Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chris Pine in Talks for Steve Trevor in WONDER WOMAN

Wonder Woman may have a love interest.

Variety reports that Chris Pine is in talks to play classic DC Comics character Steve Trevor in the upcoming film Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot as the Amazing Amazon and directed by Patty Jenkins.

Pine, 34, is best known as the modern Captain James T. Kirk from the films Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.  He's also starred in the films Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Into the Woods, Horrible Bosses 2, This Means War, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, and Carriers.

Previous rumors claimed that Scott Eastwood had landed the part, but Variety claims that Eastwood was "given a choice to test for the Trevor role or sign on for a guaranteed supporting part in Suicide Squad, which he opted to take."

The article also claims that Warner Brothers tested other actors, but decided to look at more high-profile names and go with a straight offer.  Pine won over production executives and Gadot at his meeting, which made the studio pursue him for the role.

Created in 1941 by Wonder Woman creators William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter, Steve Trevor first appeared All-Star Comics (vol.1) #8 as an intelligence officer in the United States Army during World War II whose plane crashed on Paradise Island, the isolated homeland of the Amazons.  Trevor was nursed back to health by the Amazon princess Diana, who fell in love with him and followed him when he returned to the outside world. Diana became the superhero Wonder Woman and disguised herself as Trevor's coworker, Diana Prince.

In the current DC Comics continuity, Trevor became the U.S. government's liaison to Wonder Woman during her stay in Washington, D.C. and later became the head of A.R.G.U.S. (Advanced Research Group for Uniting Superhumans), as well as the United Nations' liaison to the Justice League.  Promoted to the rank of Colonel, Trevor was assigned an assistant named Etta Candy and had expressed his attraction to Wonder Woman, although his feelings weren't reciprocated.

Pine would be the fourth actor to portray Steve Trevor in live action, after Kaz Garas in the 1974 Wonder Woman TV Movie starring Cathy Lee Crosby, Lyle Waggoner in the 1975-79 Wonder Woman television series starring Lynda Carter, and Justin Bruening in the failed 2011 Wonder Woman television pilot starring Adrianne Palicki.

The character has also appeared in various animated projects, including Justice League (voiced by Patrick Duffy), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (voiced by Sean Donnelan), the 2009 Wonder Woman direct-to-DVD film (voiced by Nathan Fillion), Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (voiced by James Patrick Stuart), and Justice League: War and Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (voiced by George Newbern).

Wonder Woman is currently slated to arrive in theaters sometime in 2017.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

THE FANDOM ZONE Episode 010: "Fast Enough" is Up!

"I am in awe of the remarkable man that you're becoming.  All the things you've achieved and not just as the Flash, but you, Barry -- your honesty, your heart.  You're always a hero, and your mom would be just as proud.  And if she had a say in this, if she thought for one second that you going back to save her would mean losing what makes you so special, she would never want that."
-- Henry Allen to Barry Allen, The Flash: "Fast Enough"

You guessed it, Karen Lindsay and I are back with a new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  And even better, Karen's recording while on pain meds...

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

The Flash 1x23 -- "Fast Enough" (Season Finale)
iZombie 1x10 -- "Mr. Berserk"
Daredevil 1x07 -- "Stick"

We talk about things like my new Funko Flash TV figures, Karen's The Endless from Sandman figures, the 22nd Century vs. the 25th Century, problems with timey-wimey paradoxes, fun with the Butterfly Effect, the greatness of Barry and Henry Allen scenes, where Ray Palmer lives, The Princess Bride, Iris West finally being written properly, 1,400 MPH being the new 88 MPH, being smug comic book geeks, breakdancing Vibe's parachute pants, Barry's selfish desires vs. creating a black hole that could destroy all life on Earth, existing cast members suddenly being able to officiate a wedding ceremony, Speed Force easter eggs, toy figure slashfiction, giving Grant Gustin props, wanting to write Rip Hunter for DC Comics, geeking out over Jay Garrick's winged helmet, becoming an alcoholic to cope with your grief, turning your would-be assassin into a zombie, Stick from the Frank Miller era of Daredevil, keeping astronauts straight, hinting at Daredevil's mom, Stick being cool with being a dick, ports in comic book cities, setting up The Hand, ice cream friendship bracelets, listener feedback on Facebook, and more!

You can check out the episode HERE and 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, we have our Fandom Zone show page on Facebook, which you can check out HERE. And we're also on Twitter using the account @FandomZoneCast.

