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Wonder Woman Movie: Studio Searches For Female Director [Report]

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This caught my eye yesterday and I wanted to chime in about the idea of a female director when it comes to the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. Let me begin with… WE HAD A FUCKING DIRECTOR CALLED JOSS WHEDON WHO WAS NOT ONLY GOING TO DIRECT THE MOVIE BUT ALSO WRITE IT AND WHAT HAPPENED NEXT IS WHY DC/WB IS PLAYING CATCH UP!!! I’m sorry, I lost my cool. This is a very, very sore subject with me.

Back in 2007, Joss was working on the script for a Wonder Woman movie and while the studio, I believe, liked the script had wanted to go in a different direction. It happens all the time but I hated the studio for letting Joss go cause as we all know he went on to direct Marvel’s Avengers which kicked major ass. Those who know Joss’s work with Buffy, Angel, Serenity and Dollhouse will know how much he loves having female characters that are strong and on par to their male counterparts. Imagine if Joss did a Wonder Woman movie and how that tide might have turn to DC/WB favor instead of Marvel? The outcome would have been tremendous. Yet, one could say that Joss might have been our last hope but to quote Yoda, ‘There is another.”

David E. Kelley, writer and tv producer, of such shows like L.A.Law, Picket Fences, Ally McBeal and Harry’s Law, to name a few, had many strong female characters. In 2011, David took a crack at bringing back Wonder Woman to the small screen. The pilot that he wrote failed to get picked up but upon viewing this unfinished product, I saw this Wonder Woman version to have great potential that mirror the comic at that time. So, when I read yesterday about finding a female director to the upcoming Wonder Woman movie with Gal Gadot, I have to ask if this is even the right move.

Do not take what I said about female director out of context. All I want is to have the right director for the right job regardless of the gender. Yes, it would be great for a female director to break into the all male directors group which have direct 99.999% superhero movies past, present and future. Thor 2 might have been the first with Patty Jenkins but departed the project when there were difference between her and Marvel. Even Portman wanted off the Thor 2 but had to stay due to her contractual obligations. Does that mean female director can’t helm big projects? No, but when there are restrictions or a conflicting visions of the project, the studio is going to win 9 out of 10 times; hence Edgar Wright leaving the Ant-Man project so it’s not a gender thing.

Still, I don’t want a female director for female sake. Though, the first thought about a great female director would be Kathryn Bigelow. With Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker being my two favorites movies of Kathryn, I would nominate her instantly to the top of the list. Sadly, I can’t think of another female director to this project. Now, having said this, when Star Trek needed to be rebooted, Abrams was brought in to direct it. He even admitted to not being a Star Trek fan and yet he made one the best Star Trek films. Yet, Shatner, our Captain Kirk, made of one of the worst Trek films. So despite being associated with a franchise it’s not a given that success will come. The same can be said about the female director and Wonder Woman; it would be great but not necessary.

Warner Bros. is reportedly looking for a female director to helm the recently announced Wonder Woman movie. The film would mark the first time the superhero has had her own standalone film, and also the second time a female director leads such a production.

In the aftermath of the studio’s announcement of nine superhero films to premiere between 2016 and 2020, starting with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, WB is trying hard to respond to criticism that superhero films are ruled by males, both in front and behind the camera. Additionally, critics have accused Hollywood of lack of diversity in casting main characters.

via Wonder Woman Movie: Studio Searches For Female Director [Report].

Emperor Palpatine has a new first name, and it is RIDICULOUS

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Today is one of those days in the world of scifi where you would hear me utter a HUH at the name of Emperor Palpatine. The article below mentioned that the name could be found on the Wookieepedia site and as everyone knows that wikis can be edited by anyone. Luckily for me, I did get advance copy of Star Wars: Tarkin and found the name and I can confirm it as being the real deal.

sheevSo, is this a big ta-da moment? Was this the missing piece that fell from Lucas’s ass that explains in perfect clarity as to the reason Jar Jar Binks was created in the first place? No, not really. Still, the name is meh like many of the other Star Wars character names that seem to be typing errors. But what is in the name? Now this is where I have fun:

Sheev, Louise!!!

Just sheev me alone!

If I sheeved it once, I’ve sheeved it a thousand times!

Look, nothing up my sheeves!

