New ‘King Kong’ Television Series in Development

A new television series based around King Kong is apparently now in development. The show is being put together by IM Global Television and MarVista Entertainment, and will pull elements from Merian C. Cooper’s original King Kong and Skull Island from DeVito Artworks. It’s important to note that this show will have no relation to Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island, which came out earlier this year.

If you’re confused as to why there are multiple Kong projects happening simultaneously, you might want to check out the extremely complicated situation around King Kong’s legal ownership.

Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title are penning the script, which will focus on a diverse ensemble cast and feature a primary protagonist who is a woman. The show itself will likely be largely set on Skull Island as well. Beyond those basic details, we know very little, but hey — it’s more King Kong.

Let’s just hope it’s good King Kong.

Via Empire

Sylvester Stallone’s Role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Has Been Revealed

It’s been known for a while that Sylvester Stallone would appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but his exact role has been kept under wraps. All we knew is that it probably wouldn’t be a large part, though still likely a known character from the Marvel comics.

And now we know who that is.

This is the part where I give you the normal spoiler warnings. If you don’t want to know more, don’t go any further. This is your last chance to turn back.

Alright, are you sitting comfortably? Continue reading Sylvester Stallone’s Role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Has Been Revealed

James Gunn Will Write and Direct the Third ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Movie

James Gunn is ramping up to do press for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which comes out in just under three weeks. The writer and director took to Facebook earlier today to talk about it, along with some of the questions he expects to get a lot during the barrage of press junkets and interviews he’s about to engage in.

In that post, embedded above, Gunn answers a question most of us didn’t expect to get an answer to for quite some time: whether or not he would return to write and direct for the franchise’s third installment.

The answer is, of course, yes.

This is welcome news for Guardians of the Galaxy fans, as Gunn has taken what was a C-list set of Marvel comics characters and turned it into one of the biggest titles in the MCU’s lineup. Frankly, the first film was a fairly amazing space opera on its own, and to characterize it as a superhero film would be to misunderstand what makes it a great movie.

So yeah, I’m excited.

Protip: Don’t Wear Your Cosplay In Public if it Looks Like You’re Armed

Look, we all know cosplay is fun, and that dressing like your favorite characters from various media is a great way to express your love for something at conventions and geek events. But here’s the thing — maybe you should consider restricting yourself to those geek events. In those environments, cosplay seems normal. People know that the spray painted silver Pringles cans are just a prop, and not a bomb.

Because that’s not what happens if you wear that same cosplay out into the world.

Last week, in the Canadian city of Grand Prairie, Alberta, a cosplayer found this out the hard way, when he wore his Fallout cosplay out into the world. He was headed to a tailor to get his costume altered, but when you’re wearing a gas mask and carrying something that looks like a bomb, you can guess what happened when he was spotted by people walking down the street. Heck, I spend a lot of time at conventions, and I know I would have called the police.

Needless to say, he was shocked when the RCMP showed up, weapons drawn.

Thankfully this situation ended peacefully, but things could have turned out very differently. Police have to assume that fake weapons and bombs are real until they can confirm otherwise. This isn’t remotely the first time this has happened, and many of us who have been working conventions long enough can recount similar stories. Heck, years ago at a con I was working, almost an identical situation happened in the con’s parking garage. The hotel that hosted the convention shared its parking garage with other local businesses, and some of our attendees had decided to run around with airsoft rifles. When some people who had been out to dinner spotted them (having no idea a convention was taking place) they called the cops.

That situation resolved with no one getting hurt, but again — everyone got lucky.

So please cosplayers of the world, I beg of you – don’t wear your cosplay out in public if it looks like you’re armed. Police are people too, and some of them have good judgment while others don’t. Every encounter like this is a roll of the dice, and it doesn’t always work out with a happy ending.

Via CBC

The First Trailer For ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Is Here, and It’s Spectacular

Breathe, just… breathe. The first teaser trailer is now here for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and it’s exactly what we needed. First shown earlier today at Star Wars Celebration, like the trailers for The Force Awakens it doesn’t give too much away. It does however whet our appetites for the film so sharply that December can’t come soon enough.

