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Fox Signs on for The Orville Season 2!

Seth MacFarlane led The Orville made an interstellar splash when it hit Fox channels this past fall. Quickly developing its fan base with intricately crafted science fiction storytelling, leaning on the explorative spirit of Star Trek and Lost in Space, as well as MacFarlane’s trademark sense of humor and narrative, The Orville became heralded by critics throughout its first season. As recently announced by Fox, The Orville has been signed for a second season, allowing MacFarlane and company to continue to boldly go where few comedy programs have before, straight to the hearts of the most diligent science fiction fans, while at once being enjoyed by audiences at large.

The Orville tells the story of Captain Ed Mercer, leader of The Orville, and ex-wife and commander of The Orville, Kelly Grayson, along with stories of the crew of the ship, and the discoveries made in deep space. The Orville makes perfect use of decade’s worth of science fiction influences and manages to subvert them for surprising encounters in what may feel like familiar space for Star Trek, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica fans. The Orville has stood out as a surprising television series for MacFarlane who is known for his animated series’ focusing on comedy focus, whereas The Orville is particularly serious in tone while playfully adopting humor elements throughout.

With a second season of the series it is likely we will see MacFarlane delve deeper into world building and providing his characters with a more intricate backgrounds, while at once allowing the twisting and turning sci-fi nature of the series to show through more broadly. Without a doubt The Orville has become a surprise hit for a variety of different T.V. fans, and will bring us another season of sci-fi hi-jinks on the bridge of the federation ship in 2018. To find out more about The Orville, and the upcoming season 2, visit https://www.fox.com/the-orville.

Star Wars and the Push For Diversity

Back when the first Star Wars movie appeared, there was diversity, but only in the form of humans mixing with different creatures. George Lucas didn’t really think of diversity when he shot the first Star Wars back in the 70s. However, he has taken a step forward when he has brought in Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian. While most of the actors playing human characters consisted of people of European descent, some of the aliens bore a slight resemblance to other ethnic groups. By the time Return of the Jedi was released, Billy Dee Williams was perhaps one of the only non-white actors to have a prominent role. The only other non-white actor that was recognizable was James Earl Jones, but that was only a vocal role.

Even the prequels seemed to be lacking when it comes to diversity. However, it did a little better than the original trilogy. With The Force Awakens, there has been a strong push for diversity with one of the lead actors being Jogn Boyega, a Black actor from Britain. Rey is played by Daisy Ridley. It seems like this generation of Star Wars leads are more diverse than previous.

The actors are not the only ones that are starting to be diverse. There are plans to bring about diversity to the directors. There are also plans for another Star Wars Trilogy that is not related to the current trilogy. This could mean that it is not going to have anything to do with the Skywalker bloodline or Rey’s lineage.

There seems to be plenty of exciting things happening with Star Wars. Disney is making a lot of deals and working on a lot of projects that are sure to not only entertain but innovate. With a deal being made with Fox, they are surely going to be in control of some of the crowd pleasing franchises that they can develop into new projects. Among the things to look forward to is the complete released of the restored original trilogy.

The Crow Reboot Set To Move Forward

There has been many attempts to get The Crow reboot off the ground. The reboot has not only gone through many actors, but also many directors. Now, Sony Entertainment Studios has everything set up to move forward with the reboot. While some people may not see this as a big deal with tons of franchises getting rebooted or remade, Alex Proyas, the director of the 1994 adaptation has spoken out against it saying that Brandon Lee has given his life in this role. He wants this role to belong to deceased star. However, there have been plenty of reboots that have gone forward including those where the star of a previous incarnation has died. One example is the Joker who was played by Heath Ledger who had died shortly after filming.

The Crow was a hit when it came out. Brandon Lee has given a really memorable performance as Eric Draven. Even though the film was a really faithful adaptation, there are plenty of differences between the film and the original comics. Also, there were plenty of scenes that were cut that would’ve given more insight to certain plot points in the film. However, the film has hinted at the plot points.

The original movie has spawned numerous sequels and a TV series. Before attempting to reboot the franchise, Rob Zombie had an idea for an installment that took place in 2037. There were also other ideas pitched around for a Crow movie featuring DMX called Lazarus. In total, there have been 4 feature films in the franchise. Only two of them were released in theaters. The Crow: City of Angels was considered a disaster. However, this is likely because of issues in the editing process. An earlier cut of the film was finished that would’ve bumped the quality up to almost the level of the first film.

Blade Runner 2049 Delivers Box Office Oblivion

No good news seems to be coming out of the box office performance of Blade Runner 2049. The film opened with soft box office numbers. Fans and insiders tried to put a positive note on the weak opening. Perhaps the film would do much better overseas than it did in North American theaters. Maybe the feature would draw consistent numbers each week and build a following leading to eventual impressive numbers. All this wishful thinking turned out not to be rooted in the reality of the financial truth.

