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Nerdly News: Disney to Leave Netflix, Start Own Streaming Service

Todays’ news:

 

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

King of the Hill May Be Revived at Fox

Fox television chairman and CEO says the network has had “preliminary conversations” with King of the Hill creators Greg Daniels and Mike Judge about bringing the Hill family back.

The Magnificent Zune Steals This Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Deleted Scene

io9 has the link. GoTG2 is out own streaming today and will be out on DVD and Blu-ray on Aug. 22.

‘Game of Thrones’ Dragon Battle Was Inspired by ‘Apocalypse Now’ and ‘Saving Private Ryan’

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.”

08 Aug 2017

Inside Game of Thrones’s Loot Train Attack

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.

08 Aug 2017

How to celebrate Harry Potter this weekend

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildHarry 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.

30 Jul 2016

Geeky titles coming to Netflix in August

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.

27 Jul 2016

The ‘benevolent’ Game of Thrones Season 6 blooper reel

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).

26 Jul 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child reviews are in and they’re magical

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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 notoriously crusty British reviewers are fawning, too.

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.

26 Jul 2016

Gillian Anderson: Twitter Treasure

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).

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David Duchovny

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(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:

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26 Jul 2016

Geeky movies leaving Netflix on Aug. 1

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.)

Gone as of Aug. 1:

Addams Family Values (1993)

The Mummy (1999)

The Mummy Returns (2001)

The Nutty Professor (1996)

Queen of the Damned (2002)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)

Warehouse 13 (first 3 seasons)

Wing Commander (1999)

Full list of titles here

25 Jul 2016

NASA teams with Rocket and Groot

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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.

25 Jul 2016

Comic-Con: All The Movie News You Need To Know (and Trailers You Need to See)

Minute-per-minute, no other week yields more news of the geeky persuasion than that of San Diego Comic-Con. Here’s a round-up of the movie news you need to know, then the trailers you need to see.

Oscar-winner Brie Larson officially announced as Captain Marvel
Due out 2018, it’s the first Marvel female superhero in forever. Black Widow fans ticked.

Joss Whedon still wants to direct a Black Window movie
“But should he?” asks io9. No. No, he should not. Black Widow fans ticked even more.

Kurt Russell will play StarLord’s Dad in Guardians 2
1. Didn’t we already know this? 2. Apparently Stallone is in this, too. Say what? 3. Most important: What’s on the soundtrack?

Guardians is also becoming a ride at Disneyland

Black Panther movie reveals its villain
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24 Jul 2016

Kristen Chenoweth’s Mighty Game of Thrones Vocal Warmup

Actress and singer Kristen Chenoweth is a small woman with a big voice. Seriously, I met her once, she’s elfin. But get a load of the GoT warm vocal warm-up she’s got goin’ on. Wow.

01 Jul 2016

Love Game of Thrones ? Watch Game of Jones

 

Leslie Jones Game of Jones

There’s nothing more hilarious than watching a funny person riff. This is backed up most recently by last night’s “Game of Jones” segment on Late Night With Seth Myers.

Myers sat down the Jones (of Saturday Night Live and next month’s Ghostbusters reboot) to watch last week’s epic “Battle of the Bastards” episode. The 8-minute clip is absolutely hysterical with, among other things, Jones opining on Tyrion, Littlefinger, the Unsullied, Daenerys, Jon Snow (“The boy got 9 lives. He’s a cat! He’s a frickin’ cat!”), Melisandre, Ramsay, Rickon (“You got to zig zag (%$#^$&!@($#. You can’t let him just shoot the arrow.”) and others.

She also gives Daenerys a theme song (pictured above), imitates Ramsay’s hounds, and breaks into Pat Benatar’s “Love Is a Battlefield” when Sansa shows up. And her sheer unbridled joy at Ramsay’s dog’s arrival at the end of the episode accurately reflects that of every GoT fan ay 9:58 p.m. last Sunday. Apparently Jones (@Lesdoggg) live tweets every GoT episode, and I’ll be adding her to my Follow list ASAP.

 

24 Jun 2016

John Williams to score Ready Player One, next Star Wars

Steven Spielberg and John WilliamsIn wonderful news for sci-fi and music fans, the iconic John Williams tells Variety he’ll be writing the music for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming Ready Player One and the next Star Wars installment. Reports Variety:

He plans to begin work on Spielberg’s next film, “Ready Player One,” in November, and then next year expects to do the next “Star Wars” film. “If I can do it, I certainly will. I told Kathy Kennedy I’m happy to do it, but the real reason is, I didn’t want anybody else writing music for Daisy Ridley,” he quips.

The 84-year-old is fresh off scoring next month’s The BFG and, of course, last year’s The Force Awakens. Spielberg presented Williams with the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award last night; he was the first composer to receive the organization’s highest honor in its 44-year-history.

 

10 Jun 2016

Lady Stoneheart is coming…or is she?

Catelyn Stark Game of ThronesEver since Catelyn Stark hit the ground at the Red Wedding, most Game of Thrones (or my favorite moniker, Tits and Dragons) fans — especially book readers — have been clamoring for the appearance of Lady Stoneheart.

 

Viewers have twisted and interpreted signs, nods, character appearances, and theories into two words: She’s coming. Then, when she doesn’t, up pops the next theory (usually the following season), which turns into: “No, really, this could be it.”

 

Well, with the recent appearance of The Brotherhood Without Banners and the awesomely named Lem Lemoncloak, io9 is theorizing this is it. This is not a drill.

 

Now Dad Geek Keith thinks she will not show up, period, But, with this season’s Hodor reveal, we know GoT can pull a six-seasons-in-the-making payoff and surprise the hell out of everyone. Are the producers intentionally staying away from Lady Stoneheart because they know everyone is waiting or have they been working a long con and just delaying the inevitable?

 

Watching the theories unfold and enduring the anticipation is half the fun of this exercise. And I would love to see Michelle Fairley return. Is this finally it? Who knows. But it’s fun to think about it. And, if Lady Stoneheart’s mute, mutilated corpse makes an appearance, prepare for the Internet to blow up in a way we haven’t seen since we last heard the final notes of “The Rains of Castamere”.

 

10 Jun 2016

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes Mycroft Holmes comic

Mycroft Holmes The Apocalypse HandbookYes, you read that correctly. No, it’s not The Onion, but damn if this doesn’t sound like it:

“Basketball legend, novelist, and superstar polymath Kareem Abdul-Jabbar brings his take on Sherlock Holmes’ older brother to comics at last! An all-new adventure set in the world of the bestselling Mycroft Holmes novel, The Apocalypse Handbook, sees the diffident, brilliant Mycroft pulled into a globe-spanning adventure at the behest of Queen Victoria and a secret organization at the heart of the British government. A madman is on the loose with civilization-destroying weapons, each two hundred years in advance of the status quo. Can the smartest man in England set aside his idle, womanizing ways for long enough to track down the foe that may be his match?”

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09 Jun 2016