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Welcome to 2017!!! Let’s start with this podcast with some good news/bad news.

Good news: Mr.Gene and I are back to review our favorite movies for 2016 as well as what we are looking forward to in 2017.

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Continuing with the movies we liked (ok just me)Hateful Eight, San Andreas and The Martian.

What we hated (ok just me again): Peanuts, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jupiter Ascending, Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge out of Water, Chappie, (Star Wars Force Awakens theories, yeah we got off topic), Spectre.

Looking forward to 2016:Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Star Wars Rogue One and other things…


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2016!!!! Mr. Gene and I are back to talk about our favorite tv and movies for 2015. Being that this is a super long show, you’re going to be listening to part 1.

For this portion of the episode, we start off with some tv series reviews – Jessica Jones Season 1 and Doctor Who Series 9.

Movie wise – We talked about Star Wars The Force Awakens, The Fantastic Four, Terminator Genisys, Ant-Man, Mad Max Fury Road, Jurassic World, Kingsmen, and Inside Out.

 


X-Men-Logo Is there enough room on the small screen for such big screen heroes? Short answer – YES. Long answer – Get crankin’ now.  Netflix has 5 Marvel series with one ready to go – Daredevil. CW has Arrow and Flash. Fox has Gotham. ABC has Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter. NBC is kinda unsure about Constantine but its worth a look and possibly Heroes Reborn. CBS is looking to snag Supergirl.  TNT might have a live action Teen Titan series with the pilot to be filmed sometime this year and Rumor about Krypton on the SYFY Channel. An X-Men tv series will be interesting but how will it approach what has been done in movies will decide its success and not the mentioned competition.

More super power could be coming to the small screen, with an “X-Men” TV series confirmed to be in the very early stages of development at Fox. Negotiations are currently under way to develop a live-action show based on the long-running comic book brand, which has already launched eight feature films including the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse.” See More:Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan and Alexandra Shipp Join ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Though 20th Century Fox holds the film rights to the franchise, in order to use the heroes on Fox, they’ll need to get “X-Men” comics publisher Marvel to sign off on the deal for TV. Rumblings about an “X-Men” show have been in circulation for some time. Last April, Simon Kinberg, writer of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” told Collider that he thought an “X-Men” television series was a good idea. via ‘X-Men’ TV Series: Fox Developing Live-Action Show | Variety.


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).