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News Shotgun 12/15

  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Gets Release Date: The Del Toro produced adaptation of the nightmare inducing anthology series from Alvin Schwartz has gotten a Summer 2019 release date, August 9th, 2019.  The movie version revolves around “a group of teens who have to solve the mystery of sudden and macabre deaths in their small town”.
  • Benicio Del Toro joins Dora the Explorer movie: The Dora the Explorer live action movie, starring Isabela Moner as Dora, has added Benicio Del Toro to the cast as the villainous Swiper the Fox.  James Bobin, who directed The Muppets, is directing the movie where Dora has to investigate a lost Incan civilization and save her parents.
  • Paramount Theme Park Coming to South Korea: South Korea is getting a new theme park featuring the franchises under Paramount’s umbrella, including Mission: Impossible and Transformers.  The official name of the park is Paramount Pictures Park and it’s expected to open in June 2022.
  • Lou Ferrigno hospitalized after bad flu shot: The once and future Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, was hospitalized after recieving a flu shot that caused fluid to build up in his bicep.  Ferrigno posted on his social media that he’ll be fine but advised fans to make sure they are aware of who is giving you medication and what they are giving you.
  • Nicolas Cage’s most insane movie is coming soon: Although Mandy seems like the top contender for the most insane Nicolas Cage movie ever, Cage himself claims the insanity is just beginning and claims his upcoming film “Prisoners of Ghostland” is the wildest movie he’s ever made.  Directed by Sion Sono, the Japanese director of “Why Don’t You Play in Hell?”, the movie is about, according to Cage, Cage’s character wearing a skin-tight leather jumpsuit covered in grenades and having to cross into a state where everyone is ghosts to rescue the governor’s kidnapped daughter or else he’ll be blown up.
  • Knives Out gets a release date: Rian Johnson’s follow-up to The Last Jedi has a November 27th, 2019 release date from Lionsgate.  The movie has assembled an insane cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana De Armas, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford and Don Johnson and it’s an Agatha Christie inspired murder mystery.
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark? gets a director: The upcoming movie adaptation of Nickelodeon’s cult horror series has landed Disturbia/Eagle Eye director DJ Caruso to direct.  The movie will again feature The Midnight Society but the movie will be a single, feature-length horror story being told by one of it’s members.  The movie has an October 11, 2019 release date.
  • Ian Ziering joins Swamp Thing: After years of battling Sharknados, Ian Ziering has joined Swamp Thing on DC Universe in the role of Blue Devil, an occult DC hero who battles demons and evil magic.  In the show, he’s described as a washed up movie star and stuntman who somehow comes into contact with Swamp Thing.
  • Joel McHale joins Stargirl series: Speaking of DC Universe, Joel McHale has joined the Stargirl series as Starman, the original wielder of the Cosmic Staff who passes the power to Stargirl, played on the show by Brec Bassinger. There’s no release date yet for the Stargirl series but it’s one six original series on the platform, the first being Titans and more rolling out next year and beyond.
  • The Mandalorian confirms cast: Disney+’s big original Star Wars series has confirmed it’s cast and it’s wild.  Pedro Pascal is starring as the armored gunslinger/bounty hunter main character and Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte, Emily Swallow, and Omid Abtahi are also featured.  Jon Favreau is running the show along with Clone Wars/Rebels showrunner Dave Filoni and will feature episodes directed by Taikia Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Deborah Chow and more.  It’s hitting the new streaming service in late 2019.
  • Jurassic Park, The Shining and more enter National Film Registry: The National Film Registry preserves “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films” and they’ve added 25 new films, including Jurassic Park, The Shining, Cinderella, Rebecca, Brokeback Mountain and My Fair Lady.  The films’ prints are protected in the Library of Congress and there are currently 727 films in the registry.
  • The Punisher Season 2 gets release date: The second season of The Punisher finally arrives in January, although there’s not an exact day yet.  Even if this new season is as great as the first, it seems likely that Netflix will cancel it soon after as they continue their war against Disney/Marvel, having already cancelled Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Daredevil.
  • Arrowverse’s next crossover revealed: As revealed at the end of Elseworlds and teased since the first season of The Flash, next fall will see the Arrowverse tackle one of the most iconic DC storylines, Crisis on Infinite Earths.  It seems likely that the entire Arrowverse will be involved, including the Legends, who hilariously sat out this year’s crossover as they dealt with the insane ramifications of Constantine destroying time, along with Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman and Ruby Rose’s recently introduced Batwoman.
  • New Black Ops 4 Zombie map features all-star cast: Cod: Black Ops 4 revealed a new zombie map, Dead of the Night, and it features Kiefer Sutherland, Helena Bonham Carter, Brian Blessed and Charles Dance as guests at a lavish mansion in 1912 when zombies, werewolves and vampires start attacking.
  • Doctor Strange 2 gets a director: The Sorceror Supreme’s second solo outing is retaining director Scott Derrickson and will feature Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo as the new villain, who was revealed in the post-credits of the first Doctor Strange to be embarking on a new mission to kill anyone who wields magic after the betrayal he felt from The Ancient One.
  • New Carmen Sandiego arrives in January: Netflix is bringing back everyone’s favorite globe hopping villain, Carmen Sandiego, for a new animated series which now has a release date on January 18th.  Gina Rodriguez voices Carmen and Finn Wolfhard voices Player, Carmen’s accomplice and friend and the show will feature Carmen pulling heists but also dive into her background and explore what made her turn into a super-thief.
  • Legendary rebooting The Toxic Avenger: There have been rumors about a new Toxic Avenger for years and Legendary now has the rights to franchise and will develop a big budget reboot of the franchise.  Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will be producers but will not be involved in writing or directing the new movie, which will probably take a lot of cues from things like Deadpool.


