In a press release yesterday, Wizard World announced that they were “postponing” five of their remaining seven 2017 shows. While their Austin and Oklahoma City shows will still take place as scheduled, their events in Biloxi, Peoria, Springfield, Montgomery, and Winston-Salem won’t be taking place this year.
Now a normal person would refer to these events as “cancelled,” but I guess saying they’re “postponed” reads better from a PR perspective.
Considering the financial difficulties Wizard World has had over the last few years, it’s hard to be all that surprised. The money made by the company per-show has been down, and the market has kind of reached a saturation point. In the same release, the company has also announced their 2018 lineup of shows, which currently totals at seventeen (though they also said more shows will be added).
How many of those will actually happen remains to be seen.
Marvel’s Inhumans finally premieres this Friday on ABC, and the network has put out one last final trailer. The trailer itself goes through most of the plot if you pay enough attention, so those wanting to avoid spoilers might want to skip this one.
While reviewers haven’t been so kind to the pilot, I’m still holding out the hope that the show has just been harshly judged. Some people just seemed bothered by Medusa’s CGI hair, but honestly it’s such a nitpick I can’t help but think it’s kind of overblown. Marvel hasn’t really made a misstep yet, and I think people are just looking to find anything they can to pick it apart. Either way, we’ll all get to find out later this week.
Even though The Martian author Andy Weir’s next novel Artemis hasn’t hit bookshelves yet, a movie is already in the works. Fox bought the rights to the film earlier this year, and Deadline is reporting that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have now signed on to direct.
The book, which comes out this November, is described as “an adrenaline-charged crime caper.” Set on a moon colony named, you guessed it, Artemis, it will follow a young woman who’s feeling penned in on what is effectively a small town… just on the moon. A part time smuggler, she ends up taking a job that gets her in over her head, and adventure ensues.
Lord and Miller were freed up to take on the project when they were, uh, released from their obligations with the Hal Solo movie. They’re currently working with the studio to find a writer to adapt Weir’s book and get this thing going.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we review the first new episodes of Star Trek in over a decade with Star Trek: Discovery, tackle J.J. Abrams taking over Star Wars Episode IX, contemplate the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina coming to The CW, and then… well then we hit the con scene. In that corner, we have Anime Punch disbanding because their founder is now a convicted sex offender, and Rose City Comic Con is taking a stronger stance against Nazi cosplay.
Star Trek: Discovery premiered last night, bringing Star Trek back to TV for the first time in over a decade. And while the first episode brought in over eight million viewers over broadcast, that’s not where the second episode was found or where the rest of series will be airing. For that, you would have to head over to CBS All Access.
And apparently a whole lot of us did.
While we don’t know what the actual numbers are, CBS is reporting that the streaming service broke their record for single day sign ups. The previous record holder was the day of the 2017 Grammy Awards.
I have to admit, that even though I had been planning on holding off until the season was over, I myself also put up the $5.99 to watch the show immediately. Well, technically I haven’t yet, as I’m still in my free trial week. That said though, without numbers, we don’t know if this will be enough to sustain the series. Signing up for an extra $6 a month (or $10 if you don’t want commercials) for just a single show seem ludicrous. Personally, I have no intention of keeping the plan when the show isn’t airing.
I’m betting a lot of people won’t.
Unless they super want to watch old episodes of Nash Bridges.
The CW’s Riverdale has been pretty divisive here at Nerd & Tie, but personally I’ve enjoyed the Twin Peaks influenced take on Archie Comics’s namesake. Viewers as a whole seem to agree with me too, as the show has now been successful enough to generate its first spinoff show.
The CW and Archie Comics have now announced that another Archie Comics character is coming to the network in the form of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. As the show’s title implies, it will be at least in part based off of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s comic of the same name, which is a dark reimagining of the classic Archie character Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Of course, this isn’t the first time a Sabrina the Teenage Witch show has happened, but I seriously doubt this version will be remotely like the Melissa Joan Hart iteration. Aguirre-Sacasa will showrun the series, and it will be directed by Lee Toland Krieger. Obviously it is far too early to have any casting information.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is expected to premiere during the 2018-2019 television series.
If there were any concerns that Netflix’s The Punisher would be a sanitized version of the character, they can be easily dismissed. While we got a teaser after the credits of this August’s The Defenders, the streaming service has released the first full trailer for the show.
It’s very, very dark and very, very bloody.
And if you’re a fan of The Punisher, that’s probably exactly what you want. I mean, as bullets fire to the beat of Metallica’s “One,” it’s hard to imagine any other way this series could more accurately capture the tone of the character. That said, it will be interesting to see how audiences react to the show, considering how much darker it is than the rest of the Marvel properties.
The Punisher season one is expected to hit Netflix this November.
Most of us were sad that Voltron: Legendary Defender season three was only half the episodes of seasons one and two when it hit this last August, but the promise that season four would quickly follow in October held us over. Well, we’re getting closer to the show’s return, so Dreamworks and Netflix have put out the first trailer for the season.
It’s not much, but it definitely whets the appetite.
We’ve said it before, but Voltron: Legendary Defender is a pretty amazing. It took a butchered anime series and turned it into one of the best animated science fiction franchises out there. It’s hard to believe that Legendary Defender has only been around for a couple of years.
All six episodes of Season Four hit Netflix October 13th.
The first trailer for the new Tomb Raider movie is here, and it’s very, very Tomb Raider-y. Starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, the film is loosely based on the 2013 reboot of the video game series.
Honestly? It looks pretty decent so far. I mean, it’s always hard to tell from a trailer, but the tone is clearly much more grounded than the previous film franchise based on the game series. I think the best attitude to take right now is “cautious optimism,” and I guess we’ll see what happens.
Columbus, OH based convention Anime Punch has been disbanded and will no longer hold any more events. The convention staff announced that they would be ceasing all future operations on in a statement on their official Facebook page on September 14th:
This is in the wake of convention chair Michael Beuerlein pleading guilty to Sexual Battery in the state of Virgina on September 5th. A misdemeanor, Beuerlein is currently currently out on parole. He has also been required to register as a sex offender.
It’s always terrifying to find out someone like this is running around the con scene. For what it’s worth, not many seem surprised about Beuerlein, as at least this rather lengthy Facebook thread seems to detail a number of other alleged incidents involving Beuerlein. Whether those other allegations are true or not, he sure seems like a person you wouldn’t want to let into your con, let alone operate an event
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