Friday Round Up: Push it to the Limit

A new Cloverfield movie? Pretty sneaky, J.J. Abrams! At least that’s what it appears to be. This trailer came out last night and was a secret project that Abrams’ Bad Robot has been filming. It seems to be a movie about a guy keeping two people prisoner in his underground bunker. But the fact that there are serious rumblings from above and the way the title is revealed to say “Cloverfield” first and then we see its full title, 10 Cloverfield Lane, sure makes it look like it’s set in the same world as Cloverfield. And it comes out in two months, this March!

This week has some interesting articles summarized and linked – the progress on the next Game of Thrones book, a gamer with the fastest fingers in the world, the strange story of who choreographed David Bowie’s movie, Labyrinth, the past year in comics retail, and OH! WE WERE ON TV LAST NIGHT.

TV

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Both NBC and ABC will have sitcoms soon, set in the DC and Marvel Comics universe, respectively. NBC’s is called Powerless and is set in some sort of an office that deals with superheroes. Vague, I know. But in an interview with IGN, NBC execs Roger Greenblatt and Jennifer Salke say they can use any of the DC characters they want and that a recognizable one appears in the pilot. Which probably means it is not connected to their new film universe nor the Arrow-verse on TV. Meanwhile, ABC is already developing a sitcom based on Damage Control, the construction company that specializes in repairing the city after superhero battles. But now ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee tells IGN they’re developing a SECOND sitcom, and it’s all set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This comes on top of the news that ABC is again planning to spinoff Mockingbird and Hunter from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in a show called Marvel’s Most Wanted. Overkill?

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TNT is moving forward with a rebooted Tales from the Crypt horror anthology show, overseen by executive producer M. Night Shyamalan. This week we heard that the Crypt Keeper we knew and loved from the original HBO show won’t be part of this show because HBO owns the rights to that version of the character. But there were several horror storytellers in the original EC Comics and Shyamalan promises there will be a new, cool Crypt Keeper.

MOVIES

Above is a new, interesting YouTube series called These are the Actors You are Looking For, which interviews cast members big and small from Star Wars. This one interviews Ahmed Best, the guy who played Jar Jar. And he’s had less than an awesome time being known as a fairly unloved character. It’s honestly pretty enlightening to see things from his point of view.

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On Tuesday, Page Six reported that Mad Max: Fury Road writer/director George Miller said he won’t make any more Mad Max movies. But as of Friday, a new interview with The Wrap, Miller says he was taken out of context and he is still moving forward with plans for two more movies but that it won’t be the next thing he does. It may have helped that between those days, the movie scored 10 Oscar Nominations including one for Best Picture and Best Director.

Ever wonder who choreographed Labyrinth? Maybe not, but since David Bowie passed away this week, a lot of people have been looking back at his work and someone found this odd piece of forgotten trivia. The Director of Choreography and Puppet Movement on a bunch of Jim Henson films, including The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, The Muppets Take Manhattan, and more was Gates McFadden, aka Dr. Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Yeah, before Trek, this is what she did (credited as Cheryl McFadden, her first name). Just a weird but cool bit of info.

GAMES

Stepmania is a keyboard version of those Dance Dance Revolution games where you tap left, right, up, and/or down with the music. Just watch some of this video to observe a world champion play it at a frankly ludicrous speed. At 12:23 or so he plays the Hey Yeah remix that’s used on that He-Man video/meme.

BOOKS

Fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R.R. Martin, more popularly known as Game of Thrones, were disappointed when he confirmed recently that he wouldn’t get the book out before season 6, meaning the show will move well past what’s been written in the novels. But it brought up two interesting articles. First, Tor publishing wrote about how a normal novel can take 9 months to a year to publish but the next Game of Thrones novel will be out about three months after Martin finishes it? How? They break down all the steps involved in the publication of a major novel, from editing, to layout, sales, promotion and printing. It’s a really interesting read.

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Second, The Washington Post compared the release dates of Martin’s books when compared to similar series like Lord of the Rings or the Narnia books. Their findings? It’s pretty similar. The first bit of the story came out fast, then slows down as the author works out the plot for its conclusion. Maybe it’s overly hopeful, but I’ll take it.

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Finally, Sktchd put out an in-depth and fascinating look at the retail world of comic books for all of 2015. It interviews comic shop owners all over the country, and some abroad, for their take on how sales are doing, what’s been popular, what’s tough and other subjects relevant to any growth. For instance, sales are slightly up, but so are costs to promote everything. Disney has done a lot to drive people into stores as well as shows like Flash and Arrow, but nothing more so than Walking Dead. Worth a read!

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We were on Comedy Central’s @midnight last night! They did a segment about knock-off Transformers and used an image from this popular article to kick things off. So, you know, that’s how we grow. Anytime someone shares an article by us we get some new readers. So maybe share some of our articles when they tickle your fancy? Thanks!

  • Big Jim

    I suspect “Damage Control” will be like that episode of SHIELD when they went to London to clean up after THOR 2 and there were some shenanigans revolving around something they found. It could be fun.

  • Skewed_View

    I don’t remember loving Cloverfield, but I think I liked it. This trailer definitely has me intrigued, and I hope to see it.
    In fairness to George Miller, he had already said once or twice that he wants to do more Mad Max, but not right away because it wore him out. I think the article that said he was done with them actually got it wrong.

  • Chris Piers

    Yeah, Fury Road took years to finish. But the results were worth it. I hope he does more.

  • Chris Piers

    I think it will be more of a traditional half hour sitcom. Maybe even a three-camera deal on a set. We’ll see.