Friday, November 16, 2018

Shields Up!

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Looks like Agents of Shield just received a seventh season renewal, even though the sixth season won't air until the summer of 2019...

ABC has just given Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD a huge vote of confidence with an order for a seventh season of the show, months before the sixth season even premieres. 

The end of season five back in May came with lots of questions because of the proximity, both in real life and in the story, to the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Ultimately, Thanos’ snap didn’t play out on SHIELD, but with two seasons now locked in, it’s certainly possible some remnants of that could be addressed. 

Plus, by the time season six comes around next year, fans will once again be familiarized with both SHIELD and Agent Coulson, thanks to their roles in Captain Marvel (releasing in March 2019). While we have no clue what Avengers 4 will hold—time travel, reset, dead characters, who knows—almost any of that could impact the story moving forward.

I really like this show and thought that this upcoming sixth season was the final one. So, I'm glad that it's already locked in for a seventh season.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Roy Clark

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Sad news today...

Roy Clark, a Country Music Hall of Fame member celebrated equally for his sense of humor and his instrumental wizardry, has died. He was 85.

Apart from his long string of country hits (1963-1989), Clark was a major television personality, both as co-host with Buck Owens of the Hee Haw music and comedy series (1969-1994) and as a frequent guest and substitute host on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. 

In 1969, he signed on to co-host the short-lived CBS TV variety show, Hee Haw. Of course, that show transformed itself into the long-running series which lasted until 1994. Clark won additional fame on Hee Haw as a member of the Hee Haw Gospel Quartet, an ensemble that also featured Owens, Grandpa Jones and Kenny Price. 

The music industry awarded Clark lavishly. The Country Music Association alone conferred upon him seven major trophies, among them entertainer, comedian and musician of the year. In 1982, he won the best country instrumental Grammy for his recording of “Alabama Jubilee.” 

As a philanthropist, Clark made major contributions to such institutions as Children’s Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla., and the Hollenbeck Youth Center in Los Angeles. He is also is memorialized in the Roy Clark Emergency Treatment Center in Farmville, Va., and the Roy Clark Wing of St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

I remember watching Hee Haw with my parents growing up and can, to this day, still remember many of the silly bits, songs ("Gloom, dispair and agony on me...") and skits. I didn't realize it ran for 25 years. Pretty amazing for a show of that kind.

He will be missed, but very fondly remembered.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The end is near

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Some good news today...

It’s official. The anticipated eighth and final season of Game of Thrones will launch in April 2019.

Can't wait!!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Stan Lee

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Very sad news today...

Stan Lee, the public face of Marvel Comics and co-creator of iconic superheroes such as Spider-Man, Thor, and Black Panther, has passed away at age 95. 

Born Stanley Lieber in 1922, Lee began his career in comics as a gofer/Guy Friday, thanks to his uncle Robbie Solomon. His roots at Marvel go back to 1939, when the company was still called Timely Comics. He worked his way up from small fill-in writing assignments to becoming an increasingly important figure, eventually becoming editor-in-chief in 1941. After Timely became Atlas and the WWII-era superhero fad cooled, Lee worked on romance, monster, and cowboy comics. 

Lee’s crowning triumph came when the publisher was at the brink of failure in the late 1950s. He was given carte blanche to try out new superhero concepts and, in collaboration with Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and other artists, delivered the building blocks of what would later become the Marvel Universe in 1961. The Marvel approach was to humanize its superheroes, giving them flaws and foibles that felt fresh in comparison to the prevailing execution from rival DC Comics. Marvel’s success was synonymous with the Stan Lee name, and the words “Stan Lee Presents” preceded story title and company pronouncements for decades. 

When Marvel hit hard times and declared bankruptcy in 1998, the company voided Lee’s contract. The move was seen as a disrespectful dismissal to one of the company’s founding fathers and Marvel’s corporate leadership eventually signed Lee back on as a symbolic figurehead, cutting him a hefty seven-figure salary and participation on any profits made from TV and movie adaptations. 

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He continued as a jovial presence at conventions for decades—including a Los Angeles-based gathering once branded as Stan Lee’s Comikaze—and began making cameos in the blockbuster movies based on the characters he helped birth.

He had an amazing life and ended up making a long-lasting career out of creating iconic comic characters that have become such an integral part of the entertainment industry and Pop Culture to this day.

He will be missed, but remembered for a VERY long time.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Sleepingpool

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The poster for the upcoming PG-13 version of Deadpool 2 was released today...

Ryan Reynolds has shared the new Once Upon a Deadpool poster, featuring his titular character and Fred Savage riding on top of a reindeer for Deadpool 2’s PG-13 cut that will be arriving in theaters for a limited time starting on December 12 and ending on Christmas Eve. 

Once Upon a Deadpool will contain footage from Deadpool 2, but edited down to a PG-13 format which means cutting some of the violence and language. Fans can also expect new footage “in the form of a framing sequence” in the revamped film that Ryan Reynolds and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick devised for the project. 

Savage will reprise his role from the 1987 classic, The Princess Bride, in the new framing sequence alongside Reynold’s Deadpool. Eight scenes were filmed for the new footage in the upcoming project.

I'll be really curious to see how this is received and how they were capable of editing that film down to anything near a PG-13 rating. My guess is that there will be a lot of funny things done in the editing room and said in those new scenes to make sure it's still just as hilarious as the original.

I may just have to see that.

That version of the film opens on December 12th.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Under the sea

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A set of new Aquaman character posters were released today...

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Enjoyable.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Deadpool Visual Effects reel

It's really amazing how realistic special effects have become over the past couple of years. If you enjoy the Deadpool movies, as I do, you'll enjoy this video...

Friday, November 2, 2018

These is bloody shoes

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Barbra Streisand joined James Corden for another fun episode of Carpool Karaoke...



For a 76-year old woman, she's still got a pretty amazing voice and it's nice to see her do something fun like this (even though she is obviously promoting her new album).

I don't plan to rain on her parade.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

When they come for you

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I don't know that we needed a third Bad Boys movie.

But, we're getting one anyway.

It should be fine on Netflix when it finally makes it there.

I'll wait.