Sharknado 2: The Second One Trailer


In a little under a month, SyFy and The Asylum will unleash the cinematic event of the summer with Sharknado 2: The Second One.  Resident Sharknado expert/shark killer Fin (Ian Ziering) is in New York City when another tornado full of sharks strikes and he must lead the survivors in a fight to survive against the unrelenting storm, who include people like Mark McGrath, Kurt Angle, Vivica A Fox, Kari Wuhrer, Billy Ray Cyrus and a returning, and possibly amnesic Tara Reid.  I like that they are basically turning this “franchise” into Evil Dead and this is it’s Army of Darkness.  It’s hitting SyFy on July 30th and you can check out the trailer below.

Enter the Asylum: Mega Shark Versus Giant Octopus

The Asylum hit on a formula in 2009 that would serve them well until they would hit the peak of ironic popularity with Sharknado.  Sharks have become The Aslyum’s biggest stars, whether mega, mecha or somewhere in between and this is where it all started, Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus.

No C. Thomas Howell?: I know, we’ll all miss him but now we have the Renegade himself, Lorenzo Lamas and 80’s mall superstar Deborah Gibson to battle these undersea titans.

How does this battle start?: Well, Debbie Gibson, who is some sort of marine biologist, steals an experimental submarine to study a pod of whales in the Arctic Ocean but the army just happens to be testing some sort of sonar device at the same time.  The sonar causes the whales to go insane and start ramming against an ice shelf, which releases Mega and Giant from their frozen death grip on each other.  Instead of instantly fighting though, they immediately swim off in different directions, leaving no one to believe Debbie Gibson about what she saw.

This whale died of natural, non-Mega Shark related causes Gibson!

If they don’t fight, where do they go? Well, Giant Octopus heads toward Japan, possibly hearing about their love of tentacles, and destroys an oil rig:

All my Manga lied to me!!!!!

Mega Shark one ups him though with possibly one of the greatest scenes in cinema history:

Wow, Mega Shark has some mad ups: He certainly does and he seems to also to be able to grow in size as well because he’s basically Godzilla size later when he escapes a trap in the San Fransisco Bay and eats part of the Golden Gate Bridge (it also might be that no one cared about editing/continuity)

So how does The Renegade factor into this?: He’s a special government agent that basically kidnaps Debbie Gibson, her mentor Sanders and Japanese scientist Dr. Shimada to force them to help him kill the creatures.  After a bunch of failed attempts at luring and capturing or killing them, Debbie and Shimada have random sex and hit on the idea they could use pheromones to lure them back to the Arctic.

Is this where the epic showdown finally happens?: After an incredibly long “sub marine navigation” sequence where they have to navigate the under water ice trenches, yes.  The final battle between these titans begins:


Wow, that was anti-climactic: Yeah, Toho, this is not but based on the title of the sequel, Mega Shark won since he’s up against Crocosaurus next with Urkel stuck in the middle, but we’ll get to that in a bit.

Is it worth watching?: If you’re in the mood for a stupid monster battle, then yes.  Debbie Gibson and Lorenzo Lamas have the same energy level that Ian Zeiring had in Sharknado where they are trying to play it straight even when insanity is occuring around them which helps make it more fun and there’s the ridiculous scenes of Giant Octopus and Mega Shark rampaging across the globe.  If you’re looking for more Sharknadoesque craziness, this would be a good double feature with it.

