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Anson Mount Returns to TV with The Inhumans

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The last television viewers saw of Anson Mount, he was traveling across the Pacific Ocean at the closing moments of the final episode of Hell on Wheels. Mount, a fantastic actor, is returning to television quicker than many imagined. Mount is slated to star as Black Bolt, the superhero who hold The Inhumans team together. The Inhumans may have been canceled as a movie project, but the concept comes to television on ABC.

 

The move to television seems to be a wise move. The Inhumans would be competing with The Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, and The X-Men. The Inhumans are not exactly “A-list” heroes. Putting the team on television is a wise move. So is casting Mount in such a vital role. During his run on the AMC western, Mount displayed he could handle both action and complex drama with great skill. While Hell on Wheels was not a massive hit with the ratings, the program maintained a strong cult following. Hopefully, fans of his previous series will migrate to The Inhumans and help the show become a success when it debuts.

 

Likely, the popularity of superhero TV shows will still be strong when The Inhumans appears on the ABC lineup. In time, Marvel and DC Comics are going to lose their box office and ratings appeal. That time seems to be quite far off. For now, fans of superhero movies and television programs can be thrilled about all the new products emerging from the creative pipeline. The Inhumans is one of the newest — and most interesting — to emerge.

 

Harry Potter Universe Wins First Oscar

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Children’s movies are not known as Oscar bait. Animated movies have their own category and are rarely, if ever, even in the discussion for outright Best Picture nominations. Live-action movies meant for a younger audience are often sillier and contain simpler themes than their adult counterparts. This doesn’t make them bad, but they are often not the type of product that garners Oscar recognition.

 

That didn’t make it any less surprising to hear that 2017 was the first ever Oscar win for a movie in the Harry Potter universe.

 

For the uninformed, there have now been nine Harry Potter movies: the eight in the original series and 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The first eight films grew darker and more adult as the series wore on, but none ever grabbed an Oscar win.

 

The movies were collectively nominated a number of times in previous years for Academy Awards in varying categories: Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Cinematography, etc. None had ever won though, until now. Fantastic Beasts was nominated for Costume Design thanks to Colleen Atwood, herself a past Oscar nominee for other films. Atwood and the Harry Potter world took home the win. It was Atwood’s fourth gold statue but Harry’s first.

 

As the Harry Potter series continues on with more sequels and offshoots, it remains to be seen if it will ever win another Oscar. However, it was nice to see a beautifully depicted film like Fantastic Beasts rewarded for its hard work. And it was nice to hear that this J.K. Rowling lady finally caught a break for once!

 

The Batman Gets A New — And Approved — Director

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The troubled world of the DC Comics Extended Universe has been on the receiving end of some consistently worrisome news. Patty Jenkins, the director of Wonder Woman, has delivered some positive news. She has given her stamp of approval to the selection of Matt Reeves as the new director of The Batman. Reeves is also receiving creative control over the project, a move that allows Reeves the ability to bring forth his creative vision to the screen.

 

Jenkin’s opinion carries a lot of weight with fans. Wonder Woman is shaping up to be the best of the DCEU movies. After a series of disappointments, DC fans want to see a critical hit. Wonder Woman may be that big hit.

 

The Batman, however, had many people worried. Star Ben Affleck was supposed to direct, but he bowed out for mysterious reasons. The filming of The Justice League films is rumored to be troubled. The script has not received positive marks. Reshoots are supposedly taking place.

 

A disastrous Batman film would be catastrophic for DC Comics and Warner Bros. Batman is the top franchise character as evidenced by the success of the three Dark Knight films. Ruining Batman with another bad film — Batman v. Superman was a dud — could undermine the entire future for movies based on D.C. Comics.

 

The right creative talent with the right vision is needed for a film to succeed. Hopefully, Reeves will bring this to The Batman. As many have stated before, D.C. Comics and Warner Bros. positively must get their extended universe franchise on the right track.

 

Iron Fist Star Ponders Spinoff Series

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Iron Fist is coming to Netflix. The martial arts hero debuts in his own series and then returns in the forthcoming Defenders series. Speculation among long-time comic book fans swirls around whether or not Netflix will launch a Heroes for Hire series with Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Finn Jones, the star and title character of Iron Fist, has noted he would really enjoy teaming with Luke Cage on Netflix. He would even like to see a Daughters of Dragon spinoff series, another wing of the Marvel Comics martial arts canon.

 

The original reason Luke Cage and Iron Fist teamed up in the comic books was neither was able to maintain decent sales figures in solo titles. Back in the 1970’s, Marvel Comics was always trying to debut new characters that would sell solid amounts — well over 100,000 copies — monthly. Teaming Luke Cage and Iron Fist up in a single book was a formula for success. Netflix does not need to team them, but doing so could create a very interesting 10-episode series.

