Awesome THOR: RAGNAROK Featurette Takes Us Behind-The-Scenes of Weta Workshop

Weta Workshop has released an awesome featurette for Thor: Ragnarok that takes us behind-the-scenes showing us the incredible work that they did in helping bring Taika Waititi‘s film to life. It’s so cool to see some of the costumes and weapons that were used in the film being built. The amount of care and detail they put into everything they did is super impressive. 

The video also feature interviews with some members of the Weta crew who helped bring all of this stuff to life. One of the things they make a point of mentioning is the crazy colors used in the film to pay tribute to Jack Kirby’s amazing comic art. One of my favorite aspects of the film was how much of the design was influenced by Kirby. 

Every Easter Egg and Things You May Have Missed in the DEADPOOL 2 Trailer

The teaser trailer that was released for Deadpool 2 may have been brief and there wasn’t a lot of footage revealed from the movie. It was mostly just Deadpool doing a hilarious Bob Ross parody. But Mr. Sunday Movies has given us a video breakdown of the trailer pointing out some fun Easter eggs and other things that you may have missed. There are a few small hints of what we’ll see in the sequel and a few references for some of the more hardcore Deadpool fans. Check it out!

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 Renewed For a New Season at Netflix!

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For those of you who are fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on Netflix, you’ll be happy to hear that it has been renewed for a new season! I absolutely love this show I couldn’t be more excited that we will be getting a new season!

The big announcement was revealed at the conclusion of the annual Thanksgiving marathon of the show that runs on YouTube. This will be the second season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on the streaming network, but it will be the twelfth season of the show overall.

I imagine the original team will all be back. That cast includes Jonah Ray, Hampton Yount, and Baron Vaughn back in the theater as they take part in Kinga Forrester’s (Felicia Day) and Son of TV’s Frank’s (Patton Oswalt) evil experiments of watching hilariously bad B movies. Obviously, series creator Joel Hodgson will be back as well leading the charge on the show.

I can’t wait to see what wonderfully terrible movies they show off next season!

Chewbacca Hits a Porg in New TV Spot For STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

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We’ve got a new TV spot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to for you to watch! And, if you want to see Chewbacca punch a porg out of the way, today is your lucky day because that’s exactly what you get to see in this new TV spot! It’s so good to see that Chewbacca is just as annoyed with these little porg creatures as some of the fans are. Hopefully, this isn’t the only scene that involves some porg violence in the film! Check it out!

New Spoiler Details on Jean Grey’s Dark Descent in X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX

Some new information has surfaced regarding director Simon Kinberg‘s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. These new details tease just how powerful Jean Grey will be and how far she is willing to go as she descends into the darkness. 

The Dark Phoenix Saga is one of my favorite X-Men comic book story arcs. It centers on Jean Grey, who becomes possessed by a fiery cosmic bird that makes her one of the most powerful beings in the universe. This is an intense change for her, and she struggles to control that power, and that leads her down the path of evil, eventually becoming the Dark Phoenix. I’m sure some things will be changed up for the upcoming film.

I will warn you, this new information contains some pretty major spoilers.

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We know that Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, James McAvoy’s Charles, Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique and Nicholas Hoult’s Hank McCoy are all set to return for X-Men: Dark Pheonix. These are all the characters introduced in X-Men: First Class, and according to The Hashtag Show, one of them will not be coming out of this movie alive. The report says:

We are told that Kinberg is holding nothing back and that in a moment when Jean’s powers are on full display, they will become too much for the hero to handle. At that point, with her powers out of control, Jean will IMPALE one of the characters mentioned above, unequivocally killing that character.

They won’t reveal who the character is, but I would guess that it’s Mystique because Jennifer Lawrence is one of the biggest and busiest cast members in the X-Men franchise, so this would free her from the franchise. As for Xavier, they already killed off Patrick Stewart’s version of the character, I doubt they will kill McAvoy’s version off. It would be stupid to kill off Magneto and killing off Beast doesn’t really carry a lot of emotional weight. So my money is on Mystique. 

The movie also stars Alexandra Shipp, Evan Peters, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, and Kodi Smit-McPhee who will all reprise their roles from X-Men: Apocalypse. The movie will also star Jessica Chastain as the main villain, Shi’ar Empress Lilandra.

Who of the original characters introduced in First Class do you think will bite the dust?