Next Up: Before Disney lost millions on John Carter, The Aslyum had their own adaptation of A Princess of Mars, to capitalize on Avatar and starring Antonio Sabato Jr and Traci Lords.

News Shotgun 1/31

  • Lex Luthor/Alfred cast for Batman vs Superman: Jesse Eisenberg will take on the role of the megalomaniac CEO of LexCorp while Jeremy Irons will offer sage advice to Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne as Alfred.
  • Liam Neeson joins Martin Scorsese’s “Silence”Coming down from the cocaine and Quaalude high of The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese’s next film is Silence, an account of the hardships Christian missonaries suffered trying to spread their religion in 17th century Japan.   Liam Neeson will be in a key role but there’s no details as of yet.
  • Neil Marshall directing pilot of Constantine: The director of The Descent, Doomsday and Centurion, along with the incredible “Blackwater” episode of Game of Thrones, will direct the pilot for NBC’s upcoming DC show, Constantine.  Marshall also directed the first and third episodes of the new Starz pirate drama, Black Sails.
  • Back to the Future musical coming to London in 2015Back to the Future is the latest moving getting adapated for the stage as a version on London’s West End will hit in 2015 with Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale helping to write and adapt the movie.  No word on if Huey Lewis will be consulted for the music.
  • Ian Ziering and Tara Reid officially back for Sharknado 2: The Second One: Filming starts next month for the sequel to the Internet phenomenon that was Sharknado.  Stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid are back for the sequel, which will find a new Sharknado striking New York City.
  • Lego releasing official Ecto-1 setThis year is the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters and Lego is celebrating with an Ecto-1 set, that originally came through Lego’s fan vote Cuusoo site.  No price or release date is available yet.
  • X-Men producer wants to make a Gambit solo movie with Channing TatumProducer Lauren Shuler Donner is “dying” to do a Gambit solo movie with Channing Tatum adopting a Cajun accent to play the kinetic energy powered mutant.  Tatum expressed interest in the role during the press junket for White House Down last year.  The one and only time so far that Gambit has appeared on film is when Taylor Kitsch played him in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
  • Oscar song nominee stripped of nomination: Alone Yet Not Alone,  from the movie of the same name, has been stripped of it’s nomination due to the shady dealings done by the movie’s composer, Bruce Broughton, who got a favor from friends in the Academy to get the song nominated, even though the film does not come out until later this year.  This leaves Let It Go, Ordinary Love, Happy and The Moon Song as the nominess for Best Original Song.
  • Rick and Morty a massive hit: While Community still struggles for ratings, Dan Harmon’s new animated Adult Swim show, Rick and Morty, is a huge hit.  It has beat Archer in the Males under 35 demographic, which is the key advertising demographic and one of the biggest hits in recent memory for Adult Swim.
  • Forest Whitaker in talks for Taken 3Liam Neeson may be getting some back up in the third Taken film as Forest Whitaker is apparently in talks to co-star.  Taken 2 director Olivier Megaton is unfortunately back to direct but hopefully they realize it should be an R rated film and not try shaky cameras and cutaways to get a PG-13.
  • Louis CK’s first film available on his website right now:  Hit the link for this entry to head over to Louis CK’s website, where you can get his first film, Tomorrow Night, for $5.  It stars Amy Poehler, Steve Carrell and a bunch of other comedians well before they hit it big.
  • Choose Your Own Adventure gets writers and director: Robert Ben Garant and Tom Lennon, of The State and Reno 911, will be writing the script for the adaptation of the classic 80’s gamebook series.  Rawson Marshall Thurber, director of We’re the Millers and Dodgeball, will direct,  which seems to imply that this will be a comedy, although the real question is how they will implement the key component of choices into the movie.
  • Riddick sequel most likely coming soon: Before dancing and lip synching to Katy Perry and Beyonce on his Facebook page, Vin Diesel announced that DVD/Blu Ray sales are great for Riddick and Universal wants to move ahead with a fourth movie in the series.  A second XXX with Diesel is apparently moving forward as well.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch signs on for thriller, Blood MountainCumberbatch is set to star in the thriller, directed by Sergei Bodrov of Mongol, which follows a PMC team in the Middle East who are transporting a high value target when they are ambushed, leaving one member and the target forced to make their way through hostile territory, with other mercenary teams and the targets men hunting them.
  • Captain America 3 coming: Before The Winter Soldier is even out, Marvel confirmed a third Cap movie is coming with Winter Soldier directors Anthony and Joe Russo returning to direct.
  • Justin Lin signs on for Toymageddon: After leaving the Fast & Furious franchise, one of Justin Lin’s new projects is the family adventure Toymageddon, pitched as a Ghostbusters/Jurassic Park style adventure in a toy factory run amok.
  • Jonathan Banks joins Better Call SaulThe Breaking Bad spin-off gets another fan favorite character as Jonathan Banks will return as Mike Ehrmantraut on Better Call Saul.  Banks is currently killing it as Professor Buzz Hickey on Community.
  • Guy Ritchie may sign on for six film King Arthur seriesCurrently working on The Man from UNCLE, Guy Ritchie may sign on with Warner Bros for a six film King Arthur series.  The new movies would be an action/fantasy take on the story, most likely along the lines of Lord of the Rings.
  • Sabotage moves up to end of March: The latest film from our patron saint, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is Sabotage, originally set for mid April has been bumped up to the end of March, March 28th to be exact.  The movie follows a DEA team who stumble across millions on a bust and they start getting killed off after the money disappears.
  • New official Alien novel coming soon: There’s a new game coming soon and now there’s also an official new novel set in the universe, out right now from Titan Books.  It’s called Alien: Out of the Shadows and the book takes place between Alien and Aliens and follows a group of miners on LV178 as they discover a nest of Xenomorphs and the escape pod carrying the only survivor of the Nostromo, Ellen Ripley.
  • The Flash casts two villains: Hopefully following in the awesome steps of Arrow, CW’s Flash show cast two of it’s villains with Reverse Flash aka Ethan Thawne being played by Rick Cosnett and Killer Frost being played by Danielle Panabaker.
  • Rupert Sanders signs on for Ghost in the Shell: The director of Snow White and the Huntsman will direct the live action adaptation of the incredibly popular anime for Dreamworks.  There’s no release date yet but it’s been in development for years.

