Tuesday, January 10, 2017

GHOSTWOOD 001: "The Secret History of Twin Peaks" is Up!


"I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange."
-- Special Agent Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks: "On the Wings of Love"

My socks are on fire!  After months of teasing this project, I'm very proud to announce that my friend and co-host Xan Sprouse and I have just launched our brand-new podcast, Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast, as part of the Southgate Media Group.  Our first introductory episode, "The Secret History of Twin Peaks" was posted this afternoon and we hope you'll give us a listen!

In addition, we've set up a Ghostwood show page on Facebook, which you can check out HERE, and we're also on Twitter using the account @GhostwoodCast.  Be sure to share these with all of your friends, archenemies, FBI secret agents, sidekicks, love interests, zombie attackers, alien owls, otherdimensional beings, whomever, and help build our new podcast into something special.

In our first HUGE episode, Xan and I discuss the new Twin Peaks novel The Secret History of Twin Peaks by co-creator Mark Frost, and things like how we became Twin Peaks fans back in the day, what it felt like to be the only person at school that knew who Bauhaus is, being a Twin Peaks fan in the Stone Age before the Interwebz, getting Xan's husband Chris to become a Twin Peaks fan, wondering why Gordon Cole hasn't upgraded his hearing aids to an implant, wondering if FBI Special Agent Tamara Preston will be in the new 2017 Showtime series, being freaked out by the late Frank Silva as BOB crawling over furniture toward the camera, speculating if Ray Wise will replace Frank Silva as BOB, wondering why Major Briggs compiled a dossier on everyone, wondering why Ben Horne went ahead with the Ghostwood development, the various continuity discrepancies in Frost's novel, wondering why Donna and James didn't just go to the police and get a warrant to search Harold Smith's house for Laura's diary, Xan's defense of Bobby Briggs, wondering if Twin Peaks would receive better recognition if it debuted now rather than in 1990and more!

If you'd like to check out our first episode, you can find us on...

iTunes -- RIGHT HERE
Direct MP3 downloads/Libsyn --  RIGHT HERE
YouTube -- RIGHT HERE
Google Play Music -- COMING SOON!
Ghostwood's Facebook page
Ghostwood's Twitter account

Be sure to come back soon as Xan and I review The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, the 1990 fictional diary novel by Jennifer Lynch!  Look for more of Ghostwood: The Twin Peaks Podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, YouTube, Libsyn, and the official Southgate Media Group website!

Showtime Announces TWIN PEAKS Premiere Date & Episode Count


Diane, 9:00 p.m., May twenty-first.  Entering the town of Twin Peaks.  Five miles south of the Canadian border, twelve miles west of the state line.

Deadline has word from yesterday's Showtime presentation at the Television Critics Association, where Showtime president David Nevins revealed when fans of the series Twin Peaks will finally get to see the show's long-anticipated return.

According to the article, Twin Peaks will debut Sunday, May 21st on Showtime at 9:00 p.m. EST, with a two-hour premiere followed immediately by Episodes 3 and 4 on Showtime's digital platform.

In addition, Nevins confirmed that the new season will consist of 18 episodes, all directed by co-creator David Lynch.  The article claims Lynch filmed the entire season as a long movie, with a decision made later about how to cut all that material into episodes, so the exact episode count wasn't certain.  "It will be 18 unforgettable hours," said Nevins.

Also, apart from Episode 3 and 4’s early release On Demand, Nevins stated the show will air weekly, because Lynch believes in weekly television, adding the series will have a global launch around the world.

Nevins saw the entire season at private screenings for him and Showtime president of programming Gary Levine, who were treated to doughnuts before each session.  Nevins called the new installment "the pure-heroin version of David Lynch" and added that it "rewards close watching" as the original 1990-91 ABC series did.

He also provided a small hint about what to expected from the new series, saying it's "about Agent Dale Cooper’s odyssey to Twin Peaks."   Original series star Kyle MacLachlan will return as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper, and he'll be joined by dozens of cast members from the original series, as well as various new cast members.