Be sure to come back next week for more on iZombie, and the eighth episode of Daredevil, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

Monday, May 25, 2015

TWIN PEAKS' Double R Diner, Angelo Badalamenti Returning

The place where pies go when they die is returning.

Twin Peaks news site Welcome to Twin Peaks has some reassuring updates on the upcoming Showtime revival of the original 1990-91 ABC television series.  The information came from none other than Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey Horne) and Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer and Maddy Ferguson) during a Twin Peaks panel at Crypticon in Seattle over the weekend.

Here's the rundown of what was learned:

First, David Lynch will be directing 18 episodes of the new Twin Peaks series for Showtime, twice what was originally announced before negotiations with Lynch broke down.

Original Twin Peaks composer Angelo Badalamenti, creator of the show's memorable theme and numerous haunting jazz pieces for the series, is composing new music for the upcoming revival.

The Double R Diner, where characters Norma Jennings, Hank Jennings and Shelly Johnson worked on the series, will be restored from original location Twede's Cafe in North Bend, Washington.

In addition to North Bend, the new series will also be filmed in Snoqualmie, Washington, which was used for many of the exterior shots in the original series and the feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

Twin Peaks is expected to debut on Showtime sometime in 2016.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

THE FANDOM ZONE Episode 009: "S.O.S." is Up!

"She just killed them...All of them.  Didn't even think about it."
"Yeah, I thought my mom was bad when she started watching Fox News."
-- Skye/Daisy Johnson and Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: "S.O.S. (Part Two)"

After a slight Charles' Life delay, Karen Lindsay and I are back with a new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

Daredevil 1x06 -- "Condemned"
The Flash 1x22 -- "Rogue Air"
iZombie 1x09 -- "Patriot Brains"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2x21/22 -- "S.O.S. (Parts One and Two)" (Season Finale)
Arrow 3x23 -- "My Name is Oliver Queen" (Season Finale)

We talk about things like Fred the dinosaur, planning for the lack of new episodes, why hostage episodes suck, telling a superhero to suck your dick, Superhero 101 fails, pimping your wheelchair, the evils of AXE body spray, due process fails, why you should never trust a lying supervillain, possible competition for Firestorm, Karen's hair fail, the zombie "L" word, lectures on Kurt Cobain, going to high school with Dave Grohl, zombie assassination fails, killing someone in front of your daughter, Karen finally jumping off the Grant Ward train, teleporting fails, being mellow about having your arm chopped off, teasing the Secret Warriors, the Kree artifact being a symbiote, resetting Star Trek: The Next Generation, Felicity going emo, the Swede from AMC's Hell on Wheels, Laurel's tingling Alcoholic Sense, fighting to live, costume alterations before a battle, dumping your vigilante crusade to drive in front of bad green screen with the woman you love, kneeling before Merlyn, Iron Atom suit tinkering fails, listener feedback in a spiffy audio format, and more!

You can check out the episode HERE and 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, we have our Fandom Zone show page on Facebook, which you can check out HERE. And we're also on Twitter using the account @FandomZoneCast.

Be sure to come back next week for more on The Flash, iZombie, and the seventh episode of Daredevil, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

THE FLASH Season 2 to Explore Multiple Earths & Speedsters

Jay Garrick fans, it's going to be a long summer for you.

After the epic events of last night's "Fast Enough," the Season One finale of The CW series The Flash, anyone who enjoys the concept of DC Comics' alternate Earths should be bursting with anticipation for Season Two.  SPOILER WARNINGS for anyone who hasn't seen the episode yet...

By way of some wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey storytelling, the episode teased some upcoming events in Barry Allen's life, including the winged helmet worn by Jay Garrick (the original Flash from Earth-Two), Caitlin Snow becoming the supervillain Killer Frost, and perhaps even the Flash Museum as shown below...

In an article posted by TV Guide, Flash star Grant Gustin revealed that multiple Earths and timelines will be in play, specifically Jay Garrick's Earth.  "What's fun about this show is that there's going to be multiple timelines as we move forward," remarked Gustin.  "I think we're going to start showing Earth-One and Earth-Two in the near future.  There will be kind of different dimensions going on."

Added Carlos Valdes, who plays Cisco Ramon (the future superhero Vibe), "It gets a little Rubik's Cube-y in terms of keeping consistency between all these timelines and whatnot, but the writers have their stuff together.  If I were to trust anyone, it would be them."

