Well, the first trailer for Alita: Battle Angel has dropped, and we have lots of thoughts. We could talk about how the James Cameron produced and Robert Rodriguez directed live action adaptation of the manga and anime Battle Angel Alita seems to be devoid of Asian actors, but–OH MY GOD WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO HER FACE. WHAT IS GOING ON WITH ROSA SALAZAR’S FACE.
DO NOT LOOK AT ME WITH THOSE EYES.
THOSE ARE THE EYES OF THE DAMNED. THEY WILL HAUNT MY DREAMS. WHY WOULD THEY DO THIS. WHY GOD WHY. THERE IS NO POINT TO THIS. ANIME EYES SHOULD NEVER APPEAR AS FLESH, AND DAMN THE FOUL SOULS WHO THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD IDEA. OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD.
We took a few days off (since we all went to Daisho Con this last weekend) so we missed a few things last week. One of the big ones was the new teaser for Deadpool 2. There’s a montage of new footage and images in it, but it’s embedded in the middle of a rather on-point Bob Ross spoof.
Personally I think it’s pretty funny, and probably the most Deadpool-like way to promote the movie. The first film had some pretty creative marketing too – though that time around it was because the movie mostly had the freedom to do whatever it wanted (as it was a low priority for Fox). As Deadpool was a remarkably successful film though, his time around they know that stuff worked… so we should expect to see a lot more.
Even the Youtube description for this video isn’t exactly taking this seriously:
After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.
The internet went crazy over the last few days with when the news broke that Disney was in talks to purchase most of 20th Century Fox. The idea that the X-Men and Fantastic Four could join the Marvel Cinematic Universe was enticing, and it would consolidate the rights to the original Star Wars trilogy under one roof.
Unfortunately, it’ll probably never happen.
Bloomberg is reporting that while the two companies had been in talks, those talks have now fallen apart. So while there was a point where this pop culture merger could have moved forward, we are no longer living in a world where that’s a likelihood.
It was interesting to think about for a while though.
Hugh Jackman’s swansong as Wolverine in this year’s Logan was amazing, and with Dafne Keen’s breakout performance as X-23 it should be no surprise that some people are asking what’s next for that corner of Fox’s X franchise. The obvious answer is to follow up on what happens to X-23 in this near-future world — and that seems to be the direction that things are going.
According to THR, Logan director James Mangold is working on a potential script for an X-23 centric sequel. Now, before you get too excited, remember that this is just an early stage for any project like that, and we have no indication that the sequel has been greenlit by Fox.
So when it was first announced that Fox was making a New Mutants movie, most of us were expecting a coming of age film in superhero clothing. I mean, the comics started out about a group of new recruits at Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters learning to use their powers.
That is not what this movie is going to be.
The first trailer for The New Mutants has now dropped, and to say that director Josh Boone took things in a different direction would be an understatement. What we’re getting looks more akin to a horror film, and that’s pretty damned neat. It’s clear with the success of Deadpool and Logan the studio is willing to take risks with the franchise, and hopefully this one will pay off for them too.
The revival of The X-Files was a mixed bag. The tenth season brought us one of the most brilliant episodes of the series ever produced… and it also brought along some of the worst. That includes a cliff hanger ending, which sure was a kicker to everyone who believed that the tenth season was going to wrap up the show. Well, the series is coming back for another revival season, and Fox has released a trailer for it.
It looks like one of the major focuses of the season will be William, the son of Mulder and Scully who somehow never got mentioned last season. Honestly, I don’t know how much I care about William, but it would be super weird if he never came up again. I just can’t help but think about the fact that due to various TV crossovers, that the pandemic cliff hanger of season 10 technically happened on Law & Order: SVU too. Like, how did Ice-T deal with that?
It was 2005 the last time a new episode of Star Trek aired on TV. Let that sink in.
The franchise has been off the air for more than a decade, and after not only all this time, but also a lackluster 50th Anniversary celebration, fans have been desperate for any new Star Trek. These last couple of weeks would see Trekker’s wishes granted though, not only by the debut of Star Trek: Discovery, but also by The Orville, an obviously Trek-inspired spoof produced by and starring Seth MacFarlane.
Over the last few months, as rumors of issues behind the scenes plagued Discovery‘s PR, some fans joked that with The Orville we would be able to get at least one good Star Trek show. Now that both are out, I think its time to put that theory to the test. We’re going to compare the debut episodes of these two shows to see which one is the better Trek. Continue reading Trek Off: Comparing ‘The Orville’ to ‘Star Trek: Discovery’→
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.
One of the more interesting superhero television shows that’s been in the pipe for a while is The Gifted, which is set in Fox’s X-Men movie universe… somewhere. I mean, it’s a world where the X-Men and the Brotherhood both existed at some point, but may have gone underground… or gotten wiped out… or something?
Anyway, the show focuses on a couple of parents going (played by Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) on the run with their mutant children (Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White). They get involved with a mutant underground while the government hunts them. Frankly, it just looks pretty neat. We got a trailer for the show back in May, but now the network has put out a second.
So at San Diego Comic Con, Fox premiered a new trailer for The Orville, Seth Macfarlane’s new science fiction comedy. It looks fun, it looks exciting, it looks really entertaining… and I don’t trust it for a second. You see, I remember the earlier trailer we got back in May which started the same way… right up until MacFarlane opened his mouth.
I mean, I’ll still give the show a shot. I’ll tune into an episode or two, but it comes down to something simple — Seth MacFarlane hasn’t really been funny for the last fifteen years (at least), and continues to write and perform in a mold which is outdated and (frankly) annoying to watch. We’ll see what happens, but I don’t have a lot of faith in his abilities at this point.
I guess we’ll all find out when the show premieres September 10th on Fox.
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