The Captain Marvel has been one of the most anticipated films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Brie Larson set to star and Mississippi Grind‘s Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck directing, it looks like Marvel’s first woman led superhero film is in good hands. Not everything is completely solid though, as originally Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman were going to pen the screenplay.
That is no longer the case.
It’s being reported that LeFauve and Perlman are being replaced, as LeFauve has been tapped to direct Disney’s Gigantic with Nathan Greno. Instead Geneva Robertson-Dworet will take over writing duties for the Captain Marvel film. Robertson-Dworet is responsible for the upcoming Tomb Raider movie’s script, as well as writing the (who knows if it’s still happening) Gotham City Sirens.
We’ve known for a while that Neil Gaiman was adapting his and Terry Pratchett’s amazing novel Good Omens for television. The series eventually landed at Amazon, and is being co-produced by BBC studios. The big news everyone has been waiting on though is who the heck are going to play Aziraphale and Crowley?
Well, thanks to Variety, we now know. According to the publication, Michael Sheen and David Tennant have been respectively cast as the Angel and Demon. Sheen is best known for his roles in the Twilight saga and Masters of Sex, but to me he’ll always be 30 Rock‘s “Wesley Snipes.” David Tennant is, of course, David Tennant.
The casting is pretty ideal (even if Tennant’s a little thin for how I always pictured Crawley). Often I get nervous when my favorite books get adapted for screen, but since Neil Gaiman himself actually wrote the six episodes and is showrunning, I’m pretty confident we’ll get something true to the text at least.
Sony’s ongoing attempt to build a Spider-Man-adjacent shared universe, which isn’t connected to the MCU but somehow connected to the MCU’s Spider-Man, continues forward. One of the films in the pipe for this bizarre experiment is Silver and Black, a movie focused on Silver Sable and Black Cat.
What we knew already is that film has a script by Chris Yost and is being directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. What we’ve learned in the last few days is that Sony has stamped a nice big release date on the film: February 8, 2019.
While this may seem more out of left field than the Venom movie, these are at least two characters whose origins aren’t heavily dependent on Spider-Man existing. That Venom movie is coming out just four months beforehand though, so it just feels like Sony’s trying to cram as much as they can at us at once.
I guess we’ll see if any of it sticks to the wall.
Netflix’s The Defenders will be here at the end of the week, so what better way to start it than with the final trailer for the miniseries? This newest set of clips puts Danny Rand front and center, and I think that (while he was a bit annoying as the central protagonist) he’ll balance nicely with the more jaded members of the team.
That would be “everyone else” if you were curious.
Honestly, I’m excited for this, and fully expect to finish it before the weekend is out. It’s hard to believe that we’ve only been living in this corner of the MCU for two years, but this event series definitely feels earned. It’s just plain cool.
Earlier tonight, Washington DC based convention Otakon was forced to temporarily close their Artist Alley due to a broken pipe. It’s believed that due to a storm, much higher amounts of rain water than expected flooded the convention center’s drainage system, causing the pipes to burst causing the system to overflow and spill water through the event center ceiling.
Water ended up falling directly on artists’ booths, and convention closed the Artist Alley as water continued to pour in.
Otakon 2017 waterfalls in artist alley. All attendees kicked out of the hall. Guess we are closed??? It just got busy too.. pic.twitter.com/472FYHbEDj
Update (8/13 9:30am) We have confirmed a few more details about the situation, including that (as we were initially told) the water was from the convention center’s roof rain drainage system. Otakon has also informed artists with damaged merchandise from the incident that they will be reimbursed.
There have been rumors about people injuring themselves on the wet floor. While two people did have some minor dust ups (one twisted an ankle while the other slipped and fell), both were released by on site EMTs. As far as we know, no one required hospitalization. Otakon Artist Alley Co-Head Sarah Moulder released an extensive statement to this effect in a comment in the Artist Alley Network International Facebook group confirming this.
Before the death of legendary Batman actor Adam West earlier this year, he had already recorded his parts for the upcoming animated feature Batman vs. Two Face. As we’re approaching the eventual release later this year, Warner Bros has put out a trailer for the film.
