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The Simpsons: musical episode kicks off season 33

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The Simpsons: musical episode kicks off season 33
July 24, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

It's Comic-Con @ Home weekend, and while, for the most part, news out of the con has been pretty slow on the movie side, some of your favorite TV shows have gotten juicy panels. Of course, one of the most enduring shows of all time, at this point, has to be The Simpsons, with them kicking off season thirty-three on September 26th. And now, through the Comic-Con panel, it's been revealed that the season is starting on a musical note, with them doing a full-blown musical episode. That's cool, I guess???

The episode, called "The Star of the Backstage," is being described as having wall to wall music, with none other than Kristen Bell stepping in as the singing voice for Marge, which strikes me as a waste, as I'd much rather hear Julie Kavner sing in Marge's actual voice, but I digress. Another episode, called "A Serious Flanders," pays tribute to streaming TV and (I assume) the Coen Brothers, with appearances by none other than Timothy Olyphant and Brian Cox. There's also going to be a super-sized episode of "Treehouse of Horror," with them showing one of the segments during the panel. It featured the legendary Maurice LaMarche (Pinky & the Brain) doing Vincent Price reading Maggie a bedtime story.

While I must admit that I tapped out of The Simpsons long ago, I'm still happy the show has managed to hold on to a devoted following more than thirty years in. Of course, I still watch classics from the first decade or so on Disney+, but I think I'm a traditionalist in that sense. It's the longest-running American animated series, the longest-running American sitcom, and the longest-running American scripted primetime series, and it's hard to imagine anyone, even Family Guy, will ever challenge their record.

If you want to watch the whole panel, it's embedded below! 

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Deadline

Batman: The Animated Series – Gone But Not Forgotten

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Batman: The Animated Series – Gone But Not Forgotten
July 21, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

One of the most acclaimed on-screen depictions of Batman ever made didn’t happen on the silver screen. Instead, it was a small-screen after-school cartoon, Batman: The Animated Series, which paid homage to The Caped Crusader’s film noir origins and influenced many of the Batman films to come, including, arguably, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy.

Join us on Gone But Not Forgotten as we examine the legacy of the classic TV cartoon. It was such a critical success of Fox that it spawned a big-screen spin-off, BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM, as well as a whole slew of shows including The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond, and more! It also began the DC Animated Universe, which continues to this day.

In this video, we dig into just what exactly made Batman: The Animated Series so great. We discuss the animation style, the writing, the incredible music by Shirley Walker (and others), as well as the fantastic voice cast, including Kevin Conroy’s outstanding performance as Batman, Mark Hamill’s iconic Joker, Arleen Sorkin as Harley Quinn, and many more. The show also, arguably, featured the greatest ever version of Mr. Freeze, spawning a spin-off, Batman: Sub-Zero, which had to be delayed a year because the movie it was supposed to tie into (Batman & Robin) was so bad. We also examine the creative team behind the show: Bruce Timm, Paul Dini, and Mitch Brian. Finally, we give our picks for the best episodes of its two-season, eighty-five-episode run.

Do you think Batman: The Animated Series lives up to the hype and its heralded place in the DC Animated Universe? Please let us know in the comments below and tell us what your favorite episodes of this iconic TV series are!

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Manifest: Netflix may save the cancelled series after all

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Manifest: Netflix may save the cancelled series after all
July 20, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

NBC cancelled supernatural drama Manifest after three seasons just last month, and the move prompted an immediate outcry from the show's passionate fans. In this day and age, a cancellation isn't always a death sentence, and there was hope that Manifest might get picked up by another network or streaming service, but those hopes received a major blow when Netflix officially passed on saving the series.

Fans were left disappointed once again and Manifest creator Jeff Rake later expressed his desire to wrap up the series with a two-hour movie, but Deadline has now reported that Netflix could be back in the picture. The outlet reports that both NBC and Netflix have been in talks with Warner Bros. TV about bringing a fourth season of the series to Netflix, and it seems that the strong viewership of the series on Netflix as well as the #SaveManifest campaign have a lot to do with it. Jeff Rake hasn't directly responded to the news, but he did take to Twitter to say, "Lots of speculation out there. No comment. Other than, if the impossible happens and the dead rise again, it’s because of YOU."

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If, like myself, you've never actually watched Manifest, here's what the series is all about: When Montego Air Flight 828 landed safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew and passengers were relieved. But in the span of those few hours, the world had aged five years – and their friends, families and colleagues, after mourning their loss, had given up hope and moved on. Now, faced with the impossible, they're all given a second chance. But as their new realities become clear, a deeper mystery unfolds and some of the returned passengers soon realize they may be meant for something greater than they ever thought possible. Manifest had originally been envisioned for a six-season run, so there's obviously plenty of story left to tell. Although I'm not familiar with the series, I definitely know the sting of a favourite show cancelled before its time, so I've got my fingers crossed that Manifest will be brought back from the brink.

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Deadline

Chucky allowed to drop 10 F-bombs an episode on new Child’s Play series

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Chucky allowed to drop 10 F-bombs an episode on new Child’s Play series
July 20, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

In case you were worried that everyone’s favorite killer doll wouldn’t be able to be the foul-mouthed Good Guy doll we’re used to simply because he’s on TV, you’re in luck! Creator Don Mancini has revealed exactly how many F-bombs are allowed on the upcoming USA and SYFY series, Chucky.

In a recent interview with “Entertainment Weekly“, Child’s Play and Chucky creator, Don Mancini, revealed that has been given the green light by USA and SYFY to have Chucky utter a maximum of ten F-bombs per episode, which is plenty according to Mancini:

“Syfy and USA have a strong appetite, as strong as ours, for keeping the TV series tonally in check with what the fans want to see. Before we even sold the show, we had to confirm with the network that Chucky could drop his F-bombs. Chucky gets 10 F-bombs per episode, so that’s more than enough. It made me want to do an episode where Chucky, without ever having said anything off-color, at the end of the episode, he just turns to the camera and goes, ‘F—, f—, f—, f—, f—, f—, f—, f—, f—.’ It’s the inverse of the way Spielberg used Chucky in his cameo in Ready Player One. Since that was a PG-13, they had one mandated F-bomb at their disposal and Spielberg chose to deploy it with Chucky’s appearance, which I loved.”

Chucky will pick up after a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a yard sale. The idyllic American town is thrown into chaos as a series of murders begin to expose the town’s secrets. Meanwhile, the arrival of enemies, and allies, from Chucky’s past threatens to expose the truth behind the killings, as well as the doll’s untold origins as a seemingly ordinary child who became a notorious monster. The series brings back Brad Dourif as the voice of our favorite killer doll and Jennifer Tilly is back in the ranks as his girlfriend Tiffany. Rounding out the cast is Devon Sawa, Alex Vincent, Christine Elise, Fiona Dourif, Zackary Arthur, Teo Briones, Bjorgvin Arnarson, and Alyvia Alyn Lind. 

You can check out Chucky and all of his F-bombs when the TV series premieres on October 12, 2021, on USA and SYFY!

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Entertainment Weekly

How the Chucky TV series was influenced by Hannibal

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How the Chucky TV series was influenced by Hannibal
July 19, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

After decades of menacing audiences on the big-screen, everyone's favourite diminutive killer will be heading to television later this year. Chucky will premiere on USA and Syfy in October, and while it may once have been strange for a big-screen franchise to turn to television, there have been several series that have proved it could be done — including the absolutely fantastic Hannibal series.

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It turns out that the Chucky TV series actually has Hannibal to thank, as Chucky creator Don Mancini told Entertainment Weekly that he wasn't sure such a series could fly until he saw Hannibal. Like most of us, Mancini was initially skeptical at the thought of a Hannibal TV series, but was quickly blown away; in fact, he loved Hannibal so much that he wound up working  on the series.

