In what should not be a surprise to anyone, Disney will pull its movies from Netflix and start its own streaming services in 2019. According to CNBC:
“CEO Bob Iger told CNBC’s Julia Boorstin Disney had a “good relationship” with Netflix, but decided to exercise an option to move its content off the platform. Movies to be removed include Disney as well as Pixar’s titles, according to Iger. Netflix said Disney movies will be available through the end of 2018 on its platform. Marvel TV shows will remain.” Full story here
Director Matt Shakman tells The New York Times: “One of the first decisions I made was to focus more on Jaime and Bronn than on Daenerys — to focus on what it was like to be with these men on the ground in the middle of this horrific moment when war changes forever, when traditional fighting goes out the window and suddenly you have the introduction of something like napalm. That was the chief thematic focus of the episode. To hang it on Jaime’s shoulders as he sees his men dying was the most important thing for me.”
HBO has uploaded a really cool behind-the-scenes video, showing how creators pulled off the scene of the season (so far). The creative staff merged a CGI dragon the size of a 747 with a Spanish plain and a horde of horses, extras, and stuntmen, 20 of whom they set ablaze at the same time (along with pretty much everything else). If you loved the scene, this is worth the 13 minutes.
Comic-Con International 2017 is almost over in San Diego, and a flurry of new geek-related trailers for movies, TV shows and video games have all come out. There was a ton of new footage (some new trailers, other leaked footage, etc.), but we here at Mom & Dad Are Geeks are just focusing on the ones that we enjoyed watching over the weekend:
Ready Player One
This was the first time we have seen some footage from the Steven Spielberg-directed movie, based on the totally awesome book by Ernest Cline. I think this first trailer shows some of the cool effects of the Oasis virtual world described in the book, but misses on the central theme/plot, which is about the main character’s search for the treasure/adventure. Hopefully future trailers will hit on that, rather than just another Transformers-like video game action movie.
Stranger Things, Season 2
At least one of us here on the M&DAG staff (me) loved Season 1 of Stranger Things, and we keep trying to get the other staff member to watch it (she’s stubborn). The addition of the Dragon’s Lair video game, arcade and Vincent Price narrative from Thriller make this so awesome. Can’t wait for October!
We’ve seen a few trailers for this already, but this one includes some more footage of the interaction between Thor and Hulk. The Thor movies need to be a lot funnier, so we’re encouraged by this rather than the dark-and-dismal movies from the first two outings. Plus, Jeff Goldblum being Jeff Goldblum.
With the success of this summer’s Wonder Woman movie, it makes sense to have Gal Gadot’s Amazonian princess be a major part of this trailer, if only to try to get people to forget the previous Batman v. Superman movie and focus on the other characters. We’re also warming up to Ezra Miller’s Flash. Still cautious on this, but this trailer is a good sign.
Lego Ninjago: The Movie
Following the success of The LEGO Movie and LEGO Batman movies, we get another brick-based animated feature. The Ninjago brand has already had a good run as a TV show, but this time they’re hitting the big screen (with different voice actors, but we’re OK with that since one of them is Jackie Chan). Plus, we love saying “La-Loyd” all the time now.
Star Trek: Discovery
We’ve had some doubts about this streaming TV show offering (coming in September to CBS All Access) since it was supposed to debut this January and now has been pushed back. But the trailer looks pretty cool. Not sure if we want to spend the money to see it, though.
Marvel’s The Defenders
The four Marvel-based series on Netflix (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist) have done relatively well for the streaming service (mixed reviews at best for some of the later series), but things look pretty good here when you team them up all together to fight Sigourney Weaver.
The Flash Season 4
We fell behind on watching the TV version of the Flash (we kept getting annoyed that Barry kept telling everyone that he was the Flash), but this trailer might turn it around for us.
Arrow Comic-Con footage
Likewise, we have been amiss in watching our Arrow, so we can’t comment much on this trailer other than it’s cool to see Deathstroke back.
