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‘Twin Peaks’ To Return As Showtime Limited Series | Deadline

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Ladies and gentleman, it is time to have some cherry pie and some damn fine coffee. Twin Peaks will rise once more to continue its storyline from season two in  2016. So, should I spoil this series by revealing who killed Laura Palmer or how Agent Cooper is now…? No, I know the general time rule about spoilers and yes, we’re running close to 25 years since it aired but frankly, I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t seen it by now. To me, this show was truly remarkable for its time from the cast, to its direction, haunting images and music from Angelo Badalamenti and Julie Cruise. I want that magic once more.

If you were a fan like me you will remember this great SNL parody sketch which includes the late and great Jan Hooks.

Yesterday, I came across this piece from Vanity Fair and I almost plotz in my pants. I have not seen Twin Peaks in ages but I do remember this scene and this shot above. This was one of those OMG moments that is making fall in love with this series all over again. I am also thrilled to know that there will be a new publication, “The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks” by co-creator Mark Frost. The only 3 produced media outside the show were the Agent Cooper Tapes (audio), The Diary of Laura Palmer (book) and my favorite Wrapped in Plastic (magazine). I am beyond eager to delve back to this great series.

 via http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/2014/10/twin-peaks-book-being-released

UPDATED: Twin Peaks fans’ quarter-century wait is over. One of the top cult series of all time is coming back with a new limited series on Showtime from its original creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost. The nine-episode series will go into production in 2015 for a premiere in 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of when the series finished its run on ABC. In a fact that will delight Twin Peaks devotees, Lynch and Frost will write and produce all nine episodes, with Lynch set to direct every episode.

via [VIDEO] ‘Twin Peaks’ To Return As Showtime Limited Series | Deadline.

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!.

The Star Trek Movie Franchise Is Headed Backwards (VIAB)

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Believe me when I say that this article and title is right on the money. While both Trek movies from 2009 combined made over a billion dollars, I believe Paramount is not thinking long-term enough. Fine, the new director Robert Orci has written a boatload of tv shows and some great movies as well as serving as either producer or executive producer. Star Trek 3 will be his first outing at least that is what I found on IMDB. I’m not so keen about this idea because this is not the normal course of action to hire directors especially on big movies like Trek.

On the Fly II with Eric Stoltz, makeup artist/sfx Chris Walas from the first movie became the director of the sequel. Sadly, anyone following David Cronenberg’s work has a hard act to follow regardless. Walas taking over the reigns for the Fly 2, while it had some good moments, failed to rival or even come close to the first. Let’s move to Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation which was headed by Phil Tippet. Star Wars fans and other great visual f/x movies will know that Phil’s great talent is making great visual f/x. Trying to follow the very skilful job that Paul Verhooven did in the first Starship Troopers was next to impossible much like the same problem Walas had. The budget was smaller to fit a smaller story and except for nudity to keep me awake there was very little to watch. I love Phil and will always have a place in my heart as he played the Rancor monster in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Another example is Frank Marshall. He has been a phenomenal producer and executive producer. One could almost watch any Spielberg movie and see Frank’s name. He had also turned to directing and has had some modest success. His first movie was Arachnophobia but I believe his better movie was Alive which was based on the plane crash in the Andes Mountain. However, Congo adapted from Michael Crichton’s book of the same name is sadly forgettable. All these examples are to help illustrate that hiring Robert Orci maybe a mistake given the track records of those I mentioned. However, let us look forward to a future where Paramount can be happy with the future of Star Trek.

Taking a cue from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Paramount needs to re-establish the Star Trek Universe (STU). Let’s start with mentioning the original series (TOS) that started the franchise. We then get three Star Trek movies one of the best Trek movie of all times. Star Trek gets back to tv with The Next Generation (TNG). Trek 4 makes a big splash with Nimoy taking the director’s chair and making this a more accessible film for non Trek fans. Trek 5 is nearly killed by Shatner’s hand but 6 makes up the last movie for the original cast and ends their run on a high note. TNG then takes over with their turn on the big screen: Generations and First Contact (their best movie by Frakes). Luckily another Trek series on tv comes into play Deep Space Nine (DS9). TNG fires back on the screen with Insurrection also directed by Frakes but lacks any real bite like First Contact. Star Trek launches Voyager (VOY) on the small screen. TNG makes one last movie Nemesis (worst ever). The last Trek series is called Enterprise (ENT). And then the two movies by JJ Abrams. Got that? Moving on.

Why did I go through all that? To showcase my Trek nerd cred… sh’yeah. More importantly, where do we go with STU? Abrams movie gave us a rebooted Trek universe that can allow us to do anything or do it all over again. Let’s do some creative planning and make this next movie a launch for bigger things. I believe the time is right for another Trek series on tv. Last year, there were rumors of two series in the vein of CSI. UHM, OK? But I would rather see 5 year missions or show how TNG, DS9, or VOY might fare in this alternate Trek history Maybe we get a Picard with hair? A female Data? Or nasty Ferengis as was once visioned by Roddenberry? Think of the possibilities for use fans and for the fans of the future. In between, lace these series with movies on the big screen and empire for Paramount can rise though not as mightly as MCU but still better than the Spiderman franchise over at Sony. Now is the time to plan big.

