The Geekend Roundup: This Week in Movies and TV

Movies

AGE OF ULTRON TRAILER GUYS!

Seriously, how much longer do we need to wait? This third official trailer was released on March 4th and it shows us brand new footage of everything that we’ve wanted to see. Hulk busting, Hulkbuster, Hulk busting the Hulkbuster, Ultron AND a special little peek at the mysterious Vision! I don’t want them to show him in his entirety until the movie comes out, but unless I avoid the internet entirely over the next 2 months that seems nearly impossible. Heres hoping!

The man himself-Joss Whedon-saw down with SFX recently to talk about his two newest character attractions-Vision and Ultron. It sounds like he is resting a lot of hope on the powerhouse talents of James Spader and the angry awesomeness of Ultron. I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us! Check out the interview here.


Earlier in the week, Marvel started to release individual character posters alongside an official cast poster that is a sheer clusterf*k drowning in Photoshop and terrible proportions.

Gimme simplicity!

Chris Hemsworth may have given away the entire ending of the movie during his appearance on Saturday Night Live this week. SPOILER ALERT!


It has been a relatively slow season for movies, and I haven’t seen a whole lot lately that has caught my attention, aside from ‘Kingsmen: The Secret Service’ (which was fantastic, for the record). However, the brilliant Neil Blomkamp released his newest sci fi effort ‘CHAPPiE’ this weekend. I saw it, I reviewed it, and I loved it. I was extremely disappointed to find out that it has been panned by critics, but relieved to see that it has been getting generally positive feedback from viewers. I am sincerely hoping that the bad critic backlash does not deter people from seeing the film. They got it wrong this time!

Check out my review here!


Television

HBO has officially launched its streaming service at a cost of $15 a month. Although the consumer industry in general is going “unplugged” and seeking out options like this, the question remains: would you pay $15 a month just to watch HBO programming? Some die hard Game of Thrones fans might say yes, but for the general public-they may still be persuaded to simply stream or download GOT, Boardwalk Empire, Veep etc. If the trend catches on, as it clearly has with Netflix, Crackle etc, better rates could follow. NBC has its sights set on something similar where they offer a package that includes Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in one package.Their proposed price point is only about $2.5-$3.5 per month.

Will you pay $15 a month to watch HBO?


The news of passing celebrities seems to be coming in far too consistently lately. On March 4th we lost Daniel Von Bargen-better known as George Costanzas flighty boss Mr Kruger from ‘Seinfeld’. RIP Mr Bargen


Agents of Shield has returned! So, what have they become? I won’t divulge too much for those who are still not caught up, but the mid season premiere finally gave us a few answers, all the while raising more tantalizing questions. This has become the addicting formula of ‘Agents of Shield’ since the series began. The most important thing to know right now is that they are setting us up for the ‘Inhumans’ storyline that Marvel has promised us a 2018 feature film in its Phase 3 lineup.

The fate of S.H.I.E.L.D and rival Hydra is constantly hanging by a thread, as they are caught in a power struggle that often brings ramifications of a global scale. On the next episode, we are reportedly getting another visit from the beautiful warrior Lady Sif of Asgard. Why? Your guess is as good as mine!


Binge show extraordinaire ‘Orange is the New Black’ has an official return date of June 12th. In case you were going to check-its a Friday. So book off your weekend.


An official photo has been released of Melissa Benoist in her new Supergirl costume for the upcoming CBS/DC series. Costume designer Colleen Atwood -who also designed costumes for ‘Arrow’ and ‘Flash’ describes the costume as a melding of the classic look, but brought into modern day. Reception for the new costume has been overly positive, and Benoist looks great in it. I am a fan.

Supergirl

Benoist is making a solid name for herself, originating as (basically) Lea Micheles replacement on ‘Glee’, but most recently giving an outstanding performance in ‘Whiplash’ as Miles Teller’s love interest.


Casting News and Rumours:

  • Zachary Quinto will be making an appearance on the third season of ‘Hannibal’ as a patient of Gillian Andersons character Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier. The series will return on June 4th 2015
  • Jada Pinkett Smith has told fans not to count on her return to the ‘Gotham’ series next season, as her one year contractual obligations are already fulfilled for the first season
  • Alec Baldwin will serve as both star and executive producer of an upcoming HBO drama where he will play the Mayor of New York City. It has been compared to “the lightest episode” of the Sopranos as well as a less “pitch black” version of ‘House of Cards’. Sign me up!

