Saturday, March 28, 2015

NEXT STOP EVERYWHERE 020: "Doctor Who: The Movie" is Up!

"These shoes!  They fit perfectly!  Yesssss..."

You've waited quite a while for this, but my good friend and co-host Jesse Jackson and I are FINALLY back with another episode of Next Stop Everywhere: The Doctor Who Podcast!  And this time, we reverse the polarity back to the 1996 Paul McGann classic, "Doctor Who: The Movie"!

Exploring this Fox TV movie pilot that bridged the gap between the classic 1963-89 series and the modern 2005-present series, Jesse and I discuss things like Jesse appreciating the TV Movie far more the second time around, Fox's decision not to turn the pilot into a full series, Doctor Who as a BBC embarrassment, Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, the mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor," the gothic steampunk console room, the return of Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, the TV Movie as canon, remembering the excitement of the TV Movie, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, my personal experience of almost dying before the TV Movie aired, Eric Roberts as The Fourth Master, Daleks with helium voices, post-regenerative amnesia, Giacomo Puccini's "Un Bel Di Vedremo" from the opera Madame Butterfly, the positively blasphemous act of the Doctor kissing his companion, Jesse's Reversing of Reverse the Polarity segment, 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?

Be sure to come on back for our review of the Christopher Eccleston classic, "Rose," and look for more of Next Stop Everywhere on iTunes, Libsyn, Stitcher and the Southgate Media Group website!

THE FANDOM ZONE Episode 001: "Out of Time" Is Up!

"You're smart, Cisco, but you're not that smart.  Do you know how hard it has been to keep all of this from you, especially from you?  Because the truth is, I've grown quite fond of you. And in many ways, you have shown me what it's like to have a son.  Forgive me, but to me, you've been dead for centuries."
-- Dr. Harrison Wells to Cisco Ramon, The Flash: "Out of Time"

You've waited quite a while for this, but the wonderful Karen Lindsay and I are finally back with our first full-fledged episode of The Fandom Zone Podcast!

This week's reviews of comics on television include:

The Walking Dead 5x14 -- "Spend"
The Flash 1x15 -- "Out of Time"
iZombie 1x01 -- "Pilot"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2x13 -- "One of Us"
Powers 1x04 -- "Devil in a Garbage Bag"
Arrow 3x16 -- "The Offer"

We talk about things like any character dying at any minute, what happens when you shoot a grenade, revolving doors, abandoned wheelchairs, all kinds of wacky fun with the Reverse-Flash, animated Michael Allred opening credits, Buffy the Vampire Slayer updated for the 21st Century, the movie Warm Bodies, the return of Twin Peaks' Dale Cooper and Adriana from The Sopranos, letting Admiral Adama being Admiral Adama, lame Marvel supervillains, completely missing the mark on comic book adaptations, Michelle Forbes as Retro Girl, Karen drooling over Stephen Amell, the Lazarus Pit, Oliver and Laurel being total cowards where Quentin is concerned, Ra's al Ghul's weird masterplan, Starling City's police headquarters being attacked yet again, some comics on TV spoilers, and more!

You can check out the episode HERE and for those of you who use iTunes, we're already available HERE, so please subscribe and rate us! If direct download MP3s are more your thing, you can find those HERE as well. In addition, we have our Fandom Zone show page on Facebook, which you can check out HERE. And we're also on Twitter using the account @FandomZoneCast.

Come back next week for more on The Walking Dead, The Flash, iZombie, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Powers and Arrow, right here on The Fandom Zone Podcast!

SPECTRE Teaser Trailer Debuts

The teaser trailer for the 24th official James Bond film Spectre was released yesterday, giving Bond fans their first major look at the upcoming film.

The one minute, forty second teaser trailer opens with an exterior shot of MI6 headquarters, still damaged from an explosion in the previous film, Skyfall.  M's assistant, Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris), goes to visit Bond (Daniel Craig) in his apartment flat with something rather intriguing.

"Forensics finally released this," Moneypenny begins, handing over a small wooden case. Bond asks what's in the case, which Moneypenny replies, "Personal effects they recovered from Skyfall."

Still in the process of moving in, Bond sits down on his couch and opens the case, removing an old Order of Temporary Guardianship along with a scorched photo of young Bond with his deceased parents.  "You've got a secret," says Moneypenny in a voiceover.  "Something you can't tell anyone...because you don't trust anyone."

