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Thursday, February 28, 2019

New DARK PHOENIX Trailer Teases the X-Men's Last Stand


Start planning your drinking game for every time Cyclops shouts "Jean!"

20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for Dark Phoenix, their final X-Men film before the movie rights move to Disney/Marvel Studios.  In the film, Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) is nearly killed during a space mission when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force.  Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable.  Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain.  With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together.  Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite -- not only to save Jean's soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

The two-minute, 20-second trailer opens with Jean sitting and crying in an alley as rain pours down upon her.  Visibly upset and shaken, Jean asks the cosmic force inside her, "Why did you make me do that?"

We cut to what presumably happened, with the various X-Men confronting Jean in a small neighborhood.  "Look at me," says Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) to Jean.  "Focus on my voice.  I'm not giving up on you, Jean."

Cutting back to the alley, Jean tells the Phoenix force, "She was my friend."

Back to the neighborhood scene, Mystique continues in a reassuring tone, "You're my family, Jean.  No matter what."

"Stop...Stop...Stop..." mutters Jean, clutching her head as the edges of her face crack with lines of energy.  Bellowing a final "STOP!!!", she sends Mystique flying, hinting that Jean murdered her after that moment.

We then see Jessica Chastain's white-haired, still-unnamed character trying to manipulate Jean.  "Look," she says, altering the room around her.  "You're special, Jean.  And if you stop fighting that force inside you, if you embrace it, you will possess the very power of a god."

Next, we see the X-Men aboard their ship in Earth's orbit, watching as a NASA space shuttle is swallowed up by a whirlpool of cosmic force.  Jean, inside the shuttle, screams and appears to be consumed by the cosmic energy until it's drawn inside her.

Back to the neighborhood, Professor X/Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) look on in horror at whatever Jean did to Mystique.

We cut to a rainy funeral scene, presumably Mystique's, with Beast (Nicholas Hoult) looking down and understandably sad.

Inside Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, we see a tense standoff with Xavier, Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Jean, with Xavier remarking, "She'll kill us all."  Jean has Magento in her telekinetic grasp and starts crushing his metal helmet tightly around his face.

"Tell me how we fix this, Charles," Cyclops asks in a separate scene inside Cerebro.  "Tell me what to do!"

"I don't know what to do!" Xavier shouts back.

Next, we see Jessica Chastain's character on a rooftop at night, saying in a voiceover, "What they don't understand, they fear."  Cutting to the conversation she's having with Jean, Chastain's character says, "And what they fear..."

"They seek to destroy," finishes Jean.

Back to the neighborhood sequence, we see Quicksilver (Evan Peters) running at super-speed across flying debris in mid-air towards Jean, then cut to a scene of a human-looking Beast having a drink after the funeral and telling Xavier, "This is your fault, Charles."

"I tried to protect her," Xavier remarks in a voiceover.

"I'm scared," Jean says in another scene.  "And when I lose control, bad things happen to people I love."

"The girl dies," remarks Magneto in a different scene.

"She's still Jean," Cyclops says in a post-funeral scene.  "We can still help her."

And in another scene, we see Magneto using his powers of magnetism to levitate and fire several rifles at what may be Chastain's character.  A voiceover from Storm (Alexandra Shipp) remarks, "Sometimes, you want to believe people are something that they are not.  By the time you realize who they are, it's too late."

In the trailer's final scene, we see Professor X, Magneto and the X-Men held captive with power-cancelling collars aboard a train car overseen by armed guards.  Hearing a groan of metal, Magneto remarks, "She's coming."  

The guards aim their weapons towards the main door, which buckles, causing the guards to open fire.  Outside, we see the train twisting around and coming off the track, levitating into the air as Jean controls it from above.

If you'd like to view the trailer, you can see it below thanks to the official 20th Century Fox account on YouTube...




Dark Phoenix is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on June 7, 2019.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

TITANS Casts Joshua Orpin as Superboy/Conner Kent


Begun this clone's war has.