I don’t want to speculate too much (or spoil the trailer before you watch it), so you should really just put the video on. I rewatched it three times right now, and I’ll probably do so again. I am very, very excited about this movie.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15, 2017.

The New Season of MST3K Is an Imperfect But Worthy Revival

Revivals are hard, and it’s easy to get your hopes up only to find the shows you love haven’t aged well. The first new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 in eighteen years hit Netflix last night, and while it has its flaws, overall it’s a worthy successor to the earlier show.

But it’s important to temper your expectations.

As a Kickstarter backer, I actually got to watch the first episode last weekend, and have had access to the season for several days. In preparation for the new show though, I went back and watched a bunch of classic episodes to dispel any rose tinted memories I might have about the series. I mean, I started watching the show when I was ten years old in 1990, and everything feels more awesome than it is when you’re ten. You can do this too since Netflix has a collection of old ones up on the service.

After that, it was on to the new series. Continue reading The New Season of MST3K Is an Imperfect But Worthy Revival

The Clones Are Ready to Fight in the Trailer for the Final Season of ‘Orphan Black’

To say that Orphan Black has been an incredible ride is an understatement. We’ve repeatedly raved about the show (and its star Tatiana Maslany’s performance), so if you haven’t checked it out yet, I’m not quite sure what’s been stopping you. Anyway, the show’s fifth and final season begins this June, and while we’ve gotten some sufficiently creepy marketing for it, we now have an actual trailer.

And in it, the clones are ready to fight.

The show has been building to a final conflict, and it looks like our heroines are ready to face it. Honestly, I’m really excited for this season, but I think I’ll be fairly sad to see the show come to an end after these last ten episodes.

The final season of Orphan Black premieres Saturday, June 10th.

Piers Anthony’s ‘Xanth’ Series Being Developed For Television and Film

To say that there’s a lot of material in Piers Anthony long running fantasy series Xanth would be an understatement. I mean the forty-first book in the story is about to be published. And now, forty years after the series started, someone’s finally getting around to trying to put it up on screens.

It’s being reported that independent producer Steven Paul’s SP Entertainment Group is working on a combined film and television series based on the series. Paul, along with Spike Seldin and Hans Futterman, will produce the project.

We know very little else about the project, and it’s early days. We don’t know what books, we don’t know how the project would split the stories between film and television, and we have practically no one attached. Frankly, like all things in development, this could just vanish into the ether.

But it’s exciting to think about.

Via Variety, h/t KORfan

So We’re Pretty Sure Anime Fan Fest Baltimore Has Been Cancelled

Last month it was announced that New Jersey’s Anime Fan Fest was cancelled, and we wondered what that would mean for the upcoming Baltimore show the company was planning to put on. Well, while there hasn’t been any official announcement from the company, all signs seem to point to it being cancelled too.

Earlier this week, the convention’s official website was replaced with a blank page, and tickets were removed from sale on Eventbrite. There have also been multiple reports of attendees getting emails saying the event was cancelled and their preregistration being refunded, though we haven’t seen a copy of these emails ourselves.

MAD Event Management, which was running the con, does not currently list the event on their official website either, though it appears on the drop downs on some of their other cons’ sites (although so does the definitely cancelled New Jersey Anime Fan Fest). Honestly though, with two shows down in two months, I’d be hesitant to commit to any of these shows.

h/t to Jefferson Eng

Calista Flockhart and Tyler Hoechlin Will Both Return in Two Part ‘Supergirl’ Finale

To say that The CW’s Supergirl is one of our favorite shows around these parts is kind of an understatement. The show has given us some of the best onscreen versions of some characters, and not just our headlining heroine. One of those is Calista Flockhart’s version of Cat Grant, who left the series as a regular after its move to The CW from CBS (pretty much because budget cuts meant they couldn’t afford to pay her), and another is Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman — who guest starred earlier this season.

Well guess what, they’re both coming back for the finale.

Its been confirmed that Tyler Hoechlin will suit up again as Superman in the show’s two part second season finale. It’s also being reported that Calista Flockhart will return as Cat Grant as well. This is exciting, as we’re always happy to see more of Hoechlin’s Superman, and Cat Grant has been sorely missed on the show lately.

The first part of the Supergirl season two finale will air May 15th, with part two following on May 22nd.

Via E! News, Deadline

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