From there, we're off to the Austian Alps, where Bond tracks down Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), last seen in the film Quantum of Solace and now a fugitive from MI6.  "I always knew death would wear a familar face," says White in a voiceover, "but not yours."  

We then see Bond attending a funeral service, apparently for the husband of Monica Bellucci's character, Lucia Sciarra, who was an assassin that Bond killed.

"I was at a meeting recently and your name came up," remarks Bond in a voiceover.  "I'm flattered London is still talking about me," replies White.

"It wasn't MI6."  Bond sets a ring down on the chessboard next to White, bearing the familiar octopus symbol of the sinister organization SPECTRE.  

White picks up the ring, looks at it, then tells Bond, "You're a kite dancing in a hurricane, Mr. Bond."

Finally, we see Bond attending a very important gathering, presumably members of SPECTRE, with Christoph Waltz's character Franz Oberhauser seated down below. "Welcome, James," begins Oberhauser in a voiceover.  "It's been a long time...and finally, here we are..."

Spectre arrives in US theaters on November 6, 2015.  In the meantime, you can watch the teaser trailer below about twenty times thank to Sony Pictures' official YouTube account...

Friday, March 27, 2015


It's official, you need to be afraid of zombies.

The Hollywood Reporter has word that AMC's upcoming spinoff series to the hit zombie apocalypse survival series The Walking Dead has been officially confirmed as Fear the Walking Dead.

Comic book co-creator and series executive producer Robert Kirkman announced the news today on his Twitter account with the following post...

According to the article, Fear the Walking Dead is "a prequel that takes place in Los Angeles at the onset of the zombie outbreak.  AMC confirmed that the companion series is set in Los Angeles but revealed nothing more beyond that it will focus on new characters and storylines."

The cast includes Cliff Curtis (Gang Related) as Sean Cabrera, a teacher who shares a son with his ex-wife.  House of Cards' Kim Dickens is Nancy Tomkins, a guidance counselor who works at the school with Sean and is seeing him romantically.  Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) is Nancy's son Nick Tomkins, who has battled a drug problem.  In addition, Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Woods) will play Nancy's ambitious daughter, Ashley Tomkins, who dreams of leaving Los Angeles for Berkeley when the zombie apocalypse hits.

On March 9th, AMC announced the series pickup and second season renewal for the then-untitled series.  Kirkman, who co-wrote the pilot with Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy), will executive produce Fear the Walking Dead with Erickson, The Walking Dead's Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and Dave Alpert.  Erickson will serve as showrunner, and Adam Davidson will direct the pilot episode.

A trailer for Fear the Walking Dead is expected during this Sunday's Season 5 finale of The Walking Dead, with the new series premiering on AMC sometime in late summer.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

DOCTOR WHO: 10 Years of the Modern Era

"Do you wanna come with me?  'Cause if you do, then I should warn you.  You're gonna see all sorts of things -- ghosts from the past, aliens from the future, the day the Earth died in a ball of flame.  It won't be quiet, it won't be safe, and it won't be calm...but I'll tell you what it will be -- the trip of a lifetime!"
-- The Ninth Doctor, Doctor Who 2005 Trailer

Things were pretty dire for Doctor Who fans back in early 2003.  It had been seven long years since the 1996 TV Movie introducing Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor and fans had pretty much accepted that the Eighth Doctor audio adventures from Big Finish Productions were the "official" continuation of their beloved series.  The celebration of the show's 40th anniversary consisted mainly of the disappointing Big Finish audio drama Zagreus, and Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka, a Flash-animated webseries featuring Richard E. Grant (who later appeared on the TV series as The Great Intelligence) as a new Ninth Doctor, Sophie Okonedo (who later appeared as Liz Ten) as his new companion Alison Cheney, and Sir Derek Jacobi (who later appeared as the Fifth Master) as an android replica of The Master reprogrammed by the Doctor.

And then on September 26, 2003, Doctor Who fandom regenerated itself once again with the announcement that Doctor Who would finally return as a full-fledged BBC television series in 2005.  We later learned that Christopher Eccleston would be the Ninth Doctor (effectively negating Scream of the Shalka from Doctor Who canon), and pop star Billie Piper would be his new companion Rose Tyler.  Best of all, we learned that the new series would be a continuation of the original series, not a silly reboot that no one who truly loved the show wanted to see.