Deadline is reporting that the DC Universe series Titans has cast Joshua Orpin as Conner Kent, better known to DC Comics fans as Kon-El, a.k.a. Superboy!  The character was previously teased in a post-credits scene at the end of the Titans Season 1 finale, "Dick Grayson", and factors heavily into the show's upcoming second season.

According to the article, Superboy is described as "Superboy, a.k.a. Conner Kent, is the angsty teenager of steel searching for purpose and the truth about his past.  While looking for answers, he crashes into the world of the Titans where he finds an unlikely home and surrogate family as well as revelations that carry more complications than he ever bargained for."

Orpin, 24, is a 6'1" Australian actor who will be seen in the upcoming Foxtel drama series Upright and his most recent appearance was in The Blake Mysteries: Ghost Stories for the Seven Network in Australia.  In addition, he was in the film The Neon Spectrum.


Created in 1993 by Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett, the Conner Kent Superboy first appeared in The Adventures of Superman #500.  After the death of Superman at the hands of the supervillain Doomsday, Project Cadmus Executive Director Paul Westfield wanted to create a clone replacement of Superman that would follow the agendas of Project Cadmus as well as his own personal agenda.  After failed attempts to acquire Superman's DNA (which included an attempt to steal his corpse), Westfield decided to genetically alter a human clone to look like Superman and made the clone to be the closest human equivalent to a Kryptonian as they could based on their research.  During their research when they had Superman's body, Westfield's scientists discovered a bio-electric aura surrounding Superman's body that provided some of Superman's powers such as invulnerability, flight through a form of self-telekinesis, protection from getting dirty and protection from skin-tight clothing to be damaged. The aura was translated into a telekinetic field for a human that would give the clone the ability to simulate Superman's powers such as flight, invulnerability, and strength. This was later known as "tactile telekinesis" by the scientists.

After twelve failed attempts, the clone known as Experiment 13 was grown from a single cell to a teenage boy in less than a week and was a complete success.  The clone was given implanted memories and underwent an artificial maturation process intended to match the age of the original Superman.  This clone was released from his cloning tube too early, however, and emerged as a teenager.  While at first calling himself "Superman", he would later be known as Superboy.

A defining moment in Superboy's life came following Superman's resurrection, when he asked Superboy to come with him to the Fortress of Solitude.  After explaining how he considered Superboy part of his family, Superman offered him the Kryptonian name Kon-El.  Superboy tearfully accepted, overjoyed with the simple joy of having a real name, and would eventually accept the everyday name "Conner."  After Cadmus was shut down, Superboy had no job and no place to stay.  He relocated to Metropolis, becoming the "super" at a tenement building called Calvin Gardens.  Eventually Superman invites him to stay with his parents in Smallville, which he gladly accepted and did for quite some time.  Superboy soon became a founding member of Young Justice, a group of teenage heroes who intended to be the next Justice League one day.

Later basing himself in Smallville with a new civilian identity as Clark Kent's cousin "Conner Kent", Superboy was asked by Superman to accept Cyborg's invitation to join a new incarnation of the Teen Titans with his former Young Justice teammates Robin, Impulse, and Wonder Girl.  Other members of the team were Teen Titans veterans Cyborg, Starfire, and Beast Boy.  After the new team gathered at Titans Tower in San Francisco Bay, it was revealed via an email sent to Robin that Superboy's human DNA was not from Paul Westfield, but from Superman's arch-enemy, Lex Luthor.

Orpin will be the second actor to portray the Conner Kent Superboy in live-action, after Lucas Grabeel in the CW series Smallville.  The character has also appeared in various animated projects, including Young Justice (voiced by Nolan North), Teen Titans Go!, The Death of Superman, and the Reign of the Supermen TV movie (voiced by Cameron Monaghan).

Titans is expected to return to DC Universe for Season 2 sometime in Fall 2019.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

TITANTALK 022: "Donkey Patrol" is Up!


"Who are you talking to?"
"Grant Morrison fans, Reddit trolls with DC subscriptions, and the three new fans who stuck around after the donkey farted."
-- The Chief and Mr. Nobody, Doom Patrol -- "Donkey Patrol"

Hello again, everyone!  My fellow TitanTalker Jesse Jackson and I are back with another new episode of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast!  This time, we review "Donkey Patrol," the second episode of the new DC Universe series Doom Patrolintroducing Joivan Wade as Cyborg, Phil Morris as Dr. Silas Stone, and Curtis Armstrong as Ezekiel the Cockroach! 

