Jonah Nolan developing Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” series for HBO

Fresh off of “Interstellar” (and also working on “Westworld” for HBO), Jonathan “Jonah” Nolan is reportedly now developing Isaac Asimov’s Foundation books for an HBO series.

The Foundation series is a classic of science fiction literature, and I think a fairly challenging project to bring to the screen. Of course, to be honest, I only made it halfway through the second book of the original trilogy (and that was fifteen years ago), so I’m not sure how clear my recollection is.

In any case, Foundation is pretty serious hard-sci fi, and it’s kind of amazing to even think that a TV series might be happening based off of it.

Via The Wrap

Evil Dead TV Series Confirmed, Coming to Starz

Deadline is now reporting that the Evil Dead TV series in development has been officially greenlit by premium cable channel Starz. We last talked about the project this last summer when Sam Raimi announced at San Diego Comic Con that he and his brother Ivan were working on it.

The series will star Bruce Campbell as an aging Ash, who has spent the last several decades avoiding responsibility. Titled Ash vs. Evil Dead, one assumes that it must follow the theatrical ending of Army of Darkness and not the Planet of the Apes ending found on the director’s cut.

(And I doubt the Fede Alvarez reboot/sidequel film will have any relevance)

Via Deadline. Thanks Wurm!

Will Margot Robbie Play Harley Quinn in “Suicide Squad” Film?

So take this with a grain of salt, but Collider is reporting that Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street) has been cast to play Harley Quinn in the upcoming 2016 Suicide Squad film. It doesn’t seem like a bad casting fit, so I think it’s plausible.

Of course, who knows how they plan on building the character up in the new franchise. Harley Quinn works best when you can go a bit tongue in cheek — but the WB and DC seem determined to go grimdark on everything…

…so who knows whether this will work at all.

Via Collider

Star Wars Episode VII is now “The Force Awakens”

We’ve discussed the upcoming J.J. Abrams directed Star Wars installment multiple times on this site, but have only been able to refer to it as “Episode VII.” Well, as principle photography wrapped, the official Star Wars twitter account tweeted out that the Episode finally has a title: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

So we’ll probably stick with calling it “Episode VII” then.

The internet of course lit up, mocking the title of the film – but it makes me wonder, have these guys actually been paying attention to the ridiculous titles already in the series? I mean “Attack of the Clones” and “The Phantom Menace” are pretty silly too, but we all got over it. This is nowhere near as bad as current “Awful Film Title” challenge holder Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Infinite Crisis Flashpoint Final Zero Hour of Justice, so let’s have some perspective, okay?

It does make me want to ask if the Force was sleeping though…

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Coming to 3DS

Yesterday, Nintendo announced that The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is getting rereleased, now for the 3DS. It’s a classic installment in the series, and many consider it to be the best 3D Zelda game. Or at least this one guy I talked to at a convention did – and he was super into it.

Anyway, the decade and a half old game should be arriving at your autostereoscopic 3D screened handheld in Spring of 2015, and I can see my fellow nerds rejoicing in the streets already.

Here’s the actual announcement:

Via Techcrunch

Awesome Con Milwaukee Officially Canceled

So Awesome Con‘s attempts to make inroads into the Midwest haven’t exactly been smooth. Their Indianapolis event in October drew significantly smaller crowds than anticipated (the organization anticipated 20,000 attendees but on the floor estimates put the number that showed up in the four digit range). On October 14th they were forced to announce they had lost a significant portion of their guest list for Awesome Con Milwaukee, and they slashed their admission prices in an attempt to drum up interest.

Sadly things haven’t gotten better for the organization, and Awesome Con has had to make yet another announcement: Awesome Con Milwaukee is canceled.

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MST3K Turkey Day Returns For 2014

Back in the day, Thanksgiving meant that MST3K would be celebrating Turkey Day — running a marathon of favorite episodes. Well, last year, Shout! Factory brought back series creator and original host Joel Hodgson to do a streaming version of Turkey Day with fresh host segments.

Well, 2014 is here and MST3K Turkey Day returns again!

That’s right, Hodgson will yet again be hosting a marathon of episodes from both his and Mike Nelson’s eras of the show, and I for one am looking forward to it.

Via Nerdist

Rhode Island Comic Con and the Importance of an Attendance Cap

So Rhode Island Comic Con was this past weekend, and apparently it was a bit of a mess. You see their venue was only capable of holding 17,000 people yet they sold well over 20,000 registrations. And they kept selling admissions.

This led to the Fire Marshalls having to step in, and as people left the event, they found themselves barred from re-entry.

Needless to say, attendees were a bit miffed, and the con staff has absolutely bungled the response. Anime Herald has some solid coverage for those curious. This brings up an important thing though: Attendance Caps.

While most of us don’t like finding out an event is sold out, attendance caps ensure that cons are fun for everyone… and you don’t have to worry about the authorities suddenly taking over your event. If you can only support X number of attendees, only sell X number of badges. Anime Detour used to have crowd issues until they instituted an Attendance cap, and now while the event sells out, you rarely hear complaints about the quality of their event.

Attendance caps are just good con management, and if an event’s staff can’t understand that, they maybe shouldn’t be operatiing a convention.

Via Anime Herald, Thanks for the tip Korfan!

Episode 33 – Simuldubtastic!

On this episode of the podcast, we talk about Syfy returning to Sci Fi, the massive announcements in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, how GamerGate is ruining EVERYTHING, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack coming out on cassette tape, and how Funimation is now releasing simultaneous dub releases.

We’re scared about that last one.

We remember the 90s.

Could Spider-Man’s Marriage Return to Canon?

In 2006 the most ridiculous storyline to ever grace the pages of Spider-Man comics culminated in the retconning away of Peter Parker’s marriage to Mary Jane Watson. Well, okay, Aunt May’s death getting retconned to an actress hired to pretend to be Aunt May was pretty awful too, but “One More Day” was worse.

Anyway, there’s a chance reality might go back to normal, as a new teaser image for Summer 2015 features Peter, Mary Jane and a young girl (likely May Parker) with the words “Renew Your Vows.”

And if this means there’s even a slight chance that they’re reversing the effects of “One More Day,” I might be finally excited about a Spider-Man book again.


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