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Saturday, June 23, 2018

GHOSTWOOD 035: "Traces to Nowhere" is Up!


"Fellas, don't drink that coffee!  You'd never guess. There was a fish...in the percolator!"
-- Pete Martell, Twin Peaks: "Traces to Nowhere" 

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 attempt our first commentary episode as we watch "Traces to Nowhere", the second episode from Twin Peaks Season One, featuring the introduction of Frank Silva as BOB and Al Strobel as Phillip Gerard, the one-armed man!

LET'S ROCK!

In our latest episode, Xan and I discuss things like Xan wanting to record Twin Peaks commentaries, both of us wanting a job where we get paid to watch Twin Peaks, the confusion about whether "Traces to Nowhere" is the first episode or the second, TV-friendly David Lynch, how to sync along with our commentary, Dale Cooper as Michael Keaton's Batman, Cooper meeting Audrey Horne, Audrey's itchy palms, Cooper having kidney stones, Shelly being a #MeToo movement waiting to happen, Laura and Donna's YouTube video, Cooper being Sherlock Holmes without being a sociopath, Xan's first choice for our podcast name, the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Department ordering doughnuts by the truckload, Big Ed being in an abusive relationship, the awkward moment when Norma bumps into her arch-enemy Nadine, Pete being protective of Josie, Catherine's alliance with Ben Horne, the Sarah Palmer Drinking Game, the first appearance of BOB, Deputy Hawk losing the one-armed man in a morgue, the awkwardness of Bobby's dinner with his parents, Cooper meeting the Log Lady, Ghostwood's zero tolerance abuse policy, James meeting Donna's parents, Dr. Jacoby's Spencer's Gifts aquarium, how Frank Silva became a Twin Peaks cast member, my BOB Funko figure creeping out Xan, the James Woods episode of The Simpsons, Twin Peaks being the first show to challenge American audiences and TV critics, Michael Cera as Wally Brando, 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 "Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer", the third episode from Twin Peaks Season One, featuring Dale Cooper's dream sequence and the first appearances of David Patrick Kelly as Jerry Horne, Miguel Ferrer as Albert Rosenfield and Michael J. Anderson as The Man from Another Place!  Look for more of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Sony Developing Spider-Man Spinoff Movie SILK


Sony really wants their Spider-Man Cinematic Universe.

Deadline has word that Sony Pictures is developing yet another Spider-Man spinoff movie, this time on Marvel Comics' Korean-American superhero Silk.

According to the article, Sony and producer Amy Pascal are in early development on the project, but details are being kept under wraps.

The character recently appeared as Cindy Moon in Sony's Marvel Cinematic Universe film Spider-Man: Homecoming, played by Tiffany Espensen, as a member of the academic decathlon team with Peter Parker who showed concern when it seemed that he was leaving.  Espensen reprised the role in Avengers: Infinity War, where she was seen on the bus with Peter and Ned Leeds, when Ned made a distraction so that Peter could change into Spider-Man.  It's not yet known if Espensen will star in Silk.

Silk is the latest in a series Spider-Man-related property to be developed by Sony, including Venom, Nightwatch and MorbiusSilver & Black, which had a director and would have teamed the characters Silver Sable and Black Cat, was reportedly pulled from Sony's schedule and headed back into development.


Created in 2014 by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos, Silk first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man (vol.3) #4, following a brief cameo in issue #1.  Debuting as part of the Original Sin event storyline, Cindy Moon's origin was connected to Spider-Man's.  During a demonstration on the use of radioactive rays at a science exhibit, a spider was accidentally exposed to large amounts of radiation.  In its dying moments, the arachnid bit Peter Parker, giving the young teenager amazing powers and allowing him to become Spider-Man. However, mere moments after biting Parker, 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.  After Cindy was freed, she attacked Spider-Man in a fit of rage, saying that he had doomed them all.  Spider-Man calmed Cindy down by informing her that Morlun was dead.  Cindy made her way out of the facility to finally see the city of New York, stopping only to make a temporary costume out of her webbing.  Telling Spider-Man to refer to her as Silk, she was heartbroken to find that her family had moved. Silk and Peter also find that they were powerfully attracted to each other due to their shared Spider-Sense.  After helping Peter defeat the Black Cat and Electro, accepted a job as an intern at the Fact Channel, where she intended to use the information center to find her family.

After locating her family, Cindy quit her job at the Fact Channel and contemplated what she wanted to do with her life.  After a discussion with her brother and her therapist, she decided to enlist in S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy.  With S.H.I.E.L.D.'s technology, she researched her father's meetings and eventually confronted him about his secret meetings with a mysterious doctor, who turned out to be a Tamara Pearson, also known as Fang.  Fang worked for Ezekiel and was the leader of a splinter group of the Spider Society, claiming to Cindy's father that she would be "curing" Cindy of her powers.  However, her actual plan was to transfer Cindy's powers to herself and use her abilities to take over the Spider Society.  After inheriting Ezekiel's fortune and drugging Cindy's father, Fang kept her eyes on Cindy during and after the bunker.  Silk soon defeated Fang and her father accepted her for who she is.  With a closer relationship to her family closer and her job at S.H.I.E.L.D., Cindy finally felt happiness after so many years.