X-Men: The Gifted
This will be a TV show on Fox, and looks to be a strong entrant similar to LEGION, set in the world of mutants (just not in the Marvel TV universe or the film universe). It’s getting hard keeping track of all the different combined universes between the TV shows and movies. But yeah, this includes Blink, so we’re in!
Marvel’s The Inumans
This show is in the Marvel TV universe (the same one as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), featuring mutant-like heroes/villains (just don’t call them mutants or the lawyers might come after you). It’s interesting to see a version of Black Bolt here – this one will be for deep comics fans.
We’re not fans of The Walking Dead, but if you want to watch their Season 8 trailer, here’s the link.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has opened in London’s West End and is sold out through December 2017. Yes, 2017. The 5-hour play, set 19 years after the last movie, is running in a very small theatre only 1,900 seats, thereby exacerbating the problem, well, it’s a problem if you want tickets, not so much for the producers. The reviews are in and they’re very good.
Good news: Another 250,000 tickets go on sale next month. A quarter-million. So you have time to start saving, as you’re looking at 2018 and beyond.
However, you don’t have to go to see the play in person to enjoy it. The script, which is being treated as Book 8, is being released at midnight tonight, fittingly Harry’s birthday, July 31.
Writes io9: Barnes & Noble said the eighth book in the story of Harry Potter is already the book retailer’s most pre-ordered book since, well, the seventh book, which originally sold over 8-million copies in 24 hours in the US. It’s also on the top bestseller list on Amazon. The upcoming release is being celebrated at more than five-thousand bookstores and libraries Saturday night, with midnight release parties featuring costume contests, wizard rock bands, magic shows, and lots of butterbeer.
On the movie front, Freeform is showing all eight Potter movies over the weekend.
With the addition of the Jurassic Park series and the Back to the Future trilogy earlier this summer, it’s not surprising August is a far more chill when it comes to geeky acquisitions.
The biggest titles are Star Trek Nemesis (2002) and Sleepy Hollow (1999) on the movie side, both are available starting Aug. 1. (Wow, it’s been 14 years since the last TNG movie?) The fifth season of ABC’s Once Upon a Time (aka “Once upon a time this show used to be good…”) lands Aug. 26. A full list of all new titles can be found here.
There are not a lot of laughs in GoT, but there are many chronicled in Season 6 blooper real. Watch Peter Dinklage try (and fail repeatedly) to say “benevolent.” Watch Emilia Clarke butcher Dothraki (although, it kinda sounds like Dothraki always does). See what’s under Kit Harrington’s sheet, and more.
Whoever’s running HBO’s YouTube channel is killing it as of late, with the release of the blooper reel, the Season 7 production teaser, and the amazing Samuel L. Jackson guide to the first six seasons (NSFW/Kids).
America’s favorite Federalist is about to be theatrically big-footed as Harry Potter has taken the stage in London. The blazingly anticipated Harry Potter and the Cursed Child stage play, in previews since June in the West End, has opened its show to reviewers — and they are gushing. And, in case you didn’t know, theatre reviewers are not the type to gush unless it’s warranted. (We’re not spoiling anything here plot-wise, so read on.)
Says The Hollywood Reporter: “[The play is] an entrancing theatrical event that generously serves fans and newcomers alike. While purists might grumble about the colonization of yet another stage in the West End by a property that originated in another medium, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has originality, craft and charm that will help to hook a new generation of mainstream theatergoers.”
That’s good, more fans. Because, you know, the Potterverse was really lacking in devotees there.
The Daily Telegraph: “British theatre hasn’t known anything like it for decades and I haven’t seen anything directly comparable in all my reviewing days.”
The Times: “It’s not the movie of the book. It’s the real deal, live in front of you, so much better than any film could be.”
The Guardian: A “thrilling theatrical spectacle.”
The Independent: “It’s quite apparent this isn’t written to be either a book or a tie-in film; it’s a spectacle for the theatre, one that is filled to the brim with fan service and magical imagery that will amaze.”
