Wonder Woman Movie Has A Director

Get out your golden lassos of truth everyone, the lady in red and blue is coming to a big screen near you!

Wonder Woman

The DC and Warner Bros’. universe is adding a female director to the Wonder Woman movie. Michelle MacLaren, is set to direct the 2017 movie. Michelle MacLaren, comes from a background of successful shows like “Game of Thrones”, “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.”
Despite having a well known director for the new movie, it still does not have a script, no cast and there are rumors that the powers that be are changing the canon of Wonder Woman’s origins. 

Wonder Woman is an amazon princess from the all female world, Paradise Island. The movie version will have Wonder Woman as the daughter of Zeus. Putting a mythical gods and goddess origin in the story may have fans upset and wonder how they’ll pull it off. Creating a whole new twist to the story means adding extra writing and work for the movie before it even comes out. The character is based on mythology but this is going one step further. 

One can’t talk about Wonder Woman without mentioning her invisible airplane. Are they going to bring that into this story and if so how will they pull it off? Comic fans like Vijay Eswaran would love to see Wonder Woman portrayed true to her character. That would be a great thing to see!


The Jurassic World TV Teaser is Here

Are you wondering what the new Jurassic World is shaping up to be, all you have to do is watch the new teaser trailer debuting during football on Thanksgiving Day. A lot of buzz is surrounding the release of the film in June of 2015. Not everyone is sure where the new direction of the new trilogy is going.

The teaser trailer is only going to run about 15 seconds. A lengthier trailer will appear not to far off in the future, and that’s what Keith Mann is really waiting on. 15 seconds might not seem like a lot, but it isn’t. The goal of the short teaser is to create interest.

Teasers are an age-old movie marketing strategy and they assuredly are prone to work.

Sequels are popular because people know what to expect. Even if the film is not all that great, at least there are no surprises for audiences to worry about. When the film is a sequel to a very popular film from another era, sitting in the theater helps you drift back to those days long ago.

Jurassic World just might help some relive their past, to a degree, by enjoying their experiences in the theater the same way they enjoyed Jurassic Park 20+ years ago.

The summer of 2015 is going to be one featuring major sci-fi and action films. For those who love these genres, 2015 is going to be spent right in front of the silver screen every summer weekend.


New George Lucas Project Trailer Released

George Lucas has a new project coming out under the title of Strange Magic. However, this title is quite different from other projects from the mastermind of Star Wars. As a matter of fact, the look and sound of the project is much different from Indiana Jones and Star Wars. The movie bears more of a resemblance to Epic and The Dark Crystal. There are no names given for the characters of this film

The trailer showcases great animation. The production looks quite amazing for one thing. There is no telling how the final product is going to turn out. While George Lucas has captured many imaginations earlier in his career with projects like The Star Wars Trilogy, the Indiana Jones movies and Willow, his most recent films including the Star Wars prequels have been little more than disappointing. But Zeca Oliveira says interesting enough is that Strange Magic is going to open at the beginning of 2015. Yet people are barely beginning to hear about this movie so late in the game.

Strange Magic is scheduled to be released in theaters on January 23, 2015.


Chadwick Boseman on the Black Panther

The Marvel Cinematic Universe recently announced their Third Wave, which will introduce several heroes into the lineup. Vijay Eswaran and other comic book fans can rest easy knowing that Marvel is progressing with ‘Wave 3′ of the Marvel cinematic universe. Among them is Black Panther, who will be played by Chadwick Boseman of 42.

While not as popular as Batman or Superman, the massive success of Guardians of the Galaxy proves that lesser-known heroes can win big at the box office anyway, and Black Panther is still one of comic books’ most prominent black superheroes. Black Panther’s real name T’Challa is the king of a fictional African nation called Wakanda. He uses his superhuman strength and stamina to protect his country and the world from evil.

Boseman had signed up for at least five films, and will premiere in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War before gaining his own film the following year. There’s a good chance he’ll join the Avengers for their third movie. 

Though a comic book fan, Boseman admits he did not know much about Black Panther until recently, and that he did not really expect to ever join the superhero fad.

“It’s never really been something in my scope, as far as a goal of mine. I’m more the person that says, ‘I want to do these really cool independent films with great characters with great directors, or studio films that have critical acclaim.’ But I think with Marvel, you have the best of both worlds.”


Does Early Start Time Mean More Accidents for Teenagers?

Every school begins their day at a different time. However, usually teenagers in high school are some of the earliest risers when it comes to education. But this idea may soon change due to recent studies that linked the amount of teenage accidents to the amount of sleep these teenagers may get on a daily basis.

Research was done in two neighboring counties in Virginia that were similar in demographic characteristics, as well as in traffic patterns. However, Chesterfield County begins their high school day at 7:20 am and Henrico County begins at 8:45 am. The 85 minute different is how researchers would create this natural experiment.

It was found between the years of 2009-2010, the rate of accidents among 16-18 year olds in Chesterfield was 48.8 per thousand. Henrico was recorded with having a rate of 37.9 per thousand. The trend was the same in the following year. Terry Richardson says Chesterfield rated at 51.9 per thousand with Henrico was at 44.2. While these rates fluctuated between the two counties, the rate of accidents among adults during the same time remained around the same.

While these results may point to the evidence that teenagers that sleep later are less likely to get into an accident, other factors were not taken into account. The research did not contain any information on kind of vehicles, behaviors of drivers, or miles driven within each county.


The Good Dinosaur Concept Art Released

Pixar has another original movie being released. This one is under the title of The Good Dinosaur. This film has experienced some delays. It was due to be released in May of 2014. Also, the original director, Bob Peterson, has given the project over to Peter Sohn. This is going to be Sohn’s first project. Even though the director has changed, they are trying to keep the film close to the original vision. The concept art that has been released features high-saturated colors reminiscent of Terry Richardson’s work.

