Tuesday, July 27, 2021

New GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE Trailer Teases the Return of Ray Stantz & Janine Melnitz

Are you ready to believe them?

Sony Pictures has released a new trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the upcoming sequel to the films Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters II, directed by Jason Reitman. Set thirty years after the events of the second film, a single mother and her two children move to a small town in Oklahoma, where they discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and their grandfather's secret legacy.

The two-minute, 30-second trailer opens on the town of Summerville, Oklahoma, with Callie Spengler (Carrie Coon), the daughter of original Ghostbuster Egon Spengler (the late Harold Ramis), moving to the small town with her children, Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace).

We move to the local burger joint, Spinners, where Callie is talking with Mr. Grooberson (Paul Rudd) about her children. "You're a great mom," Grooberson remarks.

"I don't know. I'm fine with Trevor but with Phoebe...She really keeps me on the outside."

"That's normal," replies Grooberson. "She's an awkward, nerdy kid."

"Maybe a new home can be an opportunity to start fresh. I just wish she'd get into some trouble."

"There's still time."

We see Phoebe solving a puzzle embedded in wooden flooring and finding one of the Ghost Traps from the original two films.

Next, we cut to Trevor, who is hanging with some high school kids at an old drilling shaft site. "What are you doing here in Summerville, anyway?" asks one teenaged girl named Lucky (Celeste O'Connor).

"We're completely broke," explains Trevor, "and our grandfather left us this creepy old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere."

Cutting to the inside of the farmhouse, we hear the voice of Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts) tell Callie, "Your father wasn't much of a homemaker. He could hardly keep the power on."

"You're saying he left us nothing?" asks Callie.

"Well, I wouldn't say nothing..."

We see Trevor finding the original Ecto-1 1959 Cadillac after pulling up the dusty tarp covering it, followed by Phoebe seeing Trevor working on the engine. "You went with the station wagon?" she asks.

"It's the only one that had an engine," he replies as a separate scene shows him joyriding through a field.

Suddenly, storm clouds and small earthquakes rattling the town follow, with Trevor asking, "What is happening here?"

In a separate scene, Grooberson tells Phoebe, "Somehow, a town with no fault lines is shaking on a daily basis."

"Maybe it's the apocalypse," replies Phoebe as we see a ghost suddenly emerge from the shaft site, startling Trevor and the teenagers.

In another scene, Phoebe remarks, "Egon came out here for a reason" and we see her watching the original Ghostbusters commercial, which is now on YouTube. As the commercial plays, we see someone finding a P.K.E. meter, while Grooberson encounters several tiny Stay-Puft marshmallow men at the local Walmart.

Things start to get worse, with a giant ominous stormcloud hovering above, followed by dark forces emerging from a large pit. The main road downtown begins to crack, spectral energy begins to swirl through the sky, and an undead miner gets coffee at Spinners. "This whole city," remarks Grooberson, "it's like The Walking Dead."

As a Terror Dog chases Grooberson out of the Walmart, we then see Trevor and Phoebe wearing Ghostbusters jumpsuits and Phoebe using a particle thrower on a ghost named Muncher while riding outside Ecto-1 through the streets of Summerville.

In the final scene, we see Grooberson watching the commercial on YouTube with Phoebe, which cuts to a familiar occult bookstore at night. The phone rings and we hear the voice of Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) quickly answer, "We're closed."

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

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is currently expected to arrive in theaters on November 11, 2021.

Monday, July 26, 2021

DRUNK CINEMA 015: "Superman (1978)" Is Up!

"Who...are you?"
"A friend."
-- Lois Lane and Superman, Superman (1978)

Hey there, movie fans!  My amazing co-host Xan Sprouse and I are back with a new episode of Drunk Cinema!  This time, we watch Supermanthe 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner and featuring Christopher Reeve as Superman/Clark Kent, Margot Kidder as Lois Lane, Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, and Marlon Brando as Jor-El!

