Wednesday, June 21, 2017

HAN SOLO Directors Fired, Ron Howard is Top Pick for Replacement


There are a lot of Star Wars fans having a bad feeling about this.

According to Variety, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the directors of the upcoming untitled Han Solo film, have been fired by LucasFilm after clashing with producer Kathleen Kennedy, George Lucas' successor.  The decision comes as the film still has several weeks left to shoot.  An additional several weeks of reshoots have been planned to take place later this summer.

Kennedy said in a statement, "Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways."

Kennedy promised a new director would be announced shortly.  Variety's sources say that Ron Howard is in talks to take over the film, but there's no deal yet.  Joe Johnston is also reportedly under consideration.

The film is centered on a young Han Solo, the roguish smuggler who later meets Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker in the Mos Eisley Cantina in 1977's Star Warsand his adventures with his Wookiee partner Chewbacca, including their encounter with Lando Calrissian.

The cast includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson as Han's criminal mentor Beckett, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

"Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project," said Lord and Miller in a statement.  "We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true.  We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew."

According to the article, "Miller and Lord were stunned to find that they were not being granted freedom to run the production in the manner that they were accustomed to. They balked at Kennedy’s tight control on the set."

Variety's source with knowledge of the production said the chemistry between the directors and Kennedy was never right.  "It was a culture clash from day one," said their source. "She didn’t even like the way they folded their socks."  In addition, Kennedy reportedly didn't approve of their shooting style and process of interacting with actors and crew.  "They weren’t given the leeway to do what they had to do," claimed the source.

The article also claims Lord and Miller also clashed with screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who has been involved with several Star Wars movies, since The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. Kasdan reportedly also questioned many of their directing decisions.  "Kathy, her team and Larry Kasdan have been doing it their way for a very long time," said Variety's source. "They know how the cheese is made and that’s how they want it made.  It became a very polarizing set."

The article continued, "Some insiders believe that while Kennedy wants to make a splash by hiring young indie directors such as Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), she’s ultimately unwilling to empower them to make their own creative decisions."

The Han Solo film is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 25, 2018.

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 087: "The Eaters of Light" is Up!


"That's the trouble with hope.  It's hard to resist."
-- The Twelfth Doctor to Missy, Doctor Who: "The Eaters of Light"

That's right, 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, Jesse and I review "The Eaters of Light", the tenth episode from Series Ten, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, Matt Lucas as Nardole, and Michelle Gomez as Missy!

This time, Jesse and I discuss things like Jesse and I spending Father's Day, the return of original series writer Rona Munro, fun with Roman numerals, a Scottish Doctor in Scotland, using the TARDIS just to settle an argument, Nardole rocking his bathrobe and beanie, the mystery of the Ninth Legion, Nardole easily settling in with groups he encounters, Bill's sexuality being "restrictive" compared to the Romans, wondering why Nardole carries around a bag of unpopped popcorn, Missy once again stowing away aboard the TARDIS, Missy's quest for redemptionmy Reverse the Polarity segment, new feedback from Holly from Wisconsin and Paul from Australia, and more!

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WATCHMEN TV Series in Development at HBO


"Nothing ends, Adrian.  Nothing ever ends."
-- Doctor Manhattan to Ozymandias, Watchmen

The Hollywood Reporter stated yesterday that HBO is developing an adaptation of the critically-acclaimed DC Comics maxi-series Watchmen, with Damon Lindelof in talks to oversee the project as showrunner.

Lindelof, 44, is best known as the co-creator and showrunner of the ABC series Lost and as the co-creator of the HBO series The Leftovers.  He also served as writer and producer of the movies Star Trek Into Darkness, Prometheus, Tomorrowland, and Cowboys & Aliens.

According to the article, Lindelof originally read the comics as a kid in the 1980s and the series continues to influence his work.  "From the flashbacks to the nonlinear storytelling to the deeply flawed heroes, these are all elements that I try to put into everything I write," he told Comic Book Resources in 2009 ahead of the Watchmen film by director Zack Snyder. The article also claims that Lindelof has read Watchmen multiple times and praised Snyder's film.  "It's the most married-to-the-original-text version of Watchmen that could've been made," he told the Observer at the time.  "It's OK with me if people don't understand it because they don't deserve to understand it."

Snyder is no longer attached to the drama project from Warner Bros. Television, which was first rumored to be in preliminary discussions with HBO back in 2015.

