Today, Niantic is holding their first ever live event for Pokemon Go in Chicago called “Pokemon Go Fest.” The event promised massive group raids, rare Pokemon, and goals that could eventually unlock Legendary Pokemon for players worldwide. What people have apparently gotten though are long lines and an inability to connect to the game.
Now, to be clear, the actual Niantic servers seem to be up. I myself just walked around and did a couple of raids. What’s at issue for attendees though is that the cellular networks covering the park are getting jammed by all of the players. I mean, it’s 20,000 people in a concentrated area, all attempting to go online at once.
Did no one think to see if the networks were capable of supporting an event like this before choosing the venue?
Niantic has apologized, and is offering all players who attended a refund and $100 worth of in game Pokecoins. Admission was only $25, but because tickets sold out so quickly many bought their entry through resellers. Those who overpaid said scalpers are (frankly) just going to be out of luck.
Hopefully everyone will learn some good lessons from this (like, say, blanketing the place in Wifi and paying for multiple fiber connections).
Deborah Watling has sadly passed away after a brief battle with cancer. Watling played Second Doctor companion Victoria Waterfield, appearing in 40 episodes between 1967 and 1968.
Sadly most of her episodes have been lost, with only a few surviving. She first appeared in The Evil of the Daleks in the serial’s second episode (coincidentally the only episode to survive from that story). One of her better serials has survived though, Tomb of the Cybermen, and is very much worth your time.
Netflix has been making some amazing television series and smaller films, but their upcoming movie Bright is their first foray into big budget, $100 million blockbusters. Set in a modern world, but with all the accoutrements of a fantasy setting, Will Smith plays a cop who’s partnered with an Orc.
I mean, it looks like a buddy cop fantasy action explosion fest, and I couldn’t be happier. I mean sure, it’s David Ayer directing — but as bad as Suicide Squad was, the man did write Training Day and direct End of Watch too. Ayer’s capable of good movies, and this seems to have more in common with his cop movies than his time spent in the comic book world. I’m more than willing to give this movie a shot.
So let’s start with the good news – Stargate is back, with the announcement that a new series is going into production called Stargate: Origins. In it’s ten episode season, it will tell the story of Catherine Langford, who appeared in both the original 1994 movie and Stargate SG-1 (portrayed by various actresses at various ages). Langford was present at the gate’s initial excavation, and later lost her fiance in an experiment with the alien device. Okay, so he was trapped on an alien world and couldn’t get back, being reunited many years later with Langford and immediately dying after.
“Lost” seems to still sum that up though.
They’ve also put out a brief teaser for the project, albeit completely composed of pre-existing footage. In it, we see a young Langford as the gate is raised from the earth. This is a show that could fit into the existing Stargate canon, and looks pretty cool. Each episode will only be ten minutes long, but it’s like getting a new Stargate movie’s worth of content… so… neat?
Here’s the bad news though: It’s debuting on a “new streaming platform” called Stargate Command. We don’t know much about the platform, other than the fact that it will have both free and paid elements… and will be full of Stargate stuff? I honestly don’t know. While I’m excited about a new Stargate show, I have no desire to sign up for a new service. Even with Star Trek: Discovery you’re signing up for CBS All Access, which has an entire network’s worth of programming.
But a whole service? For one, ten episode show? MGM’s executives have to be out of their damned minds.
Dan Harmon is an amazing showrunner, and between Community and Rick and Morty the man has brought us two of the most memorable, geeky shows in modern memory. The talented, self loathing writer is taking on a new challenge apparently though, and that’s adapting Kurt Vonnegut’s The Sirens of Titan for television.
The Sirens of Titan is a 1959 novel by Vonnegut is about a guy named Malachi Constant who’s the richest man in the country. Malachi used his extraordinary luck to build his father’s fortune, but that can’t protect him from the oncoming war between Mars and the Earth. Malachi ends up on a trip with another rich guy, Winston Niles Rumfoord, and mostly it’s a bunch of questions about free will.
So, y’know, a Vonnegut novel.
Harmon is working on the series with Universal Cable Productions, and it’s yet to find a network. Like anything this early in development, as we usually warn people, this could end up going absolutely nowhere. But wouldn’t it be nice if it didn’t.
The trailer for director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water has arrived, and the first thing that probably strikes you is how beautiful the film looks. Of course, it’s a del Toro film, so that’s not terribly surprising. What is surprising is how sweet the trailer feels.
The Shape of Water first appears to be a science fiction creature film on its surface (no pun intended), but really is more of a fairy tale. Doug Jones plays a fish-like creature who has a friendship (and maybe romance) with a mute woman (Sally Hawkins) who cleans the lab he’s being held in. And while it certainly looks sweet, there’s clearly some darkness to the situation.
The Louisville, KY based Fandom Fest is scheduled to take place pretty damned soon (July 28th-30th), and while the venue hadn’t ever been formally mentioned on the con’s official materials this year, with no other location mentioned most people assumed it would continue to be held at the same one it’s been at for years — the Kentucky Expo Center. I mean, the official recommended hotels are all in the vicinity of the Expo Center, and with the con so close (and people planning it for months) it just wouldn’t make sense to announce a venue change now, right?
We were given a brief tease back when Wonder Woman hit theaters, but we now finally have a real trailer for the upcoming biopic about her creation — Professor Marston & The Wonder Women. The film is about William Moulton Marston, his wife Elizabeth, and Olive Byrne (who was in a polyamorous relationship with the couple). The film stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, and Connie Britton.
Honestly, it’s an incredibly interesting story, and seeing it translated well to film is an exciting prospect. Polyamory isn’t especially accepted in today’s society, let alone in the 1940’s. It’s a story I don’t think a lot of people outside comics historians are aware of, and it deserves to be told.
Professor Marston & The Wonder Women comes out October 27, 2017.
Remember how Harmony Gold was working on a live action Robotech movie? Someone’s been trying to make this film since 2007. The current iteration was first announced by Warner Bros four years ago, and then sat quietly for two years before they reassured everyone it was still happening. Only about a month after that though, the movie got shuffled over to Sony. And then we heard nothing. For years.
But this is apparently still a thing that is totally happening, though we’re not entirely sure why.
In any case, there’s actual news as Sony has announced the film has found its director in Andy Muschietti. Muschietti is fresh off the forthcoming remake of Stephen King’s IT, and his sister (and creative partner) Barbara Muschietti will be joining Gianni Nunnari and Mark Canton as a producer. Nunnari and Canton have been with the project for quite some time already.
Maybe this is the thing that will finally make this movie happen, and maybe it isn’t. In either case, I still find myself wondering “who the heck is this movie for?”
In 1987 the original RoboCop hit theaters, and it was glorious. A mixture of satire, genuinely great action, and a robot that can’t handle stairs, it’s easily in my top five movies from the 1980s. It’s just a really great movie.
In celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary, Alamo Drafthouse will be hosting a one night event on September 10th. Peter Weller will be on hand at an event live streamed from Dallas City Hall (which served as the non-matte painting parts of OCP headquarters) to theaters across the country.
After a screening of the film, Weller will participate in a Q&A session. This event is being presented by Birth.Movies.Death, SYFY, and Alamo Drafthouse, and frankly is pretty damned exciting. Tickets for the event go on sale August 1st, and you can find more information at the event’s official webpage.