In this episode, Xan and I discuss things like the Cleveland Indians becoming the Cleveland Guardians, the Cuyahoga River catching on fire, Superman being our all-time favorite comic book movie, Xan not being down with Ned Beatty as Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear in Toy Story 3, Christopher Reeve appearing on Smallville after his accident, Xan meeting Margot Kidder, John Williams being robbed of an Oscar, Superman and Superman II being filmed at the same time, Jackie Cooper being the definitive Perry White, the Valerie Perrine issue of Playboy, my still having the original vinyl Superman soundtrack by John Williams, the Superman movie program, Xan having the Meco Superman disco album, Xan's mom drinking any beer, the tribute to cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth, the still-awesome opening credits, Marlon Brando refusing to memorize his lines, the Phantom Zone being worse than the death penalty, Superman being a Christ allegory, Jeff East's voice as teenage Clark being dubbed by Christopher Reeve, Tom Mankiewcz rewriting Mario Puzo's campy 550-page script, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, most modern superhero movies not being as cinematic, Martha Kent losing Clark for ten years, Lex Luthor being the Donald Trump before Donald Trump, Superman's debut rescuing Lois, the worst cat burglar ever, the abusive mom hitting the little girl, Lex Luthor's boss underground lair, large cities in the '70s having multiple newspapers, the Metropolis Statue of Liberty, Larry Hagman's army character being a bit rapey, wondering why Luthor didn't program the missile launch instead of Otis, the Kryptonite necklace creating the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Supertramp's "Give a Little Bit" reminding Xan to check her gas gauge, the Tar Kryptonite turning Superman into an asshole in Superman III, Drunk Mail from Dave Proctor, all the great stars in Hot Fuzz, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks for Episode 016, as Xan and I watch Hot Fuzz, the 2007 buddy cop action comedy film directed by Edgar Wright and featuring Simon Pegg as Sgt. Nicholas Angel, Nick Frost as Constable Danny Butterman, Jim Broadbent as Inspector Frank Butterman, and Timothy Dalton as Simon Skinner!

Sunday, July 25, 2021

DOCTOR WHO Comic-Con Panel Reveals Series 13 Teaser Trailer & Season-Long Storyline

Any questions? No? See you soon...

As the San Diego Comic-Con entered the final day of its second virtual convention, Comic-Con@Home 2021, the featured Doctor Who panel featured the release of the first teaser trailer for the show's upcoming Series 13 and revealed a number of interesting items about the new season.

Moderated by Salon.com’s Melanie McFarland, the panel featured showrunner Chris Chibnall, Jodie Whittaker (The Thirteenth Doctor), Mandip Gill (Yasmine "Yaz" Khan), and new Doctor Who cast member John Bishop, whose full character name was revealed to be Dan Lewis. In addition, the panel featured the guest appearance by Jacob Anderson, best known as Grey Worm on Game of Thrones, who will be playing a new character called Vinder.

And for Whovians wanting details about the upcoming Series 13, the big news is that the entire season of 8 episodes will be a season-long storyline with cliffhangers at the end of each episode. This will be something new to fans of the modern Doctor Who era, but presumably, this will be similar to classic Doctor Who Seasons 16 ("The Key to Time") and Season 23 ("The Trial of a Time Lord").

"Before we started making it," said Chibnall, "there were times when we thought we were going to be unable to do the show under Covid conditions this year…there were two ways you could go. You could go ‘let’s do lots of tiny little episodes in one room, with no monsters,’ or we could throw down the gauntlet and do the biggest story we’ve ever done. We’re going to go to all kinds of different places, we’re going to have all kinds of characters and monsters, and it’s all going to be part of a bigger whole. It's definitely the most ambitious thing we've done since we've been on the series."

Also, familiar "old monsters" will be appearing throughout Series 13, although no specifics were provided.

If you want to check out the Series 13, teaser trailer, you can view it below thanks to the official BBC America account on YouTube...

And if you want to watch the Comic-Con@Home panel, you can view it below thanks to the official Comic-Con International account...

Doctor Who will return to BBC America for Series 13 later in 2021.

Saturday, July 24, 2021

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 238: "The Hand of Fear" Is Up!

"Don't forget me."
"Oh, Sarah. Don't you forget me."
"Bye, Doctor. You know, travel really does broaden the mind."
"Yes. Until we meet again, Sarah."
-- Sarah Jane Smith and the Fourth Doctor, Doctor Who: "The Hand of Fear"

Hello again, everyone!  I'm back with a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  This time, I'm joined by special guest companion Dave Proctor to discuss "The Hand of Fear", the second serial from Doctor Who Season 14 in 1976, featuring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor, Judith Paris & Stephen Thorne as Eldrad, and the departure of Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane Smith!

