doctor Who Series Eleven, featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, Alan Cumming as King James I, Siobhan Finneran as Becka Savage, and Tilly Steele as Willa Twiston!

In this episode, Jesse and I discuss things like Jesse and me being Time Bros, friend of the show Ken Schaefer's son Parker, taking the rough with the smooth with Doctor Who, Alan Cumming as King James I, Jesse needing to watch Downton Abbey, the Thirteenth Doctor having difficulty as a time-traveler because she's now a woman, a really awkward Next Stop Everywhere transition, Jesse cosplaying Graham O'Brien, wondering if the Doctor will be more sympathetic and enlightened toward her female companions, Jodie Whittaker getting to express some frustration through her character, King James I hitting on Ryan, Yaz being underwritten once again, the Doctor's clash of ideology with King James I, the no-win scenario of accused witches being "innocent" of witchcraft if they died, the Santana version of "Black Magic Woman", the Covers channel on Sirius XM, the mud monsters called The Morax, our favorite quotes of the episode, a quick Reverse the Polarity segment, some feedback from Holly from Wisconsin and Paul from Australia, and more!

If you'd like to check out our latest episode, you can find us on...


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Direct MP3 downloads/Libsyn --  RIGHT HERE
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Next Stop Everywhere's Twitter account
Next Stop Everywhere's Instagram account (NEW!)

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 and feel free to post pictures on our Facebook page of you or some other cool person you know wearing the shirt!

Be sure to come back next week as Jesse, Karen and I review "It Takes You Away", the ninth episode from Doctor Who Series Eleven, featuring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, Tosin Cole as Ryan Sinclair, Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan, and Bradley Walsh as Graham O'Brien!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

TITANTALK 014: "Asylum" is Up!


"If I had even the slightest chance of getting my mom back, there’s nothing I wouldn’t do."
"But…you said—"
"Yeah, I lied.  I just said what they wanted to hear.  You get pretty good at that when you live with Dr. Caulder.  If you agree with people, they tend to leave you alone."
-- Garfield "Gar" Logan and Rachel Roth, Titans: "Asylum"

Hello again, Titans fans!  My fellow TitanTalker Jesse Jackson and I are back with another new episode of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast!  This time, we discuss “Asylum”, the seventh episode of the DC Universe series Titans, introducing Rachel Nichols as Angela Azarath, and featuring Reed Birney as Dr. Adamson and Tomaso Sanelli as Young Dick Grayson!

TITANS TOGETHER!

In this episode, Jesse and I discuss things like enjoying our Thanksgiving weekend, Jesse binge-watching Star Trek: Discovery Season 1, Jesse discovering the Next Time trailers after the Titans closing credits, Rachel Nichols being cast as Raven's mom, wanting Tomaso Sanelli to star in a Young Dick Grayson Chronicles series, Beast Boy giving in to his bestial side, wondering if Rachel reciprocates Gar's crush on her, Gar lying to Dick and Kory to get them to leave him alone, Dick Grayson being drugged and confronting his younger self, wondering if Dick is finally going to stop blaming Bruce for his anger, not knowing what was going to happen to Dick Grayson in the comics after he gave up being Robin, thinking we've finally seen the last of Brenton Thwaites as Robin, Kory getting a breathing tube down her throat, wondering if Kory is a mass murderer after burning down the asylum, Raven talking with Dr. Adamson alone, Dr. Adamson betting on Raven healing him by cutting his own throat, Rachel's raven tattoo, still waiting for the first mention of Trigon, wondering if we'll get to see Azarath, our favorite quotes of the episode, more on Kory's bad fashion choices, new feedback from DJ Nik in Milan, Italy, looking forward to Conor Leslie as Donna Troy, an update my wife Lori's opinion of Titans, and more!

If you'd like to check out episodes of TitanTalk, you can find us on...

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Be sure to come back next week for Episode 015 as Jesse and I discuss "Donna Troy", the eighth episode of the new DC Universe series Titans, introducing Conor Leslie as Wonder Girl/Donna Troy!  Look for more of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Sony Pictures Developing Animated SPIDER-WOMEN Film


The webbed women of Marvel are getting their own animated movie.

Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures is working on an animated Spider-Women film that will "focus on three generations of women with Spidey powers."

According to the article, Bek Smith (Zoo) will write the script, with Amy Pascal producing.

It's not known if Spider-Women will be connected to the previous animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which featured Hailee Steinfeld as Spider-Gwen/Gwen Stacy.  The studio is already working on a sequel that continues with the Miles Morales Spider-Man.

Presumably, Spider-Women will be based somewhat on the recent Marvel Comics event storyline "Spider-Women", that was centered around the superheroes Spider-Gwen, the Jessica Drew Spider-Woman, and Silk.  

