Nicki Minaj as Spiderwoman, American Horror Story Returns, Terminator Sequels or Reboots + More

Spiderwoman variant cover in comparison to Spiderman via Bleeding Cool
Whew, this has been a whirlwind month. I've had a family emergency, a series of illnesses, and started graduate school all in the same month, so blogging hasn't been at the forefront of my mind. Seriously, I need to apologize to Ryan over at the Matinee. I haven't done a Blind Spot in months. But alas, I've kept a mental tally of everything that piqued my interest over the last few weeks. 


SPIDERWOMAN VARIANT COVER

The new variant spider woman cover (seen above) has made the internet lose its collective mind. Legendary artist Milo Manara is the artist behind the controversial variant cover. I say "variant," because anyone who knows comic books knows that this is a collector's edition. The official cover can be seen below. It seems that everyone hates the variant cover (i09The GuardianSlateElle Magazine, etc.). Even Time Magazine said that a "male hero would never be placed in the same physical position."

Admittedly, when I first saw the cover, I thought "eek, it's awful," but I try to listen to all sides of an argument before making up my mind. Maddox over at the "The Best Show in the Universe" makes a few fair points. He points out that there have been Spiderman covers depicting Spiderman in very similar ways. Spandex and superheroes has always gone hand and hand, so highlighting every muscle and curve on a superhero's body is nothing new. He also notes that some of the same women decrying the variant cover as "sexist," are gaga over '50 Shades of Grey.' Maddox had me up until that point. When he starts generalizing about women loving '50 Shades of Grey,' he lost me. I for one (and many Amazon.com readers) hated '50 Shades of Grey.' Whether or not the variant cover is simply provocative or sexist, it's definitely done in poor taste.



AMERICAN HORROR STORY SEASON 4
'American Horror Story' is back October 8th. This year's theme is "Freak Show." AHS alum, Sarah Paulson has two heads this year! Jessica LangeAngela Bassett, and Kathy Bates are back too! The combination of those three ladies made season 3 one of my favorites. It was so much more fun to watch than the dreary season 2. In the meantime enjoy this full length trailer. AHS always seems to have wonderful trailers. Season 4 is set in Jupiter, Florida in 1952. Click on the picture for the video.

TERMINATOR FILMS
The 'Terminator' "sequels" or "reboots" look worse everyday. 'Terminator: Genisys' just wrapped production and will premiere July 1, 2015. Likewise, 'Terminator 6' will be released May 19, 2017 and 'Terminator 7' will be released June 29, 2018. Somehow Arnie Schwarzenegger will reprise his role as an old man Terminator. Emilia Clarke ('Game of Thrones') will be Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke ('Dawn of the Planet of the Apes') is John Connor, and Jai Courtney ('Die Hard 5) will be Kyle Reese. Matt Smith ('Doctor Who') is also set to star. I'm not sure what role he will be playing. Perhaps a terminator? And I'm sorry to say, but Jai Courtney is no hot/young Michael Biehn. I'm so disappointed with this casting. Also, the title is awful, "Terminator: Genisys?"

THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 5 TRAILER

The new trailer for the 'The Walking Dead' Season 5 looks gruesome. I've been hate watching this show for a while now. I may have to give up this show altogether. The show seems to be focusing exclusively on the depravity of human nature and it's just to much for me right now. I need to watch some lighthearted fun shows, like 'Doctor Who.' I may have to give up on this show.

BEST OF SUMMER 2014?
So EW Online came up with a list of summer highlights and lowlights. Somehow 'X-Men Days of Future Past' was a highlight. I don't know about this one. I am one of the few people who didn't really like the last 'X-Men' film. I thought it was just "meh." Hugh Jackman was wonderful as always and Evan Peters as Quicksilver stole the show, but that's about it.
However, EW Online did get a few things right, 'Edge of Tomorrow,' 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,' 'Snowpiercer,' 'Lucy,' were wonderful summer flicks.  They're also spot on about 'Godzilla.' I liked the 'Godzilla' remake, but the talents of Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen were completely wasted in this film. It made no sense.



BUFFY THE VAMPIRE ALUMS
Geeze, the 'Buffy the Vampire' cast are getting old and they're taking me with them. Sarah Michelle Gellar and I are exact same age. I think we were born the same week. Boo. Then again, Michael Fassbender and I are the exact same age too (again, within the same week of each other) and he looks like he's 20 years older than me. So perhaps I'm not looking too bad. Seriously Fassy, moisturize and no more drinking.

STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES just celebrated it's 48th anniversary. I've always been a trekkie, so this makes me happy.


WONDER WOMAN TO THE RESCUE - This one came from David of Blah Blah Blah Yackity Smackity.

DISNEY PRINCES
 - A lot of stuff is said about Disney Princesses, but what about Disney Princes! This is why I love this video, if "Disney Princes were real." It's really darling.


I just read that over 100,000 elephants have been killed over the last three years. So similar to Bob Barker asking people to spay and neuter their animals, I'm going to leave you with a note asking people to help save Africa's elephants by donating to the WCS and the IAPF. Thank you. 

Dueling Jungle Book Movies, Huh to Exodus Casting?, News, Cosplay + More

Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as the voice of Shere Khan in the 'Jungle Book: Origins' film. I have to say...nice vocal casting. I can't think of anyone better cast, except perhaps the sexiest man alive aka Idris Elba, who has been cast as Shere Khan in a dueling 'Jungle Book' film. I would describe both of their voices as 'growly' sensual butter, so I'm not sure which one I will prefer. I suppose it's just a wait and see type thing. Disney is doing the Elba version and master physical actor Andy Serkis is directing the Cumberbatch film. That said, it's Cumberbatch's second time round playing a Khan, so things are looking up for him. But then again, Idris Elba is just so Idris Elba. I just can't. I can't choose. I'll take one of each please.


via io9
Adriane Palicki has been cast as Mockingbird on 'Agents of Shield.' No, not the same Mockingbird from 'The Hunger Games' movies. Thank goodness. Click here to learn more about Marvel superhero Bobbi Morse aka Mockingbird. I'm hopeful for Palicki will do well. After all, she briefly played 'Wonder Woman' in the failed NBC pilot.

London's Wildseed Studios' just got it's own Youtube Channel. I'm sure there will be plenty of scifi shorts to enjoy. They're having a film festival starting at 10 a.m. GMT (or 11 a.m. BST/6 a.m. EST) on Thursday, August 21. Check them out!


via Entertainment Weekly
What's up with the casting of Ridley Scott's 'Exodus' film? The casting choices in this film are just so bizarre. These people are portraying ancient Egyptians. Couldn't they at least cast people with a tan? The Pharoh is a blue-eyed Australian (Joe Edgerton) and Aaron Paul ('Breaking Bad') is playing Joshua? Christian Bale is Moses and Sigourney Weaver plays his mother. I don't know. I could expect this from Hollywood in 1963 when Elizabeth Taylor was cast as Cleopatra, but in 2014? For some reason, I didn't have an issue with Russell Crowe as Noah earlier this year, because biblically speaking, Noah is ethnically ambiguous, but ancient Egyptians are not.

As a director Ridley Scott baffles me at times. When he's good, he's really good ('Alien,' 'Blackhawk Down,' 'Legend,' 'Blade Runner'), but when he's bad, he's really bad (i.e. 'The Counselor,' 'Body of Lies,' 'Hannibal,' 'Robin Hood,' 'Black Rain'). Yes, yes I know it's not a documentary. I said the same thing when people where complaining about the sciency bits in my favorite film of 2013, 'Gravity,' but good casting is very important to me. So next time I see a thread about how Laurence Fishburne shouldn't play Perry White in 'Superman' or Michael B. Jordan should play the Human Torch from 'The Fantastic Four'...

Note: To the history buffs-- this era in Egyptian history is before the age of the Ptolemys (or before Alexander the Great invaded Egypt).

I've commented on it in the past. Lady Sati commented on it a few weeks ago. I'm now convinced of it. Movie posters are terrible these days. Seriously, who is designing this stuff? No creativity, 0, nada, zip.


You too can eat fish fingers and custard if you ever find yourself in Beacon, New York. I'm not sure how this 'Doctor Who' themed restaurant is skirting copyright infringement, but just go with it. It's awesome!

Speaking of 'Doctor Who,' check out this cool infographic of all of Doctor Who's hats over the years.
Via Fashionably Geek

Make your own lil Groot. This is one of those things that cool for the first 10 minutes and then it's annoying, but still for the first 10 minutes...it's cool.