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The Geekend Roundup: This Week in TV

Though this is not strictly television news, it is a huge blow to the entertainment industry and to lovers of pop culture. The beloved Leonard Nimoy has passed away at 83 years old due to end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy has been in the industry for decades, and although he is known best for his role as ‘Spock’-he is known just as well for his amazing, soothing, unforgettable voice. His dear friends and fans have taken to social media to honor his memory-and everyone from The Simpsons to William Shatner have incredibly touching things to say about him.

His friend George Takei said it quite well: “Today, the world lost a great man, and I lost a great friend. We return you now to the stars, Leonard. You taught us to “Live Long And Prosper,” and you indeed did, friend. I shall miss you in so many, many ways”

As you did, we will always remember to Live Long, and Prosper because of you. Rest in Peace.


Another tragic loss this past week in the television arts community was comedy writer Harris Wittels, who passed away of apparent drug overdose at the age of 30. The name may not be well known, but he was quite well known in the comedy world for his outlandish wit and brilliance, writing for shows like ‘The Sarah SIlverman Program’, ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘Eastbound and Down’. His face may be recognizable to fans of podcast and show ‘Comedy Bang Bang’. Friends like Sarah Silverman and Chelsea Peretti took to Twitter and Facebook to share their sadness and their stories, but no response was quite as touching as the lengthy letter composed by devoted friend Aziz Ansari. You can read the letter here.

Rest in Peace, Harris.


The minutes, days and weeks are creeping up until Game of Thrones starts up again. HBO has already given us one lengthy trailer that revealed just enough to get us drooling a little bit. This week, they revealed a pretty righteous (okay, amazing) poster and a couple of small character centered clips featuring Brienne of Tarth and the lovable bastard Jon Snuhhhh

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There has been a lot of speculation surrounding what this season is going to be like in comparison to their source materials, but the general consensus seems to be that they are steering away from the books overall. This isn’t good news to everyone, but as long as the show continues to deliver on shock value, boobs and quality storylines I don’t see their fan base straying off anytime soon.


In other April news, Netflix is debuting and streaming the entire first season of ‘Daredevil’ starting on April 10th. New clips and posters continue to merge, with the latest one being one of my personal favorites thusfar. There has been some controversy around how Charlie Cox’ Daredevil/Matt Murdock looks in the trailers, but this image seems to be quite close to what fans are expecting.

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Showrunner Steven S DeKnight says that the series will be “PG-16”-snuggling up to an R rating but not quite touching it. This is certainly welcome in the superhero universe-which is generally washed down to an age appropriate level-but it is very appropriate to this character. Charlie Cox said:

This is more sinister, and that really suits the character. The hero and the villain… it’s a very blurry line. Let’s say that you didn’t know anything about Daredevil, hopefully you would feel a sense of ambiguity about who’s on the right path here. And, well, you know… we have blood.


Sarah Chalke has signed on to star in Fox comedy “48 Hours Till Monday” opposite funnyman Rob Riggle, ‘3rd Rock From the Sun’ alumna Jane Curtin and Merrin Dungey. Chalke has been keeping busy since her ever scene stealing role as Dr Elliot Reed in ‘Scrubs’-lending her voice to underrated comedy ‘Rick and Morty’ as well as making cameos in ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘Cougartown’ and a recurring role in ‘Backstrom’ opposite Rainn Wilson.


Marvels ‘Agent Carter’ has come to the end of its first-and potentially only-season, which means one thing: ‘Agents of Shield’ is BACK this coming Tuesday!

I started out as a skeptic of the show, because I felt that it started out rather weak, but AOS quickly picked up steam and won me over with its wit and its irresistible cliff hangers. Just to get our blood pumping a little bit harder for the coming mid season premiere they released a beautiful poster giving us a glimpse into the future of the show and its emerging lead character Skye-who has become entangled in the very core of the shows storyline. I cannot wait for Tuesday. WHAT HAVE THEY BECOME?

Something…inhuman?


On March 1st Fox debuts a new series starring Will Forte titled ‘Last Man on Earth’. Forte is…you guessed it, the last man on earth after a virus seemingly kills out the entire population. This isn’t your average post apocalyptic show, being brought to us by comedy power couple Chris Miller and Phil Lord. These guys have created some of the funniest TV and film of the past decade, from the short lived ‘Clone High’ animated series (also starring Forte), Brooklyn Nine Nine, ’21 Jump Street’, ’22 Jump Street’ and ‘The Lego Movie’. This group of guys working on a weekly series together is bound to be nothing short of comedy gold.

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The Geekend Roundup: This Week in Movies and TV

Movies

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

Television

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!

Movies

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


Television

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 NBC.com, 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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