I really loved working on that show, and I loved working for Bryan Fuller, and learned a lot from him. I saw that one of the things that made that show so interesting and exciting was that it was kind of fan fiction written by experts. It was a sort of fanciful imagining initially. What was Hannibal like when he was a practicing psychiatrist consulting with the FBI before anyone knew he was the big bad? That's when I started imagining doing the same thing with Chucky, having eight hours of narrative to play with and doing it with a bunch of like-minded horror geeks and legit Chucky fanatics. I've been around for quite a while now, and I meet a lot of younger people who love the franchise and who grew up on it, and so I felt, wow, if I can cultivate the excitement that they have for Chucky, in the same way I felt Bryan Fuller was able to cultivate my and the other writers' excitement for Hannibal, we could have something really special.

"One of the things I've always tried to do with the franchise over the years is find ways of reinventing it," Mancini continued. "I realized that taking it into the medium of television would change the lens through which we view the characters in the franchise in a potentially really fruitful way. Just having eight hours of story to deal with necessarily puts you in a position where you're dealing much more with characters and relationships than you can in any single 90-minute movie. All of that just seemed really mouth-watering to me and I'm delighted and slightly shocked that it all worked out." Another way in which Hannibal helped Chucky on its path was by showing just how far you could push the limits of what's allowed on network TV. "Hannibal really pushed the limits of what you can show on a network show," Mancini said. "Syfy and USA have a strong appetite, as strong as ours, for keeping the TV series tonally in check with what the fans want to see. Before we even sold the show, we had to confirm with the network that Chucky could drop his F-bombs. Chucky gets 10 F-bombs per episode, so that's more than enough."

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The series takes place in an idyllic American town which is thrown into chaos after a vintage 'Good Guy' doll turns up at a suburban yard sale. Soon, everyone must grapple with a series of horrifying murders that begin to expose the town's deep hypocrisies and hidden secrets. Meanwhile, friends and foes from Chucky's past creep back into his world and threaten to expose the truth behind his mysterious origins as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this notorious monster. Chucky will debut on USA and Syfy on October 12, 2021.

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Entertainment Weekly

Peacemaker TV series will turn up the volume on The Suicide Squad

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Peacemaker TV series will turn up the volume on The Suicide Squad
July 14, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

James Gunn’s THE SUICIDE SQUAD already looks like it’s going to be a wild ride, but from the sound of things, the Peacemaker TV series will take Gunn’s crazy world of sub-tier supervillains to the next level. The role of the ruthless killer who believes in achieving peace at any cost was originally ear-marked for Dave Bautista, but when the actor set his sights on Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead, James Gunn went with John Cena, which proved to be a great choice.

RELATED: Suicide Squad: James Gunn didn’t consider bringing back Jared Leto’s Joker

“He was a bit of a risk,” James Gunn told Entertainment Weekly. “I’m hiring someone without auditioning. But he came in on the first day and just slayed and ended up being the best improvisational actor I’ve ever worked with in my life.” Gunn was then inspired to approach Warner Bros. about developing a Peacemaker TV show, which was quickly greenlit and recently wrapped production. John Cena chimed in to tease that the series “actually turns up the volume on anything that you see in The Suicide Squad. I want people to enjoy The Suicide Squad and I really think they will. Once they get a feel for these characters they’re going to want more and that’s where Peacemaker picks up.”

While we haven’t seen much of what the eight-episode series has in store for us, James Gunn has previously teased that the Peacemaker series has followed in the R-rated footsteps of the feature-film, as “it would be forty seconds long” if they edited it for broadcast TV. Bring it on. Although James Gunn had to shoot Peacemaker during COVID, he said that it’s been a “complete joy” to work on. “There’s so many things I love about filmmaking, but with a TV show, you really are able to breathe,” Gunn said. “So it’s so fun and so comfortable. I love these characters and you can really get to know these characters in a nuanced way. It’s also giving me a way to deal with some things politically that are going on in the world.”

RELATED: James Gunn feels new superhero movies are mostly boring now

The official synopsis for The Suicide Squad:

Welcome to hell — a.k.a. Belle Reve, the prison with the highest mortality rate in the US of A. Where the worst Super-Villains are kept and where they will do anything to get out—even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin and everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

The Suicide Squad will hit theaters on August 5, 2021 and start streaming on HBO Max the following day. The Peacemaker TV seres will debut on HBO Max in January 2022.

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Entertainment Weekly

The Mandalorian, The Boys, & WandaVision earn big Emmy nominations

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The Mandalorian, The Boys, & WandaVision earn big Emmy nominations
July 13, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

The nominations for the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards have been announced and fanboys everywhere can rejoice that genre TV is being represented in a big way with some high-profile nominations.

The big pleasant surprise of the day is that both The Mandalorian and The Boys will be competing for Best Drama series. They will be joined by Bridgerton, The Crown, The Handmaid's Tale, Lovecraft Country, Pose, and This Is Us. This is the second year in a row that The Mandalorian has scored a Best Drama Series nomination at the Emmys and this is the first for Amazon's The Boys. It's also interesting to see critical darling Lovecraft Country in the mix since HBO just recently decided not to move forward with a second season. Also, as has been the case since its debut, This Is Us is the lone representative for network TV which is a compliment to This Is Us but also another sign of how network TV has faded from this category.

In the Best Comedy category, you will see more fan favorites like Cobra Kai, Ted Lasso, and The Flight Attendant. They are joined by Black-ish, Emily In Paris, Hacks, The Kominsky Method, and Pen15. Black-ish is the lone representative for network TV on the comedy side as the rest of the nominees all comes from the world of streaming.

Marvel represents for limited television with WandaVision scoring nominations for Best Limited Series, Lead Actress, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology for Elizabeth Olsen, and Best Lead Actor, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology for Paul Bettany. 

When it was all said and done, Netflix’s The Crown and Disney+’s The Mandalorian tied with the most nominations with 24. Also, according to "Deadline", among platforms, the fight is between HBO and Netflix, with the combined HBO and HBO Max edging the streaming giant in total nominations 130-129. Disney+ saw 71 nominations today while NBC was fourth overall with 46, a strong showing for a broadcast network in the age of streaming.

Did some of your shows make the cut? Check out the full list of nominations below and be sure to check out the 73rd Emmy Awards when it's broadcast in a live telecast on Sunday, September 19 starting at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT on CBS. The show will also stream live and on-demand on Paramount+ and will be hosted by Cedric the Entertainer.

A list of nominees follows.