In this episode, Jesse and I discuss things like author Brad Meltzer crushing on Terra, Cyborg connecting Doom Patrol to our Titans podcast, Joivan Wade as Rigsy on Doctor Who, Phil Morris as the Martian Manhunter on Smallville, being introduced to several of Crazy Jane's personalities, Robotman being empathetic toward Crazy Jane, learning more of the Underground inside Jane's mind, Jane's personalities being protective of her Katy persona, Jane's Baby Doll persona connecting with Cyborg and hating Cliff, comparing Joivan Wade's Cyborg to Ray Fisher's Cyborg in the Justice League movie, Cyborg not being impressed by Mr. Nobody's attempt at torture, this version of Silas Stone being the Alfred to Cyborg's Batman, the Chief planting seeds of doubt into Silas' plan for his son, Cliff being resentful of Vic being the newer model, Negative Man revealing what's underneath his bandages, the Negative Spirit being a metaphor for Larry's homosexuality, the Negative Spirit repeatedly keeping Larry from leaving town, Rita completely losing it over the suggestion that she ooze herself down the donkey's throat, the Hangman's Daughter's painting of impending doom, Jesse going all in on Doom Patrol, our favorite quotes of the episode, Doom Patrol comics writer Grant Morrison getting a shoutout from Mr. Nobody, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week for Episode 023 as Jesse and I can discuss "Puppet Patrol", the third episode of the DC Universe series Doom Patrol!  Look for more of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Monday, February 25, 2019

GHOSTWOOD 051: "The James Hurley Saga" is Up!


"I guess I'm not so interested in how my bike looks as in where it can take me."
"Where do you want to go?"
"It's not really a place, its a feeling.  Sometimes riding at night, I punch off the headlights and roll the throttle in, just rocket blind into the dark."
-- James Hurley and Evelyn Marsh, Twin Peaks: "Masked Ball"

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 deep dive into the infamous James Hurley storyline that ran from Episodes 11 through 15 of Twin Peaks Season 2, featuring James Marshall as James Hurley, Lara Flynn Boyle as Donna Hayward, Annette McCarthy as Evelyn Marsh, and Nicholas Love as Malcolm Sloan!

LET'S ROCK!

In our latest episode, Xan and I discuss things like Xan being in the ER, why Billy Zane would be a great Lex Luthor, RoboCop as Colonel Sanders, Xan and I hanging out and seeing Eraserhead at the Studio 35 cinema drafthouse, David Lynch being nominated as Best Director, the upcoming Criterion release of Blue Velvet on home video, David Dastmalchian being cast as Piter DeVries in the new Dune adaptation, "The James Hurley Saga" being dragged out way too long because of ABC's scheduling, the first cancellation of Twin Peaks, feeling bad for Donna, James Hurley Funko figure ideas, wondering why James wasn't carded when he ordered a beer, James Hurley's Day Off, James completely missing the warning signs about getting involved with Evelyn, Twin Peaks addressing domestic violence, Drunk Malcolm threatening to kill Jeffrey, Evelyn plotting to get rid of Malcolm, wondering if Malcolm gave Evelyn her black eye instead of Jeffrey, saying "I'll tell you this later when I get back" being the kiss of death, Evelyn constantly going to Wallie's Hideout, James being set up for Jeffrey's murder, Evelyn actually having feelings for James, Malcolm wanting to kill James and Donna, James and Donna having a picnic, James' life being completely screwed up for years because he sat down with Evelyn, wondering when the Twin Peaks High School graduation happened, other Twin Peaks storylines we didn't care about, Andy and Lucy being the happiest couple in Twin Peaks, why you should be watching Doom Patrol and The Umbrella Academy, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks for Episode 052, as Xan and I discuss "The Dead Dog Farm Saga" from Twin Peaks Season 2!  Look for more of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

TITANTALK 021: "Doom Patrol Pilot" is Up!