Sheev you, sheev me. Say it together, naturally.

Sheev you later!

You get the idea…. please add to this

Considering he’s a main character in the Star Wars saga, it’s pretty bizarre that Emperor Palpatine has gone over three decades with naught but a surname to his, err, name. But a new Star Wars novel coming out plans to reveal his forename for the very first time – and it’s really dumb.

A panel for the recent release of Star Wars: A New Dawn at NYCC revealed the name would début in Tarkin, a new book due out next month by James Luceno. However, it seems a user over at Wookieepedia has nabbed an early review copy of the novel and found out Palpatine’s name – allegedly found on page 93 of the novel, according to the source.

via Emperor Palpatine has a new first name, and it is RIDICULOUS.

The World Still Needs a Superman

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Today marks the 10th anniversary of Christopher Reeve passing. Still to this day, Christopher remains not only many people’s favorite Superman but THE quintessential Superman. There is an honesty and purity Christopher brought to this role. Having watched Superman The Movie countless of times, I still love the scene where Lois is interviewing Superman before their flying time in the sky. He is a bit pensive at first by the line of questions but he ends the discussion about never telling a lie. That line blew me away. In an age of heavy skepticism, you still believe him after all these years. He is honor bound by his word.

Those who remember the movie, Lex put on Superman a kryptonite chain which he could not escape. Ms. Teschmacher saved Superman by insisting that he save her mother in Teaneck, New Jersey. While he could have chased the other missile heading towards California, Superman kept his word. That is a trait that I’ve admired in Reeve’s portrayal and have tried to live so. We could use more people like him in our world today.

Over the years, there have been many other versions of Superman including last year’s Man of Steel by Henry Cavill. Some say that newer incarnations fail rivals Reeve’s more optimistic tone. I’ll give you that but Superman needs to adapt to the times we are in to stay relevant. Still, Cavill’s Superman channeled Reeve’s Superman for extra help in one scene that is amazing.

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This brings me to this point, I am by no account a Superman but if I tell you something that I am going to do for you or myself, I will do it. Sometimes keeping that promise requires the strength of Superman. When I’m running, I am blasting the Man of Steel soundtrack and remembering the shot above so I too can channel the strength of Superman. This may sound weird but when you believe in something so strongly positive things can happen.

One of those positive things came to me last year when I spoke in front of the Miami Dade County Commissioners for saving my library. While I used a Star Trek 2 line of dialogue about the needs of the many… I was wearing a Superman t-shirt underneath the shirt I was wearing. The image below is the design that I wore. I love this shirt. My voice was part of a larger chorus that help save our library system but believing in a Superman and finally myself led me to believe in myself even more.

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Yes, Superman does not exist but once actor made me believe in one. If we all believe in the symbol that Superman represents imagine what we can do to help this ourselves, those around us and the world. I can not think of a better time for the world to have a Superman. Thank you, Christopher.

Joaquin Phoenix Bails Out of Talks for Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Film Junk

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I don’t think Marvel needs to be too worried about losing Joaquin to play Dr. Strange. I’ve always felt, mind you, Joaquin is an incredible actor but playing this Marvel hero was not something I could easily see him do. This is not an insult to him but rather there are some actors that come to mind more easier than Joaquin. I hate to say this but Johnny Depp is someone who could master this role super easy just like the characters he did for Jack Sparrow, Ed Wood, The Mad Hatter for example. Basically, we want a character actor with leading actor appeal. This begs the question, if not Joaquin, who will be up for this role?

Rather than saying who I think would be great in the role, I have a bigger problem; magic. For the most part, I don’t see how magic is works well with superheroes. Sure, aside from kryptonite, magic is the only thing Superman can not defeat but hey, he’s on DC’s side not Marvel. Thor for the most part is part magic as he is a god and is immortal; that is until Loki let speak that there is a finite number of years for their own existence. Still, there is some type of magic how Thor channels lighting and uses it without getting killed. Well, what about Storm? For starters, she’s not a god though others may view her as a god and her powers of weather manipulation as magic but we know better. Storm is a mutant with a gene that gave her this powers. Dr. Strange may be the “mightiest magician in the cosmos” but what does that mean? Thor, in his first movie, explained that magic is another form of science. Is this enough to make Dr. Strange and magic grounded like we’ve seen with The Avengers? That will be a tough sell no matter who the ultimate actor may be to play Dr. Strange.