Blade Runner 2049 hasn’t even earned $100 million at the North American box office, which is horrible for a $150 million-budgeted film. Overseas, the film isn’t doing any business. The film failed miserably in China, a market that has often helped deliver tremendous ticket sales for films that did not necessarily do well elsewhere.

What makes all this so sad is the fact Blade Runner 20149 stands as an outstanding sequel. In terms of quality, this is an outstanding science-fiction film that brilliantly builds on the mysterious ending of the original 1982 film. Blade Runner 2049 came along at the wrong time. Few films seems to be connecting with audiences. Superhero films and the outlier Stephen King’s It did extremely well. A tremendous number of movies, sadly, underperformed. Quite a few films turned out to be massive box office flops. Even some truly excellent features performed poorly.

What is causing films such as Blade Runner 2049 to underperform? Competition from so many other forms of entertainment do keep people away from theaters. Blade Runner 2049 surely suffered from alternate media competition. The film, however, also couldn’t overcome the fact the audience interested in the sequel was comprised of only a small number of classic sci-fi movie fans.

Avengers: Infinity Wars will feature some unusual frienships

If new reports from Screenrant can be believed, it appears that Hulk is going to have a brand new friend in”Avengers: Infinity War”. It appears the green rage monster is going to become buddies with the furry raccoon looking rage monster in Rocket.

Excitement over the Marvel movie universe is ramping up thanks to “Thor: Ragnarok” being right around the corner. That excitement has led to more news about an upcoming movie, that’s still months away. Mark Ruffalo was recently talking about the continued evolution in the Marvel comics tales. Thor: Ragnarok showed a bit of a change in the way the character interacts with his teammates. The fact that there is even an understanding that he has teammates is something quite different for the Hulk.

Mark Ruffalo recently talked about how the green giant will find himself interacting with Rocket in a way that should be quite endearing to fans of the comic book franchise. “It’s a very funny relationship that the two of them have: First of all, it’s the biggest superhero and the smallest. Just keeping them in a frame together is a feat and hilarious in itself.”

One of the reasons the two might become an interesting pairing is because they have something in common when it comes to simply making the film. They are both done using CGI. That might make it easier to have them onscreen together the way Rocket and Groot have been paired up in Guardians of the Galaxy movies. The two are also similar in temperament. This could lead to rather hilarious hijinks. Members of the Marvel movies are quick to point out that while there has been comic relief in their movies, that never takes away from the overall enjoyment of those films. For now we’ll have to take Mark Ruffalo’s word for what it will look like, but we won’t have to wait that long to see the two on screen together in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Marvel Director Supports DC’s Right to “Original Captain Marvel”

James Gunn, in his ongoing effort to bring peace between the warring tribes of comic book fans, has tweeted a defense of Shazam actor Zachary Levi.

Levi, who was announced to be playing a DC Extended Universe superhero last Friday, October 27, has been referring to his character as “the original Captain Marvel.” Some fans of Marvel Comics’ character of the same name have taken that as a subtle jab at them, as though he was calling their preferred captain less legitimate.

Enter Gunn, a Marvel director who has become extremely successful turning the relatively minor Guardians of the Galaxy property into two mega-hit films and mainstays of Marvel TV adaptations. He has lately been speaking up for fans of the two companies to put aside their differences, and for that cause, gave his own opinion about Levi’s comments on Twitter.

“Fan sites: @ZacharyLevi calling Shazam ‘the original Captain Marvel’ is not throwing shade at Marvel. He IS the original Captain Marvel,” he wrote.

The issue is a complicated one that draws on a lot of comic book history. The short version: Levi’s “original Captain Marvel,” Billy Batson, was created in 1941 by the now defunct Fawcett Comics, and purchased by DC Comics in 1972. In the meantime, however, the rights to the name had expired, and Marvel Comics snatched them up. Since then there have been several Marvel characters using the title, most recently Carol Danvers.

DC Comics is still allowed to call the Billy Batson character “Captain Marvel,” as long as they do not use the name in advertisements. It is unclear at this time if Levi will be called that in his film, but in any event, his comments could easily be taken as an attempt at clarification rather than an attempted insult.

A Smarter Hulk Appears in Thor: Ragnarok

The God of Thunder takes center stage in Thor: Ragnarok, but he does share the spotlight with another classic hero. The Incredible Hulk has been featured prominently in the commercials hyping the new Thor film. The Hulk isn’t the brutish beast of Avengers films. The Green Goliath speaks and shows he is a bit smarter than the lumbering, silent giant of previous film appearances.

Director Taika Waititi noted The Hulk was made “smarter” in order to make him more “engaging” in the film. Giving The Hulk the ability to speak allows for more interaction with Thor and other characters. There is only so much that can be done with a Hulk that limited in his ability to interact with others.