 

Netflix may be part of the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the world of Netflix heroes seems to be turning into its own entity. The gritty nature of the Netflix programs definitely has created a unique identity. Expanding the world of Netflix programs to hero team ups and martial arts programs could be the logical progression of this world. The one stumbling block here is Netflix does not want to produce too many Marvel programs per year. Time will tell how far the Netflix universe expands.

 

Doctor Doom Actor Wants Marvel “Fantastic Four” Movie

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Toby Kebbell, who played Fanastic Four arch-villain Doctor Doom in the 2015 remake, hopes that the rights for the franchise will return to Marvel Studios.

 

This came after an interviewer broached the idea of that movie getting a sequel. Kebbell’s quick, humorous response: “I won’t be in it!”

 

His reasons for wanting the transfer were somewhat odd. He seemed notably more interested in his own character, the mad scientist/sorcerer/dictator Victor von Doom, getting to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe than the titular superhero team.

 

“Listen, Doom is an incredible bad guy, they just keep trying to force him into the Fantastic Four, you know?” he said. “They just need to move it out, ’cause he smashes up Thor and Iron Man, all them. They get wasted.”

 

While Doom does battle other heroes in the comics, he is forever tied to the Fantastic Four as their arch-nemesis. In particular he has an intense rivalry with Richard Reed, the team’s leader and one of the few people who can rival Doom’s own intelligence.

 

The 2015 Fanastic Four was a famously awful movie; created mostly so that Fox would not have to return the rights to Marvel, it changed numerous elements from the comics. Many feel it was trying to be more of a sci-fi/horror film than a superhero movie. The result was panned as boring and nonsensical. (Kebbell’s costume as Doctor Doom was also notably awful.)

 

Marvel Studio’s Kevin Feige recently noted that Fox was unlikely to sell their other major Marvel property, X-Men, back to Marvel Studios. Fans still hope that Fantastic Four, having been less profitable for Fox, may have a chance, though Feige also noted that Marvel has a very detailed plan in place even without such franchises.

 

Warren Beatty Doesn’t Deserve This

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Warren Beatty seemed to be the only one who knew something was wrong.

 

When it took Beatty too long to read out the winner of the Oscar’s ultimate award, Best Picture, the crowd grew restless. They assumed it was some kind of shtick. Even Faye Dunaway, his co-presenter, thought he was being a kook. When Beatty turned to Dunaway for help in his moment of need, instead of conversing on what should be done, she blurted out exactly what he was afraid to say.

 

In the aftermath of reading out the wrong winner for Best Picture, instead of the brunt of the criticism falling on Dunaway, or even more accurately, the accountants responsible for the distribution of the award envelopes, it was Beatty who was forced to weather the storm.

 

It was Beatty who remained on stage to attempt to explain the snafu while Dunaway scampered away, never to be heard from again. It was Beatty who wanted to tell the audience what had happened, while the envelope masters never ventured onto the stage or toward a microphone. And in a blatant case of killing the messenger, it was Beatty who was blamed for the wrong movie crew coming on stage as the winner of Best Picture.

 

We have since been told of everything that supposedly happened, but Beatty seems to remain in the cross hairs of critics, and it makes no sense. He is now calling for an official word to be released by the academy of motion pictures to settle this incident once and for all. It’s not for the public as much as himself. This wasn’t on Beatty; he was the only one who felt something was afoot in the first place.

 

Black Bolt Cast for “Inhumans” Series

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Marvel Television has cast Black Bolt for their upcoming Inhumans series.

 

Anson Mount, most famous for his role in Hell on Wheels, will be taking the part of Blackagar Boltagon, more commonly known as Black Bolt. The character is king of the Inhumans and leads a superhero team made up of members of his family.

 

Black Bolt’s power? His voice is so powerful that it can destroy entire cities with a whisper. Naturally, he tries to avoid speaking, leading his people though gestures and actions.

 

“Anson loves the challenge of playing a character who will only communicate silently,” said Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television. “His enthusiasm mixed with his imposing, almost regal persona made it easy to see why he is our Black Bolt.”

 

Iwan Rheon has already been cast as Maximus, Black Bolt’s villainous brother. There are rumors that Elysia Rotaru will play Black Bolt’s wife, Medusa the Queen.