Paramount Pictures is taking a huge risk naming screenwriter Roberto Orci to direct the next film in the Star Trek movie franchise, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the the following video.

According to an exclusive report in Variety last week, Orci, whose screenwriting credits include work on Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, will team with J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay to write the threequel. Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto are expected to reprise their roles as Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock.

Good news, right? If only it were that simple. Instead, history shows the franchise is suffering decelerating returns. According to The-Numbers.com, Star Trek earned a combined $578.6 million including box office, DVD, and Blu-ray revenue. Star Trek Into Darkness earned $540.4 million on the same basis. Orci is taking on a turnaround story.

via The Star Trek Movie Franchise Is Headed Backwards (VIAB).

‘Arrow’ Season 2 Finale Recap: ‘Unthinkable’ – Hollywood Reporter (SPOILERS)

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Ye have been warned about the spoilers ahead so I’m doing it one more time – STOP READING THIS!!!!

On a rare alignment of the planets and my work schedule, I was able to watch the second season finale of Arrow live. To boot, we were also treated to a sneak peak for the upcoming Flash series. In a nutshell, I was overjoyed in that one hour of prime time television.

Let me begin with the only negative point with the finale. Seeing Starling City go up in flames and the chaos was great and awesome but we’ve seen this before in the previous year. Please, the writers and show runner of Arrow, I implore you, don’t make the Starling City go up in flames again next year. Yes, the ante has to get bigger next year but no more city destruction. The growth of this show has to be focus on its characters.

Last night, Oliver gave an amazing  speech to Slade who was not killed in the end. He had thank Slade for giving him the strength to survive the island, to see his family again, and to becoming a true hero. This was one of the things I loved – this fundamental switch within Oliver this season who killed throughout season one and had made a promise to his best friend Tommy at the end of his life. As with each episode in season two, we hear Oliver’s monologue but this sounds more like a mantra that he would be saying to himself, “To honor my friend’s memory, I must be someone else. I must be something else.” That journey was completed. If the show can give this amazing arc to Oliver, his supporting players must also have something interest to show us to make us care about the show. Diggle was given some dedicate show time on his past and which included a mission with The Suicide Squad  but alas Felicity – nothing. I LOVE Felicity and I would encourage more to be done with her. Let’s not make her just the brains of the outfit and becomes the alternate damsel in distress.  Make her into someone else and something else. One word – Artemis.

On the plus side, this season has ramped up its action sequence to an amazing level. They have mastered the use of “powered” people effectively while at the same time made it believable and grounded despite the effects of Mirakuru. By grounded, I mean, more physical action as people can get tossed across the room ala Roy, Slade and his minions. Hell, I was wondering about this one throw Detective Lance suffered through and how it played up in the finale. Nicely done.

Going back to Slade, one of the big revenge deeds was killing Moira Queen; Oliver’s mom. Slade had mentioned that there needed to be one more death before this all ended. This question lingered as to who and Oliver thought that it was he who had to die. When was talked out that notion, Slade and his minions started to attack Starling City. When that was ruled out, Laurel was kidnapped and brought to Slade. He had wanted revenge for the loss of Shado and taking Laurel was the logical choice. However, we get a seen where Oliver brings Felicity to the old mansion and tells her to stay there until everything blows over. Oliver then tells her that Slade has the wrong woman and it was her that he loved not Laurel. WHAT? THE? FUCK? Thankfully, this played out differently as the true nature of the one more death Slade was talking about was his own. He knew that Oliver would have to kill him in order to end this conflict and thus destroying the person Oliver had become. However, Oliver played Slade as Felicity was in on the plan…later, and was able to inject the cure for Mirakuru when she was very close to Slade. Hooray for Felicity for being the hero. Oliver gives his great speech and now the heart break lingers as Felicity’s feelings for Oliver will not be reciprocated anytime soon.

Hopefully, I will get a chance to bring this show up on my podcast as it well worth the time to discuss this further. In the meantime, the other highlight of the night was the new teaser promo for The Flash.

PLUS the extended trailer for The Flash.

 Let’s talk about the finale of Arrow, shall we?

True to form, The CW comic-book drama paid off a season’s worth of build-up with the “biggest fight” to date between Oliver Queen and Slade Wilson. With the help of some friends, Oliver and Co. left no stone unturned in their face-off, culminating in a life-altering moment for the Arrow. Would Oliver kill Slade, or would he cure him of the Mirakuru? Oliver chose the high road, a decision he would not have been able to make in season one.