A Childhood Remembered: Jeff Smith’s BONE

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Flipping through the pages of the Disney Adventures magazine, I hunted for the one thing that could satiate my excitement. Nestled between an interview with Cindy Crawford and the latest Bonkers D. Bobcat strip was Jeff Smith’s Bone. I was eager to learn the fates of Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone as they attempted to help the people of the Valley and make their way back home. Where comic books were mostly populated with superheroes and their struggles with the villain of the week, Bone offered something different.

The illustrations were a mix of cartoonistic expression and soulful characterization. The fantasyland of the Valley and its inhabitants, such as Granny, the Great Red Dragon, and Thorn had history and depth. Also for my young mind on the cusp of “manhood” Thorn represented the girl of my dreams, my first crush. Strong, beautiful, and not afraid to fight an army of rat creatures. 

I am getting ahead of myself though. For those of you new to the world of comic books and Bone in general, Bone opens with our three intrepid heroes, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone, on the run after Phoney Bone’s latest failed money making scheme. The group is soon separated by a swarm of locusts, which leaves Fone Bone alone and struggling to survive in a strange land.

Our heroes will eventually unite, but not before we are introduced to the Valley and the strange creatures and warm characters living within. Bone captures many of the highlights of the hero’s journey, but without ever placing the role of the hero solely on the shoulders of Fone Bone. Each character feels complete and with an air of mystery.

Along with a great story, one mixed with fantasy elements, Bone is defined by the humorous dialogue exchanges. For example, and without spoiling too much, Fone Bone is being chased by a pair of rat creates when he jumps from a waterfall and manages to find safe purchase on a thin branch. Fone Bone exclaims, “Those rat creatures would have to be pretty stupid to follow me on this frail, little branch!” Cut to the next panel where an angry Fone Bone, now joined by the rat creatures yells, “Stupid, stupid rat creatures!!” The humor of the book is a mixture of satire, sarcastic wit, and innocent flair, similar in some cases to Hellboy and Goon. However, the humor never overtakes the story and always manages to add character instead of undercutting the serious plot points of the story. 

Winner of 10 Eisner Awards and 11 Harvey Awards, Bone is one of the few books that, in my opinion, has rightly earned the awards it has received. Some of you might have passed the large tome, Bone (One Volume Edition), sitting on the shelf at your local Barnes & Noble, surrounded by a plethora of DC and Marvel books. Next time you stumble upon Jeff Smith’s Bone I invite you to pick it up, crack the spine, and dive in. If you are worried about the price tag of the large book, then I recommend that you check online at Amazon for a reduced cover price. Though the art is black and white, Jeff Smith has also released separate color versions of his popular work as well. 

I could go on and on about Jeff Smith’s Bone, but I think what defines the book for me is how it has stayed relevant in my life. Some stories captivate us as kids, but lose something as we become adults. However, Bone, like Lord of the Rings or Ghostbusters (1984), has managed to stay consistent. At the same time, in this often strange and difficult world of ours, Bone offers a chance to recapture the youth of childhood, but without sacrificing the lessons of adulthood. Once my son comes of age I plan on introducing him to the adventures of Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone just so I can relive the adventures through his eyes. 

Sound off in the comments with your own thoughts about Jeff Smith’s Bone. I would also love to read about what books and graphic novels have a special place in your heart! 

Guest Article By Joseph Fridley (@brother_fridley)

Andy Serkis Open Up About Supreme Leader Snoke and Says He’s Driven By Pain and Greed

One of the characters that I’m looking forward to learning more about in Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the big bad villains, Supreme Leader Snoke. I know we won’t get all the answers we want in this next movie, but we are definitely going to get get to see his story arc start to take shape! 

During a recent interview with EW, Andy Serkis opened up a bit more about the character he plays and reveals more about his origin and creation. 

“This time you get to see him, as in his real presence. In the previous movie we saw him as this huge hologram and tele-presence, and you get to meet him in the flesh this time.”

Now I’m going to throw this up just in case:

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Serkis describes the character as “a cruel master”, and says he’s “a 9-foot-tall alien humanoid who disparages and dominates his two lieutenants: Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson.) He’s a predator who identifies weakness and exploits it, drawing the young and promising to his side with promises of power, then using and discarding his protégés when they are no longer of use.”

He goes on to talk about his strained relationship with Kylo Ren saying:

“His training of Kylo Ren is not yielding what he wants. Therefore his anger towards Kylo Ren is intensified because he can’t bear weakness in others. Part of the manipulation is goading him with Hux and playing them off against each other.”