In this episode, Dave and I discuss things like Dave seeing his first musical concert since the pandemic began, my discussing Black Widow on DJ Nik's Happiness in Darkness podcast, Sarah Jane leaving in a simple way, modern fans having to defend their era in thirty years like classic era fans do with modern era fans, Superman III being my least-favorite Superman movie, original plans to kill off Sarah Jane in a story called "The Lost Legion", Elisabeth Sladen asking that Sarah Jane's departure not being the main focus of the story, the original script featuring an aging Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart who would be moved from UNIT to the Extraterrestrial Xenological Intelligence Taskforce (EXIT) and then killed off, Eldrad's home planet being changed from Omega to Kastria, Elisabeth Sladen miming whistling in her final scene, Elisabeth Sladen being so likeable and relatable, which Doctors Sarah Jane wouldn't get along with, the TARDIS finally landing in an actual quarry intentionally, the Fourth Doctor showing his affection for Sarah Jane, wondering why Sarah Jane couldn't wash her hair and take a bath inside the TARDIS, the old-school TV sets used as TARDIS control room monitors, the female Eldrad's superb costume, that awkward moment when the female Eldrad gets impaled through the chest right after returning to Kastria, the possessed Dr. Carter trying to kill the Doctor only to fall to his death, Professor Watson calling his family at home because he thinks he's going to die, King Rokon trolling the male Eldrad as the King of Nothing, Sarah Jane liking the female Eldrad but hating the male Eldrad, our favorite quotes of the episode, my Reverse the Reverse the Polarity segment, new feedback from Holly Mac, DJ Nik joining Xan Sprouse and me on the upcoming 100th episode of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast, Holly Mac coming back to discuss "Asylum of the Daleks", my hoping everyone shares my Doctor Who enthusiasm, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks as I'm joined by special guest companion Holly Mac from The Five-ish Fangirls Podcast as we discuss "Asylum of the Daleks", the first episode from Doctor Who Series Seven in 2012, featuring Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, Arthur Darvill as Amy Pond, and Jenna Coleman as Oswin Oswald!

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Audible Announces Cast for THE SANDMAN: ACT II Audio Production

Neil Gaiman will show you terror in a handful of dust...again.

Variety is reporting that Audible has announced the full cast for The Sandman: Act II, the upcoming second audio production of Neil Gaiman's seminal DC Comics/VERTIGO series The Sandman.  Adapted and directed once again by Dirk Maggs, the production will cover the next three Sandman graphic novels -- Season of Mists, A Game of You, and Fables & Reflections.

With Gaiman returning as The Narrator, the production stars returning actors James McAvoy as Morpheus/Dream, Kat Dennings as Death, Miriam Margolyes as Despair, Michael Sheen as Lucifer Morningstar, Andy Serkis as Matthew the Raven, Arthur Darvill as William Shakespeare, and Joanna Lumley as Lady Johanna Constantine.  

Notable newcomers include Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale, The Batman, Westworldas Destiny, Regé-Jean Page (Bridgerton) as Orpheus, Brian Cox (X2: X-Men United, Manhunter, Troy) as Augustus, Emma Corrin (The Crown, Pennyworth) as Thessaly, John Lithgow (The Crown, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, 3rd Rock from the Sun) as Emperor Joshua Norton, David Tennant (Doctor Who, Good Omens, Jessica Jones) as Loki, Bill Nighy (Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)) as Odin, Kristen Schaal (Bob's Burgers, Toy Story 3 & 4, The Daily Show) as Delirium, Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma) as Merv Pumpkinhead, and Niamh Walsh (Good Omens, Jekyll and Hyde) as Nuala.

Here's the full list of performers (click to enlarge):

The Sandman: Act II audio production is expected to be released September 22, 2021 on Audible.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

BATGIRL Casts Leslie Grace as Barbara Gordon

Warner Bros. has found their new Batgirl.

According to Deadline, the upcoming HBO Max movie Batgirl, based on the DC Comics superhero, has cast Leslie Grace as lead character Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Gotham City Police Commissioner James Gordon.

The article states that Grace beat out other final contenders Isabella Merced, Zoey Deutch and Haley Lu Richardson with her audition. The DC Extended Universe film is rumored to feature the Batman villain Firefly.

Batgirl will be released on HBO Max, one of the first DC characters to debut exclusively on the streaming service in a movie.  Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will direct from a script by Christina Hodson. Kristin Burr will serve as producer.

