Life On Mars: USA
The current binge watch.
I can't wait for dark to open some wine and fire up two episodes. I almost didn't start this knowing it was a one season wonder, likely leaving viewers hanging at the end. Still, the subject matter drew me like a moth to a flame. We're about halfway through and having fun. The episodes are a little heavy handed portraying the NYC police as complete knuckle draggers. Gretchen Mol did nothing for me in Boardwalk Empire, in this I can't get enough of her screen time. Jason O'Mara does have some Steve McQueen thing going on. Harvey Keitel and Michael Imperioli thus far play 2D cartoon characters.
Life On Mars which started as a British series had become a global curiosity. Around the world in six different countries a cop hits his head waking up to doing law enforcement in decades past. I'll definitely check out the U.K. source material.
Thumbs up to art department for bringing NYC circa 1973 to life.
I can't wait for it to get dark...
Halston is a hot mess.
Ewan McGregor playing fashion designer Roy Halston Frowick is something I can watch all day. Krysta Rodriguez is equally impressive as Liza Minnelli. I could watch a series on Halston and Minnelli partying through the 70's and 80's, which in fact is some of the best stuff of the Netflix mini-series Halston. Like some moments on Mad Men the historical bread crumbs of brands and products you remember were fun. The structure of the five episode mini-series was lacking, at times dragging things a bit too long but mostly not spending enough time developing other important elements of the story. In particular Gian Franco Rodriguez's Victor Hugo, the evolution from Village People like cheap trick to deep artist seems like fast food. It's hard to really feel anything for Halston's fall at the end. He lives his last days out with big checks, servants, and a driver taking him up and down the Pacific coast in a Rolls Royce. Worth checking it out.
John Nolan is Mr. Rogers with a badge and a gun.
The Rookie finishes season three without being a complete woke train-wreck. There is nothing deeply nutritional about The Rookie. The ABC cops and robbers show is a simple shoot 'em up dramedy. With the horrible death of Gorge Floyd sparking the BLM Summer of Love you knew season three would be different. The danger of course would be the show being brooding, dark and completely different than what fans have been tuning in for. The producers don't take the bold risk of turning one of the main characters into a bad racist cop. They bring in Brandon Routh that you knew at moment one was the new racist cop character. There is nothing deep about this new villain. Just when you think another non-binary pansexual is about to be shoved in your face the show resists doing the cliché. Each episode provides a mostly balanced morality lesson ripped from the headlines. The wobblers lesson was almost offensive because the episode ignores the reality of big city prosecutors being soft. Which leads to more crime. Season three ends on a contrived cliffhanger. Despite my apparent bitching I'll watch season 4.
Television continues doing Star Wars right.
With order 66 the empire begins. The animated Star Wars: Clone Wars has always been highly recommended to me. I only have so much time for sci-fi cartoons, that time is devoted to Rick & Morty and Star Trek: Lower Decks. Disney+ has put together a Clone Wars essential episodes, which could probably be paired down a bit. I used that to get up to speed on the newly hyped Star Wars: The Bad Batch. We're only half way in really digging seeing how the republic falls and the empire begins. This is good stuff that adults and older children can enjoy together. Expect to hear more. Highly suggested.
Sources Close to Zach Snyder Clear the Air.
We have spoken to our sources deep inside Camp Snyder about the breaking news today.
"Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, Zach is supportive to the idea of continuing work with Warner Brothers on his vision of the DCEU. On Tuesday and Thursdays, Zach is burned out and bummed by the way Warner Brothers has treated him. Zach asks for fans to be patient, he's close to figuring out how big a check the WB needs to cut. He is confident he can do the Michael Dorn Star Trek project and any needed DCEU work".
Whedon Web will stay on top of any developments. Expect some Batfleck news on Wednesday.
A galaxy sized portion of Star Trek news.
Apparently CBS/Viacom/Paramount had some Trek event, triple masked no doubt. First Contact Day they are calling it, is this new? Anyway, I thought I'd lasso all the news up in one place. Let's boldly get right to it.
A lot of old school knuckle draggers say Star Trek Discovery is gay, hell I've probably said it once or twice. Well, Disco as it is affectionately known has won an award from GLAAD for best drama, seriously congrats guys...them or whatever.
Multiple sources are reporting a new Star Trek feature film is in the works. After all the previous announcements with various people attached, including even Quentin Tarantino at one point, I'll believe it when I see the trailer. We don't know tribble shit about it other than the release date of June 9th, 2023...fucking useful.
News for Boomers and Gen-X, a.k.a. fans of real Star Trek. A beloved character from the Braga/Berman 'verse returns to be a thorn in Picard's life. Yes John De Lancie has signed on for Picard season two. All we know is Patrick Stewart has teased people with "shattering event".
Answer to the question no one is asking. Yes, Zach Quinto is interested in doing a Spock TV show. Yeah, he'll do another movie too.
A few yahrens ago Kate Mulgrew had an attitude adjustment about her years doing Star Trek. Now cool with being associated with Janeway, since Orange Is The New Black ran it's course, Mulgrew is back as Janeway. In animated form. Kate Mulgrew will do the voice work on the animated children series Star Trek: Prodigy. Captain Janeway will be a training hologram. We get our first look here.