And possibly the most important review is from actress Emma Watson: “I came in with no idea what to expect and it was AMAZING. Some things about the play were, I think, possibly even more beautiful than the films. Having seen it I felt more connected to Hermione and the stories than I have since Deathly Hallows came out, which was such a gift.”
In true Rowling fashion, the play clocks in a 5 hours and 15 minutes. Yes, you read that right. THR called it a “two-part” show; we’re assuming they mean two-act. Still, that’s the equivalent of two plays. Regardless, if you ever get a ticket, you won’t be able to say you didn’t get your money’s worth.
The play’s script is due to be released this Sunday, July 31; book stores are planning a multitude of special events on magnitude with anything they did for the latter Potter releases. The movie’s film rights have been sold, but not news on to whom.
Gillian Anderson is the world’s best celebrity tweeter. Twitterer? Twitter user? Whatever. Just a few recents (we won’t even get into all her tweets trolling Duchovny from earlier this year, be still our shipper heart).
(Anderson is joining the cast of Starz’s American Gods, coming next year, which is amassing a hell of a cast.)
Who am I kidding? I can’t resist a couple more classics:
We’re in the last week of July, so it’s mad-dash-binging time for several geeky titles leaving Netflix on Aug. 1.
It’s a relatively quiet, short month for geeky departures, as evidenced below. The biggest losses will be the two Mummy movies and the first three seasons of Sci-Fi’s mishandled Warehouse 13 (and they were the best of the series 4.5 seasons.)
Well, this is cool. NASA has chosen the Guardian’s terrible twosome to adorn the official mission patch for its work aboard the International Space Station this year.
At Comic-Con, a NASA official noted the pair were chosen because they “space-based background,” and represent the “characteristics associated with what’s happening on the space station.” Really, you want the jazz that happens with those two (read: everything getting blown up and destroyed) to happen on the ISS? Did they even watch the movie? Regardless, story here.
Star Trek: Discovery
Something about the title bothers me – maybe it’s the fact that it reminds me of a cable channel, or a credit card. Or maybe it still bothers me that in order to see this series, you’ll have to subscribe to another Internet service. Listen, we love Star Trek, but do we love it enough to shell another $6 per month? When you consider subscriptions for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon (if you’re paying for Prime) and HBO Now, these are starting to rack up.
Maybe we’ll change our mind if we see something more than just a ship and a title (maybe some additional plot details? Some character profiles? Anything?) (more…)
King’s Gold is a very fast game that can end even faster if you have a lucky roll of the dice. The object of the game is to collect the most gold coins, reproduced here in the form of plastic. Players can collect gold in different ways – by grabbing it from the main game box, stealing it from the king (more on that later), or stealing it from other players (which the kids love the most).
These actions are achieved by rolling five dice, each decorated with different symbols (1, 2 or 3 coins, a skull, red crossbones or a cannon). Players get three rolls of the dice to try to achieve the final goal combination for a particular action, and you can save dice off to the side if you want. If your kids have played Yahtzee, they’ll quickly understand the process. (more…)
A lot of these deals have a time limit, so check back later when we peruse the site for some more deals!
Here at Mom and Dad are Geeks, we’re not above celebrating a fake holiday, especially one created by Amazon.com as a way to get you to buy more stuff.
Yes, tomorrow (July 12, 2016) is Prime Day, Amazon’s yearly “shopping event” that wants you to go online for special deals that the online retailer has set up. More importantly, it’s a way to get people to sign up for Amazon Prime, its membership that offers members free shipping as well as access to its streaming media and music services.
On the off chance that you don’t already have an Amazon Prime membership, getting one on Prime Day is a great incentive – you get to participate in the Prime Day sales, and then are ready for the shipping frenzy that occurs later in the year during the holiday shopping season.
One way you can help us, the humble creators of this site, is to sign up via this site. Just click on the banner below, which will give us a small “finders fee” if you sign up for a Prime account (this link gives you a free 30-day trial). Go ahead, we’ll wait for you.
If you already have Prime, clicking on the banner below will give you some great deals on Prime Day: