The Geekend Roundup: This Week in Movies and TV


Arguably the biggest piece of nerd news this week came from our friends at DC Entertainment. One big question has been floating around for the past few months: WHAT IS AQUAMAN GOING TO LOOK LIKE!?

Like a glorious, wet seaman.

Zach Snyder tweeted out this super macho, Drogo-esque photo of Jason Momoa, confirming that we are getting an Aquaman who is very Poseidon in nature and far less-shall we say-wimpy than anticipated. I am torn about the character design. A part of me is mesmerized with how badass the character design is, but another part of me was hoping for something a bit more reminiscent of comic book Aquaman. When a lot of people think about Aquaman-myself included-they automatically picture a Ken doll dressed in a brightly adorned wet suit, riding dolphins.

Hey, just like this!

Though there have been adaptations where he is bearded and Viking-like, I wouldn’t mind so much if they sprinkled in touches of “pretty boy” Aquaman-which all but went out the door when they cast the dark, burly Momoa. A little color in the suit and a bit more blonde in the hair would have been just enough to serve the loyal fan base who is likely to tear this kind of thing apart. In this instance, they seem to have made Aquaman look like Momoa, and not the other way around. Ultimately, I think that he looks awesome and I’m looking forward to seeing him in action.

JJ Abrams production company ‘Bad Robot’ has extended their existing deal with Paramount Pictures for another three years. The partnership has been ongoing since 2006 and has brought us such great films as ‘Super 8’, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ and the upcoming ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and ‘Mission Impossible V’. They are in talks to produce a film together about legendary inventor Thomas Edison.

Trailers out this week include: Kill Me Three Times, starring Simon Pegg and a beautiful handlebar moustache, Run All Night starring Liam Neeson (as an assassin. Surprise!) and Ed Harris, and a glorious TV spot for Pixar’s upcoming ‘Inside Out’

Casting Rumours and News:

  • Javier Bardem has signed on to star as the villain-Captain Salazar-in Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies
  • The cast of ‘Inferno’ based on the Dan Brown novel has been announced, and includes Tom Hanks-returning as lead Robert Langdon. He is joined by ‘Theory of Everything’ actress Felicity Jones, as well as Omar Sy, Irrfan Khan and Sidse Babett Knudsen
  • ‘Firefly’ and ‘Homeland’ actress Morena Baccarin has been cast of the “love interest” (huh?) in the Deadpool film. Though no cast has been announced for the role, Colossus has been confirmed to appear in the film as well


Being a cable-less Canadian, I have unfortunately been deprived from seeing 95% of the clips from the SNL40 show that aired this past Sunday, aside from the amazing Celebrity Jeopardy return. Nonetheless, the turnout of talent was truly incredible. We saw the return of iconic characters such as Sean Connery, Wayne and Garth, Mary Katherine “SUPERSTAR!” Gallagher and Debbie Downer.

SNL themselves have flooded their Facebook and Instagram accounts with fantastic clips and backstage photos of the star studded cast and what they did. Listen to Ed Norton share his thoughts on his awesome sketch with the incomparable Bill Hader.

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Geekend Movie Release: Hot Tub Time Machine 2

In the land of sequels and remakes (present day Earth) there are far too many unnecessary examples of such. Even the most hilarious and quality films run the ever-present risk of running their premise and jokes straight into the ground. The lucky few that have pulled it off-’22 Jump Street’ and-arguably-‘Anchorman 2’, to name a few-succeed only in completely steering away from their original concept entirely or making a ‘fourth wall’ breaking mockery of its existence.

If you asked me just months ago if 2010s time travel comedy ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ was in need of a sequel, I probably would have said no, but once the trailer hit, I was swayed in the opposite direction.

The original cast returns for the most part, with the exception of leading man John Cusack-but to compensate for his absence we get ‘Stepbrothers’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’ funnyman Adam Scott. I’m not complaining. The hilarious team of Rob Corddry, (The Daily Show, Childrens Hospital, Warm Bodies) Craig Robinson (The Office, This is the End, Pineapple Express) and Clark Duke (Kick Ass, Sex Drive) now reside in the future that they manipulated for themselves by travelling back in time in the first film, which is actually the present. Got it?

Their new lives have been made possible by stealing as much useful information as they could during their stint in the 1980s. Nick (Craig Robinson) has made himself into a musical prodigy by stealing famous pop music and recording it before the original artists have a chance to. Lou (Rob Corddry) has taken advantage of what little knowledge he has about modern technology and used it to build a tech empire. An assassination attempt on Lou’s life spirals out of control when Nick and Jacob (Clark Duke) try to go back in time to undo the damage and end up in the future instead.

No matter how bleak the outlook is for this movie, you can at least bank on the fact that it will be raunchy and completely lacking in time travel logistics. That may work, and it might not.

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The Geekend Roundup: This Week in Movie and TV Land!


Let us acknowledge the elephant in the room, shall we?

Spiderman. Marvel Cinematic Universe. LET US REJOICE!

It is about damn time. The treatment of Spiderman in general over the past decade has been very hit or miss-and I think that the majority of fans can agree that Sony’s involvement with the franchise has been orchestrated with product placement high up on its list of priorities. It has been lackluster. Hell, it has been disappointing. I quite enjoyed ‘The Amazing Spiderman’, but its sequel was downright sad to watch. Aside from some spectacular visuals and fantastic chemistry by its lead actors, that movie could not be saved. I wrote a review of it-giving it a generous 7.5/10-then slept on it just long enough to forever regret my hasty decision.

Some of you may be wondering why this is such a big hairy deal. Well, Spiderman is near and dear to comic book fans everywhere, and we cannot wait to see him in his element-interacting with the many characters of the Marvel universe. He is a key component of many major storylines of recent and ancient history-and we now have a shot at seeing him swing with the big boys. It also means that there is far more potential in future storylines surrounding Spidey-perhaps an introduction to his buddy Nova-or a legitimate depiction of infamous villains like Venom and Carnage?

I won’t bore you with the multitude of speculation that has taken over the internet regarding casting, involvement, or anything for that matter. We know that (sadly) Andrew Garfield will not be reprising the role again, but it is far too early at this point for anything to be much more than rumours. However, I can guarantee that we finally have a fair shot-in the capable hands of Kevin Feige and company-at being really, really excited about Spiderman’s future in cinema.

Also, I have this fantastic ‘post credits scene’ idea involving Stan Lee cosplaying as Spiderman that I think Marvel could really use. Call me?

Casting Rumours and News:

  •  ‘Inception’ and ‘Dark Knight Rises’ beauty Marion Cotillard has been cast in the upcoming ‘Assassins Creed’ movie opposite Michael Fassbender.
  • Gina Carano of ‘Haywire’ and ‘Fast 6’ fame has signed on to play ‘Angel Dust’ in the upcoming ‘Deadpool’ movie opposite Ryan Reynolds and TJ Miller. They are the only confirmed cast thusfar
  • James Franco will star in a movie based on Stephen Kings JFK tale ’11/22/63′
  • Billy Bob Thornton and Alfred Molina will join the upcoming untitled project produced by Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels-joining cast members such as Martin Freeman and Margot Robbie

Popular trailers that debuted these week were Pitch Perfect 2, Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’, and Hitman: Agent 47


This week saw the debut of highly anticipated ‘Breaking Bad’ spinoff show ‘Better Call Saul’. The show stars the brilliant Bob Odenkirk as the most lovable, dishonest lawyer to grace our screens since Phil Hartman portrayed the bumbling Lionel Hutz (the resemblance is quite uncanny). I love and miss Breaking Bad dearly, but it ended when and how it should have. A spin off featuring Goodman is just what the doctor ordered to help quench the thirst of die hard fans and to keep Bob Odenkirk where he should be-in the spotlight! 

On the same day, we saw the return of AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’. I’ll be frank-I haven’t been a loyal follower to the show for a number of seasons now, but the fact remains that it is still some of the better programming that TV has to offer when it comes to catering to its HUGE audience and keeping things intriguing. They must be doing something right.

By the time you read this, Saturday Night Live will have either started-or completed the celebration of their 40th (!) anniversary show. This incredible lineup of talent includes old and new cast members, as well as favourite guests from the past 40 years. Everyone from Eddie Murphy to Bill Murray to Justin Timberlake and Tina Fey will all be on hand to honour the comedic institution that is Saturday Night Live. The show will be streaming on, if you are able to access it and don’t have cable. I will be stuck with having the watch the inevitable stream of youtube videos that will be online Monday morning.

In preparation, you can set up shop on SNL’s YouTube channel and Facebook page to see exclusive interviews and throwback sketches that will make you feel downright nostalgic.

In tragic news, Jon Stewart announced this week that he will be leaving popular pundit news program ‘The Daily Show’ after over 10 years on the air. This follows the recent departure of Stephen Colbert from his partner program ‘The Colbert Report’-which we are still recovering from. The man is well within his rights to move on to bigger and better ventures, but let it be known that late night comedy and broadcast news are forever changed because of him, and he will be missed. He changed the way that a younger generation gained interest in the news, and gained information.

It was never just about the jokes, it was also about changing the way that the world watched the news.

Until next time…

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Geekend Release: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Whats It About?

A spy agency takes on a cocky-but-promising young kid and tries to mold him from street hoodlum to spy while coming up against a global threat from a deranged tech genius.

Whos In It?

Colin Firth, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Mark Hamill

I wasn’t sure how to feel about this movie upon seeing its first trailer, but the stellar cast alone has been enough to peak my interest. Adapted from a Mark Millar penned graphic novel, it is certainly no coincidence that this movie has a very Kick Ass-meets Lucky Number Slevin-meets-Bond vibe to its presentation, thanks to director/writer Matthew Vaughn and his partner in writing crime Jane Goldman-who have collaborated on such successful projects as ‘Kick Ass’, ‘XMen First Class’ and ‘Stardust’.

Millar’s comics have a great success rate being adapted to film, so I hope to see this one follow suite. It has all of the right elements-Colin Firth in gorgeous suits, cool weapons, explosions, Sam Jackson yelling with a weird lisp- what more do you need?

Now we just have to hope that it delivers on its promise to meld action, fun and good old British charm-and that it makes more money than that other movie coming out this weekend about expensive suits and violent toys. Heh hem.

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