It may seem hard to believe, but after months of intense rumours and speculation it would appear that Marvel is still no closer to finding a lead for its upcoming Doctor Strange movie. Just prior to Comic-Con in July, everyone was reporting that Joaquin Phoenix was the man and that an announcement was imminent. A few weeks later, Marvel remained silent on the subject and we started to hear that other actors were being considered again, including Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston. Then all of a sudden Joaquin was back in the picture again and reportedly on the verge of locking things down. Alas, it appears that the deal fell apart at the last minute and now he is out of the running for good. But is this a bad thing?

via Joaquin Phoenix Bails Out of Talks for Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Film Junk.

This Is the First Weekend in America With No Saturday Morning Cartoons

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End of an era? For myself, this will be an end of an era. Being an only child, how many times did I build forts/tents in my room while watching Saturday morning cartoons plus I had my Star Wars figures to keep me company. Sad? No. These were happy times that I relished and something my own kids will never get to experience. What was even more exciting was the fFridaynight preview specials. I remember the 3 major channels: ABC, CBS, and NBC had their own show to promote what was coming the next day. Even worse, this was back before vcr so, choosing which shows you were going to watch was even more important because you had to watch it live and no switching channels because the damn plastic knob would make a loud CLACK, CLACK, CLACK noise that would have waken my parents. (This was a no-no in my house.)

Nothing pleased me more when it came to watching superheroes on tv. As a comic book kid, watching The Superfriends come to live was a very big deal for me. There was nothing else like it. Though CBS did have Shazam and The Mighty Isis (hmmmm, still have a crush on her) as a live action show they did some cool things but nothing could match The Superfriends even though many of the storylines watered down the comic book action. On the opposite of the spectrum, there was the BLANK and son series that every cartoon had to have. This drove me nuts as perfectly good series like Fang Face, Popeye and Plastic Man each had mini version paired alongside them during each adventure. I blame it on Scrappy Doo. Thanks the make for the Internet as my memories are still preserved to relive once more.

‘Nuff said.

What were some on your favorites?

 

Saturday morning American broadcast TV was once animation’s home field. Filling a cereal bowl with artificially colored sugar pebbles and staring at the tube was every kid’s weekend plan. Not any more: For the first time in 50-plus years, you won’t find any animation on broadcast this morning. It’s the end of an era.

Yes, The CW, the final holdout in Saturday morning animation, ran its last batch of Vortexx cartoons last weekend. This week, where you once saw shows like Cubix, Sonic X, Dragon Ball Z and Kai, Digimon Fusion, and Yu-Gi-Oh!, you’ll instead find “One Magnificent Morning,” a block of live-action educational programming.

via This Is the First Weekend in America With No Saturday Morning Cartoons.

Gotham Pilot Review

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Can a tv series about Batman’s famous home city make it without a Batman? Before I can answer this question, Gotham City has been portrayed as dark and seedy place where even the more wretched hive of scum and villainy of Mos Eisley dare not tread. Yet, the city is the backdrop and rarely do we see it as a city on its own. Burton’s gothic take and Schumacher’s living comic book colors of Gotham were passable but I for one never felt it as a real city.  Nolan’s Batman gave us a better glimpse as we could see the city in night and day but Gotham gives us an even better perspective on a city street level. You could feel the corruption of this city oozing through the screen watching the pilot. Gotham has surprised this die-hard Batman fan to say, yes, this series can survive without a Batman. The same can not be said of Superman’s Metropolis and not Fritz Lang’s Metropolis; just to be clear.

As for the details about this episode, I will have to wait before I chime in and maybe be able to do a podcast on this show. So far, I loved what I saw.

‘Supergirl’ Series Ordered by CBS from Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler | Variety

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I’ve been keeping tabs on this for the past couple of weeks and this news could a new age for heroines (on the small screen at least) to become a major force – a silver age maybe upon us. For me, the 70’s had some great characters like Wonder Woman (Carter), The Bionic Woman (Wagner), The Mighty Isis (Cameron), Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (Hall and Strangis, respectively) and Charlie’s Angels could be include though not powered beings. Each of these series had a strong female lead that could hold their own.