THE FANDOM ZONE 142: "Chapter 19" is Up!


"What do we do now?"
"Now...we pray."
-- Sydney "Syd" Barrett & Clark Debussy, Legion: "Chapter 19" 

That's right, Karen and I are back with a new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Supergirl 3x22: "Make It Reign"
Legion 2x11: "Chapter 19"  (Season Finale)
Cloak & Dagger 1x03: "Stained Glass"

In this episode, Karen and I talk about things like the Francesco Mattina variant cover to The Flash #48, my 49th birthday, The CW's fall 2018 schedule, Legends of Tomorrow Season 4 news, Karen's crush on Bigby from the comic Fables, J'onn and M'yrnn being our favorite Supergirl Season 3 storyline, Earth Winn & Fire, Winn not grasping the concept of speaking through a hologram, Chad Lowe aging to keep Rob Lowe young, Brainiac 5 stealing Winn's force shield idea, Red Shirt expendable characters on Star Trek, that awkward moment when Lena Luthor reveals she has Kryptonite that she swore she didn't have, David and the Shadow King's cool astral battle, Syd throwing down a minotaur head and wanting to talk to David, Lenny's +10 sniper rifle, wondering if the David messing with Syd's memories wasn't actually David, Farouk wanting to make Professor Xavier's son love him instead, wondering if David is playing the long game, Casey Kasem's epic rant, Wall of Voodoo's cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire", Tyrone going on a voodoo tour of New Orleans, that awkward moment when the girl Tyrone's flirting with gives him a bath, Tandy having a concussion, Auntie Chantelle updating voodoo technology with 3-D printing, new feedback from Justina, my Cloak & Dagger comics recommendation, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as Karen and I review the Season 2 premiere of Netflix's Luke Cage, the Season 3 finale of The CW's Supergirl, and a new episode of Freeform's Cloak & Daggerright here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 112: "End of Days" is Up!


"I've seen you use that smile on a lot of people."
"What smile?"
"That smile you use to reassure people, when deep down, you know everything's gone to shit."
-- PC Andy Davidson and Gwen Cooper, Torchwood: "End of Days"

Back in the TARDIS once again, my partner in time Jesse Jackson and I have returned with a new episode of the award-winning Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  This time, we review "End of Days", the Series One finale of Torchwood, starring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness and Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, and written by incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall!

In this episode, Jesse and I discuss things like Next Stop Everywhere winning the 2018 Indy PopCon Podcast Award for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Podcast, being able to jump into a season finale episode, Jack being a really bad team manager, the Torchwood team turning against Jack, Jack being a dick and calling out everyone for being a hypocrite, Rhys keeping the home fires burning, the return of Lisa the Cyberwoman and Diane the time-lost pilot, Tosh being a dependable character, everyone suddenly getting along with Jack after he died and resurrected, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 3, creepy bad guy Bilis Manger, the rumor about Captain Jack and Gwen appearing on Doctor Who Series 11, my Reverse the Reverse the Polarity segment, not having feedback this time because our episodes weren't getting posted, Bruce Springsteen almost getting the EGOT, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as Jesse and I continue our Chris Chibnall Torchwood retrospective and review "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang", the first episode of Torchwood Series Two, starring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness and Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, and written by incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!


Monday, June 18, 2018

Sting Channels Constantine for HELLBLAZER 30th Anniversary Announcement


Sting is sending out an S.O.S. to all of John Constantine's fans.

DC Comics/VERTIGO has posted a short video from one Gordon Sumner, better known as the legendary musician Sting, announcing that he's written the foreword to the upcoming John Constantine, Hellblazer: 30th Anniversary Celebration commemorative collection.  The foreward will feature Sting's "take on the perspective of the Golden Boy, Constantine’s alternate-universe twin, touching on his relationship with the occult detective over the years."

According to the statement from DC, Sting recorded the video while preparing for his upcoming 44/876 tour with Shaggy.  The musician’s inclusion in the Hellblazer Celebration hardcover is a nod to Sting inspiring John Constantine's look.  The character first appeared in The Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 in 1985 and was created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and John Totleben.  Based physically on Sting, Constantine proved popular enough in 1988 to be spun off into his own VERTIGO series Hellblazer, which ran for an impressive 300 issues.  The replacement series Constantine immediately followed, after Constantine was brought back to the relaunched DC Universe as part of "The New 52" to lead the supernatural team Justice League Dark.  In DC's "Rebirth" era, Constantine currently appears in his latest monthly series, The Hellblazer, which will end with its twenty-fourth issue.

