Golden Globes host

The Golden Globe Awards, the mostly laid-back award ceremony everyone half-watches while they wait impatiently fro the Oscars to eventually air, is about to land a new host. Comedian Seth Meyers is closing in on a deal to host The Golden Globe Awards telecast on January 7, 2018. How many jokes will he tell? All of them, probably. Learn more about the 2018 Golden Globes host below.

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Justice League reshoots

Justice League is now playing in theaters everywhere and if you went into the film hoping to see all of the flashy stuff on display in the multiple trailers, you might’ve been disappointed. There are numerous moments from the previews that aren’t in the final film, which, when combined with talk of the extensive reshoots that happened after Zack Snyder left and Joss Whedon took over, implies there’s a drastically version of the film floating around out there. In the wake of the film’s release, even more details about Justice League reshoots have surfaced.

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The Punisher Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: the second season Netflix’s latest Marvel series, The Punisher.)

Why is The Punisher so hard to get right? First appearing in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man in 1974, Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, was birthed from the same two-fisted pulp sensibilities that created angry, well-armed lone nuts like Charles Bronson’s Paul Kersey in Death Wish and Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry. He was less a human being and more of a walking armory; an emotionally stunted anti-hero brandishing killer phallic symbols, living and dying by his own morally compromised code. There’s plenty of entertainment there, but there’s not a lot of substance.

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Justice League Spoiler Review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: the superhero team-up extravaganza Justice League.)

You can’t save the world alone, and saving the DCEU might be even more of a challenge. After Warner Bros. and DC finally found their footing with Wonder Woman, the superhero series trips over its own cape with the cacophonous Justice League. What should be a moment of triumph for the series – the long-awaited team-up of their signature heroes – instead feels like an uncomfortable obligation. It’s like a weekend visit to grandma – you don’t want to do it, there’s other things you’d really like to be doing, but you figure you make the effort because she’ll be gone soon.

As of this writing, Justice League is underperforming even more than anyone expected. The film failed to break the coveted $100 million domestic weekend opening gross, which will no doubt lead to a string of think-pieces pondering, “What went wrong with the DCEU?” With all this in mind, it almost feels cruel to hammer Justice League more. But this is the task at hand. I come not to praise Justice League, nor do I come to bury it. Instead, I want to try to get to the heart of what makes it tick. This is a garish, visually hideous work of pop art, yet I firmly believe it has its heart in the right place: it wants to tell a fun, entertaining story about a group of people coming together to solve a huge problem, and growing as they do so. But what it wants to do, and what it actually does are two very different things. This Justice League spoiler review will highlight what works best in the film, and what doesn’t work at all.

Spoilers follow, obviously.

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Trust teaser

If you thought All The Money In the World was the only J. Paul Getty-related drama on the horizon, guess again: FX has an entire TV series about the Getty family coming up. The Danny Boyle-directed series, called Trust, features Donald Sutherland in the role of cold-hearted billionaire J. Paul Getty, and the first Trust teaser gives us a look at his sure-to-be-memorable performance.

Ridley Scott’s All The Money In the World made headlines recently when Scott decided to remove scenes involving actor Kevin Spacey and reshoot them with Christopher Plummer. Spacey, and now Plummer, plays J. Paul Getty, an oil tycoon who refused to pay the ransom when his grandson John Paul Getty III was kidnapped. We have yet to see what Plummer’s take on the performance may be, but he apparently has some competition from Donald Sutherland. Sutherland is playing the same role in the FX series Trust, and the first Trust teaser shows us Sutherland’s droll, darkly amusing take on the character. Watch it below. Read More »

X-Files season 11

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Divorce season 2 has a trailer.
  • Difficult People has been cancelled.
  • The X-Files season 11 has a premiere date, and so does 9-1-1.
  • Garret Dillahunt and Jenna Elfman join Fear the Walking Dead.
  • You’re the Worst renewed for a final season.
  • StartUp renewed by Crackle.
  • Shoot the Messenger has a premiere date and trailer.
  • Say goodbye to Chiller Network.
  • An artist laid-of from Louis C.K.‘s animated series The Cops penned an open letter.

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Godzilla sequels

The anime film Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters opened in some territories today, but it won’t be the last animated adventure of everyone’s favorite kaiju. Toho Studios is currently developing two Planet of the Monsters sequels, with the intent to create a Godzilla anime trilogy. In other words, Godzilla will continue his never-ending reign of destruction for the foreseeable future.

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Bumblebee movie

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald news from Carmen Ejogo
  • A look at amazing Blade Runner 2049 miniatures
  • A new title for Bumblebee
  • Another crazy Mission: Impossible stunt
  • F. Murray Abraham joins How To Train Your Dragon 3
  • That Tremors TV show finished shooting its pilot

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Detective Pikachu movie

Detective Pikachu, a real movie that’s really being made, just cast its lead. Justice Smith, who appeared in the Netflix series The Get Down, has just joined the cast of the upcoming Pokémon movie. I’m assuming he’s not playing Pikachu, but rather the human character who assists the intrepid monster detective on his quest to solve mysteries.

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Martian Manhunter movie

When Justice League hits theaters this weekend, one traditional member of the team will be absent: the Martian Manhunter. But fret not, Manhunter fans: Justice League producer Charles Roven is totally down for a Martian Manhunter movie. Just when that might happen, however, is anyone’s guess.

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