The Jessica Drew Spider-Woman was created in 1977 by Archie Goodwin and Marie Severin, first appearing in Marvel Spotlight #32.  At a young age, Jessica's family moved to a lab built by her father and Herbert Wyndham near Mount Wundagore in Transia, where she became gravely ill from months of uranium exposure.  To save her life, her father injected her with an experimental serum based on irradiated spiders' blood.  She was later captured by a HYDRA reserve unit under Count Otto Vermis, who erased her memories, brainwashed her, and recruited her as a HYDRA agent under the codename Arachne.  After an encounter with The Thing, she recovered from her brainwashing, and took on the identity of Spider-Woman. The two superheroes soon encountered Modred the Mystic, who removed HYDRA's memory implants and restored Jessica's memories.

Spider-Gwen, a.k.a. the Gwen Stacy Spider-Woman, was created in 2014 by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez and first appeared in Edge of Spider-Verse #4 as the Earth-65 version of Gwen Stacy.  Instead of this Earth's Peter Parker, this Gwen Stacy was the one bitten by the radioactive spider during a demonstration on the use of radioactive rays at a science exhibit.  She became a superhero going by the name of Spider-Woman.  Shortly after she began fighting crime, Peter Parker attempted to exact revenge on those who bullied him in Midtown High School, becoming Earth-65's version of the Lizard.  Gwen subdued him, but Peter died towards the end of the battle due to a chemical that he used.

Silk was created in 2014 by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos, first appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man (vol.3) #4, following a brief cameo in issue #1.  After the radioactive spider that gave Peter Parker his Spider-Man powers, the spider bit Cindy Moon as well.  Soon after, Cindy’s abilities manifested, including organic webbing (unlike Peter), but she was unable to control them.  Some time later, the character known as Ezekiel approached the Moon family and offered his help with Cindy controlling her newfound abilities.  After six years of training to use her powers, Cindy was locked up inside a facility by Ezekiel to protect her and the other "spiders" from the villain called Morlun and his family known as the Inheritors.  After learning of her existence, Spider-Man immediately searched for Cindy to break her out of the facility where Ezekiel had kept her.  Cindy made her way out of the facility to finally see the city of New York, and became the superhero known as Silk.

GHOSTWOOD 045: "Laura's Secret Diary" is Up!


"Mr. Cooper, how do you find our little corner of this world?"
"Heaven, sir."
"Well, this week, heaven includes arson, multiple homicides, and an attempt on the life of a federal agent."
"Heaven is a large and interesting place, sir."
-- Judge Clinton Sternwood & Special Agent Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks: "Laura's Secret Diary"

It is happening again...My co-host with the most Xan Sprouse and I are back with a new episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast!  This time, we continue our commentary tracks as we watch "Laura's Secret Diary," the fourth episode from Twin Peaks Season Two, featuring the introductions of Royal Dano as Judge Clinton Sternwood, Claire Stansfield as Sid, and "Fumio Yamaguchi" as Mr. Tojamura!

LET'S ROCK!

In our latest episode, Xan and I discuss things like wondering if Josie bought Peter a stuffed mongoose, the Alan Smithee version of Dune putting Xan to sleep, Best Buy spoiling one of my upcoming Christmas gifts, the slow reveal of the interrogation room soundproofing, another round of "Leland or BOB?", Andy wanting to retake his sperm count test, that awkward moment for Andy when Lucy catches him with a copy of Flesh World, Cooper rocking the old PDA device, the impending arrival of food critic M.T. Wentz, rabbi chili vs. rabbit chili, the legal age for drinking in 1990 Washington state, Harold reading awkward passages of Laura's diary to Donna, Josie pretending to be upset that Catherine supposedly died in the sawmill fire, Jean looking for any excuse to off Emory, wondering if the Sheriff's Department has a recycling program for their doughnut boxes, Cooper's attempt at dealing with Lucy, Hank going overkill on the tablecloths and flowers, the secret Double R booth, whether Josie actually cared for Harry, peeping Jonathan, the Judge Sternwood spinoff series, Dick trying to get Lucy to have an abortion, the slightly racist Mr. Tojamura, David Lynch keeping Fumio Yamaguchi's identity secret from the cast, Cooper going all Rain Man with beer nuts, enjoying Hank getting the crap kicked out of him by Jonathan, Hank moving like a pregnant yak, being willing to write Twin Peaks Season 3 for free, Nadine getting a happy ending in "The Return", Xan completing her Twin Peaks trading cards base set, the passing of Stan Lee, Harold keeping Laura's diary from the police, Xan's cats eating her tissue boxes, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as Xan and I continue our commentary tracks as we watch "The Orchid's Curse," the fifth episode from Twin Peaks Season Two, featuring the introduction of David L. Lander as Tim Pinkle, Cooper and Harry's rescue of Audrey Horne, and Harold Smith's disturbing use of a garden rake!  Look for more of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!