In the 23-second video (which you can view HERE), Sting dons Constantine's signature trenchcoat and makes the following announcement:  "Hi, my name is Sting.  I'm here to celebrate the John Constantine, Hellblazer 30th anniversary.  John and I have a long history, so I've written a forward to the edition, which goes into more detail about our relationship.  And so, I wish him well -- He's done very well for himself."

The commemorative collection will explore the complete history of the series with four one-page essays written by author Rich Handley.  It will also include a comprehensive timeline of Constantine’s life and three one-page stories featured in Hellblazer issues #1, 2 and 4. Memorable stories from writers Alan Moore, Jamie Delano, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Paul Jenkins, Brian Azzarello, and others reflect the best of the long-lasting series, including Constantine's first appearance in The Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 and Hellblazer issues #11, 27, 41, 63, 120, 146, 229 and 240.

The John Constantine, Hellblazer: 30th Anniversary Celebration commemorative collection will be available for purchased on October 30, 2018.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

THE FANDOM ZONE 141: "First Light" is Up!


"What's your name?"
"Tandy.  Did you know my dad named me after his first computer?"
-- Tyrone Johnson & Tandy Bowen, Cloak & Dagger: "First Light" 

You guessed it, Karen and I are back with a new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Legion 2x10: "Chapter 18"
Cloak & Dagger 1x01: "First Light"  (Series Premiere)
Cloak & Dagger 1x02: "Suicide Sprints"

In this episode, Karen and I talk about things like my new Death from The Sandman Funko Figure, Lucifer getting picked up by Netflix for Season 4, why we're not reviewing Supergirl this week, Brainiac 5 becoming a regular in Supergirl Season 4, Cloak & Dagger needing to cross over with Runaways, Melanie manipulating Syd, David finally getting his Legion name and hairstyle from the comics, wondering if we're finally getting David's dissociative personas, David torturing Oliver's physical body to get information out of the Shadow King, the juxtaposition of Tyrone and Tandy as kids, the Roxxon Oil rig going all particle accelerator on The Flash, the return of Bane and the darkness, Cloak & Dagger being developed as characters before the superheroics, that awkward moment when you go to retrieve your stolen money and you find that your mom has spent it all on a coke binge with some lawyer dude she just met, coaches realizing that punishing an entire team is better than punishing you, new Supergirl feedback from Justina, my Next Stop Everywhere podcast winning an award, and more!

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And if that isn't enough for you, you can also check us out on YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!  Oh, and if you're interested in an officially official Fandom Zone Podcast t-shirt that all the cool kids are wearing, you can get those on TeePublic HERE as well!  Feel free to post a picture on our Facebook page of you or some other cool person you know wearing the shirt!

Be sure to come back next week as Karen and I review the Season 2 finale of FX's Legion along with new episodes of Freeform's Cloak & Dagger and The CW's Supergirl and FX's Legion, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Friday, June 15, 2018

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY Changes Showrunners Again as Alex Kurtzman Takes Over


Another season of Discovery, another showrunner change.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery has made a change of showrunners, with Season One showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts leaving and co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman taking over for Season Two.  This will be the second change of showrunners for the series, after co-creator Bryan Fuller exited in October 2016 just before filming of Season One began.

Producers CBS Television Studios said in a statement, "We’ve made some producer changes at Star Trek: Discovery.  The series continues under the creative vision and leadership of executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman.  Discovery remains on course for season two in 2019 with new and continuing stories that build on its successful premiere season."

According to the article, "the decision to oust Berg and Harberts was based not on the creative but instead for leadership and operational issues.  Production on Discovery's first five episodes of season two are near completion, with Kurtzman likely taking over for episode six and beyond. Berg and Harberts, who were longtime collaborators with original showrunner Fuller, will likely still be credited on the episodes they oversaw.  Sources say the budget for the season two premiere ballooned, with the overages expected to come out of subsequent episodes from Discovery's sophomore run."

In addition, the article's sources claim "Berg and Harberts became increasingly abusive to the Discovery writing staff, with Harberts said to have leaned across the writers room table while shouting an expletive at a member of the show's staff.  Multiple writers are said to have been uncomfortable working on the series and had threatened to file a complaint with human resources or quit the series altogether before informing Kurtzman of the issues surrounding Berg and Harberts.  After hearing rumors of HR complaints, Harberts is said to have threatened the staff to keep concerns with the production an internal matter."

As if this wasn't enough Discovery drama, THR also states that Akiva Goldsman will not be returning as executive producer for Season Two.  Goldsman directed the Season One finale, "Will You Take My Hand?", but is "said to have had a management style and personality that clashed with the writing staff.  It's unclear if Goldsman will continue to receive an exec producer credit on season two."

Star Trek: Discovery is expected to return to CBS All Access for Season Two sometime in 2019.