After some teaser trailers that made fans even more excited, the first episode of the modern era, "Rose," debuted on March 26, 2005.  The Russell T. Davies story was essentially a reworking of Jon Pertwee's first story, "Spearhead from Space," featuring the return of the Autons after 34 years.  "Rose" was a pretty simplistic story, designed to introduce the mysterious new Doctor, the ordinary London girl Rose, Rose's clueless boyfriend Mickey Smith, and her exasperating mother Jackie Tyler.  The production values and special effects surpassed anything fans of the original series could ever dream of, putting to shame the old wobbly sets and costumes made out of tin foil or bubble wrap.  No, "Rose" wasn't a perfect episode, but it was certainly enjoyable enough, especially for long-suffering fans that were just glad to have new Doctor Who after all that time.

However, just as the new series began its run of ten years and counting, fans were stunned by the news that Christopher Eccleston was leaving the show at the end of Series One.  The reasons behind the decision remain a mystery to this day, with rumors speculating of possible friction between Eccleston and the producers, or Eccleston's abrupt desire to not be typecast in such a high-profile role.  Whatever the real reason, fans were extremely disappointed but continued to watch as the mysterious Time War was introduced, the Daleks returned, and David Tennant became the Tenth Doctor at the end of the tearful "The Parting of the Ways."

Tennant, a longtime fan of the classic series, quickly proved to be a welcome replacement to Eccleston in Doctor Who's very first Christmas special, "The Christmas Invasion."  As fans adjusted to the new new Doctor in Series Two, they were treated to the return of beloved companion Sarah Jane Smith, as well as the return of the Cybermen and a long-awaited battle between the Cybermen and the Daleks.

Series Three introduced Freema Agyeman as new companion Martha Jones, Catherine Tate as Donna Noble (Martha's eventual successor in the TARDIS), and John Simm as the Sixth Master (regenerating from Jacobi).  Series Four brought Donna into the forefront, reintroduced the Sontarans, introduced us to Tennant's future real-life wife (and daughter of Peter Davison) Georgia Moffet as Jenny, the Doctor's future wife River Song, and teamed several past and present companions in an epic battle against the Daleks and their returning creator, Davros.

David Tennant's final year as the Tenth Doctor in 2009 consisted of five specials scattered throughout the year instead of an actual season.  Each special paired the Doctor with a one-off companion, ranging from the Victorian era character Jackson Lake to Donna's grandfather Wilfred "Wilf" Mott in Tennant's final story, "The End of Time."  New Year's Day in 2010 was heartbreaking for Tennant's fans, but exciting as Matt Smith, the Eleventh Doctor, arrived with a thunderous "Geronimo!"

2010 was an important year for Doctor Who, as Davies stepped down to make way for new showrunner Steven Moffat, whose episodes for Davies were generally regarded to be some of the new series' best.  Series Five hit the ground running with Smith's first episode "The Eleventh Hour," which introduced us to Karen Gillan as new Scottish companion Amy Pond and her eventual husband Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill).  In addition to the return of Moffat's creation the Weeping Angels, fans were treated to the return of the Silurians and the mind-boggling alliance of many of the Doctor's enemies.

Series Six featured a season-long mystery of the Doctor's "death," the revelation of River Song's true identity, the introduction of the creepy Silence and Madame Kovarian, the TARDIS given human form in a wonderful episode by Neil Gaiman, and the first appearance of the Paternoster Gang of Madame Vastra, her wife Jenny Flint and the Sontaran Strax. Series Seven, meanwhile, suffered from a number of hiatuses spread across 2012 and 2013, but saw the departure of Amy and Rory, the arrival of Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald, the introduction of the Brigadier's daughter, Kate Stewart, and the return of both the Great Intelligence and the Ice Warriors after far too long.

Doctor Who's fiftieth anniversary in 2013 was far superior to its fortieth, with the shocking return of Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor in the mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor" that finally gave the Eighth Doctor a regeneration sequence.  On November 23, 2013, the anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor" paired the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors with a mysterious secret incarnation called the War Doctor (Sir John Hurt) that played such an important role in the Time War.  The War Doctor's creation seemed to be a result of Christopher Eccleston's decision not to reprise the Ninth Doctor for the special, a decision that only added to some fans' resentment held for the actor since 2005.  The special also featured the long-awaited return of the Zygons and most importantly, Tom Baker, in his first appearance on Doctor Who since his final Fourth Doctor story "Logopolis" in 1981.