Variety Talk Series
Conan (TBS)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (CBS)

Competition Series
The Amazing Race (CBS)
Nailed It! (Netflix)
RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)

Lead Actress, Comedy
Aidy Bryant (Shrill)
Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Tracee Ellis Ross (black-ish)
Jean Smart (Hacks)

Lead Actor, Comedy
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Jason Sudeikis (Ted Lasso)
Kenan Thompson (Kenan)

Comedy Series
Black-ish (ABC)
Cobra Kai (Netflix)
Emily in Paris (Netflix)
Hacks (HBO Max)
The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
Pen15 (Hulu)
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

Lead Actor, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology
Paul Bettany (WandaVision)
Hugh Grant (The Undoing)
Ewan McGregor (Halston)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton)
Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton)

Lead Actress, Limited Series, Movie or Anthology
Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You)
Cynthia Erivo (Genius: Aretha)
Elizabeth Olsen (WandaVision)
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit)
Kate Winslet (Mare of Easttown)

Limited Series
I May Destroy You (HBO)
Mare of Easttown (HBO)
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)
The Underground Railroad (Amazon)
WandaVision (Disney+)

Lead Actress, Drama
Uzo Aduba (In Treatment)
Olivia Colman (The Crown)
Emma Corrin (The Crown)
Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Mj Rodriguez (Pose)
Jurnee Smollett (Lovecraft Country)

Lead Actor, Drama
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country)
Josh O’Connor (The Crown)
Rege-Jean Page (Bridgerton)
Billy Porter (Pose)
Matthew Rhys (Perry Mason)

Drama Series
The Boys (Amazon)
Bridgerton (Netflix)
The Crown (Netflix)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
Lovecraft Country (HBO)
The Mandalorian (Disney+)
Pose (FX)
This Is Us (NBC)

TV Movie
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square (Netflix)
Oslo (HBO)
Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia (Lifetime)
Sylvie’s Love (Prime Video)
Uncle Frank (Prime Video)

Variety Special (Live)
Celebrating America — An Inauguration Night Special (Multiple Platforms)
The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards (CBS)
The Oscars (ABC)
The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show Starring The Weeknd (CBS)
Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 (Showtime)

 

 

 

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Deadline

San Diego Comic-Con@Home releases schedule as Marvel & DC Films skip event

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San Diego [email protected] releases schedule as Marvel & DC Films skip event
July 9, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

San Diego Comic-Con is going virtual once again this year due to the pandemic and it will be doing so without two major studios for the digital event. [email protected] has released its tentative schedule, which could continue to update, and while it's very heavy on TV, lacking Marvel Studios and DC Films is bound to be a big blow to the event's prospects.

With Disney's Marvel Studios and Warner Bros.' DC Films deciding to sit this one out, that means there will be no new major updates regarding any of their upcoming projects. It's not like both entities don't have projects to promote. Marvel Studios has Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and many other MCU projects on the horizon to share with fans but they may be plotting their own media blitz to showcase new material from these upcoming projects.

DC Films' reasoning for skipping the event may be a bit more obvious. This will be the third year in a row they have been absent from Comic-Con, but last year they launched a virtual event called DC Fandome, showcasing their film, television, and comic book projects, which proved to be very popular successful. In fact, their event was received far better than the [email protected] event last year and it was previously announced that they will be holding the event again this year. With films like Black Adam, The Batman, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Flash, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom on their docket, I'm sure they're saving new goodies from those films for their own event.

If you look at the schedule, Paramount's Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is the only major theatrical studio release that will be showcased at the event. Movies in general won't be completely ignored. Netflix has scheduled panels for Army of Thieves, The Last Mercenary, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and the indie documentary For Madmen Only: The Stories of Del Close.

Television is going to be heavily represented at the event and that could be a draw for fans of the series that are featured. Shows like The Walking Dead, Roswell, New Mexico, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Fear the Walking Dead, Family Guy, American Dad, Doctor Who, Creepshow, and many more will have their moment during virtual panels spread out throughout the weekend.

There is a live edition of San Diego Comic-Con planned this year, albeit at a smaller scale, to make up for going virtual once again but it's during a very inconvenient weekend. Someone thought that November 26-28, the weekend after Thanksgiving, would be ideal to do this but with many people getting to see some of their family and friends again after missing out on that due to the pandemic last year, will it still draw the crowd they desire? In the meantime, this year's San Diego [email protected] begins on Wednesday, July 21, and concludes on Sunday, July 25. As of now, nothing is scheduled from film or TV on Thursday but we will update if more panels are announced. All times for the panels are PDT and they will stream on Comic-Con's YouTube channel. You can check out the schedule by going HERE!

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Comic-Con International

WTF Happened to Hayden Christensen?

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WTF Happened to Hayden Christensen?
July 2, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

WTF Happened To This Celebrity? – The JoBlo series that examines the careers of stars and filmmakers who may have fallen out of the spotlight, and tells where they are now!

After spending his youth in TV and smaller film appearances, Hayden Christensen made an impact as a rebellious teen in the acclaimed drama Life as a House. Everything changed when he won the prized role of Anakin Skywalker in George Lucas’ highly anticipated Star Wars prequels… but playing the man who would become Darth Vader was not necessarily a gateway to greater things, and his post-prequel career has struggled. Check your midi-chlorian count and find out “WTF Happened to Hayden Christensen!”

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The Boys fans will freak out over new season, says Antony Starr

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The Boys fans will freak out over new season, says Antony Starr
June 28, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Over the course of two seasons, Amazon's The Boys has told an increasingly brutal and bloody tale of superheroes behaving badly, but we haven't seen anything yet. Production on The Boys season 3 is currently underway, and while speaking with TV Line, Antony Starr teased that it will take things to the next level yet again.

Oh, my God, [Season 3] is hands down one of the most enjoyable seasons of TV I’ve had the good fortune of being involved with! I had a great time on Season 2, and I thought we did something really cool there where we took it next-level in many ways from Season 1, and really, it’s just the extension of that.

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Antony Starr went on to  say that the third season is "my favorite season for many reasons that I can’t tell you about. I’m always curious to see what the writers, what these crazy people, are going to cook up, and it’s a pretty great feeling in Season 3 to still be surprised and excited every time you turn a page in the material. All I can say is I truly believe the fans are going to freak out at Season 3… It’s going to be worth it, I promise. You guys are going to gorge feed on this sucker, and the payoff is going to be worth the wait!"

RELATED: The Boys casts Supersonic, Gunpowder, & Blue Hawk for season 3

One moment that will likely cause fans to freak out is the adaptation of one storyline from the comics that many believed the TV series wouldn't touch — Herogasm. In the comics, Vought brings together all of their superheroes under the guise of a fake crisis that needs their attention, but in reality, the superheroes are actually taking part in an annual orgy at a remote tropical resort where anything goes, and I do mean anything. While the third season of The Boys doesn't have a release date yet, it will likely prove to be well worth the wait.

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TVLine

Seth Rogen shares a joint with Conan O’Brien on late night TV

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Seth Rogen shares a joint with Conan O’Brien on late night TV
June 23, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Conan O'Brien's late-night tenure is coming to an end, and you know what they say, "If you've gotta go, go with a smile."

One thing that's bound to put a smile on your face – unless paranoia hits you upside the head – is a puff of Seth Rogen's own weed brand, Houseplant. Rogen recently joined O'Brien for one more interview on the comedian's late-night program. During their talk, O'Brien asked Rogen for advice about how he can fill his newfound free time. Naturally, Rogen's suggestion was to start smoking weed. Then, like Johnny On-the-Spot, Rogen whipped out a pre-rolled joint from his shirt pocket and offered it to O'Brien. “Don’t smoke that now. Or do, this will be a great, weird show for all of us,” Rogen cautioned. While throwing caution to the wind, O'Brien lit the Wizard Stick and took a puff. I'm not sure that he inhaled the Devil's lettuce, but he certainly seemed pleased with himself for trying. “This is the kind of thing you do when you know it’s over for you,” O'Brien joked as he passed the paper plane to Rogen, who also decided to partake. Rogen then offers the Mummy finger to Andy Richter, who handles the process like an old pro.

You can watch the hilarious scene unfold in the video posted below:

Conan is taking it really easy for all of us sinners during his final week on the air. It's a refreshing sight if you ask me. Yesterday, I thought that Paul Rudd's Mac and Me interview bomb would be the best thing to come from Conan's final bow, but boy was I wrong. It warms my heart to see Conan getting such a warm farewell from his guests and audience members. His quick-witted humor and unpredictable approach to late-night comedy will be sorely missed once all is said and done. But hey, at least he's going out on a high note.

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Edgar Wright & Sparks Interview: The Sparks Brothers

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Edgar Wright & Sparks Interview: The Sparks Brothers
June 15, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

True story – I’d only vaguely heard of Sparks before catching Edgar Wright’s documentary, THE SPARKS BROTHERS, at Sundance (read my review). I remember seeing them in 1977’s Rollercoaster on TV one afternoon and thinking they had to be a fake band, with Ron Mael’s toothbrush mustache and Russell’s flowing locks. But real they were, and after watching the doc I fell deep down a Sparks rabbit hole. As we’ve been in lockdown here in Montreal, I’ve spent my days listening to Sparks songs over and over, so it was a thrill to speak to them and Edgar Wright.

In our interview, we discuss how tricky it is performing as brothers for fifty years as kind of the anti-Oasis (brothers that still work well together), working with Leos Carax on Annette the musical, and being the authors of the greatest ever song about sperm – Tryouts for the Human Race!

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Ned Beatty, Superman & Network character actor, dies at 83

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Ned Beatty, Superman & Network character actor, dies at 83
June 14, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Hollywood has lost another great one. Beloved character actor Ned Beatty, who made a very memorable debut in 1972’s Deliverance, died on Sunday at the age of 83.

Beatty’s manager Deborah Miller confirmed the news of his passing in a statement that read “Ned passed away from natural causes Sunday morning, surrounded by his family and loved ones. His family has decided to keep details private at this time. Ned was an iconic, legendary talent, as well as a dear friend, and he will be missed by us all.”

Ned Beatty was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1937 and he got his start as an actor in regional theater in the South in the 1960s. The actor made his film debut in John Boorman’s 1972 film Deliverance as an Atlanta businessman on a canoe trip with three buddies who get ravaged by two Georgia mountain men. The debut, which had him opposite Burt Reynolds and Jon Voight, put Beatty on the map in Hollywood. 

Two years later, Beatty earned an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in 1976’s Network, where he had a brief but memorable role as a TV network executive who gives an impassioned five-minute speech to Peter Finch’s increasingly unhinged on-air news host, Howard Beale and tries to argue that corporate control of humanity would be a good thing. 

In 1978, Beatty played the bumbling sidekick to DC Comics villain Lex Luthor in the SUPERMAN movie opposite Gene Hackman and Christopher Reeve. As Otis, Batty gave a subtly funny and memorable performance that gave the film most of its comic relief. It was just another example of Beatty’s importance as a supporting player and it proved that a character actor could steal the scene in the best way.

Beatty went on to appear in scores of films and TV shows in his 50-plus years as an actor with other credits that include Toy Story 3, All the President’s Men, Shooter, and Where the Red Fern Grows. His healthy career also included TV credits, most notably a two-season run in the mid-’90s on Homicide: Life on the Street and playing the father of John Goodman’s Dan Conner on six episodes of the sitcom Roseanne. 

Definitely a great actor that will certainly be remembered. What are some of YOUR favorite Ned Beatty performances?

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Deadline

Loki scored the highest first-day viewership for a Marvel series on Disney+

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Loki scored the highest first-day viewership for a Marvel series on Disney+
June 11, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

Marvel shows continue to do well on the Disney+ platform and it looks like the newest addition, Loki is continuing the tradition. According to Samba TV, Loki's Wednesday night premiere scored the highest first-day viewership of all the Marvel shows on Disney+ so far.

Samba TV measures streaming viewership in 3 million terrestrial smart TV households for at least five minutes and they reported that Wednesday night's premiere of Loki drew 890,000 U.S. households. This sets the record as the "largest U.S. premiere-day audience of any of Marvel's Disney+ shows." Samba TV went on to say that "Clearly, the growing number of household tuning in on Day 1 proves that the Marvel Disney+ series are growing in momentum."

Loki's premiere number is pretty far ahead of the premiere episodes of the previous Marvel shows that debuted on Disney+ this year. WandaVision registered 655,000 U.S. households while The Falcon and the Winter Soldier pulled in 759,000 U.S. households. It should be pointed out that Samba TV only measure terrestrial smart TV's so the true viewership number is still unknown and since most streaming platforms are never 100% upfront with their numbers, we may never really know how well these shows are doing but based simply on this figure, I'd say they're making their platforms proud.

Loki stars Tom Hiddleston as the titular God of Mischief and it takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame in which an alternate version of Loki created a new timeline. He is brought to the mysterious Time Variance Authority, a bureaucratic organization that exists outside of time and space and monitors the timeline. They give Loki a choice: face being erased from existence due to being a "time-variant", or help fix the timeline and stop a greater threat. The series also stars Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, and Tara Strong.

Did YOU watch the premiere of Loki on Wednesday?

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Spawn’s Todd McFarlane developing Sam & Twitch TV show

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Spawn’s Todd McFarlane developing Sam & Twitch TV show
June 10, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

While Todd McFarlane's big-screen Spawn reboot remains in development, McFarlane is looking to expand the franchise with a new TV series. It's been announced that McFarlane has partnered with wiip, the studio behind HBO's Mare of Easttown, to develop Sam and Twitch as a premium TV series.

Sam and Twitch will focus on Detectives Sam Burke and "Twitch" Williams, two of Spawn's most popular human character who appeared in the very first issue of Spawn nearly thirty years ago. The series will be developed and executive produced by Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg, the pair behind Epix's Condor TV series. "My two detective characters Sam Burke and "Twitch" Williams appeared in the very first issue of SPAWN #1 back in 1992. Since then, they've become fan favorites and have branched out into their own comic series throughout the years," said McFarlane in a statement. "Their stories, blending traditional crime noir and the supernatural, is a combination that I've always thought would make for an entertaining television drama. The addition of wiip and the creative writing skills of Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg make for a very compelling team that we all hope leads to the entertaining show we know this can be. If you like cool, moody, creepy, odd crime stories, this will be your cup of tea!" Sounds like fun, but will it get made?

RELATED: Mare of Easttown finale is the most-watched episode ever on HBO Max

No studio or streaming service is attached to Sam and Twitch at the moment, but it would seem that Todd McFarlane is hoping this will launch a Spawn cinematic universe. The comic creator told THR that Blumhouse Productions, who are producing the big-screen Spawn adaptation, will soon be seeking a studio to partner on the film. "Then the conversation will be if that studio just wants Spawn, or if it would like more," reads THR's report. The Spawn movie is set to star Jamie Foxx as Spawn and Jeremy Renner as "Twitch" Williams, but given how long the project has remained in development hell, I'll believe it when I see it.

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Clarence Williams III dies: Tales From the Hood star was 81

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Clarence Williams III dies: Tales From the Hood star was 81
June 7, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

Some sad news to start the week, with CNN reporting that legendary character actor Clarence Williams III has passed away at 81. Modern audiences will likely know him best from his roles in TALES FROM THE HOOD, American Gangster (where he memorably played gangster Bumpy Johnson), and his hilarious role as Sampson in the cult classic Half Baked. I personally loved him in his John Frankenheimer roles, with him as a pretty scary baddie in the great 52 Pick Up and Reindeer Games. He also showed up as Prince’s dad in Purple Rain, Deep Cover (coming soon to the Criterion Collection), Star Trek Deep Space Nine, and even an episode of The Littlest Hobo!

But, what Williams is certainly best known for to baby boomers is no doubt his iconic turn on TV’s The Mod Squad. In it, he played Linc Hayes, a former criminal turned undercover operative for the cops, opposite the late Peggy Lipton and Michael Cole. This may not sound like a big deal, but for 1968 network TV, Williams was hot stuff, with him playing a black and proud rebel with a big afro, kick-ass sunglasses, and a defiant attitude. This was rare for network TV, and in many ways, he was the precursor to folks like Richard Roundtree, Pam Grier, and Fred Williamson, who would become stars during the blaxploitation era.

Throughout his career, Williams stayed busy and in high demand as a character actor, with one of his last roles being in Lee Daniels’ The Butler back in 2013. Williams was a terrific actor and will be missed!

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Awesome Artists We’ve Found Around The Net: Dan Mumford

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Awesome Artists We’ve Found Around The Net: Dan Mumford
June 5, 2021 by: Theodore Bond


For years, Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net has been about two things only – awesome art and the artists that create it. With that in mind, we thought why not take the first week of the month to showcase these awesome artists even more? Welcome to “Awesome Artist We’ve Found Around The Net." In this column, we are focusing on one artist and the awesome art that they create, whether they be amateur, up and coming, or well established. The goal is to uncover these artists so even more people become familiar with them. We ask these artists a few questions to see their origins, influences, and more. If you are an awesome artist or know someone that should be featured, feel free to contact me at any time at [email protected].This month we are very pleased to bring you the awesome art of… 

Dan Mumford

Dan Mumford is a freelance illustrator working in central London, UK, running Studio Dan Mumford Limited. Over the past 14 years, Dan has worked within the pop culture and music scene creating everything from album covers, branding, and screenprints to new interpretations of classic film posters and albums. 

Clients include Disney, Hasbro, Apple, Adobe, Sony, Wizards of the Coast, Icon Motoports, CBS, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and many many other bands and record labels from around the world. Dan has had several gallery shows in America over the past few years and spoken at many festivals and events around the world, including Adobe Max, Offf Festival, Bump Festival, Various universities around the UK, and more.

JoBlo: What got you started as an artist?
Dan Mumford: A love of comics and cartoons. That was my favourite thing growing up, so I would recreate the various characters in my own style. This went on into me just really enjoying art as I grew up, and it became a natural path for me to follow. It was either going to be art or literature, something involving narrative and storytelling. I always thought I might make my way into comics, or at least that was an aspiration. 

Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?
Growing up it was all about the marvel and DC comics in the ’90s. I try not to pin it down to anyone artist in particular, because it was the whole vibe and feel of those comics that fed into my work. I would take in any and all comics I could. And actually outside of the big two, I also really enjoyed the 2000AD comics, which were much bigger in the UK at that point. There was a real inky dark style to those comics, and that really did have a big effect on the way I learned to draw.

Who do you really dig these days, follow on Instagram?
That's an impossible question to answer, I don't really want to single anyone out really! But a few people who create incredible work are Marko Manev, Tracie Ching, Nan Lawson, SignalNoise, Matt Saunders, Vance Kelly, Kevin Wilson, Jess Ebsworth, Felicity Marshall, Luke Preece, William Exley, Mary Lou Faure, Kervin Brisseux, Suzi Kemp, Nico De Lort, Ari Liloan, Bella Grace, Jeff Boyes, Murugiah, Drew Millward, Geo Law, Swopes, Gemma O Brien, Richey Beckett, Tom Hovey… I mean the list is endless, I could go on forever. Basically, I follow a ton of amazing artists, and I'm lucky to call a lot of them friends too. 

What advice would you have for budding artists today?
Try and find your voice, don't try to emulate other artists too much. Look to them for inspiration of course, but when it comes to creating your own work try to put your own spin on things. I always find it tough when I see great young artists coming up, but I can instantly see where they got certain elements and techniques from other artists. Take those things and mix it up into your own thing, that will always help you stand out a lot more.

What should we be looking out for from you in the future?
I just released one of my favourite pieces I've worked on with Bottleneck Gallery. We did a large licensed piece for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a real love letter from me to the original cartoon. I put a lot of time and thought into this one, trying to get it just right, and really paying homage to the show. Following on from that I am chasing that feeling, it was amazing to revisit my childhood so clearly, and we have some plans to do some similar pieces. That and I am going to do some more bits based around another passion of mine, Videogames.

Being a fansite, we have to ask you… What are some of your favorite movies/TV shows of all time?
It's always a reallllly hard question to answer, and it changes often, I watch a LOT of stuff. But for film, I will say Mad Max: Fury Road (instant classic upon release, perfect film), Aliens, Big Trouble in Little China, The complete Fast&Furious franchise, and…Blade Runner. TV shows I will go a little less down the sci-fi route and say, The Office (American version, perfect working along to TV), Oz, It's always sunny in Philadelphia, Futurama, The Bridge (original version), and in more recent times The Boys and The Mandalorian.

Scroll down to check out some of our favorite art pieces from Dan as we continue to follow his journey across his Website and social media hubs: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / Store

Avengers: Infinity War

Batman: The Animated Series

Buffy The Vampire Saloon

Cobra Commander

Darth Vader

Friday The 13th

Jurassic World

KISS

The Land Before Time

Masters of the Universe

Mega Man

Oldboy

Predator

Resident Evil 3

Shaun of the Dead

Silent Hill

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Warriors

Yu-Gi-Oh!

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Dracula, The Fugitive, Goodfellas

Creed, Doctor Strange, Saw, Vikings

Dracula, Invincible, Jurassic Park

Fight Club, Ghostbusters, Star Wars

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JoBlo Hiring: YouTube channel administrator (Streaming + TV Trailers)

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JoBlo Hiring: YouTube channel administrator (Streaming + TV Trailers)
May 21, 2021 by: JoBlo

We are seeing unprecedented growth in our JOBLO YOUTUBE NETWORK of channels (we now have 11 different channels) and we are looking to hire an administrator for our STREAMING AND TV TRAILERS channel. The person must be in front of their computer Monday to Friday, 9-5, but would only need to upload related trailers, TV spots and clips when they are posted online.

Position: YouTube channel administrator
(STREAMING + TV TRAILERS)

What is it exactly? Ideally you already know your way around the YouTube ecosystem. We will offer some basic training as well as presenting you with all of the resources required to do the job well. Basically, your responsibility would be to make sure that all of the latest and greatest STREAMING and TV show promos are being posted to our channel, with our END SCREEN edited to the end of it, a TITLE for the video, a THUMBNAIL created by you as well as tags/keywords added by you.

This is a FREELANCE position but we prefer to promote from within and there are opportunities arising across our network. 

What is required of this post?

  • IDEALLY…
    –    You must be in front of a computer all day, Monday to Friday, 9-5  
    –    You know the YouTube back-end well
    –    You know how to edit videos, nothing major
    –    You must know how to Title, Tags and create Thumbnails for said videos.
    –    You must know how to make engaging thumbnails, would great if you are good at photoshop or similar program
    –    You love streaming/TV trailers and already know a lot of channels to find them
    –    Passion for trailers would also be great

  • You must be serious about your application, the vacant position and be at least 18 years old. That's it. All races, genders, sexual orientations, etc. are encouraged to apply. Your passion about streaming/TV and YouTube skills are very important.

  • EXTRA BONUS: If you're a fan of JoBlo.com, please mention that as well; how long you've been on the site, etc…

How do I apply?

If you believe you are the right person for this gig, please email us at [email protected] and TELL US WHY you think you would be the ideal candidate for this job.

APPLY FOR YOUTUBE ADMIN GIG –> [email protected]

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Donald Glover says cancel culture has made movies and TV boring

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Donald Glover says cancel culture has made movies and TV boring
May 12, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Nowadays, despite some people's best efforts, it can often feel like the world is more divided than ever. Whether it's social media platforms regurgitating the same criticisms time and again, film studios opting for sequels and reboots in favor of original content, or networks reviving once-beloved properties to secure that nostalgia-driven dollar, one has to wonder if the entertainment industry is afraid of taking risks.

One celebrity who thinks creators have lost the plot is Donald Glover, whose hit drama series Atlanta is often considered to be just as unconventional as Glover himself. Recently on Twitter, Glover said that he saw people discussing how tired audiences are of reviewing boring stuff, concerning film and television.

saw people on here havin a discussion about how tired they were of reviewing boring stuff (tv & film).

— donald (@donaldglover) May 11, 2021

Glover then elaborated on his claim, which had quickly become a hot topic of debate on the social media platform.

we're getting boring stuff and not even experimental mistakes(?) because people are afraid of getting cancelled

— donald (@donaldglover) May 11, 2021

so they feel like they can only experiment w/ aesthetic.

(also because some of em know theyre not that good)

— donald (@donaldglover) May 11, 2021

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Do you agree with Glover that film and television creators are failing to take risks as the world continues to change? Have we become so afraid of "cancellation" that we're no longer creating thought-provoking stories and characters? When is the last time a movie or television show really knocked you on your ass with something profound and original? Let us know in the comments section below.

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WTF Happened to Christian Slater?

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WTF Happened to Christian Slater?
May 7, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

WTF Happened To This Celebrity? – The JoBlo series that examines the careers of stars and filmmakers who may have fallen out of the spotlight, and tells where they are now!

In the 1990s, Christian Slater was at the height of his fame thanks to memorable movies like Heathers, TRUE ROMANCE and Broken Arrow, but he also gained notoriety after some trouble with the law. The next couple of decades became filled with failed TV series and direct-to-video movies, before a recent resurgence with the hit show Mr. Robot. Arch your eyebrows and do your best Jack impersonation as we find out “WTF Happened to Christian Slater!”

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Is Disney removing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from Marvel canon?

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Is Disney removing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from Marvel canon?
May 6, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. began life firmly connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with guest-stars such as Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury and Jamie Alexander's Lady Sif putting in appearances, and there were frequent direct references to events of the films. But as time went on, it became clear that the big-screen and TV side of the Marvel franchise were at odds, and at a certain point, it felt as though Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just decided to go its own way.

With WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, we've seen what a TV show truly connected to the MCU looks like, and while fans have long debated Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D's place in MCU canon, Disney may be quietly removing the series from canon themselves. Take this with a grain of salt, but a recent Reddit post shows that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (as well as Inhumans, Runaways, and Agent Carter) has been added to the Marvel Legacy Movies and Series section on Disney+ in a handful of international regions including Brazil. This could indicate that Disney is looking to distance Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. from the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially now that their own Marvel shows are doing so well, or, you know…if could mean nothing. I've checked Disney+ myself, and at least where I am (Canada), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. remains alongside WandaVision and the rest of the MCU.

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There have been rumblings that Marvel is looking to include small-screen characters from the Netflix-era of shows in future movies, such as Charlie Cox's Daredevil returning for Spider-Man: No Way Home, but nothing official has been revealed. As Marvel is looking to explore the multiverse in its upcoming movies, I'd say that there's room for all incarnations of Marvel projects under one (giant) roof. What do you folks think; should Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. be removed from Marvel canon or does it still deserve a place at the table?

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Awesome Artists We’ve Found Around The Net: Sam Mayle

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Awesome Artists We’ve Found Around The Net: Sam Mayle
May 1, 2021 by: Theodore Bond


For years, Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net has been about two things only – awesome art and the artists that create it. With that in mind, we thought why not take the first week of the month to showcase these awesome artists even more? Welcome to “Awesome Artist We’ve Found Around The Net." In this column, we are focusing on one artist and the awesome art that they create, whether they be amateur, up and coming, or well established. The goal is to uncover these artists so even more people become familiar with them. We ask these artists a few questions to see their origins, influences, and more. If you are an awesome artist or know someone that should be featured, feel free to contact me at any time at [email protected].This month we are very pleased to bring you the awesome art of… 

Sam Mayle

Sam Mayle is an illustrator and graphic designer based in the London and Essex area of the United Kingdom. Currently represented by Strange Brew Agency.

Sam graduated from Colchester Institute in 2015, studying graphic design. However, Sam sees himself being self-taught in illustration, by drawing and doodling every chance he got, ever since he was very young. His influences range from sci-fi, fantasy, and everyday life, from all forms of media. Sam's imagination is fuelled by film/t.v, video games, and literature, any good story told by a particular medium can instantly captivate him.

Sam is always on the lookout for his next big project that can challenge and express his creative ability, while also working on his own personal projects. Sam's best work comes from when he is being challenged, and his creative ability is pushed. This comes from Sam's desire to always push and better himself, in order to be the best artist he can – through constant research and practice.

Sam has a steady growing online fanbase, which he never takes for granted. With his followers online always providing the extra motivation he needs to work harder, and produce better work.

JoBlo: What got you started as an artist?
Mayle: I have always been creative since a young age, always drawing characters from various tv shows and films that inspired me. Not knowing what I truly wanted to do career-wise, being a graphic designer seemed like a sensible option. Not just financially but it seems like it would be a pretty safe and creative job to have. So I studied graphic design through college and university. Graduating in 2015 I jumped straight into a graphic design job, but after a year I realized it was for me and I wasn’t being satirized creatively. Then I started to discover some incredible illustrators and poster artists on Instagram and it suddenly clicked…this is what I want to be doing, creating movie posters! It ties in with my love for drawing, and my love for film, it just made sense. So in 2016 I decided to jump straight into freelancing as both a graphic designer and illustrator. Taking on various commissions from book covers, album covers, and t-shirts, to help build up my portfolio. Until I eventually started creating movie posters for independent films. I then began taking part in PosterSpy’s creative brief as that was a great way to hone my skills as a poster artist and be part of a great supportive community of other artists.

Eventually, I began working on official work for Universal and Netflix, as well as taking part in exhibitions with Hero Complex Gallery and Gallery 1988.

Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?

I guess I was never truly inspired by any particular artist when I was growing up, I pretty much just stuck to trying to do my own thing and was mainly inspired by cartoons such as Dragon Ball Z, and over stylized, visual films such as 300 and Sin City. But video games were also a huge influence on me as well, as I loved looking at the concept art for video games and seeing the artistic talent behind them and all the work that went into particular scenes and characters.

Who do you really dig these days, follow on Instagram?

Nothing has truly changed from when I was younger, I am very much influenced by films and video games. However, I’m much more aware of what and why a particular design and colour scheme work within a film or video game, and how I can take that and be inspired for a future project. For any particular scene, I’ll pick it apart and see what works visually and how this adds to the emotion of the scene: Rain for example might make a scene more intense, while a red sunset might help emphasize a more embracing feeling for the characters.

In terms of artists, there’s are too many to name! But to name a few would be Christopher Lovell, Dan Mumford, Colin Estrada, and Ken Taylor.

What advice would you have for budding artists today?

As cliche as it sounds, it would be never to give up. I’ve wanted to give up so many times during my career because I’ve never felt good enough compared to other artists, and that I would never ‘make it as a successful artist. Looking back to where I was a year ago, 2 years, or even 5 years, I can see how much I've improved and the clients I’m working with now. Your career as an artist can only get better as you improve, and make sure you work smarter and make time for your friends and family outside of your work life. Working as a freelance artist can feel like a 24/7 job (and it is most of the time), but make time to enjoy life outside of work.

What should we be looking out for from you in the future?

At the moment I have a dozen shows lined up with Hero Complex Gallery, scheduled to be released throughout 2021 depending on one the situation of the pandemic. I’m also working with a big TVshow here in the UK on a lot of illustrations so that will hopefully be aired this year. But I’m mostly working with various clients, whether it's album covers, t-shirts, or movie posters. While also working on my own personal work, as it's been a while since I've created work just for myself so that’s been nice to focus on this year.

Being a fansite, we have to ask you… What are some of your favorite movies/TV shows of all time?

Whenever I’m asked this question I always say Dragon Ball Z growing up, as it was such a huge influence on my young mind, with all the action and explosions of colour. I was always drawing characters and scenes from the show. I’m also a huge fan of superhero films and picking a favourite seems impossible! However, the 300 film does remain one of my all-time favourite films as well, as I was instantly captivated by the unique style of the film back then. On the other hand, The Notebook is equally one of my favourites as well (soppy I know). And to list a few other films: Christmas Vacation, Peanut Butter Falcon, Tenacious D, Crazy Stupid Love, Drive, Star Wars, and Lord Of The Rings. So it's pretty varied.

In terms of TV shows: The Office, How I met Your Mother, South Park, You, Peaky Blinders, It’s Always Sunny, The Witcher.

Scroll down to check out some of our favorite art pieces from Josh as we continue to follow his journey across his Website and social media hubs: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / StoreYouTube   

Blade Runner

Bloodsport

Dragon Ball Z

The Evil Dead

Hellboy

I Am Mother

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

IT

John Wick 2

The Joker

The Omen

Predator 2

Shadow of the Colossus

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Stranger Things

Tenacious D

300

Venom

The Walking Dead

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Doom, Mortal Kombat, Terminator 2

Mulan, Nomadland, The Raid, Star Fox

Akira, Drive, Hellraiser, Shazam

Stephen Sampson

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The Continental: John Wick spinoff TV series details emerge

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The Continental: John Wick spinoff TV series details emerge
April 23, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

The world might not agree on most things, but one thing is absolute: We could always use more John Wick in our lives.

Recently while speaking with Deadline about the future of Liongate TV, the indie studio’s expansion chairman, Kevin Beggs, revealed new details regarding the John Wick TV offshoot The Continental at Starz.

“It’s such a successful franchise, it’s on its way to its fourth and fifth installments as a movie,” he said. “It’s got such great mythology and such interesting style, and the gun-fu approach of these incredibly poetic stunt esthetics is just out of this world, which is why the movie with Keanu Reeves — who is so amazing in everything he does but particularly compelling as John Wick in our mind — it just cries out to be something in TV. Just like the Marvel Universe and the DC Universe from a TV perspective are incredible opportunities, and that is our superhero franchise in the family.”

Beggs then went on to say that the studio is working closely with several top-level creatives to bring the twisted and dangerous world of John Wick to the small screen. Among the chosen to get the job done right are Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake, president Nathan Kahane, president of production Erin Westerman and president of acquisitions and co-productions Jason Constantine, as well as the films’ producers Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee at Thunder Road and Chad Stahelski and Reeves. Understandably, The Continental doesn’t want to tread on any potential ideas already reserved for the film series, and so the aforementioned group worked together to “find a way in that was additive, didn’t cancel out any other plans that they might have down the road for” additional films.

RELATED: John Wick sequels reportedly won’t be shooting back-to-back

Beggs also took some time to discuss the pitch that sold them on the idea of The Continental:

“We took a lot of pitches, and then the creative team from this obscure little show called Wayne that was on YouTube came to us with their take,” Beggs said. “We were really blown away because it solved a bunch of problems and was super exciting, about a crumbling New York in the 1970s with a garbage strike that has piled up bags of garbage to the third floor of most brownstones, the mafia muscling in on that business which is why in The Sopranos he’s in the sanitation business, and other things that are really real as an interesting backdrop to explore the origins of The Continental which is famously within the movie franchise the assassin’s hotel in which you cannot kill anyone on the hotel grounds, but of course if you step one foot off you’re fair game, and that’s employed to great effect in many of the plots in the movies. Running all of that is Winston, who is played by Ian McShane (in the movies).”

While Shane is not expected to make an appearance in The Continental there’s a chance he could do voice-over work. I could see him narrating the series, or perhaps being a part of some ground rules speech for newcomers to the fabled hotel.

“What we’re exploring in The Continental is the young Winston and how it came to be that he and his team of confederates found their way into this hotel which we have met for the first time in the movie franchise 40 years later,” Beggs said. “That’s the arena. I won’t give away more than that, but Starz really leaned into this take also, and they have been great collaborators. And how we’ve approached this first season is as three essentially 90-minute events which you could construe as a limited series or a limited event series.”

For now, there’s no telling if Keanu Reeve’s John Wick will appear in the series. That said, there’s a good chance that Reeves will executive produce.

“Keanu is likely executive producing,” Beggs said. “Because we’re way back in time, way back pre-John Wick and even pre-young John Wick, that character is not finding his way into the universe. We are in the John Wick universe, but it’s way back in time. Think about the Game of Thrones prequels before you know any of the players, but you do know the world. But Keanu and Chad have read every draft and been enthusiastic supporters of expanding this universe in a meaningful way. So, I never rule out anything, but at this point he’s pretty busy making his movies which are very important to us.”

For more exciting details about what Lionsgate TV has planned for the future be sure to check out Deadline’s full report.

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Saw TV series rumored to be in the works

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Saw TV series rumored to be in the works
April 23, 2021 by: Steve Seigh

Would you like to play a game? No, I’m not talking about Chess, Checkers, or Monopoly. I’m talking about the game of Saw. You know, the kind where your death is inevitable unless you can solve an almost impossible riddle to survive an elaborate deathtrap? Sounds like fun, right? Well, you might soon get your chance. A new rumor coming out of Deadline suggests that Lionsgate TV is in early talks on a TV series adaptation of the book of Saw.

Whispers of there being a Saw TV series in the works comes from an interview with Lionsgate TV’s Kevin Beggs, in which he talks about the indie studio’s expansion. The studio has been strategizing about its journey into broadcast entertainment for quite some time. After all, if you’ve got several projects that would be better served as TV presentations, why not take the leap?

During the interview, Beggs talks about him approaching Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer about a 360 strategy for the company. The concept revolves around establishing a group that is comprised of motion picture, television, and location-based entertainment, which includes Broadway, podcasting, all of those extensions, and Starz.

“And it’s only creative people because creative people are always leaning in to figure out how to say yes,” Beggs told Deadline. “There will be business obstacles, I’m sure, later, but in that room it’s just green fields and blue skies and what if. That has led to a lot of really great collaborations. We’ve just wrapped up Dear White People which was a really good experience, Blindspotting is coming up, American Psycho is in development. We’re always exploring what we can do in television with something like the Saw franchise, so that’s a conversation.”

While Beggs didn’t go into much detail about ideas for a Saw TV series, it’s believed that one is coming from Mark Burg and Oren Koules’ Twisted Television. The show would explore one of the longest-running horror franchises in history and introduce new characters to the lore.

This is just a rumor for now, but it sounds like one that could come to pass if Lionsgate has its way. Would you be game for a Saw television series? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Disney Plus: Spider-Man finally swinging to the streamer via Sony deal

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Disney Plus: Spider-Man movies finally swing to streamer via Sony deal
April 21, 2021 by: Kevin Fraser

If you're a Disney+ subscriber, you can stream just about every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there are several very notable exceptions, such as Tom Holland's Spider-Man films. That's all set to change as Disney has inked a major multi-year deal with Sony Pictures that will allow Sony's Spider-Man films such as Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home to stream on Disney+ for the first time, in addition to other major Sony franchises such as Jumanji and Hotel Transylvania.