 

Originally slated as a movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Inhumans will instead join the franchise’s burgeoning television line. Inhuman characters have already been foreshadowed on the series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 

In the comics, an alien race called the Kree experimented on some early humans back in the Stone Age, giving some of them enhanced abilities. These enhanced humans in turn experimented with something called the Terrigen Mists, which gives them superpowers. They live sequestered in a hidden city called Attilan, where different powers result in a rigid caste system. Stories generally revolve around the political and cultural changes within the city as well as the Inhumans’ increased involvement in the world outside.

 

In an unusual move, Inhumans will be available in IMAX theaters starting on Labor Day before its television premiere on ABC two weeks later (September 26, 2017).

 

Netflix Unveils Upcoming Shows For March

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Netflix has announced the shows and movies that will be debuting this March, along with those that will be leaving. Fans will thus be bidding adieu to the movies “Jaws” and “The Nanny Diaries” and TV series like “Monarch of the Glen.”

 

On the other hand, they will be able to enjoy a variety of movies ranging from the 1944 documentary “The Negro Soldier” to the 2016 biopic “Hands of Stone,” which is about the Panamanian boxer, Roberto Duran.

 

Of course, Netflix will be unveiling a bunch of original new shows and movies. For example, “Amy Schumer: The Leather Special” will debut on March 7. The comedienne will perform a stand-up routine at the Bellco Theater in Denver during which she will riff on drinking, dating and the perils of being newly famous.

 

Marvel’s Iron Fist” debuts on March 17, and it concerns a martial artist with superpowers. In addition to being a show in its own right, it will lead up to “The Defenders,” a miniseries starring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. In the show, the title character returns to New York after a 15-year disappearance.

 

The Most Hated Woman in America” is a biopic that will debut on March 24. It concerns the notorious atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair who battled to have Bible-reading banned in public schools. The Supreme Court ruled in her favor in 1963. She was eventually murdered in 1995.

 

The Discovery” is a science fiction movie that will premiere on March 31. In it, a scientist discovers that the afterlife really exists. That discovery leads to such dire consequences as a rash of suicides.

 

 

Donald Glover To Star As Lando Calrissian

To be a part of the Star Wars franchise is a dream that many people share. Donald Glover gets to realize this dreams. Donald is one of the fans of the Star Wars franchise. One of his favorite action figures was Lando Calrissian. He has recently been announced as the actor to play the role of a young Lando. Donald is honored to have been chosen for one of the iconic roles in the Star Wars franchise. This is perhaps the film that shows part of the history Han Solo and Lando share which include how Han has won the Millenium Falcon from Lando.

While Billy Dee Williams, the original Lando, is not as big of a star as Harrison Ford, Donald is still going to have to fill some large shoes. Billy Dee Williams has made the role his own with his own charm. Donald is going to have to bring his A game when it comes to bringing the character back to life. Speaking of Lando, one might wonder why there doesn’t seem to be any talk of bringing Billy Dee Williams back in his iconic role in one of the episodes.

One question that remains to be answered is the approach they are going to take with the Han Solo movie. Rogue One has been approached as a mixture of war movie and heist story. Maybe the direction they can go with the upcoming Han Solo movie is a comedy. After all, Han Solo has always been played with some kind of witty humor. One scene that comes to mind is when Han Solo is chasing some storm troopers down the hall of a space station only to meet up with a few more storm troopers. No matter the direction they take, the stars are going to have some large shoes to fill.

A Curious Development In The Star Trek Franchise

Before the release of Star Trek Beyond, there have already been talks to bring forth Star Trek 4. The most recent news is an idea that was pitched. It involved Chris Hemsworth returning as George Kirk. Chris Hemsworth heard the idea and he praised it. This means that the next Star Trek may deal with time travel. From what it sounds like, the film would involve James and George Kirk working together as father and son to stop a threat. The only thing that remains to be seen is the execution of that plot. From what it sounds like, this could be the last of the Star Trek reboot movies.

Star Trek was off to a strong start with the 2009 reboot. Then they worked on recreating The Wrath of Khan with Star Trek: Into Darkness. The interesting thing is that The Khan story is a recurring plot throughout the Star Trek film franchise. It has occurred with First Contact,Nemesis, and Star Trek as well. Beyond has taken a different direction with elements from The Search For Spock. It looks like Star Trek 4 is borrowing heavily from The Voyage Home, except the plot is going to be entirely different other than time travel.

It might take a lot of effort to screw this effort up. However, Star Trek Beyond is considered to be a better film than Into Darkness. The only issue is that they are going to have to wait a bit before they can get the project off the ground. For one thing, some of the cast members are committed to other upcoming movies. Chris Hemsworth and Zoe Sadana are in Avengers: Infinity War and Guardians of the Galaxy respectively.