Grace, 26, is an actress, singer and songwriter of Dominican heritage who played Nina Rosario in Jon M. Chu's film adaptation of In the Heights, based on Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical. She has also released two studio albums, Pasión (2009) and Leslie Grace (2013).

Created in 1967 by William Dozier, Julius Schwartz and Carmine Infantino, Barbara Gordon first appeared as Batgirl in Detective Comics (vol.1) #359, and later that same year on the Batman television series episode "Enter Batgirl, Exit Penguin", as the daughter of Gotham City's Police Commissioner James Gordon.  In her debut story in the comics, while driving to a costume ball dressed as a female version of Batman, Barbara Gordon intervened in a kidnapping attempt on Bruce Wayne by the super villain Killer Moth, which gained Batman's attention and led to a crime-fighting career.  Although Batman insisted she give up crime-fighting because of her gender, Batgirl disregarded his objections.

In the controversial 1988 graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke, writer Alan Moore had Batman's arch-enemy The Joker shoot and paralyze Barbara in an attempt to drive her father insane, thereby proving to Batman that anyone can be morally compromised.  One year later, writers John Ostrander and Kim Yale gave Barbara Gordon new life in Suicide Squad (vol.1) #23 as Oracle, a mysterious computer expert who assisted and supplied information to various DC Comics heroes in their fight against crime.  The character's popularity led to the creation of the series Birds of Prey in 1996, where writer Chuck Dixon partnered Oracle with Black Canary and a rotating cast of female DC superheroes.

In 2011, DC Comics rebooted their continuity in The New 52, effectively making the character younger in a modern timeline where she became active again as Batgirl.  In the new continuity, the events of The Killing Joke took place three years before current events, but it was established she was paraplegic during that time.  Barbara Gordon regained her mobility after undergoing experimental surgery at a South African clinic.  In recent months, Barbara has a new life as a PhD student in the hip Gotham borough of Burnside, in between adventures as Batgirl and with the Birds of Prey.

Grace will be the fifth actress to portray the character in live-action, after Yvonne Craig on the Batman TV series, Dina Meyer on Birds of Prey, Jeté Laurence on Gotham, and Savannah Welch on Titans.

Monday, July 19, 2021

THE FANDOM ZONE 225: "For All Time. Always." Is Up!

"Why aren't we seeing this the same way?"
"Because you can't trust...and I can't be trusted."
"Then I guess we're in a pickle."
-- Sylvie and Loki Laufeyson, Loki: "For All Time. Always."

Hello again, everyone!  It's time for another new episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!  This time, DJ Nik and I discuss "For All Time. Always.", the Season One finale of the Disney+ series Loki, featuring Tom Hiddleston as Loki Laufeyson, Sophia Di Martino as Sylvie, Tara Strong as Miss Minutes, and introducing Jonathan Majors as He Who Remains!

In this episode, DJ Nik and I talk about things like Loki getting a Season 2, Kate Herron not returning to direct Season 2, the Season 1 finale being a big exposition dump, Jonathan Majors' introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a segment of fandom always finding fault with everything, some comics background on He Who Remains and Kang the Conqueror, Fremont, Ohio being another example of Ohio becoming the heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Miss Minutes trying to tempt Loki and Sylvie with a deal, Nik always trying to shoot the dog to kill the ducks in the Duck Hunt video game, He Who Remains reminding Nik of The Architect in The Matrix Reloaded, Loki and Sylvie getting bored easily if they had to run the Time Variance Authority, Jonathan Majors acting deranged and prowling the set to make his long monologues more interesting to the audience, Loki and Sylvie sharing a kiss before Sylvie betrays Loki so she can kill He Who Remains, Sylvie being responsible for the multiple branches to the Sacred Timeline, wondering what was in the documents that Miss Minutes gave Ravonna, Ravonna wanting to become the one in charge so she can have free will, the twist of Loki returning to the TVA only to find that Mobius and Hunter B-15 don't recognize him, wondering if non-comics fans are going to become turned off by all the timey-wimeyness and multiverse concepts, why Loki Season 2 will probably be released after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, our favorite quotes of the episode, ranking the three MCU TV shows so far, new Fandom Zone Fanmail from Dave Proctor, Holly from Wisconsin and Rey from Facebook, Nik and I switching over to TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast in August, and more!

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