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.
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).
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.)
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 $6 per month? When you consider subscriptions for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon (if you’re paying for Prime) and HBO Now, these are starting to rack up.
Maybe we’ll change our mind if we see something more than just a ship and a title (maybe some additional plot details? Some character profiles? Anything?) (more…)
There’s nothing more hilarious than watching a funny person riff. This is backed up most recently by last night’s “Game of Jones” segment on Late Night With Seth Myers.
Myers sat down the Jones (of Saturday Night Live and next month’s Ghostbusters reboot) to watch last week’s epic “Battle of the Bastards” episode. The 8-minute clip is absolutely hysterical with, among other things, Jones opining on Tyrion, Littlefinger, the Unsullied, Daenerys, Jon Snow (“The boy got 9 lives. He’s a cat! He’s a frickin’ cat!”), Melisandre, Ramsay, Rickon (“You got to zig zag (%$#^$&!@($#. 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.
The “Rue La Rue Cafe”, will open later this year (early September) to honor the late Rue McClanahan. The creator of the restaurant, Michael J. LaRue, was a close friend to the actress, who played Blanche Devereaux in the TV series. LaRue inherited much of McClanahan’s show business memorabilia after the actress’ death, and he said he plans to use some of these items to help decorate the restaurant. He also said he’s lined up actress Betty White, the only surviving major cast member from the show, to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The article mentions food items including “cheesecake, soups, wraps, salads, desserts, baked treats and wine”, with some items “tied to characters and situations on the show.” We love these ideas, but they seem to general to us. Here are our suggestions for the food items we’d like to see: (more…)
Ever 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”.
The good folks at Mattel understand that adult geeks have money and like to buy dolls they don’t play with. The latest releases in its pop culture line are three dolls celebrating Star Trek’s 50th anniversary: Uhura, Spock, and allegedly Kirk, but “Kirk” looks nothing like Shatner or Chris Pine. We can’t figure out who he looks like, but it’s not The Shat. But we know they’re going for Kirk because he’s labeled thusly:
It’s not even Pike! However, Uhura’s doll (love those boots) looks like the awesome Nichelle Nichols and Spock looks like Nimoy, so they work fine.
Time for a little bragging – two weeks ago I predicted that James Corden, host of this Sunday’s Tony Awards ceremony, would be doing a Carpool Karaoke segment for The Late Late Show with Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer and star of the smash hit musical, Hamilton.
If you enjoy musical theater or have ever been in a local theater production, there’s no better movie than Waiting for Guffman, a 1996 mockumentary by Christopher Guest that showcases the journey of a local theater production that wants to be bigger than it really is.
James Corden, host of CBS’ Late Late Show, has taken on the mantle of the spiritual successor of that film, via his “Crosswalk the Musical” segments. The videos showcase Corden as the leader of a local theater group that puts on musicals in the middle of a Los Angeles crosswalk. They only have 30 seconds or so to run out, perform the number, then run back to the sidewalk before the traffic starts again.