'Frozen' hipster cosplay
Very cool female Quick Silver
Awesome new Batgirl cosplay


I just read that over 100,000 elephants have been killed over the last three years. So similar to Bob Barker asking people to spay and neuter their animals, I'm going to leave you with a note asking people to help save Africa's elephants by donating to the WCS and the IAPF. Thank you. 

Yes to Lee Pace, DC Comics Scared of Marvel?, Vampire Chronicles Redux, + More

Lee Pace on his cell phone during the filming of 'Guardians of the Galaxy' via twitter
Similar to Matthew McConaughey in the early 2000s, Lee Pace seems to be one of the most underrated actors around. Amazingly, Pace still doesn't seem to have the name recognition to lead a major film...until now. Yay. Pace will be starring in his very own alien v. human action movie called 'Prisoner of War.' Pace has seriously been upping his game over the last few years with roles in 'Lincoln,' and now most in the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and the Hobbit films.


The Vampire Chronicles, including "The Tale of the Body Thief," have been optioned by Universal. I assume this means that 'Interview with the Vampire' and the dreadful 'Queen of the Damned' will be remade. It's too bad the Vampire Chronicles weren't properly franchised in the 90s, immediately following 'Interview' in 1994. I occasionally dislike Tom Cruise, but his Lestat was flawless. Had they filmed "The Vampire Lestat" shortly after "Interview," then continued with 'The Queen of the Damned,' the franchise would have felt complete, even without "Body Thief."

Unfortunately, someone had the bright idea to wait eight years, sloppily write a script that combined "The Vampire Lestat" with "The Queen of the Damned," and recast Lestat with Stuart Townsend. Huge mistake. No offense to Townsend, who is a competent actor, but he was no Lestat. Admittedly Cruise's Lestat was a hard act to follow. Which is why Warner Brothers should have given Cruise anything he wanted to play the brat prince again. And why or why would they combine two novels into one movie? Seriously, these days when 'Twilight' and 'The Hunger Games' novels are split into multiple films, why would they combine two lengthy novels into a 90 minute movie?

I can't believe Anne Rice didn't have more control over the optioning of her beloved novels. 'Queen of the Damned' was an awful non-sensical movie with a great soundtrack--kinda like 'Purple Rain.' Here's hoping someone gets it right this time. Again, the casting of Lestat will be key, as Lestat is in most of the Vampire Chronicles.

via twitter.com/BatmanvSuperman
Are Warner Brothers and DC Comics running scared? It behooves me to say this as a DC fan, but it appears that Warner Brothers is a little frightened of the Marvel behemoth, as they should be. In my opinion, the WB and DC would have been perfectly content releasing only Batman or Superman movies for the next 50 years, until Joss Whedon's Avenger's made a billion dollars. Thus, it appears that greed is a great motivator and unlike Marvel, DC is reactionary, not proactive. This is a key distinguishing feature between the two franchises.

Now the WB has once again changed the release date of 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice' from May 6, 2016 to March 2016, thereby avoiding 'Captain America 3' altogether. Thus supporting my theory that the WB is afraid that 'Batman v. Superman' (even with the introduction of Wonder Woman!), can't hold it's own against 'Captain America 3?' Seriously? This makes me sad very sad for DC.

However, considering the crap that Zack Synder and David Goyer put out (i.e. 'Man of Steel'), it's probably a smart move. But instead of hiding under the covers, why not hire someone like Joss Whedon, instead of people like Synder and Goyer? Oh wait, they could have. Prior to the 'Avengers,' Whedon all but begged DC to allow him to do a Wonder Woman film. DC's response? They never returned his phone calls. So to a certain extent, the WB and DC are reaping what they sowed.

On a more positive note DC is finally dipping into it's vast catalog. The WB just announced that it will release nine superhero sequel flicks before 2020. This includes 'Batman v. Superman' and the 'Justice League' flick. But as much as I love Batman and Superman, can someone tell DC to feature another superhero...please. Geez.

Never before seen 1993 'Jurassic Park' posters have just been released in anticipation of 'Jurassic World.' There are about 15 unreleased posters. Check 'em out on IGN's website. This is an awesome find.


New DC Comics series 'The Flash' gets a premiere date of October 7. Check out the teaser trailer. I tend to think that DC Comics does television better than they do films, so I'm sure it will be a decent show.