"Ready for a story about superheroes?  (SIGH)  More TV superheroes, just what the world needs.  Be honest – Have you hung yourself yet?"
-- Mr. Nobody, Doom Patrol -- "Pilot"

Hello again, everyone!  My fellow TitanTalker Jesse Jackson and I are back with another new episode of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast!  This time, we review the pilot episode of the new DC Universe series Doom Patrol, starring Brendan Fraser as Robotman, Diane Guerrero as Crazy Jane, April Bowlby as Elasti-Woman, Matt Bomer as Negative Man, Timothy Dalton as The Chief, and Alan Tudyk as Mr. Nobody!

In this episode, Jesse and I discuss things like why our Titans podcast is reviewing the Doom Patrol spinoff series, casting changes from the Titans episode "Doom Patrol", the creepy and artistic opening credits, Glen Winter directing all the Greg Berlanti DC superhero TV pilots, comparing the first Doom Patrol episode to the first Titans episode, Jesse going all in on Doom Patrol, the decision to make Cliff a cheating husband and having a daughter before his accident, Cliff learning how to control his robot body, Cliff being a better person as a robot than he ever was as a human, Timothy Dalton's Chief compared to Bruno Bichir's Chief, speculating on The Chief's long-term plans, Jesse's initial thoughts on Crazy Jane, the Sally Field TV movie Sybil, Cliff asking Jane to come in out of the rain, the revelation that Negative Man is gay, the karmic fate of perfect Rita being turned into an imperfect creature, Rita being bitter and living in her past glory days, the ginormous Doom Patrol Omnibus hardcover, Mr. Nobody breaking the fourth wall and being self-aware that he's in a TV show, less f-bombs having more impact when used, wondering why Cliff never met Jane before, what Cliff thought he would face when heading into Cloverton alone, our favorite quotes of the episode, showrunner Jeremy Carver learning from the mistakes of the Titans rollout, some news of Titans Season 2 and upcoming Doom Patrol characters, some feedback from DJ Nik in Milan, and more!

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Be sure to come back soon for Episode 022 as Jesse and I can discuss "Donkey Patrol", the second episode of the DC Universe series Doom Patrol, introducing Joivan Wade as Cyborg, Phil Morris as Dr. Silas Stone, and Curtis Armstrong as Ezekiel the Cockroach!  Look for more of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 133: "Planet of the Dead" is Up!


"You’re called 'The Doctor'?"
"Yes, I am."
"That’s not a name, that’s a psychological condition."
-- Lady Christina de Souza and the Tenth Doctor, Doctor Who: "Planet of the Dead"

This time, returning special guest companion Christine Peruski joins me for a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast, as we discuss "Planet of the Dead", the 2009 Easter Special, featuring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Michelle Ryan as Lady Christina de Souza, Lee Evans as Malcolm Taylor, and Daniel Kaluuya as Barclay!

In this episode, Christine and I discuss things like Christine's previous Next Stop Everywhere episode "The Shakespeare Code", Michelle Ryan being rumored to become Matt Smith's first companion, Christine's thoughts on Jodie Whittaker's first season and "Resolution", the fan debate whether "Planet of the Dead" is actually the 200th Doctor Who story, trying to find "Planet of the Dead" on IMDb or Amazon Prime, Michelle Ryan in the Bionic Woman remake and as Death the Sandman fan film Black Sand, Lee Evans in The Fifth Element, J.K. Rowling's involvement in the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play, Daniel Kaluuya's career since Doctor Who, the 200 Bus getting crushed during shipment to Dubai, the Doctor's emotional rollercoaster cycle with companions, Lady Christina taking charge, the Tenth Doctor kissing all of his companions, foreshadowing the Tenth Doctor's demise, Supernatural trying to chase down The Simpsons, Lady Christina's interaction with the Doctor being like Catwoman's relationship with Batman, a special appearance by Christine's dog Rusty, the wasted potential of not seeing Lady Christina again on television, the failure of Torchwood: Miracle Day, Malcolm geeking out over the Doctor, Captain Magambo threatening to kill Malcolm, Magambo's lack of trust in people, '50s British sci-fi series Quatermass and the Pit, the Tritovores and the metal stingrays, Angela's big contribution of telling the Doctor to press "0" to get past an automated phone system, the Doctor smashing the priceless golden goblet that Lady Christina stole, D.I. McMillan being stumped by a closed bus door, "Planet of the Dead" being the first HD Doctor Who episode, needing a Malcolm & Osgood spinoff series, my Reverse the Polarity segment, some feedback from Holly from Wisconsin, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as my partner in time Jesse Jackson returns to Next Stop Everywhere and we discuss "The Lazarus Experiment", the sixth episode from Doctor Who Series Three in 2007, featuring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Tish Jones, and Mark Gatiss as Professor Richard Lazarus!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