Created in 1986 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen was a 12-issue maxi-series set in an alternate reality that closely mirrors the contemporary world of the 1980s, but with the presence of superheroes that has altered the outcome of real-world events.  In keeping with the realism of the series, the costumed crimefighters of Watchmen are commonly called "superheroes", but only one, Doctor Manhattan, possesses superhuman powers. The war in Vietnam ends with a U.S. victory in 1971 and Richard Nixon is still president as of October 1985.  When the story begins, the existence of Doctor Manhattan has given the U.S. a strategic advantage over the Soviet Union, which has increased tensions between the two nations. Eventually, superheroes grow unpopular among the police and the public, leading to the passage of legislation, the Keene Act, in 1977 to outlaw them.  While many of the heroes retired, Doctor Manhattan and a veteran superhero known as The Comedian operate as government-sanctioned agents.  Another, Rorschach, continues to operate outside the law as a vigilante.

In October 1985, New York City police investigate the murder of a man named Edward Blake.  With the police having no leads, Rorschach decides to probe further.  Discovering Blake to be the face behind The Comedian, Rorschach believes he has discovered a plot to terminate costumed adventurers and sets about warning four of his retired comrades -- Dan Dreiberg (formerly the second Nite Owl), the emotionally detached Doctor Manhattan and his lover Laurie Juspeczyk (the second Silk Spectre), and Adrian Veidt (once the hero Ozymandias), a successful businessman.

After Blake's funeral, Manhattan is accused on national television of being the cause of cancer in friends and former colleagues.  When the U.S. government takes the accusations seriously, Manhattan exiles himself to Mars.  As Manhattan is one of the United States' greatest military powers, his departure throws humanity into political turmoil, with the Soviet Union invading Afghanistan to capitalize on the perceived American weakness. Rorschach's concerns appear vindicated when Adrian Veidt narrowly survives an assassination attempt, and Rorschach himself is framed for murdering Moloch, a former supervillain, and imprisoned.  Nite Owl and Rorschach work to uncover the conspiracy surrounding the death of The Comedian and the accusations that drove Manhattan into exile.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

GHOSTWOOD 009: "The Return, Part 6" is Up!


"Fuck Gene Kelly, you motherfucker!"
-- Albert Rosenfield, Twin Peaks: "The Return, Part 6"

It is happening again...My co-host with the most Xan Sprouse and I are back once again with a new episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast!  This time, we review "The Return, Part 6", the sixth episode of the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks!

LET'S ROCK!

In our ninth episode, Xan and I discuss things like characters not liking Dougie, Cooper interacting with Sonny Jim, needing a Dougie prequel called Fire Walk with Dougie, Dougie and Janey-E's garmonbozia decor preference, quirky actor Jeremy Davies, Janey-E impressing the loan sharks, the return of that traffic stoplight, Mike the one-armed man being fed up with waiting for Cooper to get his act together, the Twin Peaks Savings & Loan bank manager getting forced retirement, the long-awaited introduction of Laura Dern as Diane Evans (!!!), Richard Horne meeting up with Red, Red being more than he seems, returning to the intersection from Fire Walk with Me, Richard Horne becoming the Biggest Douche in the Universe, the return of Harry Dean Stanton as Carl Rodd, that familiar utility pole from Fire Walk with Me, Ike "The Spike" Stadtler, Deputy Chief Hawk finding the missing pages to Laura Palmer's diary, the return of Heidi the giggling German waitress, our show download numbers for May 2017, "The Return" giving us something new instead of just a nostalgia tripand more!

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Casting Breakdowns Revealed for DC's TITANS Series


Titans...almost together.

That Hashtag Show has managed to obtain the casting breakdowns for Titans, the upcoming live-action series for DC Comics' new digital service that was announced at the end of April.

Production on the series is expected to begin this September in Atlanta, and it appears as though casting for the series is already in process.  The four character names provided appear to be attempts to conceal the identities of the various Titans, but from the descriptions below, it appears they belong to Nightwing, Raven, Starfire, and Beast Boy, respectively.