Batman vs. Two Face also features the wonderful Burt Ward as Robin and (the unfortunately gross) William Shatner as Two Face. It’s the second straight to video feature Warner Bros has put out in continuity with the classic 1960s television series, and honestly I’m really excited about it.
Earlier this week, anime and otaku news site Anime News Network was the victim of hackers who hijacked the sites DNS records, allowing them to take over the site’s primary domain “AnimeNewsNetwork.com.” This also allowed the hackers to intercept any emails sent to the site, and used this to also take over several of the site’s associated Twitter accounts.
The actual servers and hosting for the site were untouched, and while the primary URL for the site is still down, they’ve put the site back online at the alternate URL of “AnimeNewsNetwork.cc.” The site’s management also released the following statement:
Last night, Anime News Network suffered a pretty major hack, one that took down our original domain (www.animenewsnetwork.com) and compromised our email domain — meaning that for the moment, you can’t reach us through any animenewsnetwork.com email accounts. We’re working on getting this fixed.
Further, AnimeNewsNetwork’s domain was breached, but not our servers – your personal information is safe, however we always recommend changing passwords just in case.
Through this process, the hacker also compromised some of our Twitter accounts, like @anime and @animenewsnet as well as a handful of personal staff accounts like @ANN_Ed and @ANNZac. We’re still working on cleaning all this up – it’s a pretty involved process that may take some time, but for now we’re live at AnimeNewsNetwork.cc. Please spread the word on social media, as this is our new (temporary) home for the time being! We’ll be back with more updates as things progress – we apologize for the inconvenience, and shall rise again soon.
Anime News Network has also restored their @anime twitter account, but people will need to refollow the account. This is, frankly, a site admin’s worst nightmare, and we wish them all the luck in restoring their site.
Way back in 2014 it was announced that a film version of Image Comics’ Cowboy Ninja Viking was in development, and that the film would star Chris Pratt. Since then we’ve heard pretty much nothing though, and most of us have been questioning whether or not the film was still happening.
Apparently it is.
The latest news is that not only is the adaptation still happening, but Universal has even given the film a release date. That’s right, Cowboy Ninja Viking is going to apparently hit screens June 28, 2019. Pratt is still attached, and the only real competition in theaters will be Paramount’s seventh Transformers film.
Oh god, they’re going to make so many of those Transformers movies…
Anyway — for those unfamiliar with Cowboy Ninja Viking, it’s about an assassin with multiple personality disorder. Created by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo, the series debuted in October 2009 through Image Comics’ partner studio Shadowline. The comic ran ten issues, ending its run in November of 2010.
Seattle, WA based GeekGirlCon has been running since 2011, dedicated to promoting women in science, science fiction, video gaming, and more. It’s been a source of inclusion that this community desperately needs, and that’s why it’s kind of bizarre to see the event at the center of such ridiculous drama.
You see, five people resigned quite publicly from the event’s staff this last weekend. And by “publicly resigned” I mean “hijacked the convention website and mailing list on their way out the door.” In move straight out of fifth grade, the these members of the conventions operations team posted a lengthy message to the convention’s website and to the con’s mailing list alleging underhanded voting tactics, bullying staff members, and (here’s the kicker) reverse racism.
Streaming company Netflix has announced that they’ve now purchased Mark Millar’s Millarworld. Millarworld is the imprint that Millar uses to publish books under four different publishers, most notably Wanted, Chosen, The Unfunnies, Kick-Ass and War Heroes. This gives the streaming service and studio the ability to make films and television series based on Millar’s work without having to pay licensing.
Well, except for Kingsman, because those rights are tied up elsewhere.
Or Kick-Ass for the same reason.
Honestly, as I’m not a huge fan of Millar’s work, I’m not personally super excited by this. That said, it’s still a smart move for Netflix to grab some original properties for themselves. Millar’s writing is flawed, but prolific — and it might be interesting to see what the studio makes of it.