BATWOMAN Pilot Casts Dougray Scott as Jacob Kane


At last, Batwoman has found her father.

Deadline has word that the CW pilot Batwoman, based on the DC Comics superhero, has cast Dougray Scott as Jacob Kane, father to Batwoman/Kate Kane and her sister Alice/Beth Kane.

According to the article, Jacob Kane is described as "a former military colonel with a chip on his shoulder for Batman, Jacob Kane now commands Gotham’s private security firm The Crows, and has made it his mission to protect his city better than the Dark Knight ever could.  But it’s only a matter of time before his unwavering disdain for vigilantes puts him at odds with Gotham’s new caped crusader…who also happens to be his own daughter."

The pilot for the proposed series, starring Ruby Rose as Batwoman/Kate Kane, is written by writer Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) and will now be directed by Marcos Siega instead of David Nutter.  Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence.

Scott, 53, is a Scottish actor best known as the villainous Sean Ambrose in Mission: Impossible 2 and as Alec Palmer in the Doctor Who episode "Hide".  In addition, he's played Thomas Abigail on AMC's Fear the Walking Dead and has appeared in episodes of Highlander: The Series, Desperate Housewives, Sinbad, and Heist.  His other films include Ever After, Deep Impact, Dark Water, Hitman, My Week with Marilyn, and Taken 3.


Created in 2009 by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III, Jacob Kane first appeared in Detective Comics (vol.1) #854 as Colonel Jacob Kane, the father of Kate Kane and an ally of Batwoman.  Colonel Kane is a lifelong soldier and highly-decorated Colonel, and had been a field officer with USSOCOM for most of his career, leading numerous tactical operations across the globe.  His wife, Gabi Kane, was a Captain with the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade.  Both Kanes worked extensively with military intelligence services.

Jacob and Gabi had identical twin daughters, Kate and Beth, and the family frequently moved due to the nature of Jacob and Gabi's work.  Jacob was often away from home, since his duties included intervention in various international military crises.

The Kane family eventually moved to Brussels in Belgium, since the parents were now serving at NATO.  However, the family was soon torn apart due to a terrorist attack.  Gabi took her daughters out to celebrate their twelfth birthday, and they were kidnapped by heavily armed men.  Military intelligence eventually located the hostages, and Jacob was put in charge of the tactical unit sent to rescue them.  However, they were too late, as his wife had been executed and his daughter Elizabeth was believed to be dead.  He rescued Kate himself, but she was traumatized by the sight of her dead mother and sister.

Colonel Kane played an important role in his daughter's Batwoman operations.  He provided her a one-man command, control, and communication center.  They stayed in constant radio link, with the elder Kane being able to run searches, provide advice, and generally work in the background, using his considerable knowledge, contacts and experience.  He had access to numerous databases that were normally only accessible to military and law enforcement personnel to provide intel to his daughter.

Later, Kane founded The Colony, a U.S. government-funded military organization which operates in Gotham City.  The organization is dedicated to studying the work of Batman and aims to create an army of soldiers trained in his image.  When Batman discovered surveillance equipment monitoring him, he investigated and found his allies were being monitored as well, particularly Batwoman.  These events inspired the two heroes to unite and begin training a team of young vigilantes.  Later, Jacob Kane commanded an attack on the heroes, revealing himself as the leader of the Colony to his daughter.

