Thursday, October 23, 2014

Charles & Karen Have DANGEROUS HABITS with NBC's CONSTANTINE


"I'm the one who steps from the shadows, all trenchcoat and cigarette and arrogance, ready to deal with the madness.  Oh, I've got it all sewn up. I can save you.  If it takes the last drop of your blood, I'll drive your demons away.  I'll kick them in the bollocks and spit on them when they're down and then I'll be gone back into darkness, leaving only a nod and a wink and a wisecrack.  I walk my path alone...Who would walk with me?"
-- John Constantine, Hellblazer #41: "The Beginning of the End"

I'm very proud to announce that my friend and co-host Karen Lindsay and I have just launched our brand-new Constantine podcast, Dangerous Habits, as part of the Southgate Media Group. Our first introductory recording, "Episode 000 -- Meet the Hosts," was posted late last night and you can listen to it HEREAnd for those of you who use iTunes, we're already available HERE.

In addition, we've set up a Next Stop Everywhere show page on Facebook, which you can check out HEREAnd we're also on Twitter using the account @DangerousHabit1.  Be sure to share these with all of your friends, enemies, demons, angels, sorcerers, ghosts, whomever, and help build our new podcast into something special.

Karen and I became acquainted with one another through our mutual friend Jesse Jackson, my co-host on Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast.  After Karen was kind enough to fill in for Jesse on an episode of NSE, I realized how much fun I had talking with her and wanted to partner with her on something else.  Initially, I was hoping to start up a Twin Peaks podcast with her, until I learned that she was never a fan of the ABC series.  (I know, no accounting for taste...)  So, knowing that Karen was a fan of the DC Comics/VERTIGO series Hellblazer, I asked Rob Southgate of Southgate Media Group if there was an opening for a Constantine podcast.  He already had one lined up, but was open to launching a second, so I pitched the idea to Karen and here we are.  A bit Machiavellian on my part, I know, but hey, this is John Constantine after all and I think he'd respect me for it.

This first podcast covers our backgrounds as Hellblazer fans, including our love for the Garth Ennis masterpiece "Dangerous Habits" (Say, that's a great title...) and what we're looking forward to with the new NBC series.  Next time, we'll give our takes on "Non Est Asylum," the pilot episode, and we'll share our thoughts on each new episode after they air.

Oh, and our deepest thanks to Rob Southgate at Southgate Media Group for letting this happen and for all his help in getting us up and running.  Be sure to check out Southgate's website at the link above for Next Stop Everywhere and more great podcasts, okay?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

GOTHAM Casts Morena Baccarin as Dr. Leslie Thompkins


You'd better start your online petition to bring in Nathan Fillion as well...

TVLine has revealed that the new Fox series Gotham has cast Morena Baccarin in the role of Dr. Leslie Thompkins, best known to Batman fans as the woman who comforted young Bruce Wayne after his parents were murdered.  The role will be recurring, beginning sometime in early 2015.

According to the article, Thompkins is "a gifted and dedicated physician who was a friend of the late Thomas and Martha Wayne.  She is determined to use her skills to aid Gotham’s most in need, which currently means working at the newly opened Arkham Asylum’s Home for the Criminally Insane.  In addition to her medical skills, her coolness under pressure will serve her well as she finds herself drawn to Ben McKenzie’s James Gordon and into more and more dangerous waters."

Baccarin is best known as Inara Serra on the television series Firefly and the film Serenity, and as Jessica Brody on the Showtime series Homeland.  She also starred as Anna on the 2009-11 remake of the series V, and has voiced a number of DC Comics animated projects, including Son of Batman (as Talia al Ghul), Justice League (as Black Canary), and Batman: The Brave and the Bold (as The Cheetah).

Created by Dennis O'Neil and Dick Giordano, Dr. Leslie Thompkins first appeared in 1976's Detective Comics #457 as a inner-city doctor who was inspired by the Wayne murders to spend the rest of her life helping slum kids avoid a life of crime.  Every year on the anniversary of the murder of his parents, Batman would visit the now elderly woman in Park Row (now referred to as Crime Alley).  However, Leslie had no idea he was the same boy she had helped decades earlier.