As the years rolled on, there were other strong female characters like Colonel Derring (Gray) from Buck Rogers, Pam Davison (Selleca) from The Greatest American Hero, and lastly, the Visitor Diane and Dr. Parrish (Balder, Grant) from the mini series and later a regular series V but they were in a supportive roles. Sure, there was Xena (Lawless) and Buffy (Gellar) and Dark Angel (Alba) would rebound in the 90’s and 2000 but that’s it. The Wonder Woman pilot by David Kelly was interesting but failed to make the cut as well as the CW rumored Amazon series is nowhere in sight.  However, in this decade, we have Agent Carter (Atwell) and Jessica Jones (???) coming to Netflix and now Supergirl (???), more could be coming to the small screen if these shows take off. What will it take?

Aside from the actual physical attributes, we have to care about these new characters. Agent Carter may show her with a tough exterior but mourns the loss of Steve Rogers. Can she command the same respect from the Howling Commandos when Captain America was in charge? From the picture last week, it seems that issue was put to rest. So we can have a women lead the pack or take charge of a situation that is equal to any man in a similar position. With Supergirl, all I can say is let us not see Smallville 2.0. If she is a super, then show her as a super but make her interesting and someone we can identify regardless of the sex.

CBS has donned its cape and is ready to conquer the superhero market, giving a series commitment to scribes Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler’s “Supergirl.”

“Supergirl,” which is based on characters from DC Comics, comes from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and is exec produced by Berlanti, Adler and Sarah Schechter. It’s based on the story of Kara Zor-El, who, like her famous cousin, escaped Krypton amid its destruction. She’s been keeping her powers a secret since arriving on Earth, but now — at age 24 — she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

via ‘Supergirl’ Series Ordered by CBS from Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler | Variety.

‘Agents of SHIELD’ Photo: Agent Carter and the Howling Commandos!

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THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN FUCKIN’ WANTED TO SEE!!!! Pardon, my English as I don’t speak French but this picture is exactly what I predicted for me to get back on board with Agents of SHIELD. Well, almost. Having the Agent Carter series will not only help to expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) but also prove a strong female lead who is also a non powered hero can make a lasting impact. Seeing her in action, in the early formation of SHIELD, fighting along side the Howling Commandos makes up for the disappointment in Agents of SHIELD. I am giving SHIELD another chance but now, I am only up to episode 8 and I’m sure it will pick up and end better than it started. (So, I’ve been told.)

To make this series even better, we need to have a couple of support characters already seen Captain America 1 and 2. First off, Howard Stark, (Iron Man’s daddy) does make an appearance though I can’t see or verify how many episodes. I went to IMDB and was able to see the character and actor (Dominic Cooper) but because this was a premium service I did not pay for that’s all that I can see. Still, if Howard is part of the ongoing storyline, we could see many ideas like the hover vehicle technology being tinkered or have him come up with new tech ala Q for James Bond for those at SHIELD.

Now, if you had watched Captain America 2 The Winter Soldier there was a major bombshell with Armin Zola (corn goodness. sorry the old Mazola commercial is running in my head every time I say Armin Zola) revealing how HYDRA was already embedded with SHIELD since the beginning. Let’s bring in Toby Jones to play Armin once more or for the duration of the series as he was instrumental to SHIELD all the while being a HYDRA agent. This would flesh out the series with a baddie that will only help the good guys provided it helps the HYDRA cause. That would be great as a running story line for the series. Having said this about Zola, when he was talking to Captain America as a computer, he showed a picture of a dead Howard Stark. How can this be?

At first I was thinking, someone fucked up on the timeline of Iron Man’s dad. From Iron Man 2, Tony is watch his old man doing a presentation for the Stark Expo. He is a much older man than the picture that Zola showed on the computer screen. Here’s the possible connection: the real Howard Stark was killed much earlier but was replaced with a HYDRA agent who under went a cosmetic procedure to not only look like him but to sound and act like Howard Stark. How this plays out, I don’t know but it would be an interesting thing to play around with and have fun with this possible storyline. There you have my take on Agent Carter.

Let’s see how the series lives up to our expectation.