Jacob Kane commanded a drone strike on members of the League of Shadows, who were operating in Gotham, despite the likely potential of civilian casualties.  In order to prevent the attack, Red Robin hacked the drones and ordered them to concentrate on a single target instead -- himself.  Red Robin sacrificed himself, and seemingly died as a result, though in reality he was abducted and imprisoned by Mister Oz.

This will be the first time Jacob Kane will appear in live action, although the character previously appeared in the animated movie Batman: Bad Blood, voiced by Geoff Pierson.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 132: "Inferno" is Up!


"So that's the contraption, is it?"
"The console, Mr. Sutton, the console."
"Well, I thought it'd be a bit more impressive than that."
"What did you expect?  Some kind of space rocket with Batman at the controls?"
-- Greg Sutton and the Third Doctor, Doctor Who: "Inferno"

This time, special guest companion Lee Leonard joins me for a new episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast, as we discuss "Inferno", the fourth serial from Season 7 in 1970, featuring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor, Caroline John as Liz Shaw, Nicholas Courtney as Brigadier Alastair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, and John Levene as Sergeant John Benton!

In this episode, Lee and I discuss things like a brief Karen update, our previous Jon Pertwee episodes, the last appearance of Liz Shaw, Sgt. Benton deserving an official first name, how Lee became a Doctor Who fan and a Next Stop Everywhere listener, Lee's favorite Doctor, the secret real life attempt to actually drill through the Earth's crust that inspired "Inferno", the Third Doctor's early obsession with escaping his forced exile on Earth, explaining how the TARDIS console transported Bessie to the alternate Earth but not anything else, the Doctor's first experience with a parallel dimension, the Mirror Universe versions of the Brigadier, Liz and Benton, the Brigade Leader's sweet eyepatch, wanting to see a modern era prequel to "Inferno", the Brigade Leader being exposed as a coward, seeing Sgt. Benton as Chewbacca, Liz getting up in the Brigadier's grill, everyone butting heads with Professor Stahlman, the werewolf-like Primords, wondering why no one locked up Stahlman in a room somewhere, our favorite lines of the story, Greg Sutton harassing Petra, my Reverse the Reverse the Polarity segment, some feedback from Holly from Wisconsin and Paul from Australia, the upcoming return of Christine Peruski, and more!

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Be sure to come back next week as special guest companion Christine Peruski returns to Next Stop Everywhere and we discuss "Planet of the Dead", the 2009 Easter Special, featuring David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, Michelle Ryan as Lady Christina de Souza, Lee Evans as Malcolm Taylor, and Daniel Kaluuya as Barclay!  Look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

GHOSTWOOD 050: "Arbitrary Law" is Up!


"Leland, the time has come for you to seek the path.  Your soul has set you face to face with a clear light, and you are now about to experience it in its reality.  Wherein all things are like the void and cloudless sky, and the naked spotless intellect is like a transparent vacuum, without circumference or center.  Leland, in this moment, know yourself and abide in that state.  Look to the light, Leland.  Find the light.  Into the light…"
-- Special Agent Dale Cooper to Leland Palmer, Twin Peaks: "Arbitrary Law"

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 celebrate our big 50th episode as we watch "Arbitrary Law," the ninth episode from Twin Peaks Season Two in 1990, featuring a return to Mrs. Tremond’s apartment, Catherine visiting Ben in jail as Mr. Tojamura, and the tragic conclusion of the “Who Killed Laura Palmer?” mystery!

LET'S ROCK!