In later years, Leslie was depicted as a close friend of Thomas Wayne, who took it upon herself to look after Wayne's son, Bruce, after the boy's parents were murdered, often acting with Alfred Pennyworth as a parental figure and guardian.  Leslie disapproved of Bruce's activities as Batman, and felt partly responsible for his transformation, fearing that somehow she failed him as a role model.  She also had been linked to Alfred romantically on more than one occasion.

Baccarin will the first actress to portray Thompkins in live-action, although the character has appeared on Batman: The Animated Series (voiced by Diana Muldaur).

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE: "Flatline" is Up!


"Could you just not let me enjoy this moment of not knowing something? I mean, it happens so rarely."

Despite some health issues concerning my father requiring rescheduling, my good friend Jesse Jackson and I have returned with another episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast.

This time out, we give our thoughts on "Flatline," the ninth episode from Doctor Who Series Eight, including things like the coolness of the Boneless, the tiny TARDIS, Clara serving as the replacement Doctor, the movie Slither, the Doctor's awareness of how he's perceived, Missy's iPad of the Nethersphere, Steven Moffat's eventual replacement as showrunner, our Reverse the Polarity segment, listener email, teasing a new Southgate Media Group podcast, and more!

And for those who still aren't aware of this yet, we're available on iTunes RIGHT HERE as well as Stitcher RIGHT HERE, so please subscribe and tell your friends about us. If you're looking for direct MP3 downloads, you can find them RIGHT HERE as well. Oh, and don't forget we have an officially official Next Stop Everywhere Facebook page and Twitter account, so be sure to Like and/or Follow us, okay?

Have fun watching "In the Forest of the Night" on BBC America this Saturday, then keep checking iTunes, Stitcher and the Southgate Media Group website for our next Doctor Who review!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mark Frost Writing TWIN PEAKS Book to Reveal Characters' Fates


A path is formed by laying one stone at a time.

The Hollywood Reporter has word that Mark Frost, co-creator of the 1990-91 ABC series Twin Peaks, is writing a new Twin Peaks book that will reveal various characters' fates since the series ended.

Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan, will publish The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks, an inside look into what happened to the various characters of the town of Twin Peaks, Washington since viewers last saw them almost twenty-five years ago.  According to the article, "The book promises to offer a deeper look into the central mystery of the original series, which ended abruptly, leaving many plot points unresolved."

In a statement, Frost remarked, "This has long been a dream project of mine that will bring a whole other aspect of the world of Twin Peaks to life, for old fans and new.  I couldn’t be more thrilled."

This news follows on the bombshell dropped earlier this month that Twin Peaks is returning for a new nine-episode series on Showtime in 2016, which will pick up twenty-five years after the original series ended.  With a number of the original actors having passed away since the series finale, it seems likely that some of their characters' fates will be addressed in Frost's new book.

A number of official Twin Peaks books were published in the early '90s, the most notable one being The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, written by David Lynch's daughter Jennifer.  Other books included The Autobiography F.B.I. Special Agent Dale Cooper: My Life, My Tapes (written by Frost's brother Scott), Twin Peaks: An Access Guide to the Town, and the audiobook "Diane.." - The Twin Peaks Tapes of Agent Cooper that was written by Scott Frost and performed by Kyle MacLachlan.

The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks is expected to be released sometime toward the end of 2015.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Warner Bros. Announces DC Comics Film Schedule Through 2020


DC Comics fans, you've had to deal with smacktalk from Marvel fans for quite a while now, but your time has finally come.