SyFy Wire is ga-ga over some artifact in the Picard Sesaon 2 teaser tariler pointing to a possible return of Avery Brooks as Benjamin Sisko. DS9 was a lot of years and booze ago so the details on this tablet artifact escape. More Ben Sisko is cool with me.
While SyFy Wire claims Avery Brooks has retired from acting. Cirroc Lofton who played Jake Sisko said otherwise last December. "Avery has not retired as an actor and would return to acting if offered a role, he has been blacklisted from Hollywood and is without any agent or agency".
SNL did a Star Trek skit featuring some Gen-Z woke crew members, it was mostly meh. Search YouTube if you must.
Star Trek: DISCO dropped a season 4 first look trailer. Captain Burnham and crew are wearing snazzy new uniforms and "facing something that can tear us all apart, we'll face it together yadda-yadda". Watch the trailer here after a couple of online casino commercials.
Saving the best for last Star Trek: Lower Decks, which has really grown on me, returns August 12th. You can catch a trailer here.
Battlestar Peacock Delayed Again
Breaking News: Looks like Battlestar Peacock will be delayed. Deadline is reporting that Battlestar Peacock showrunner Mike Lesslie is adapting some old dead broad's book for Hulu. "Deadline understands that Lesslie is no longer involved". Details about Battlestar Peacock from UCP are minimal. We got the big news that Sam Esmail was the guy in charge to resurrect the space opera franchise for the Universal/NBC streamer, Peacock. Then we got cryptic notes and tweets that the reboot wasn't going to be a reboot, Sam Esmail fawned praise for Ron Moore's work. Then we got word that Mike Lesslie would be the show-runnner of the reboot. Mike Lesslie would create the universe of Battlestar Peacock, direct, produce and run the writer's room. Mike Lesslie delivered boiler-plate about being a fan of both versions, respecting Larson and Moore's work, yadda-yadda. Then almost buried was a leak about casting Adama and a Starbuck that was genderless or pangendered, maybe A-sexual. Then up till now radio silence. We have no idea on whether there was a falling out between Esmail and Lesslie but there must be a story.
Correction: Margaret Atwood is very much alive.
Sources on Twitter reveal that Chevy Chase is playing Joe Biden for an Air Force One skit tomorrow night on SNL. So far it is just a one time appearance unless real world events demand otherwise.
Let the Easter Egg hunt begin.
Have you needed to slow down the action to 6 frames per second, to let's say get a good look at an Easter Egg in your favorite film? With Amazon's latest version of Fire Stick you can do just that. Precision Frames Per Second allows you to slow what you're watching down to low as 3 frames per second.
"This isn't just something a booger eater in your house can use for nipple slips. For example in Justice League, at the 1:53:40 mark you can slow things down to see the exact moment Ray Fisher's heart breaks as he says booyah", Mark Grey, Amazon Prime Services.
We can't wait to use this feature while screening Ready Player One.
HBO Max is pulling a last minute maneuver to make a big splash!
Running a streaming service once was if not easy at least not done under a microscope. Now launching a streaming service is a gamble with million dollar chips. At HBO Max both Casey Bloys and Andy Forssell placed a pile of chips on Justice League: The Snyder Cut. Recently the HBO Max promotional machine has been churning out Godzilla vs. Kong content but there's a problem. The giant monster disaster flick isn't generating the buzz HBO Max is looking for. Mike Sheehan of the tracking firm Sheehan, Sheehan & Guerrero said, "like watching paint dry level of interest". Inside sources said Bloys and Forssell have a plan, they just need time to execute it. The biggest hurdle was getting Zack Snyder on board, that happened last night.
"Initially I wasn't interested. HBO Max parked a Brinks Truck in front of my house. Literally an armored car of cash in front of my house. My wife said you're doing this". Zack Snyder
The plan? Justice League vs. Kong & Godzilla: The Snyder Cut. Reshoots are expected to be done by March 21st with an April 15th release date on the streamer.
It was said to be the answer to the question no one was asking. Now it's just a former project that Josh Peck was attached to. Disney tweeted out a picture of Josh and Sammy to announce their re-imagining of Turner & Hooch. Back-lash was immediate. Hoards objected to the human holding a canine by the leash. Most comments were a variation of the theme below.
"The dog should have the freedom to decide if it wants to be the with the human and when. What happened to canine consent"?
Kathleen Kennedy couldn't be reached for a comment.
Daisy Ridley corrects the record and millions of Star Wars fans suddenly cried out in happiness.
In an interview for Blot’s forthcoming issue, Daisy Ridley’s press promotion for Chaos Walking naturally lead to some Star Wars talk. We thought we’d seen the last of Rey in The Rise of Skywalker. Even though it all felt “resolved” to Ridley, she maintains that it’d be crazy to call anything done, as she remarks below.
“I mean, never say never. I’m always open to a revisit. They pay me a lot, I mean a lot of money. Also, the beautiful thing is it’s this wonderful, huge universe with all of these stories that have yet to be told. That means more Rey action figures. You know I get a cut of that, right? We all complain about doing another Star Wars film but it’s not like I have to work with Joss Whedon”.
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