I imagine that’s one of the main reasons why Snoke is so keen on bringing Rey over to the Dark Side. I’ve seen a lot of conversations and debates online about Snoke and how some people aren’t quite sure if he is an actual wielder of The Force or if he just has a great knowledge of it. Well, it turns out that he is strong with The Force! Serkis reveals: 

“The thing about Snoke is that he is extremely strong with the Force, the dark side of the Force. He’s terribly powerful, of course. But he is also a very vulnerable and wounded character. He has suffered and he has suffered injury. The way that his malevolence comes out is in reaction to that. His hatred of the Resistance is fueled by what’s happened to him personally.”

I really hope that we get to see Snoke’s history revealed at some point. I imagine that there’s got to be some big reveal of who this villain really is. We won’t find out how Snoke suffered in The Last Jedi, though. However, it is revealed:

“You witness his physicality. His body is kind of twisted up like a corkscrew, and so he has limited movement. His aggression and his anger is contained and restricted by that physicality.”

Serkis goes on to talk how Snoke likes to indulge in the comfort and riches that his power has bestowed on him. He is also very much driven by greed.

“Oh, absolutely. He’s slightly oligarch. You know, he’s not afraid of showing his fineries. There is a luxury that’s native to him.”

It then explained that we can see it in his throne room, and his scarlet-armored Praetorian Guard, which have been teased in the trailers for the film.

“The way that his court is presented, he’s very totalitarian in that way and flamboyant. He enjoys that theatricality, I think.”

When talking about the mystery surrounding Snoke’s past, director Rian Johnson Says:

“Similar to with Rey’s parentage, Snoke is here to serve a function in the story. And, you know, a story is not a Wikipedia page.

“For example, in the original trilogy, we didn’t know anything about the Emperor except exactly what we needed to know, which is what Luke knew about him, that he’s the evil guy behind Vader. But then in the prequels, you knew everything about Palpatine because that his rise to power was the story. We’ll learn exactly as much about Snoke as we need to. But the really exciting for me is we will see more of him, and Andy Serkis will get to do much more in this film than he did in the last one, and that guy is just a force of nature.”

I can understand their approach to utilizing Snoke, but I would still eventually like to know what his past entails and what transformed him into the villainous being that he has become. 

JUSTICE LEAGUE’s Opening Scene Was Director By Joss Whedon and it Was Originally Supposed to Be More Comedic

I know a lot of fans are wondering what scenes from Justice League were written and directed by Joss Whedon. We know all the Superman scenes where we see him with the CGI upper lip were done by Whedon. Now we know that the opening scene involving Batman capturing a burglar to lure out a Parademon was Whedon’s doing as well. 

The big reveal comes from actor Holt McCallany, who played the burglar. He explains in an interview with Comic Book that the opening scene was originally supposed to be more comedic. In fact, Whedon originally shot the scene they way he intended it to play out, but then Warner Bros. stepped in and had him change it up. That’s kind of weird because the whole reason the studio wanted Joss Whedon on board was to lighten things up! Then he does that and they tell him to make it darker again. So weird. McCallany explains:

“I love Joss Whedon. My scene with Batman was originally conceived as a comedic scene. That’s how Joss wrote it, and that’s how we shot it. I thought it came out great, but the studio felt it would be a mistake to open the film with a completely comedic scene, so it was re-edited a little bit. I was disappointed, but when I got home to New York I found a bottle of my favorite Champagne and a note from Joss that said ‘To Battles Lost. Gratefully, Joss.’ I can’t tell you how much it meant to me that he took the time to write to me. Joss Whedon is a class act. I had the letter framed.”

McCallany went on to share his experience shooting the scene:

“It was a great experience, and a fun scene to shoot. Ben [Affleck] was very easygoing, we got it in just a few takes. My favorite fight scenes are usually ones that are choreographed with some style to them, and ones that are choreographed around a particular actor’s individual strengths. The old adage in the fight game is ‘styles make fights.’ I like to design my own fight choreography in conjunction with my director and stunt coordinator whenever possible, and here it was a great way to be a part of the film—even though I got beat by Batman.”

I hope that we get to see that scene the way it was originally intended at some point. Maybe on the home entertainment release or something. I liked the opening scene that was in the final cut of the film, but maybe we could’ve had something better. 