As it was revealed earlier in the week, Hayley Atwell will be reprising her Captain America: The First Avenger role as Agent Peggy Carter in the Season 2 premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before she takes the lead in her own ABC series, simply titled Marvel’s Agent Carter. The first photo has debuted from the upcoming episode “Shadows” with kicks things off on September 23. While no plot details revolving around Peggy have been revealed, she is seen here with her Captain America: The First Avenger cohorts Jim Morita Kenneth Choi and Dum Dum Dugan Neal McDonough, two of the infamous Howling Commandos. Read on for more details…

via ‘Agents of SHIELD’ Photo: Agent Carter and the Howling Commandos!.

When Getting Angry Is the Most Rational Thing to Do

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A wise cgi muppet once said, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”  I read the article below in which the writer talked about how anger to make one feel empowered depending on the situation. I think if one could channel the anger like how Bruce Banner and become something greater to produce a positive outcome, then yes, anger is the way to go.

A couple of months before I was laid off from the library, I was transferred to a branch which was my wife’s former supervisor. Since I already knew the problems my wife had to deal with, I prepared myself for an un-fun and soul sucking experience. However, there was one incident, my supervisor got on my ass for having a longer bedtime storytime program than planned for. For me, if a library program, especially a kids program runs longer, I consider this to be success. Many times, kids are ready to leave at the first chance if they don’t like something but if you can get them to stay, be engaged, and don’t want to leave, that is the ultimate success for any librarian. My supervisor thought otherwise and practically chastised me for being over 15 minutes. Later than night, my supervisor had her adult program which not only did it run longer than expected but the branch was closed and those patrons were still in the library. Quite the double standard – do as I say not as I do. I felt that night hating my supervisor with all the piss and vinegar in my blood. Yet, even by the time I got home, my hostility for my supervisor did not wane. I had to something.

I put on The Incredible Hulk dvd, (you know the good one with Ed Norton). I started to notice, like with many movie characters, I found myself living through the actor who portrayed Bruce Banner. For the most part of the film, when Banner did change to the Hulk, I too felt strong and empowered. Towards the climax of the film, the Hulk finally spoke with rage, “Hulk smash!” I felt a release come over me like a tipping point that made me realize what I had to do the next day. “I had to confront Vader again.” I had to talk to my supervisor and tell her how unfair and unbalanced her treatment was to me but I had to say it with out the anger. The “Hulk smash” line was the push I needed to get past the anger. And it worked.

The next morning, I worked out what I was going to say on the drive to work. Luckily, there were no other staff members but my supervisor noticed my dour demeanor. I spoke in measured tones to get my point across. I told her that I when it comes to running a children’s program anything she had to say I would take it as something constructive to improve future programs. However, when it came down to telling that I was in the wrong to letting the program running longer than planned for, I brought up how her program ran longer than planned for. She said point taken. That was it. (ok) From that point on, I did not have any further problems with her on that level. Had I known at the time that I would have been laidoff shortly thereafter, I would have probably done nothing and let it fester. This time, I didn’t let that happen.

Anger gets a bad rap. Sure, when there’s too much of it or when it’s improperly applied it can cause damage, but you could say that for nearly any other emotion. Learn how anger can make you smarter, more competent, and more realistic.

Anger is a Great Substitute for Fear or Despair As nasty as anger is, it’s a picnic when compared with terror, depression, or despair. That sounds like damning with faint praise, but it’s not. No one’s ever going to have a life so smooth and sunlit that nothing bad ever happens to them. Unless we are able to achieve serenity to the point of complete detachment, when bad things happen to us we feel negative emotions. Anger can be the best option

via When Getting Angry Is the Most Rational Thing to Do.

SDCC 2014: Police Need Your Help Concerning a Cosplayer

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When a lot of the discussion before, during, and after San Diego Comic-Con has been about cosplay, harassment and consent, this drives home the point something needs to be done, and conventions need to take safety seriously. Tumblr blog Test Your Luck has the details.

One of my dearest friends was found on the side of the road, unconscious and bloody. She was wearing this cosplay on the day it happened. She was last seen with friends when she ran off after a disagreement. Please, please, please, if you have ANY information or saw her anywhere, contact her mother. The full information is down below. This isn’t okay and it’s sickening to know that this happened at a place people truly can enjoy themselves. Please spread the word.

”I just received a call from the San Diego Police Department and my daughter (redacted) aka (redacted) was found on the…

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