As for other plans for Season Two, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with executive producer Andrew Kreisberg about what we might see, including additional speedsters.  "We are going to introduce a few more speedsters next year and a bunch more villains," said Kreisberg. "How they and those villains come about is part of the surprise of Season Two.  We're really excited. [Executive producer] Greg [Berlanti] and myself and [executive producer] Geoff Johns and the writers, the cast, the crew, the directors — we are so proud of this season of television. It really is a high mark for all of us and we feel a great deal of pressure and anxiety to live up to it, because it's been so well received.  As proud as excited as we are about everything we've done this year, we really are just as proud and excited for all the things we are planning coming up and hopefully people will continue to take this ride with us."

Concerning the future of the Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh) after the Season One finale, Kreisberg remarked, "Tom Cavanagh will be back.  That is not in question.  Tom Cavanagh will continue to be a regular."

THR also asked if the story structure for Season Two will be the same as Season One. "Not to pat ourselves on the back too much," said Kreisberg, "but if you watch the pilot, there are clues that got laid out throughout the season.  We've done the same thing for season two and hopefully we've created a structure and a scenario for season two that people will find equally compelling and equally interesting.  Some of it has already been set up in the events of season one. Just like we do on Arrow, where without even realizing it toward the end of the season we're setting up the next season.  Once people come back in season two, they'll look back at some of these episodes in season one and go, 'Oh wait a minute, I see where this came from.'"

And lastly, will Eddie Thawne be back?  "The great thing with our show — you saw it with Colin Donnell and with Caity Lotz — is just because you're dead doesn't mean you're not coming back.  Especially in the world of The Flash, which involves time travel and real hardcore science fiction, there's always a way for Eddie to return and we hope Rick (Cosnett) will."

Saturday, May 16, 2015

David Lynch Returning to Direct TWIN PEAKS Revival with More Episodes

I've got good news.  It is happening again...It is happening again...

The Hollywood Reporter revealed yesterday that Twin Peaks co-creator and director David Lynch has resolved his salary and budgetary standoff with Showtime and will return to direct the upcoming Twin Peaks revival.  

A month and a half ago, Lynch announced that he was leaving Showtime's nine-episode revival over a salary dispute.  He originally signed on to direct the project but noted that there was "not enough money offered to do the script the way I felt needed to be done."

Following Lynch's announcement, the cast united for a special video in support of Lynch that went viral as part of a #SaveTwinPeaks campaign that said doing the show without Lynch is "like pies without cherries."

Lynch posted the news on his official Twitter account with the following post...

And even better, Showtime has committed to producing more than the nine episodes originally planned, all of which will be directed by Lynch.

"This damn fine cup of coffee from Mark and David tastes more delicious than ever," remarked Showtime president David Nevins in a statement Friday confirming the news. "Totally worth the extra brewing time and the cup is even bigger than we expected.  David will direct the whole thing which will total more than the originally announced nine hours. Preproduction starts now!!"

Twin Peaks is expected to return on Showtime sometime in 2016.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 024: "The Sirens of Time" is Up!

"You know, talking to yourself is often the first sign of madness."
"Hmmm...Yes, but a little madness helps, don't you think?"
-- The Seventh and Sixth Doctors, Doctor Who: "The Sirens of Time"

My good friend and co-host Jesse Jackson and I back with another episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  And this time, we try something a little different as we review the very first Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio adventure, "The Sirens of Time"!

Exploring this meeting of the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Doctors from 1999, Jesse and I discuss things like Big Finish carrying the torch after the 1996 TV Movie, liking John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness as opposed to Malcolm Merlyn, the 40th anniversary story "Dimensions in Time," the greatness of modern Dalek voice artist Nicholas Briggs, comparing the Doctors on their first audio story, Claudia Christian on Babylon 5, Jesse's man crush on Colin Baker, my early experiences with Big Finish audios, Gallifrey as a story playground, satisfying fans who create their own fan fiction, a 14-year prequel to "The Five(ish) Doctors," audio adventures as the modern form of 1930s radio plays, absent companions, our Reverse the Polarity segment, some Series Nine news, and more!

And for those who still aren't aware of this yet, we're available on iTunes RIGHT HERE as well as Stitcher RIGHT HERE, so please subscribe and tell your friends about 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?

Be sure to come on back next week for our review of the Doctor Who audio adventure "Spare Parts," featuring the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and the origin of the Cybermen, and look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher and the Southgate Media Group website!