The last two main-line X-Men films saw the return of director Bryan Singer to the franchise, and while one of them was really good, the second one really… wasn’t. So, when the next installment in the film series, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, was announced, we weren’t super excited about it. Well, that is until we found out that Singer won’t be in the director’s chair this time around.
It’s now been announced that Simon Kinberg will be taking the reigns of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and we couldn’t be happier. Kinberg has been involved in the franchise as a producer since Last Stand, and served as a writer for both Days of Future Past and Apocalypse. Now, we know that it’s a bit of a mixed bag, but we’re choosing to be optimistic on this one.
Jessica Chastain is apparently in talks to play Shi’ar Empress Lilandra in the film as well, but as that’s not locked down yet… we don’t care? Once she signs a contract we’ll start to care about that. I mean, she’d be good in the role, but like all things undecided, we try not to get worked up about it.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently set for a November 2, 2018 release.
Fox put out the first trailer for their upcoming paranormal comedy series Ghosted, and it actually looks pretty funny. The show stars Adam Scott and Craig Robinson as a couple of ordinary guys who end up working for the “Underground Investigative Service,” investigating strange occurrences in Los Angeles.
It’s a fairly straight forward recipe – a believer and a skeptic are partnered up to investigate the strange. With the right chemistry though, the show could be pretty great. The real question is going to be how the jokes (which are so rapid fire in the trailer) end up fitting into the episodes as a whole. Robinson and Scott are exceptionally talented though, so I have some faith.
Seth MacFarlane’s The Orville is coming to Fox whether we like it or not. We now have a trailer for the show, and to be fair, the show itself looks great. The problems start when MacFarlane opens his mouth and reminds us all that his jokes are very much stuck in what passed for edgy humor twenty years ago.
Toilet seat jokes! Men and women are different! Hilarious.
I’m still going to try and give the show a shot, because I like the premise. The cast looks great too (Scott Grimes is in it — he played recurring character Jimmy O’Rourke on Republic of Doyle). But I keep going back to the fact that Seth MacFarlane is super gross, and I get pulled out of it.
I guess we’ll find out how it goes when the show premieres later this year on Fox.
Last week we talked about how X-Men adjacent television series The Gifted has been picked up to series, and now we have a full trailer for the show. And honestly? It looks pretty decent.
Developed by Bryan Singer, The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker as a couple of parents going on the run with their mutant children, played by Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White. The trailer teases out a few things about the character’s reality, like both the X-Men and Magneto’s Brotherhood being both well-known but also pretty much gone. We get to see some robotic sentinels too, even if they’re little spider robots and not giant robot dudes.
The series looks exciting, though a little melodramatic. That’s the only part that worries me, just because shows that take themselves too seriously face a higher bar than ones able to poke fun at their own ridiculousness on occasion. We’ll see how the show ends up walking that line once it comes out though.
Fox made two big renewals today – one of which we’re pretty excited about, and the other we’re just kind of indifferent on at this point. Those two shows, of course, are Last Man on Earth and Gotham.
To be fair, we kind of expected Gotham to come back another season, even if we’re not big fans of the show. I’m honestly not sure exactly who is watching the show still, but the ratings show that someone is. I guess it kind of goes to show that regardless of something’s quality, if it’s Batman-adjacent, people will pay attention.
Last Man on Earth, on the other hand, we’re really happy about. I’ll go so far to say that it’s the best post-Apocalyptic show currently on the air (take that AMC). The idea that we’ll get to spend more time with the wacky band of survivors is pretty damn exciting.
The network already renewed Lucifer and picked up Marvel’s The Gifted, so even with Sleepy Hollow ending, the network has a pretty solid genre lineup for next year. I mean, even if one of those shows is Gotham.
The multitalented Donald Glover, along with his brother Stephen Glover, are officially making an animated Deadpool television series for FXX. Donald Glover is, of course, a talented actor, rapper, and writer, and his television series Atlanta has been incredibly well received.
The network has ordered the show straight to series, and will have a ten episode first season. No word yet on voice actors for the show, but it’s still early days for the project. While the show won’t have any continuity ties to the Deadpool film franchise, that’s the tone the network will be aiming for.
The animated Deadpool series is expected to premiere sometime in 2018.
After four seasons Fox’s Sleepy Hollow is officially coming to an end, and there will be no fifth season for the show. Honestly, at this point, it’s kind of a relief.
We were shocked when the series got a fourth season, as the third season ended with one of the shows two protagonists getting killed out of nowhere. Not only that, but a romantic plot was shoehorned in at the last moment making everything super uncomfortable. A lot of us who were fans of the series had hoped the series would just end at that point.
But it came back.
I honestly tried to stick with it, I really did. Some of the new elements were okay… but I just couldn’t get back into it. Frankly the show was going down hill for a long time before this latest season, with Katrina’s Face-Heel turn in season two being the biggest head scratcher. While the awkward fourth season didn’t make things better, I think most of the show’s fandom can agree that it’s time for all of us to move on.
We can’t really refer to the series Bryan Singer’s been putting together at Fox as the “still untitled X-Men show” anymore, as it’s now got one — The Gifted. We’re also happy to report that it’s been picked up for a season order.
The network put out a short teaser for the series too, with the promise of a full trailer following next week. For those of you who haven’t been playing along, The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker as a couple of parents going on the run with their mutant children, played by Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White. We see said kids pretty clearly in the teaser, even if very little of the plot is given away.
So we didn’t mention it (mostly because we were off busy at No Brand Con), but The X-Files is officially coming back for an eleventh season which is expected to go into production this summer. And while this is expected to air during the 2017-2018 television season, I just find myself asking — is this something that we really want?
Because I’m not sure we do.
The show returned to television last year for a tenth season after being off the air for over a decade, and it was a mixed bag. While it did give us the series singular best episode in my opinion (“Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster”), the rest of the season just wasn’t that great. I mean, we start with an episode that’s designed to “simplify” the mythology (which just ends up making it a bigger mess), and end on a cliffhanger that barely makes sense. In the middle there are a mix of forgettable episodes, and one awkward episode that is simultaneously preachy yet always feels like it’s telegraphing an obvious twist that never comes (“Babylon”).
So it’s official, the rumored Black and White cut of Logan is real, and it’s coming to theaters. The film will apparently be making a one night engagement on theater screens May 16th. Director James Mangold tweeted out the news about the limited rerelease a few days ago:
Suggestion. Hard core B&W loving LOGAN fans should not make any plans on the evening of May 16th.
There’s no word on how many screens this release will be on, but don’t expect a lot. Converting the film to black and white was apparently no small task either, as it’s not just a matter of converting the film to grayscale.
In convert to b&w , one must determine which hues go dark/ light, adjust contrast, blacks. Turning down color on tv just makes gray mush.
Converting Logan to black and white, with it’s deep noir and western undertones, will certainly add a new element to the already genius film, and if you’re free that night (and there’s a showing anywhere near you) I can’t imagine anything better to be doing.
This should be pretty damned cool.
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