As for the question of whether there will be a second season of Twin Peaks on Showtime, Nevins didn't rule out a continuation completely, but stated the upcoming 18-episode season "is designed to be close-ended, one-time event."

Sunday, January 8, 2017

SUPERGIRL Casts Peter Gadiot as Mr. Mxyzptlk


Looks like the Girl of Steel is getting a visit from the 5th Dimension.

TVLine confirmed yesterday that The CW series Supergirl has cast Peter Gadiot as the troublesome trickster Mister Mxyzptlk.  According to the article, Mr. Mxyzptlk will appear in Episode 13 of the show's second season.

The character is described in the article as "an impish, reality-bending trickster from the 5th Dimension who is best known for tormenting Superman and who can be sent home only by tricking him into saying/spelling his own name backwards."

Gadiot, 31, is an English actor probably best known as Cyrus on the ABC series Once Upon a Time.  His other television work includes episodes of Queen of the South, Tut, Matador, Fresh Meat, and My Spy Family.

Created in 1944 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Mr. Mxyzptlk first appeared in Superman (vol.1) #30 as an imp from the "fifth dimension" not bound by our physical laws, allowing him to do things that seem to be magical. In his first appearance, Mxyzptlk wreaked havoc across Metropolis by using his powers to pull all manner of pranks, first pretending he got hit by a truck and killed, then increasing his weight when the ambulance gets there and waking up to shock them.  

Originally, Mxyzptlk had designs on conquering the planet for himself, but soon settled for tormenting Superman whenever he got the opportunity.  His only weaknesses are that he cannot stand being ridiculed and if he says or spells his name backwards, Kltpzyxm (kel-tip-zix-um), he is involuntarily sent back to his home dimension for a minimum of ninety days.  

In the current DC Comics continuity known as The New 52, Mxyzptlk was reworked by writer Grant Morrison as a traveling wizard in the 5th Dimension who entertained the King-Thing Brpxz of Zrfff.  He did so by making 333 different 3-dimensional worlds, and by challenging heroes in each world, with everyone being entertained by the one hero who could win the challenges, Superman.  This led to Mxyzptlk becoming the king's favorite entertainer, and winning the love of the king's daughter, Gsptlnz.  However, it also led to jealousy to the now deposed original court magician, Vyndktvx.  Vyndktvx eventually went mad, and tried to kill Mxyzptlk, only to kill the king instead.  

The instant of the murder of the king, committed with the Multispear, a hyper-weapon, reflected in the three-dimensional universe Superman inhabited as a lifelong struggle with the five-dimensional being.  Mxyzptlk and his wife descended to the three-dimensional universe to aid Superman in his struggle, and their mortal forms perished in due time, still in the same instant of time on their homeworld.  There, even as he was defeated in the three-dimensional universe, Vndyktvx was arrested and imprisoned for the murder.  Mxyzptlk became king and lived happily with his wife, the beautiful princess-now-queen, only to grieve as she died giving birth to their children.  And so, he became the sad king that one day, the jester Mxyzptlk would come to entertain, and who would be slain by Vndyktvx in an eternal and apparently natural (for five-dimensional beings) cycle.

Gadiot will be the fourth actor to portray the character in live-action, after Michael J. Pollard on Superboy, Howie Mandel on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Trent Ford on Smallville.  The character has also appeared in a number of animated projects, including The New Adventures of Superman (voiced by Gilbert Mack), Super Friends (voiced by Frank Welker), Superman: The Animated Series (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried), and Batman: The Brave and the Bold (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson).

Supergirl returns to The CW on Monday, January 23rd at 8:00 p.m. EST.

CONSTANTINE to Return as CW Seed Animated Series with Matt Ryan


Okay, so it's not Season 2, but it's something.

Deadline has word from The CW’s presentation at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour that the former NBC series Constantine is returning as a CW Seed animated series with five or six 10-minute episodes planned.