Matt Smith's final story, "The Time of the Doctor," followed a month later as a Christmas special, wrapping up a number of dangling plotlines since Series Five and giving the Doctor a brand-new life cycle of twelve regenerations so fans didn't have to fear the previous limit of thirteen lives.  After saying a tearful goodbye to a hallucination of Amy Pond, the Eleventh Doctor abruptly regenerated into the Twelfth, now played by Peter Capaldi.

The show returned for Series Eight in the fall 2014, following another long hiatus and with only twelve episodes instead of the traditional thirteen.  Capaldi's first series as the new Scottish-accented Doctor proved somewhat rocky, with his somewhat brusque demeanor coming off a bit too harsh for some fans.  Others, however, rejoiced in having an older Doctor that wasn't always likable once again, proving that you just can't please everyone. Series Eight featured Clara as a teacher at Coal Hill School (taking the show back to its 1963 roots), the introduction of Clara's boyfriend Danny Pink, the return of Moffat's Clockwork Droids from Series Two, and a surprising alliance of the Cybermen with the first female Master, played by Michelle Gomez.

So where now?  Doctor Who is expected to come back for Series Nine later this fall, with Missy/The Mistress/The Seventh Master starting the season off in the opening two-partner. Beyond that, we don't really know, which is always a good thing.  Here's hoping the next ten years are just as wonderful and wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Casts Lana Condor as Jubilee

Time for a Jubilation?

X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer has revealed on his official Instagram account that actress Lana Condor has been cast as Jubilation Lee, better known to X-Men fans as the superhero Jubilee.  Here's the official post...

A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on

Created in 1989 by Chris Claremont and Marc Silvestri, Jubilee first appeared in Uncanny X-Men (vol.1) #244 as Jubilation Lee, a Chinese-American girl from Beverly Hills, California. As a promising young gymnast, Jubilee's life was shattered when her parents were murdered by hitmen and she lived by hiding in the Hollywood Mall and stealing food to survive. Jubilee first discovered her mutant powers to generate blinding and explosive fireworks while running away from mall security, until they eventually hired the M-Squad, a group of professional mutant hunters.  After being rescued by the X-Men, Jubilee followed them back through a portal to their temporary base in the Australian outback and soon joined the group.

She later became a founding member of the team known as Generation X  but later lost her mutant powers as a result of the event M-Day.  She then gained the powers of a vampire from her transformation by the bite of Xarus, son of Dracula.  Her powers include superhuman strength and speed, and the ability to turn into vapor.  It is possible that she can heal much faster than a human.

Condor will be the fourth actress to portray the character in live-action, after Heather McComb in the 1996 TV movie Generation X, and cameo appearances by Katrina Florece in Singer's first X-Men film and Kea Wong in X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand.  The character has appeared in various animated projects, including the 1992 X-Men animated series (voiced by Alyson Court), and X-Men: Evolution (voiced by Chiara Zanni).

X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 27, 2016.

Legendary Adapting Dystopian Comic LAZARUS for TV Series

Family above all.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed yesterday that Legendary Television and producer Matt Tolmach have acquired the rights to adapt Greg Rucka and Michael Lark's dystopian comic book Lazarus into a television series.

First released in October 2013 by Image Comics, Lazarus focuses on a futuristic society where 16 wealthy Families have divided the planet into territories that are under their direct control as a new form of feudalism.  Those who provide services for the Families are referred to as Serfs, having been "elevated to Service," while everyone else is Waste, uncared for by those in power, whose only hope for a better future is to be "elevated."  

Each Family has a Lazarus, a genetically engineered, unkillable being, who protects the Family.  Forever Carlyle is a Lazarus, and serves as the central protagonist in the series, using force and deception to keep her Family and their interests safe.  However, as the series progresses, Forever begins to question her role as she becomes aware of schemes and personal agendas around her.

According to the article, Rucka will write the series pilot episode, and will executive produce the series with Lark and Tolmach.  David Manpearl of Matt Tolmach Productions will work alongside Tolmach, known for producing The Amazing Spider-Man franchise at Sony, on the project.

Legendary Television currently has two series in preproduction -- Colony, a co-production with Universal Cable Productions, which USA picked up to series, and the two-season order for the Netflix original series, Love.  They are also developing Carnival Row, a project from Guillermo del Toro and Rene Echevarria for Amazon.