DOCTOR WHO ‘Twice Upon a Time’ Trailer

BBC America have unveiled a short-yet-thrilling trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Special, “Twice Upon a Time,” which sees the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) team up with the First Doctor (David Bradley) to solve a unique problem with Time freezing.

Oh, and they both are facing traumatic regenerations, one of which will result in the first female incarnation of the Doctor, as portrayed by Jodie Whittaker.

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2015 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Big AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Tie-In to Movie Universe? Uh, Not So Much…

SifSHIELDRemember all the hype about how Marvel’s AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. would be set in the same universe as the Marvel movies and we could expect events from the big and small screen to at least have an influence on each other? Well, Marvel is now backing away from that idea.

Take last week’s guest appearance on MAoS by the Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander), a major player in Thor’s movie series. Like most people, I expected this to be a major event, not merely ratings-bait stunt casting — especially since Sif was to go up against Lorelei, the sister of the Enchantress, who is expected to be one of the baddies in the eventual Thor 3 movie.

Perhaps Enchantress might be angry about her little sister’s treatment on the TV show? Don’t hold your breath…
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Wow, Those ‘GoT’ Dragons Got Big!

This trailer for HBO’s GAME OF THRONES does a good job of making season four look exciting! (Oh, and Daenerys… sigh)

My favorite part is Cersei (Lena Heady) asking the eternal question, “What good is power if you cannot protect the ones you love?” That’s the problem classic Superman wrestled with in the comics. (In the movie Man of Steel? Not so much…)

Be watching on April 6!

S.H.I.E.L.D. Adding More Comic Book Characters

esatineQuick on the heels of announcing a guest shot by Lady Sif, Marvel has confirmed that AGENTS OF SHIELD will soon feature another Asgardian — the troublemaking sorceress Lorelei — and a homicidal cyborg known as Deathlok — who will have a familiar face.

You didn’t think that SHIELD went to the trouble of casting a recognizable face in the throwaway role of Mike Peterson in the AoS pilot for nothing, did you? J. August Richards — known to many as Gunn from ANGEL — will play Deathlok, a character created back in the 1970s, a half-human killing machine who just might herald the resurgent threat of Centipede.
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Is it Time to Dial the Stargate Once Again?

stargate941This is a classic “Good News, Bad News” scenario. The Good: Stargate is coming back. The Bad: It’s coming back as a rebooted movie trilogy from original director Roland Emmerich. Oh, and additional Bad News: Emmerich has been talking about a follow-up for years.

Emmerich told Digital Spy:

“We went to MGM, who has the rights, and proposed to them to do a sequel, but as a reboot… and reboot it as a movie and then do three parts. Pretty soon we’ll have to look for a writer and start.”

Now, I give Emmerich props for getting the whole Stargate thing off the ground with the original 1994 movie. Kurt Russell and James Spader were great in their roles and the flick was enjoyable enough, but ultimately did not come close to living up to the potential of the premise. (This will be a completely new version without Russell or Spader — Emmerich said, “The actors look completely totally different… it would not work.”)
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U.S. Government Admits Area 51 Exists

area51Who says the Obama Administration isn’t transparent? It has just released a formerly classified report that finally acknowledges that Area 51 actually exists! Or, to be more precise, did exist.

Everyone knows the place is there, just outside Las Vegas, but the government has always officially refused to acknowledge it is an official testing facility — for the U-2 spy plane, not the hiding and study of crashed UFOs and alien corpses. (Governments can only be so transparent!)
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Sharknado: Perfect Storm, or Perfect Movie?

Coming to SyFy tonight at 9 o’clock, it’s a tornado — full of sharks! It’s SHARKNADO!

A massive hurricane sucks sharks out of the ocean and rains them down on Los Angeles, then spawns waterspouts that suck up the sharks again and hurl them at people. But some people have chainsaws.

This is shaping up to be the best movie The Asylum has ever produced for SyFy. It has sharks in the water, CGI blood, sharks flying through the air, more CGI blood, BEVERLY HILLS 902010’s Ian Ziering as a heroic bar owner, sharks swimming in the streets of downtown L.A., chainsaws, even more flying sharks, and MAKE IT OR BREAK IT’s Cassie Scerbo in a bikini!

Can a made-for-TV movie get any better?


Catching Fire Trailer Leaves Me Cold

It’s sad but true: This first trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire left me rather cold. What is this, Hunger Games for Dummies?

See?It just felt way too on-the-nose, with President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and Plutarch Heavensebee (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) literally chortling and practically rubbing their hands together and twirling their mustaches like cartoon villains. Or Dr. Evil and his cohorts doing the Evil Laugh Bit. I don’t remember a scene like this in the book; it wasn’t particularly well-written, but I don’t think it was that bad.

And the trailer is just plain dull. It doesn’t make me want to see the movie at all. The sequences have absolutely no energy or sense of drama. Combine that with the muted color palette of the district and Snow’s offices, and it isn’t interesting to look at. Worst of all, the other victors are nowhere to be seen — let alone the Quarter Quell, which is what fans really want to see, because the 75th Hunger Games is the bold new element of the sequel, not boring political plotting.

I expected a lot more out of director Francis Lawrence, and now I’m worried about this project.