Friday Round Up: What’s in YOUR Wallet?

Here’s the trailer for a Netflix original that comes out early next month, A Very Murray Christmas. I have high hopes that it could end up becoming an annual watch. I love Bill Murray. The premise is that he is about to host a Christmas special when the power goes out or something and shuts down the live show. So he decides to sing and dance with a bunch of celebrities and hotel staff and guests that are stuck in New York’s Carlyle hotel with him. Simple, but could be a lot of fun.

Read on for news on the revival of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and its new host, Dark Tower and Alien news, huge comics news, Arrow and Flash stuff, and a lot more.

TV

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Last week we mentioned the Kickstarter for a new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000. This week, the news is that it hit its minimum goal so it’s definitely happening. So who will host? The answer is comedian Jonah Ray. He’s pretty well known as one of Chris Hardwick’s co-hosts on the Nerdist podcast as well as popping up as a guest on Hardwick’s TV shows like @midnight. But he also is co-hosts the standup showcase The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail alongside Kumail Nanjiani on Comedy Central. And he’ll have a new show on NBC’s upcoming streaming service, Seeso, called Hidden America. Everything’s coming up Jonah.

Two of the shows I’ve really been enjoying this season (there’s a LOT of great TV this year) are Flash and Arrow. Arrow definitely had a slump in season 3 because it had a tremendous villain, Ra’s al Ghul, and it didn’t really know what to do with him. It fell flat. Meanwhile, Flash debuted to a spectacular first season, ironing out its kinks very quickly. This year, both are firing on all cylinders. They have fantastic adversaries. And that’s despite the fact the producers are saddling both shows with doing some setup for their THIRD show, Legends of Tomorrow. But it’s all felt very organic, and in many ways, less clunky than some Marvel films like Iron Man 2 or Avengers: Age of Ultron. Anyway, it’s on Thanksgiving break but when the shows return on December 1st and 2nd, it’s for a 2-week crossover. Last year’s crossover was pretty amazing – first episode featured Flash mind controlled and Arrow had to take him down, second episode had them team up against Captain Boomerang. This year is even more connected, and looks like it will feature the following superheroes beyond its leads: Speedy, Black Canary, Hawkman, Hawkgirl and there’s a chance for White Canary, Atom, Vibe and Firestorm to play a part, too. I’m looking forward to it.

MOVIES

mcconaughey dark tower

The latest news on a film adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series is that it’s happening and Sony is scheduling it for January 13, 2017, directed by Nikolaj Arcel. According to the industry trades, they offered the villainous role of The Man in Black (also known as Randall Flagg) to Matthew McConaughey. I think he’d definitely fit the role well. I hope he accepts. The Man in Black is ultimately not the Big Bad of the whole story but he is the most personal adversary and a powerful one throughout all the books against protagonist Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger.

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Last time we heard any news about the sequel to Prometheus 2, director Ridley Scott said it would be subtitled Paradise Lost and feature more connections to the Alien movies that it was a prequel to. But now it’s going to REALLY play up the Alien connections because it’s been retitled Alien: Covenant. It also has the following official synopsis:

Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world — whose sole inhabitant is the “synthetic” David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.

Uh, what happened to Noomi Rapace’s character? David was just a head at the end of Prometheus so I don’t know how exciting his solo adventures would be. Covenant, eh? Maybe they should just let the aliens called the Covenant from the Halo games pop up and cause trouble.

hayao miyazaki blu ray set

If you are a fan of director Hayao Miyazaki’s films, and also kind of rich, good news. All of his movies have been collected in one massive Blu-Ray set. It came out this week so you can buy it now. In order, it features: Lupin III: The Castle of CagliostroNausicaä of the Valley of the WindCastle in the SkyMy Neighbor TotoroKiki’s Delivery ServicePorco RossoPrincess MononokeSpirited AwayHowl’s Moving CastlePonyo, and The Wind Rises. The bad news? No commentary or special features on the movie discs. The good news? It has a bonus disc with episodes of early anime TV shows he worked on, the press conference where Miyazaki announced his retirement, and a documentary on his work. So if you want a great looking version of these films, this is the set for you.

wonder woman megan gale

For a while, during Nolan’s Batman trilogy, DC and WB were going to make a live action Justice League movie directed by Mad Max‘ George Miller. It was cast, costumes were created and at the last moment, they pulled the plug. In past FRU’s we’ve shared storyboards for the movie. Now, Australian photographer Mark Rogers has released the above photos showing what Wonder Woman would have looked like, as played by Megan Gale. Pretty similar to the Greek stylization they’re using in the upcoming Batman V Superman, actually.

COMICS

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Dark Knight III by weird old and now-racist Frank Miller seemed disappointing enough to the legacy of Dark Knight Returns. Miller literally subtitled DK3 with “The Master Race.” But now comes news that that book, recently announced by DC as being an end to the trilogy (which definitely was never envisioned as such originally) is now just the third chapter. Because they announced Dark Knight IV. 1980s Frank Miller was fantastic. Post-9/11 Frank Miller? Ehhh, I’ll pass.

Fan films are hit and mostly miss. But the above short about the Miles Morales Spider-Man is really fun (it helps if you already read his comics, probably). Miles is a little too old in it, but overall it’s really well done so I thought I’d share.

CARTOONS

faye valentine sculpture by Cajsa von Zeipel

Cowboy Bebop is one of the all-time best anime shows ever and even though it’s been off the air for 15 years, it’s about to be represented in a great gallery in New York, the Mitchell Algus Gallery. Artist Cajsa von Zeipel frequently creates sculptures based on women from pop culture with the goal of reclaiming the tendency of entertainment to reduce women to a collection of body parts. Above is Faye Valentine from Cowboy Bebop, explicitly broken down into body parts with no arms, and only an intense stare.

MUSIC

David Bowie is probably the coolest dude in the world who loves sci-fi. He’s appeared in some great sci-fi movies like The Man Who Fell to Earth, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (I like it, anyway) and The Prestige. And of course his music has frequently gone sci-fi with songs like Major Tom and Starman. Now he’s created the above 10-minute music video for Blackstar. The full album comes out January 8th.

TOYS

jurassic park diorama lego

Paul Trach and Markus Aspacher, from Germany and Austria respectively, each built 2 sections of a Jurassic Park diorama, depicting an iconic scene/location from each of the four films. They showed it at the Bricking Bavaria Munich convention where it won the award for Best in Show. Obviously. It took a year of planning and three months of construction.

  • William Bruce West

    From what I’m hearing from Miller about DK III, it sounds like it’s pretty much Azzarello’s story, so I’m thinking Ol’ Frank was feeling left out. So, in order for him to have THE last word on DK Batman, he went and announced DK IV, even though he hasn’t even read all of DK III yet.

    And I liked that Miles fan film, and almost posted about it last week, but he was as old as I am, so that went against him.