Wednesday’s finale, “Unthinkable” (which could refer to a few of the episode’s developments), also set up a drastically different world for season three. Oliver may or may not have declared his love to Felicity, Thea abandons ship, Laurel may be on the road to becoming Black Canary and Roy may be embracing his superhero abilities. The Hollywood Reporter highlights the biggest revelations and cliffhangers from the season closer.

via ‘Arrow’ Season 2 Finale Recap: ‘Unthinkable’ – Hollywood Reporter.

First Official Promo Art For Marvel’s Agent Carter TV Series – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors

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After the long is over, I am really, really pleased by this bit of information this past week. As I’ve mentioned in my Captain America review podcast, I was hoping that Agent Carter would get picked up as a series as this serves two points. First, Agents of Shield has been a complete let down and out right disappointment. Those from the Marvel Cinematic Universe who made their appearance on the show were brought on to get us fans to watch the show but honestly, there was very little for them to do and frankly, not worth my time. I don’t know why they were shy from using “power” people as in the first episode with Extremis. DC’s Arrow has introduced several “power” figures and have worked them into the storyline and still made it grounded enough to work on the small screen. Shield has not solved that problem. My hope is that Agent Carter can help the Shield series by exploring the roots of Shield and thus becoming the driving force to create more interesting storylines. If Shield does not want to deal with “powers” then the agency needs to be more dynamic and compelling. Sadly, none of this exists in the first season.

Secondly and even greater point, Agent Carter shows us a female lead in the Marvel Universe. Yes, there are a lot of female superheroes both in Marvel and DC but to date there is no female superhero on the big screen. The only female superhero was Wonder Woman. (And no, I am not counting Electric Woman and Dyna Girl.) This makes me wonder why is creating a female superhero movie so damn difficult? Still, I have to give credit to Marvel/Disney for this push to create a non powered hero and to be the one at foundation of Shield. This too me speaks volumes as this would be not only a positive role model for women but shows a woman in command.

I can not wait for this show and if all goes well, after this series run of 13 episodes is complete and gets picked up for another year, then and only then, will I consider watching Agents of Shield.

Now that ABC have officially announced that their Agent Carter show is a go, they can let this bit of Photoshop fun out of the labs. What’s more, here’s the plot blurb:

Marvel’s Agent Carter, starring Captain America’s Hayley Atwell follows the story of Peggy Carter. It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad

via First Official Promo Art For Marvel’s Agent Carter TV Series – Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors.

The Farscape Movie is Officially Happening

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I had to make sure of what the date was before I posted this. Back on April 1, it was reported the Netflix was getting new episodes of Firefly; I got punked for a bit. Now, the reports for a Farscape movie was months ago which I kept in the back of my head as to not to get too excited over the prospects. Reading this morning news, I could not be pleased by the news and the process of a new Farscape movie is in the works. However, after reading the article below, I was kinda dumbstruck by the “premise” of this new film. I will be talking about this in the next podcast and would like to hear your thoughts on this matter. Are you happy with a new Farscape movie? Do you wish for another Farscape series? Or should Farscape receive a rebooted treatment? Let me know on this blog and your comments might show up on the podcast.

Back in February we brought you news that a Farscape movie was supposedly in the works. Now Rockne O’Bannon, creator and showrunner of the original series, has confirmed that the movie is, in fact, happening.

Confirmation comes by way of TV.com:

Just a little bit of, maybe interesting, information to report. ;-p Texting me from WonderCon, a very good friend of mine (@PaulBurrows) just left the Showrunners Panel at [WonderCon]. A panel member, non other than Rockne O’Bannon, the co-creator ofWarehouse 13, Defiance, and Revolution… who was also Farscape’s creator and showrunner – has indeed CONFIRMED a Farscape movie is happening.

via The Farscape Movie is Officially Happening.

Marvel’s Agent Carter TV Show: ABC Eyes Series Order – /Film

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Here’s to hoping all good things to come when Agent Carter get greenlit. If you have not seen the latest Captain America movie, **SPOILERS** Agent Carter, rather, an elderly Peggy Carter receives a visit from Steve Rogers. This scene was one of my favorites moments from The Winter Soldier and left me wanting to know more about Peggy. If done right, the Agent Carter series can help stabilize the Agents of Shield for season 2 if it gets that far. The formation of SHIELD would be compelling as we could see the Hydra connection. 2, we would have a strong female lead which Marvel really needs to their dominant male cast of heroes. Lastly, I would come back to watching Agents of SHIELD provided the two series were linked with crossover storylines and with different time periods.  Hell, I would love to see a young Agent Coulson storyline at this point. I just need a good reason to believe that Marvel/Disney can show us all good things are not always on the big screen. I promise I will come back to watch week after week; honest.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. wasn’t quite the runaway success that ABC had hoped for, but the network isn’t giving up on Marvel just yet. To the contrary, it’s thinking of doubling down.

A new report indicates that Agent Carter may bypass the pilot stage and go straight to series, debuting sometime during the (as yet unannounced) second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. More details after the jump.

via Marvel’s Agent Carter TV Show: ABC Eyes Series Order – /Film.