The Hollywood Reporter has word that Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tuijihara has announced the studio's plans for films based on DC Comics properties through 2020.  Ten films for the new DC Cinematic Universe were named, although some of them were previously confirmed.  Here's the rundown...
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice directed by Zack Snyder (2016)
  • Suicide Squad directed by David Ayer (2016)
  • Wonder Woman starring Gal Gadot (2017)
  • Justice League Part One directed by Snyder, with Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles (2017)
  • The Flash starring Ezra Miller (2018)
  • Aquaman starring Jason Momoa (2018)
  • Shazam (2019)
  • Justice League Part Two directed by Zack Snyder (2019)
  • Cyborg starring Ray Fisher (2020)
  • Green Lantern (2020)
In addition, Tuijihara's press release also mentioned standalone films for Superman and Batman. 

DC appears to have beaten Marvel to the punch by announcing Wonder Woman and Cyborg, featuring female and African-American superheroes that have yet to be featured in any solo Marvel film. 

It seems the rumored Flash/Green Lantern team-up film isn't happening after all, with solo films for both characters instead.  The simple Green Lantern title is also interesting, implying a possible reboot from the 2011 film starring Ryan Reynolds, although that could easily change between now and 2020.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 to Adapt CIVIL WAR with Robert Downey, Jr.


You can't keep a good Iron Man down.

Variety revealed yesterday that Robert Downey, Jr. is close to reprising his role as Iron Man/Tony Stark for Captain America 3, which will feature will adapt the Marvel Comics event Civil War and begin Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

According to the article, Captain America 3 "will pit Stark against Captain America’s alter-ego Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, as they feud over the Superhero Registration Act, which forces anyone with superhuman abilities to reveal their identities to the U.S. government and agree to act as a police force for the authorities.  Stark supports the program, but Rogers does not, saying it threatens civil liberties, causing sides to be taken and Rogers, among others, to go on the run to avoid arrest.  The moral question and battle with his Avengers teammate essentially makes Stark a villain of sorts in Captain America 3, providing Downey with a meaty role he could play out into future Marvel films, including a fourth Avengers."

It seems Marvel originally wanted Downey for just a small role in the film, which would have required just three weeks of work, but Downey wanted Stark to have a larger role, which would give him more screen time and naturally a bigger payday.  This reportedly angered Marvel Entertainment head Ike Perlmutter, who ordered the screenwriters to write Iron Man out of the script entirely.  Even though the deal appeared dead, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Downey’s representatives continued talks in hopes of working out their issues.

The article claims that Downey, who earned $50 million for The Avengers alone, will collect around $40 million plus backend participation for Captain America 3, and will get an additional payday if Captain America 3 outperforms Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s $714 million worldwide total.

Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, will return for Captain America 3 and the brothers are currently working on the script with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

In addition, Marvel Comics also teased yesterday that there will be a new Civil War #1 sometime in Summer 2015, presumably so that a collection can be out in time for Captain America 3.  It's not yet known if this will be a direct sequel to the original 2006-07 limited series by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven or some form of reboot.

Captain America 3 is scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 6, 2016.

Monday, October 13, 2014

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE: "Mummy on the Orient Express" is Up!


"You know, Doctor, I can't tell if you're a genius or just incredibly arrogant."
"Well, on a good day, I'm both."


My good friend Jesse Jackson and I have returned with another episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!

This time out, we give our thoughts on "Mummy on the Orient Express," the eighth episode from Doctor Who Series Eight, including things like Agatha Christie, the running theme of soldiers and war, sentient computer acronyms, Clara's inconsistent behavior, the series Castle, the polarizing Twelfth Doctor, Queen's song "Don't Stop Me Now," Doctor Who haters hating, our popular Reverse the Polarity segment, listener email, the revival of Twin Peaks, and more!

And for those who still aren't aware of this yet, we're available on iTunes RIGHT HERE as well as Stitcher RIGHT HERE, so please subscribe and tell your friends about us. If you're looking for direct MP3 downloads, you can find them RIGHT HERE as well. Oh, and don't forget we have an officially official Next Stop Everywhere Facebook page and Twitter account, so be sure to Like and/or Follow us, okay?

Have fun watching "Flatline" on BBC America this Saturday, then keep checking iTunes, Stitcher and the Southgate Media Group website for our next Doctor Who review!