Even better, Matt Ryan, who played the character on the single season of the NBC series in 2015 and the Arrow episode "Haunted", and voiced the character for the upcoming Justice League Dark animated movie direct to home video, is reprising his role for the CW Seed series.

According to the article, Greg Berlanti, who oversees Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl for The CW, will be involved with his team as producers to oversee the new Constantine.  David S. Goyer, co-creator and executive producer of the original NBC series, as well as the original series’ producer Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, will join them on the project.

The article also claims there are no current plans for Ryan to make more live-action appearances on The CW,  but Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, said the network would like to see him back, since his first appearance "added dimension" to Arrow

Here's the full show artwork provided in the article...


A premiere date for the new Constantine series on CW Seed has not been announced.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Leia Organa's STAR WARS EPISODE IX Fate Could Be Determined Next Week


Whatever ends up happening, Leia is one with the Force, the Force is with her.

As Star Wars fans across the globe continue to mourn the loss of actress Carrie Fisher, the issue of what will happen to her character, Princess/General Leia Organa remains.  

According to The Hollywood Reporter, that issue may be decided next week as Star Wars Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow, the filmmaker behind Jurassic World, is set to arrive in Los Angeles the week of January 10th for meetings with Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy to discuss their options. 

The article claims insider sources report that "Leia was to have been a bigger part of Episode IX than VIII."  Fisher had completed her filming for Episode VIII prior to her death on December 27, 2016, and THR's sources also claim that "at least two key scenes are planned for Episode VIII (Dec. 15) and Episode IX (2019): a Leia reunion with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and a confrontation with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), her son who killed Harrison Ford's Han Solo in 2015's The Force Awakens."

In addition, the article points out a couple of obvious ways to address the issue, such as writing Leia out and reshooting some Episode VIII scenes.  Rogue One received considerable reshoots and still earned a huge worldwide box office, while Episode VIII also had a major rewrite, as writer/director Rian Johnson reworked his script after seeing changes J.J. Abrams made during his extensive postproduction work for The Force Awakens.

Another solution they point out is the use of CGI effects, with Leia only appearing in glimpses.  To recreate the young Princess Leia for a cameo appearance at the end of Rogue One, a computer-generated image of a young Fisher was superimposed over Norwegian actress Ingvild Deila's face, with archival audio of Fisher saying "Hope" used to voice the character.

The least likely option, one not mentioned in the article, is to simply recast the role for Episode IX, which seems doubtful given Fisher's importance as a Star Wars icon.  However, if Alden Ehrenreich can be cast as a young Han Solo for the upcoming film by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, anything is certainly possible.  

Star Wars Episode VIII is expected to be released on December 15, 2017, with Episode IX slated for sometime in 2019.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Your 2017 Geek Movie and TV Calendar


Once again, the new year brings us closer to The Films and TV Shows You've Been Dying to See for Like Forever.  If you enjoy sci-fi, fantasy and comic book based entertainment as I do, you already have several must-see flicks and television programs in the pipeline for 2017.  With that in mind, I thought I'd go ahead and give a helpful chronological rundown of which geek movie and TV goodness arrives when.  Some of these films will be worth the long wait, others you wouldn't watch even if they were on Netflix, but each have their audiences and key target demographics.  Start planning your work vacation/sick/personal days accordingly.

JANUARY

6 - Underworld: Blood Wars (Movie)

- Elementary, Sherlock: The Lying Detective, The Simpsons (TV)
10 - Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV)
15 - Sherlock: The Final Problem (TV)
16 - Gotham, Lucifer, Supergirl (TV)
24 - The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow (TV)
25 - Arrow (TV)
26 - Riverdale (TV)

FEBRUARY


- Powerless (TV)
- Legion (TV)
10 - John Wick: Chapter 2, The LEGO Batman Movie (Movie)
12 - Last Week Tonight, The Walking Dead (TV)

MARCH


March 2017? -- Better Call Saul, The Americans (TV)
3 - Logan (Movie)
10 - Kong: Skull Island (Movie)
17 - Iron Fist (TV)
24 - Power Rangers (Movie)
31 - Ghost in the Shell (Movie)