[John Crossland] (NIGHTWING/DICK GRAYSON) Male, late 20s-early 30s, Caucasian. Equal parts charm and impenetrability, John is a cop. He has a nice smile, tired eyes and a cool, distant manner. However, when provoked, his eyes are so lethal “they drain a man of every last bit of spleen.” John is haunted by the murder of his family. Unbeknownst to those around him, he is also a vigilante. In the shadows, he fights with the commitment and conviction of an artist, the brutal grace of a dancer. Mentally and physically, he is covered in a map of scars. And though he fights to escape his past, it is often a losing battle…SERIES LEAD

[SARAH] (RAVEN/RACHEL ROTH) Female, Mid teens, Open Ethnicity. Troubled, bullied, often scared but unwilling to show it, Sarah is a loner more comfortable hiding in her hoodie than making friends. Haunted by a dark force inside her, Sarah experiences violent episodes that she cannot understand or control. She is also plagued by recurring nightmares that lead her across the country in search of help…SERIES REGULAR

[Casey] (STARFIRE/KORIAND'R) Female, 20s, Open ethnicity. Casey is a tall, stunning woman, her beauty so magnificent it’s almost inhuman. Elegant, refined and mysterious, she is on the hunt to discover who is trying to kill her and why. And those after her are in for a surprise because she’s more deadly than anyone they’ve ever encountered…SERIES REGULAR

[JAX] (BEAST BOY/GARFIELD LOGAN) Male, Mid-late teens, Open Ethnicity, Asian preferred. Funny and charming, this amateur thief’s humor hides his insecurities and past pain. Not the toughest kid on the streets, he’s learned to survive in the world with his wit and quick-thinking…SERIES REGULAR

Titans is expected to premiere on DC's digital service sometime in early 2018.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

THE FANDOM ZONE 107: "Heavydirtysoul" is Up!


"She's not my boss."
"Uh-huh.  I may have a virus making me freakishly strong and mildly insane, but even I know you were a sidekick to your brother and you're a sidekick to Barbara."
– Tabitha Galavan and Leslie "Lee" Thompkins, Gotham: "Heavydirtysoul"

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

Fear the Walking Dead 3x01: "Eye of the Beholder"  (Season Premiere)
Fear the Walking Dead 3x02: "The New Frontier"
Gotham 3x21: "Destiny Calling"
Gotham 3x22: "Heavydirtysoul"  (Season Finale)
iZombie 3x10: "Return of the Dead Guy"
Iron Fist 1x11: "Lead Horse Back to Stable"

This week, Karen and I talk about things like Karen's new Felix from Orphan Black Funko figure, Travis using his Maori heritage to his advantage, Jake sticking up for his asshole brother Troy, why you should never look into a wall air vent during a zombie apocalypse, Darwyn Cooke's DC: The New Frontier, Travis finally taking himself off the board, connecting Jeremiah to the missing Ofelia, Strand getting a sweet new ride, Madison embracing her Ricktatorship, wondering if Madison is preggers, Ra's Al Ghul finally getting a decent live-action adaptation, The Fandom Zone's official pronunciation of Ra's Al Ghul, Twitter outrage over Bruce stabbing Alfred in the chest, Butch becoming Solomon Grundy, Stabby Babs being dead...for now, not wanting to see Harley Quinn on Gotham, Bruce's reset of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the Executioner's Clobberin' Time, the Penguin planning the opening of the Iceberg Lounge, Ravi being a Millennial stereotype of not knowing phone numbers, Peyton being a dominatrix to Liv, the Smothers Brothers, Claire not being down with real-life dragons, Karen and I comparing staple scars, Davos not getting why Danny was chosen to be the Iron Fist, Claire not being down with Colleen even though she bought her delivered pizza, some Gotham feedback from Justina, remembering the late Adam West, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as Karen and I review the Season 2 premiere of Wynonna Earp, Episode 12 of Iron Fist, and new episodes of Fear the Walking Dead and iZombieright here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 086: "Empress of Mars" is Up!


"We are both surrounded by noisy males.  I would value your opinion."
-- Iraxxa to Bill Potts, Doctor Who: "Empress of Mars"

That's right, 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, Jesse and I review "Empress of Mars", the ninth episode from Series Ten, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, Matt Lucas as Nardole, and Michelle Gomez as Missy!

This time, Jesse and I discuss things like Jesse breaking his "Must watch new Doctor Who before bedtime" rule, Mark Gatiss being hit-or-miss, wondering why the Doctor and Bill went to NASA, the Doctor's diplomatic relationship with the Ice Warriors, the lack of political correctness in the 19th century, racial diversity in modern casting, the Wonder Woman movie, Missy and the TARDIS' mysterious dematerialization, Missy's sudden concern for the Doctor's health, the unexpected return of Alpha Centuari after 40 years, "Empress of Mars" as the prequel to the Jon Pertwee era Peladon storiesmy Reverse the Polarity segment, two feedbacks from Holly from Wisconsin, tweets from Ken from Chicago, some audio feedback from Judi Dionne, wondering how the Thirteenth Doctor will be announced, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as Jesse and I review "The Eaters of Light", the tenth episode from Series Ten, starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, and Matt Lucas as Nardole!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!