Via Fashionably Geek
So if someone can cosplay Groot this well, why did 'Guardians of the Galaxy' need so much CGI?


So evidently the new film 'Into the Storm' is really bad. Like 17% on Rotten Tomatoes bad. I love these wacky little films that give tornadoes and hurricanes "minds of their own," but I thought weather movies went out of style in the late 90s (a la 'Twister'). Apparently 'Into the Storm' puts it's own twist on the weather-horror genre, by making it a weather related found footage film. Yeah, ok. It's not like there aren't enough found footage films these days.

'Game of Thrones' is such a dramatic series, that sometimes it's nice to see a little levity. This 'Game of Thrones' blooper reel hits the spot. I just love seeing some of these actors cut a rug.

One of my favorite actresses Sarah Paulson reveals some of the awkwardness behind the scenes of 'American Horror Story.' If you've ever watched this show you know some crazy stuff happens. I can't imagine being an actor on this show.

And now for your viewing pleasure watch a goat playing soccer

GG is Wonder Woman,! New Interstellar Trailer, Dr. Who S8 Set Photos + More

It's official. Gal Gadot is the sexiest woman alive...this week. Oh...my...goodness. I'm married, with a baby, and straight as an arrow, but I'm seriously in love with this woman. Admittedly, I'm more so in love with the idea of Wonder Woman coming to the big screen, as most people who visit my blog can attest to, but Gal's pic as Wonder Woman is so exquisite it's just too much to bear. I didn't care to go to SDCC (San Diego Comic Con) this year, for various reasons, but if there's one thing that I'm grateful to #SDCC for, it's for a sneak peak at new films.

I'm not a fan of Zach Synder's films and I'm really worried about the new "Batman v' Superman" film (if 'Man of Steel' was any indication), but a hearty thanks to Synder for tweeting this pic. Although I had to find this more colorful version of her costume elsewhere. I'm not sure why they removed the color from her costume in the pic they posted, but anywhoo...here's the new WW with the appropriate colors. Gal is looking fierce!


The new "Interstellar" trailer is so incredible, I have no words. I don't know the last time I've been in awe of a "true" science fiction film. Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are a pair of celestial astronauts who take to the stars in order to save the human race. The new trailer gives us a few more details about the film. It certainly doesn't hurt that the Christopher Nolan is directing. I don't think that man knows how to do a bad film. Click on the picture to watch the trailer.


Someone took Bobba Fett and his "bounty" literally. I love it.
Via twitter

Chris Hemsworth gives an update on 'Thor 3.' So somehow Marvel is making room for 'Thor 3,' but they (meaning Kevin Feige, President and Producer) can't seem to make get a 'Black Widow' film together. Really?

So 'Sharknado 2' debuted last night. If you're on twitter you couldn't avoid it, especially if you follow the Blastr website--geez get a hobby. If you're full time job is tweeting about "Sharknado" then it's time to quit. To be fair, I think Blastr is owned by the SyFy Channel.

Admittedly, I watched it as I surfed the web. Am I the only one who thinks the SyFy Channel has overplayed it's hand? I wish SyFy would at least try to make a half-way decent film? I don't get why people find this franchise so endearing. Yes, ha, ha, we get it sharks are flying. I personally prefer the idea this guy had on Reddit-- how about a "bear-i-cane?"


More set photos from 'Doctor Who' Season 8. I'm really digging Peter Capaldi. I was a big fan of Matt Smith and David Tennant, but I can't wait for an older, edgier Doctor. August 23rd. August 23rd. August 23rd!

Ever since the disappointing 'Last Ship' and 'The Strain' debuted, I've been looking for a suitable replacement. A few new shows have peaked my interest. Has anyone heard of 'Dig' or 'Ascension?' 'Dig' is an archaeological thriller in the same vein as 'The Da Vinci Code.'

'Ascension' is set in present times with a twist. In 1963 hundreds of people were sent on a 100 year journey into space. They are fifty years into their journey when a young woman is murdered on the ship. The trailer reminds me a little bit of 'Dark City.' Scifi darling Tricia Helfer stars. 'iZombie' is also looking quite promising, despite debuting on the CW. iZombie is about a young coroner forced to steal brains from the dead people she works on to quell her hunger. CW should thank it's lucky stars for 'Supernatural' and most recently 'Arrow.' Hopefully 'iZombie' will bring up the rear.