APRIL

April 2017? - American Gods, Class, Doctor Who, Fear the Walking Dead, Into the Badlands, Orphan Black, Twin Peaks (TV)

4 - iZombie (TV)

MAY

May 2017? - Preacher, Star Trek: Discovery (TV)

5 - Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Movie)
19 - Alien: Covenant (Movie)
26 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Movie)

JUNE

June 2017? - The Defenders, Game of Thrones, Outcast (TV)

2 - Wonder Woman (Movie)
9 - The Mummy (Movie)
23 - Transformers: The Last Knight (Movie)
30 - Despicable Me 3 (Movie)

JULY

July 2017? - Stranger Things (TV)
7 - Spider-Man: Homecoming (Movie)
14 - War for the Planet of the Apes (Movie)
28 - The Dark Tower (Movie)

AUGUST

August 2017? -- Halt and Catch Fire, 
The Strain (TV)

SEPTEMBER

September 2017? - Gotham, The Inhumans, Lucifer, The Punisher, The Simpsons (TV)

4 - The Inhumans (Movie)
8 - Stephen King's IT Part One (Movie)

OCTOBER

October 2017? - American Horror Story, Arrow, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, Elementary, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, The Walking Dead (TV)

6 - Blade Runner 2049, Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Movie)

NOVEMBER


3 - Thor: Ragnarok (Movie)
17 - Justice League (Movie)

DECEMBER

15 - Star Wars Episode VIII (Movie)
25 - Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Special

Saturday, December 31, 2016

THE FLASH Casts Stephen Huszar as Plunder


Get ready for the first Rogue of 2017.

ComicBook.com has word that the CW series The Flash has cast Stephen Huszar as Jared Morillo, better known to DC Comics fans as the supervillain Plunder.  According to the article, Plunder will make his television debut in the midseason premiere, "Borrowing Problems from the Future."

Huszar has appeared as Eben in the direct-to-video 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, and on episodes of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, Fringe, Continuum, Supernatural, Smallville, Backstrom, Paradise Falls, and Cashing In.

Created in 2000 by Geoff Johns and Angel Unzueta, Plunder first appeared in The Flash (vol.2) #165 as the mirror world version of Central City Police Detective Jared Morillo, the exact opposite in personality and occupation to his counterpart. The third Flash, Wally West, journeyed to the mirror world and fought Plunder, who was out to kill him for money. The Fastest Man Alive managed to escape from the mirror world, but unknown to him at the time, Plunder also managed to make his way out. 

Once in the real world, Plunder joined Blacksmith's Rogues and his objective was to help ruin Flash's life by attacking his loved ones.  His first target was Flash's best friend, Chunk, whom he shot with a special bullet that made Chunk's powers flare and turned him into a living black hole.  Flash saved his friend, and Plunder went after his next victim, his counterpart, Jared Morillo.  He attacked and killed Jared, replacing him and taking his job as detective.

Plunder was successful in his role for quite some time until Morillo's partner, Fred Chyre, realized he wasn't the real Jared.  Plunder then revealed himself to be the doppleganger of Jared and incapacitated Chyre, bringing him to where he had buried the other Jared. Just as Plunder was about to kill Chyre, Jared emerged from the grave, having acquired a heightened healing factor after being stabbed by the villain, Cicada, and together with Chyre, they managed to defeat Plunder. 

Plunder returned soon after, this time with his ally, Murmur, helping him.  Plunder disappeared for a time, until he returned with the rest of the new generation of Rogues under the control of The Top.  They fought the older Rogues and the Flash in an all out war for Central City.  The Top was killed by Captain Cold, and his control over them wore off but Plunder and the others continued to fight the Rogues for old grudges.  Zoom arrived and told Plunder that he didn't belong in this world and that he should go home.  He crashed into Plunder, shattering him and supposedly returning him to the mirror world.

The Flash returns to The CW for its midseason premiere on January 26, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. EST.