In our special 50th episode, Xan and I discuss things like sharing our love of Twin Peaks with fans all over the world, Xan tempting me with a midnight movie theater screening of Eraserhead, Xan's dental hygienist confusing Eraserhead with Eraser, wondering why Eraserhead isn't a young person phenomenon like The Golden Girls, discussing "Arbitrary Law" over Thanksgiving dinner, David Lynch not directing the finale of the "Who Killed Laura Palmer?" mystery, James Marshall in A Few Good Men, Xan not being attracted to Michael Ontkean, the Double R Diner looking weird with tablecloths, Andy practicing his French, the other Mrs. Tremond, modern Kyle MacLachlan trying to look better than his younger self in makeup, Doc Hayward watching Mike talking to Cooper, Leland planning to frame Ben with stuffed white fox fur, Lucy being turned on by Andy's assertiveness, Catherine revealing to Ben that she's alive, our favorite Better Off Dead characters, Ben being turned on by racist cross dressing, that awkward moment when Donna reveals to BOB/Leland that she knows about Laura's secret diary, Leland's orange lemonade, Ray Wise deserving a retroactive Emmy award, Donna being saved by the bell (twice!), Cooper bringing in suspects for his big Hercule Poirot scene in the Roadhouse, finally getting the payoff for "That gum you like is going to come back in style", Cooper giving the big thumbs up, the big fakeout to lock BOB in the interrogation room, Ray Wise's BOB voice, Cooper explaining how everything the audience watched led to the revelation, Leland's tragic death scene, Harry wondering where BOB is, armchair quarterbacking what if David Lynch directed instead of Tim Hunter, Sherilyn Fenn on The Magicians, James making really bad decisions, The Adventures of Danger Horse, never discussing Twin Peaks with my parents, paying tribute to Dick Miller and Julie Adams, and more!

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Be sure to come back in two weeks for Episode 051, as Xan and I discuss "The James Hurley Saga" from Twin Peaks Season 2!  Look for more of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

TITANTALK 020: "Young Justice: Outsiders Part 1" is Up!


"Why does Violet Harper want to sit outside?"
"There was nowhere for us to sit inside.  And I needed air.  Ugh, I feel strange."
"Yes...Strange that no students wished to sit with Violet Harper and Fred Bugg With Two Gs.  How will Happy Harbor teenagers learn about Violet Harper and Fred Bugg With Two Gs if Violet Harper and Fred Bugg With Two Gs do not interact with Happy Harbor teenagers?  Are Violet Harper and Fred Bugg With Two Gs freaks?  Because Fred Bugg With Two Gs doesn't feel like a freak.  (Sighs)  But Fred Bugg With Two Gs must look like a freak."
-- Fred Bugg (with two gs) and Violet Harper, Young Justice: Outsiders -- "Another Freak"

Hello again, Titans fans!  My fellow TitanTalker Jesse Jackson is unavailable this time, but I'm back with another new episode of TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast!  This time, I'm joined by Phil Perich from Capes and Lunatics to review the first 13 episodes of the DC Universe animated series Young Justice: Outsiders, including Nightwing and the Outsiders, Darkseid and The Light, Batman Incorporated, and more!

TITANS TOGETHER!

In this episode, Phil and I discuss things like Jesse scaling things back, Phil watching the original Young Justice series, both of us rewatching the original Young Justice series to prepare for Outsiders, Phil's son and other kids liking Forager, Jason Spisak taking on the role of Forager after Kid Flash was killed off, Khary Payton voicing 90% of the black male characters, the classic '80s DC comic Batman and the Outsiders, Nightwing and Tigress leading the Outsiders, Aqualad becoming the new Aquaman, Black Lightning struggling with his powers and being traumatized, Brion Markov becoming Geo-Force, Terra being teased in a version of New Teen Titans storyline "The Judas Contract", wondering if Beast Boy will hook up with Terra, the Doom Patrol Go! sequence parodying Teen Titans Go!, Deathstroke taking out everyone in "The Judas Contract" except Dick Grayson, Vandal Savage's secret alliance with Darkseid, who's who in The Light, the various New Gods teases, the disappointing opening titles, The Light killing Ocean Master, Grant Morrison's Batman Incorporated, why the Outsiders need their own spinoff series, Roy Harper's security company, Nabu still using Zatara's body to be Doctor Fate, Young Justice comic writer Peter David writing an episode, our favorite episodes of the first half, Harper Row from Scott Snyder's Batman run, being tired of Nightwing telling Geo-Force to calm down and have patience, Phil watching the Doom Patrol episode from Titans, some Doom Patrol Season One news, George Perez announcing his retirement, and more!

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Netflix Announces JUPITER'S LEGACY Cast


Netflix may no longer be making theirs Marvel, but is definitely making theirs Millar.