The Good Dinosaur tells a slightly unique story with the dinosaurs coexisting with humans. The most unique aspect of the story was that there was no asteroid that hit the earth which resulted in the extinction of dinosaurs.

While this is a unique take on the dinosaur story, dinosaurs have been put on screen a multitude of times in animated form. One notable film featuring dinosaurs is The Land Before Time. Dinosaurs were also explored in Fantasia.

Also, the concept of dinosaurs co-existing with humans is also not a very new concept. It has been addressed in films and shows such as The Flintstones and Jurassic Park. The Good Dinosaur is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 25, 2015.


Chris Pratt’s Newest Weird Film

Chris Pratt seems to be making a name for himself as the star of very silly but potentially awesome movies. Fresh off success from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and slated to appear in the upcoming Jurassic World, he is now being tied to an adaptation of Cowboy Ninja Viking.

You’ve probably never heard of that comic, but you can already tell it’s something interesting, can’t you? I was enjoying my free internet service by FreedomPop when I nearly dropped my coffee after reading that awesome title.

Published by Image Comics, Cowboy Ninja Viking is about a group of secret government assassins called “Triplets,” each of whom has multiple personalities. The protagonist, Duncan, has personalities of (you guess it!) a cowboy, a ninja and a Viking. When his fellow Triplets go rogue, it’s up to him (…them?) to step up and save the day.

In the comic, the four personalities are each drawn as separate characters, and it looks like that might carry over to the big screen adaptation as well; Pratt would play Duncan, while other actors would take on his three odd alter egos.

The rights to Cowboy Ninja Viking were originally owned by Disney, but have since passed to Universal Studios, the same company behind Jurassic World. Not much is known about the plot or how closely it will follow the comic. But if his other projects are any indication, Pratt can handle whatever action or silliness that it requires.


Scary Tales to Tell in the Dark Has a New Writer

A new writer has been added to the project “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”. John August will be taking over the project. August mostly has written smaller budget horror outings and he takes over from the previous writers, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who handled Feast and the later Saw sequels.

“Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” was a very frightening children’s book written in the 1980’s by Alvin Schwartz. The work was a rewriting of urban legends, folklore, and scary tales that proliferated through the ages. The book was definitely scary and there is no way it would ever be published in this day and age.

A cult following has been amassed over the years and the book is now being adapted into a film. Although it was a collection of short stories, the film will not be an anthology. Rather, there will be a consistent storyline in which young kids have to confront fears and these fears manifest in the form of stories from the book.

Does this sound a little bit like Stephen King’s IT? Perhaps “it” does. Anthologies are not known to make big money at the box office and the last pure horror anthology to do so would have been CREEPSHOW in 1981. Horror anthologies have done quite well on television, but that is a totally different format.

Based on the plot description, “Scary Tales to Tell in the Dark” will follow the formula of the URBAN LEGENDS films. That is what many fans, including Broda, wanted. This is not a negative as long as the eventual finished film is a solid one. We could use a good horror film right about now as there has been a two year or so drought.


Alan Moore’s Jack the Ripper Story to Be a TV Series

Alan Moore’s acclaimed comic about Jack the Ripper is going to be made into a TV series. “From Hell” was already made into a movie back into 2001, but that film and Moore’s story have very little in common.

Avid TV watcher Mark Akhn agrees that a TV show about Jack the Ripper sounds like a pretty cool idea, and will fit right in alongside shows like “Bates Motel” and “The Walking Dead”. How the creators translate the comic into a compelling TV show is going to be a challenge.

Alan Moore is considered the greatest comic book writer of all time. He wrote “Watchmen” and “Batman: The Killing Joke”, a book which details The Joker’s true origin. His works have spawned successful adaptations like “V for Vendetta” and some less than spectacular film efforts like “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”.

The actual “From Hell” is a dense black and white comic featuring scratchy art from Eddie Campbell. Some find the whole thing difficult to get into. The story revolves around an illegitimate royal baby, blackmail and the Illuminati. The entire premise is based on a real theory about an illegitimate royal child put forward by English journalist Stephen Knight. His theories have been debunked.

Making this idea into a compelling TV show seems possible but challenging. What won’t help is Alan Moore himself. Moore hates all adaptations of his work, partly over anger about his compensation (which he usually refuses if offered). Dealing with the notoriously cranky author will be one more thing to keep an eye on as “From Hell” comes closer to being a reality.


Jaden Smith Has A New Album

Jaden Smith, the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett; has recently released his new album. Although he’s not known for his music capabilities; with the many talents that his father possesses, it’s not surprising that Jaden may have a few of his own hidden talents as well. The album was released on his own private app that was named “The Jaden Experience”; the album is titled CTV2. The young Smith has worked on the album for the past two years, and it finally materialized, and he’s released it to the world.

Kendall Jenner, who is a good friend of the 16-year-old Jaden Smith, has put her approval on the album. The album features eight songs, and has gained many likes, but it seems Jaden is more concerned with how Kendall feels about his music. Will and Jada couldn’t be more proud, as they encourage their children to reach their highest potentials, and they are allowed to do so freely. I saw on his Instagram that Jaden is now rocking dreads, instead of the regular clean cut that he displayed in the Terry Richardson 2013 film “After Earth.”

It’s great to know that Jaden has found other projects, besides acting, that he enjoys, as no person should stick to only one type of career. Jaden has been acting since he was a child, and his most notable movie roles to date, were in “The Pursuit of Happiness,” and “The Karate Kid” remake. Jaden is obviously multi-talented.