Review: “Sharknado”

I ain’t ‘fraid of no shark

Syfy Original Movies have been the laughingstock of the network since Day One. Put together some D-list actors, awful special effects and ham-fisted editing styles and you pretty much have the nucleus of what powers these movies.

A few years ago, the movies went from roll-your-eyes bad to a new level of giddy atrociousness. Leave it to Syfy to strike while the iron’s hot with “Sharknado”. Before they were laughable garbage you gleamed over whilst drunk at 2am. Now they’re social media events.

“Sharknado” stars former “90210” hunk Ian Ziering as Finley “Fin” Shepard, a former surfing great who’s made the transition to quiet restaurant owner. In addition to his loveable crony workers, he has his estranged family: his wife April (Tara Reid) and his two teenage(?) kids Matt and Claudia. Things go sour when Hurricane David makes landfall in Santa Monica, causing destruction and flooding in addition to bringing all kinds of deadly sharks inland. Call it a “sharkicane” if you will.

Fin and his co-horts spend the movie saving people from danger, including his estranged wife and children. It’s not long before the hurricane creates some deadly super-tornadoes, which of course, contain oodles of deadly sharks as well.

“Sharknado” features that nucleus I was talking about earlier. Ziering and to a lesser extend Reid, spend most of the movie staring off to the side in reaction to the terrible special effects. Each scene seems like it was shot three ways: a few cuts of the actors, a few with the “action” and a few with some stock footage of flooding and sharks that must’ve cost pennies. The horrible editing creates for some confusing terror scenes, complete with a lack of continuity and laughable CGI.

The film culminates in a rather “entertaining” climax where Fin’s crush and his son fly a chopper towards the three mega-sharknados in order to drop bombs into them to destroy them and the sharks. (The impossibility factor is off the charts.) Here we get some good action from Ziering, who armed with weapons, attempts to take down the sharks as they fall from the skies. This is no better executed than in the final action scene, which stands as the most ridiculous scene I’ve ever seen in a movie. Let’s just say it tops “Hard Ticket to Hawaii“. I was planning a solid 4 rating for this movie until this scene showed up and took the awfulness to the next level. And I wasn’t even sure there was a next level.

Syfy knows what it has on its hands with their original movies. They revel in the badness in hopes to goad people into watching. “Sharknado” has just the ridiculous premise to work. As long as they pile up the D-list actors and the cheesy special effects along with the crazy plots, they might strike gold from time to time. And “Sharknado” is garbage gold.

For comedic purposes…