The silent version of The Hulk was not a Marvel Comics creation. It was the CBS Incredible Hulk television series that went with a non-speaking Hulk. The movies followed this concept. When The Hulk debuted in the early 1960’s, he not only spoke but came off as a calculating and sinister anti-hero. In time, The Hulk took on a child-like personality. Eventually, The Hulk returned to becoming a speaking, more adult character but without the air of a Mr. Hyde-style menace.

The possibility exists that The Hulk could steal quite a bit of Thor’s thunder in the new film. Even though both The Hulk and his alter ego Dr. Banner play supporting roles, they could overshadow the lead hero. Consider this ironic. For decades, Thor was barely a B-level hero in the Marvel Comics Universe while The Hulk was firmly A level. In the movies, things changes. Two disappointing solo films hurt The Hulk’s ability to carry a film. The two previous Thor films did well at the box office. The third film looks like it will outdraw every other entry in the trilogy.

Deadpool 2 Isn’t Your Regular Movie Sequel – T.J Miller

We can all agree that the Deadpool Franchise took off on a high note, and that’s why movie goers from all corners of the globe are eagerly waiting for the sequel. Deadpool 2, a protraction of Deadpool, is slated to hit theaters come the Summer of 2018. On the outside, everything seems to be running smoothly production-wise with the franchise retaining the Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the witty script writers of Deadpool.

This duo promises Deadpool lovers that the upcoming movie will be much funnier than the first one, which was undoubtedly one of the funniest superhero movies to have ever graced the big screen. They also promised a fair share of darkness and plot twists that fans aren’t expecting and therefore won’t see coming. Some fresh faces joining the cast of Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, and the enigmatic Ryan Reynolds.

The trailer of Deadpool 2 was released a while back. And judging by the number of views and comments it has received, it goes without saying that more than a fair share of people is indeed waiting for its release. You can check out the adrenaline-induced trailer of the highly anticipated superhero movie by clicking here ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLeGWcVeIZ4 ).

Upon being interviewed, T.J. Miller went on to reveal that some characters will always be themselves even though the tempo, as well as storyline of the movie, will shift from the norm. He also promises that the movie is action packed and the fans should grab an extra bag of popcorn because the movie is riddled with nothing but exhilaration, from start to finish.

With 2017 almost coming to a close, we all look forward to summer 2018 hoping that it will bring nothing but the very best of action movies among them, Deadpool 2.

The Walking Dead Celebrates A Milestone

The Walking Dead’s season 8 premiere will mark a milestone. The debut episode will also be the 100th episode of the season. When the “zombie apocalypse” series first appeared on AMC, few expected it to flop. Horror fans definitely would have tuned in. The massive success of the series surely has taken everyone involved with it by surprise. The 100th episode truly is a monumental achievement.

The celebratory nature of the 100th episode is in the air at the San Diego Comic Convention. A banner honoring the 100th episode hangs at the convention for all to see.

The banner’s visuals are impressive. On the left side, images from earlier seasons are prominent. On the right side, the present and future of the series are depicted. In the middle, a proclamation about the 100th episode is joined by a simple “Thank you” to fans.

The series definitely is relying on the consistent approval of its long-time fans. Ratings have been dropping for the series, which is no real secret. While current ratings remain strong, the numbers are dropping. If the ratings continue to drop further, this could prove to be a very serious — if not disastrous — situation for the series.

The combination of poor pacing and an uptick in violence along with fewer zombies has been blamed for the series’ woes. Hopefully, all this will change in the next season. Really, changes do need to be made or else The Walking Dead probably won’t last on the AMC lineup for much longer.

Riverdale Gets A Season Two Premiere Date

The CW has announced its fall premiere dates, and Riverdale fans are in luck. No longer a midseason show like it was for its freshman season, Riverdale will be back on the network in October, though it is on the move.

 

The series, inspired by Archie comic books, aired on Thursdays during its inaugural season. It followed Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and friends Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) in the small town of Riverdale after it was rocked by the unexpected death of one of it teenagers. The mystery of just who killed him played out over 13 episodes and brought to light student-teacher affairs, incestuous relationships, and financial scandals, not to mention another attempted murder in the season finale.

 

For its sophomore set, it’s moving to Wednesdays at 8PM. Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead will return for more soapy small town mysteries on October 11.

 

Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has been giving fans hints at what’s to come by releasing episode titles on his twitter account while the show’s team is back at work in the writers’ room. Their first foray back into television will be “Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying,” picking up not long after the season one finale left off. That will be followed up by “Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks.” The titles continue the method of naming the episodes after classic films that the writers have used since the pilot, so fans will have plenty of fun dissecting those episode titles over the next few months to see if they can learn anything about what’s next for the Riverdale residents.

 

Riverdale fans can currently relive season one on Netflix, where it became available to stream in its entirety in May.