Joss Whedon is Still Directing BATGIRL Regardless of the Rumors

A new rumor recently surfaced regarding Joss Whedon‘s involvement with Batgirl. A lot of fans were excited to hear that Joss Whedon would be directing a Batgirl movie, but that excitement may have died down a bit since Justice League was released. 

According to an untested fan site called Super Bro Movies, Warner Bros. reportedly no longer wanted Whedon to direct Batgirl. They offered two reasons behind this. First, there has been some negative press involving his personal life. His ex-wife recently revealed some of the things that he had done saying that he is a “hypocrite preaching feminist ideals.” With all of the sexual harassment allegations exploding in Hollywood right now, I could see how this might be an issue. But, it didn’t stop them from bringing him in to direct Justice League.

The second reason they give is the fact that the studio wasn’t really happy with Whedon’s work on Justice League. Even though it seems like the whole production was plagued with behind-the-scenes issues. None of these rumors are true.

According to EW, Joss Whedon is still on board to direct Batgirl. They say in their report:

Sources close to the Batgirl production say that The Avengers director is currently at work on the script and remains attached to direct as well. Of course, things could change — top talents get replaced on projects all the time. But as of now, as Dr. Horrible might say, the status is quo.

This makes more sense, as Joss Whedon is a talented director, who has made some great films that have made a ton of money. He also has a huge fanbase. But, he has been getting a lot of hate from the DC fans, but I doubt a studio would fire him over fan hate.

The report goes on to say that the untitled Batgirl movie is based on the Batgirl story that was first unveiled in DC Comics in 1967. 

John Landis Wrote an Amazing Script For AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON and the World is Suffering Without it

There are very few horror movies in the world that I love more than An American Werewolf in London. It is funny and gory. I always wondered why director John Landis didn’t do a sequel. Yes, yes, yes, I know there is An American Werewolf in Paris, but I am just going to ignore that that piece of crap even exists. 

Anyway, thanks to DigitalSpy, in an upcoming book called: Beware the Moon: The Story of An American Werewolf in London by Paul Davis, John Landis explains that he had a sequel script written but it was never done. Here is what he had to say:

“I was asked to do a sequel by PolyGram in 1991. The company, under Jon Peters and Peter Guber, made something like 10 or 12 movies, and the only one that made money was American Werewolf.

They then left the company and were replaced by a guy called Michael Kuhn. He called me and said that they were interested in making a sequel. I entertained the idea for a little bit and then came up with something that I liked and wrote a first draft of the script.

“The movie was about the girl that the boys talk about at the beginning of the movie, Debbie Klein. She gets a job in London as a literary agent and while she’s there, starts privately investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Jack and David.

“The conceit was that during the time in the first film where Jenny goes to work and David is pacing around the apartment, he actually wrote Debbie Klein a letter. It was all to do with this big secret that David had never told Jack that he had a thing with her.

“She tracks down Dr Hirsch, who tells her that Alex now lives in Paris because she was so traumatised by what happened. She went back to the Slaughtered Lamb and everyone is still there! I think the only changes were a portrait of Charles and Diana where the five-pointed star used to be and darts arcade game instead of a board

I”t’s then when she speaks to Sgt McManus, the cop from the first movie who didn’t die, that she finds out that Jenny is still in London. She calls her and leaves an answer phone message, which we then reveal is being listened to by the skeletal corpses of Jack and David, watching TV in Alex’s apartment!

“The big surprise at the end was that Alex was the werewolf. It was pretty wild. The script had everybody in it from the first movie – including all the dead people!

“I gave the script to Michael Kuhn and he loathed it! He absolutely hated it and was actually pretty insulting about it. Clearly he would have hated the script for the first movie, because like that, it was funny and scary – and if anything, a little wackier.”

Dude! I would have loved to see that script come to life. It could have been the Godfather II of horror movies. I am super bummed that this never came to be. Unfortunately, I think it may be a little too late for this to come to pass. 

We know that Max Landis, John’s son, is working on a remake of his father’s original film. No one wants this, not even his father. The only thing that Max should be doing is writing more episodes of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. This is one of my favorite shows on TV right now and I think all of his focus should be on that. Seriously, if you haven’t seen this show, you are missing out on life. I will dedicate another post just to that show. 

To wrap things up, John Landis should have made the sequel that he wrote for the movie, Max Landis, stay in your lane.