Newsarama has shared Netflix's announced cast list for Jupiter's Legacy, the upcoming superhero drama based on the Image Comics series by written by Mark Millar and drawn by Frank Quitely.  The series will be overseen by Steven S. DeKnight, former showrunner on Netflix's Daredevil series.

Jupiter's Legacy explores the generational conflict between a group of aging superheroes known as the Union, who used the powers they gained in 1932 for the betterment of mankind, in particular their leader, Sheldon Sampson (aka the Utopian), and their children, who are daunted by the prospect of living up to their parents' legacy.  Other conflicts and themes in the book include sociopolitical and economic differences among the older heroes and the end of capitalism, in the form of Sheldon's differences with his brother, Walter, which were inspired by Millar's reaction to the Great Recession.

Oh, look.  Here's the press release...

Jupiter’s Legacy, the new superhero epic from Steven S. DeKnight (Marvel’s Daredevil, Spartacus, Buffy the Vampire Slayer), confirms Josh Duhamel (Transformers; Transformers: The Last Knight) as Sheldon Sampson/The Utopian; Ben Daniels (The Crown; The Exorcist; Flesh and Bone) as Walter Sampson/Brain-Wave, Sheldon’s older brother; Leslie Bibb (Tag; GCB; Iron Man) as Grace Sampson/Lady Liberty; and Elena Kampouris (Sacred Lies; upcoming Shoplifters of the World and Summer Night) and Andrew Horton (Doctors; How to Talk to Girls at Parties) as Sheldon and Grace’s children Chloe and Brandon. In addition, Mike Wade (Timeless, NCIS, For the People) will play Fitz Small and Matt Lanter (Pitch Perfect 3; Timeless; 90210) is George Hutchence. Additional cast members to be announced.

Among the first slate of series and movies based on the stories of Mark Millar and based on the graphic novels of the same name by Millar and artist Frank Quitely, Jupiter’s Legacy follows the world’s first generation of superheroes who received their powers in the 1930s. Now, in present day, they are the revered elder guard, but their superpowered children struggle to live up to the legendary feats of their parents.

Steven S. DeKnight serves as showrunner and executive producer, with Mark Millar, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott, and Frank Quitely, also serving as executive producers for the series. DeKnight also will write and direct the first episode.

Specific character details are below:

JOSH DUHAMEL is Sheldon Sampson.

Sheldon Sampson (The Utopian) is the storied leader of the superhero team The Union. But times have changed, and he doesn’t understand the world we live in anymore. Or his own family.

BEN DANIELS is Walter Sampson.

Walter Sampson (Brain-Wave) is Sheldon’s older brother. A man of vast intellect and cunning who, unlike Sheldon, isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Or bloody.

LESLIE BIBB is Grace Sampson.

Grace Sampson (Lady Liberty) is Sheldon’s wife and one of the most powerful heroes on the planet. She doesn’t always agree with Sheldon, but strives to balance his ideals with the reality of the modern, often violent, world they live in.

ELENA KAMPOURIS is Chloe Sampson.

Chloe Sampson is Grace and Sheldon’s daughter. Rejecting everything her parents stand for, Chloe has forged her own hedonistic path far away from them. A path that threatens to go against everything her parents have sworn to protect.

ANDREW HORTON is Brandon Sampson.

Brandon Sampson is Grace and Sheldon’s son. In training to assume the mantle of The Utopian and become the new leader of The Union, he struggles to live up to his father’s mythic legend.

MIKE WADE is Fitz Small.

Fitz Small (The Flare) is the heart and soul of The Union. Despite suffering injuries that ended his career as a superhero, he continues to be one of the most valued members of the team. And is often the only thing holding them together in the face of an increasingly hostile world.

MATT LANTER is George Hutchence.

George Hutchence (Skyfox) was Sheldon Sampson's closest friend and ally before turning against him and the rest of his teammates in The Union. Now considered the greatest supervillain in the world, George plots his revenge on the teammates he believes betrayed him.

The premiere date for Jupiter's Legacy has yet to be announced.