This deal will give Disney U.S. streaming and TV rights to Sony Pictures' new theatrical releases across Disney's various platforms, including Disney+ and Hulu, as well as ABC, Disney Channels, Freeform, FX, and National Geographic. It will cover all of Sony's movies release from 2022-2026 and begin following each film's Pay 1 TV window. "This landmark multi-year, platform agnostic agreement guarantees the team at Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution a tremendous amount of flexibility and breadth of programming possibilities to leverage Sony’s rich slate of award-winning action and family films across our direct-to-consumer services and linear channels," said Chuck Saftler, head of Business Operations for ABC, Freeform, FX Networks, and Acquisitions in DMED’s Networks division. "This is a win for fans, who will benefit from the ability to access the very best content from two of Hollywood’s most prolific studios across a multitude of viewing platforms and experiences." The official announcement said that the deal will give "Disney enormous programming potential across its platforms and makes them key destinations for a robust collection of Spider-Man films," and also mentioned that Hulu will receive a "significant number" of library titles beginning as early as June.

More to come…

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Netflix’s Army of the Dead set visit: Dave Bautista speaks!

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Netflix’s Army of the Dead set visit: Dave Bautista speaks!
April 20, 2021 by: Paul Shirey

While the biggest draw to ARMY OF THE DEAD may be its director, Zack Snyder, the international cast is also something that will no doubt appeal to a diverse amount of viewers, including such names as Hiroyuki Sanada, Ana de la Reguera, Samantha Win, Ella Purnell, Garret Dillahunt, Theo Rossi, Nora Arnezeder, Omari Hardwick, Matthias Schweighofer, Raul Castillo, Tig Notaro and, of course, Dave Bautista, who leads this pack of “Los Vengeance” into the zombie fray. Bautista has certainly achieved household recognition, be it as a professional wrestler or the lurking goofball that is Drax The Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, but his ambitions seem to go much deeper than just being the big badass that he is.

While on the set of Army of the Dead, Bautista seemed relaxed, yet still eminating an air of intensity. Soft spoken, but with a deep voice that sometimes feels like a whisper, Bautista, decked out and kitted up for action (shooting the wire-work scenes that day as he jumps from table to table firing at zombie attackers), the actor talked in-depth about his career, his ambitions to direct (and steal some tips for Snyder himself), the material he most wants to do (indie films and a TV series), his representation of the Filipino community (he’s half Filipino on his father’s side), why it’s hard to find dramatic work (take a guess), why he would’ve turned down the role had Snyder not been directing (understandable), the rehiring of James Gunn for Guardians 3 and, finally, how he felt about Drax not getting to kill Thanos (I mean, he DID kill Drax’s family).

It’s an interesting peek behind Bautista’s hardened shell and he comes off genuine, hungry and maybe even a little misunderstood in terms of how he’s being best utilized. One thing is for sure, though, and that’s that Bautista is excited to be where he is and working with a director that could potentially make him shine in a way he hasn’t before.

Q: Well, what’s the experience been like doing that as Zack Snyder zombie film.

Dave Bautista: It’s been, let’s just shorten that and say Zack Snyder film, because that was why I signed on, was to work with Zack. Because originally Zack and I had been working on another project we were trying to get done for like the last three years, which for one reason or another never materialized. And so Zack called me up one day and he said-cause I knew this film was happening. And I talked to him, we’re both at GA. So I’d been thrown my way a few times and I-sounded cool, but this wasn’t what I thought I was going to be working with Zack on. Anyway, he called me and said he had written another part that he wanted me to do, actually it was the Vanderohe part. And he said, when he came down to casting, I’m trying to think of who Scott was. And he said Dave’s not Van, Dave’s Scott. So he called me up. I guess he had talked to them, Netflix already made sure that he approved and then call me up and offered me the part. And I took it, but that was why, because I wanted to work with Zack. I wanted to work with him for years and it’s really just so I can, um, so I can steal all his shit. I want to steal his stuff. I want to watch him work, cause he’s great. Like visually he’s, he’s a visual master and I wanted to, uh, get in and learn from him and steal his stuff. So I could go on and direct my films and take credit for his work. I’ll steal all his stuff and my films will look like his films.

Q: What were some of the things that you ended up learning then from him that you’ll take with you?

Dave Bautista: Just kind of camera tricks. And I also liked that he’s very much-Um, and I only know this because watching this documentary about Spielberg was one of those guys who visually was looking around and see something and runs and grabs the camera. He goes, let’s shoot it. Let’s shoot. And Zack is very much that way. Cause we’re shooting all this with, you know, a lot of natural light, mostly natural lighting. So they’ve only stuck like a little, a couple of light tubes in here and there, like very sparingly, but most of it’s all natural light. And so a lot of times he’s just catching things on the fly, which is it’s weird. It’s because it’s one of those things where our schedule is constantly changing because of that. But as well, you want to be flexible because you want to be a part of that at the same time. Sometimes it can get a little frustrating for schedules. It’s nice knowing what you’re doing when you’re doing it. You kind of prepare a little better. So it’s one of those things where we’re just on a lot of things on the fly. And sometimes, especially when we’re in the desert, the weather was changing, lights were changing or go on to something else or come back to the next day. It gets a little frustrating sometimes. And also the way a lot of his focus tricks are really, really unusual. Really unusual, but lead for a really interesting, interesting look on the characters, but also a really interesting look on the background. So, a lot of times because of the way he’s shooting, the background will almost become one of the characters. I mean, feels like it’s another person that it feels like it’s alive. So, I learned a little tricks here and there. It’s an interesting-it’s an artistic way to look at a zombie film. It’s different.

Q: Is that stuff that he keeps everyone clued in on or are you specifically looking over his shoulder?

Dave Bautista: No I don’t. I think he’s very open about it if you talk to him about it. But um, I think sometimes he’s just making it up as he goes to. It’s an artistic thing I think. And that’s, what’s good about it. I like that he’s picking up the camera and being an artist. Sometimes I think he even loses sight of the performance because he’s so concerned visually the way he’s creating things visually. Um, so it’s, it’s really, it’s an interesting process because we feel the actors that we’ve really kind of relied on each other every once in a while, as far as cause I think, Zack sometimes gets so focused on what he’s shooting and we’re, you know, as performers we’re concerned about our performances. We’re not, we don’t, we’re not looking through the camera. We’re not seeing the big picture. We’re just seeing our performances. Sometimes, I think Zack is so focused on everything else, every once in a while we’ve relied on each other for our performance. Does that make sense?

Q: With Scott [Ward], as a father, which is, I guess a little unusual, for a big crazy Zombie film. How is that being-?

DB: It’s weird. There’s so many different things in this film. There’s so many layers to this film. There’s a lot of relationship. There’s a lot of heartbreak in the storm, but there’s also-this. film is a lot more political than people realize. I think that’s being laid out right now politically. It’s very political. And it makes sense, it’s an element-but I think most people would just see as a zombie heist film, that’s what it is, but some people will pick it apart and. see the political.

Q: From your perspective, has there been more freedom to explore that angle with this being a Netfix movie as opposed to a big studio project?

Dave Bautista: Um, no. It feels like a big studio project to me. There’s, I think there’s been a lot of flexibility as far as performance, but I think, um, you know, I’ve sat down with Zack a few times where I kind of disagreed with what was in the script. and he’s explained to me why he felt strongly that it should be certain ways and at the end of the day he’s the director and I have to agree with him. But there’s been a few things where I thought, to me, they could’ve gone different routes. But, I think he’s got a vision in his head, he’s got a message in his head and at the end of the day he’s the boss.

Q: I remember there’s a long time ago when I was watching you on TV. And Eddie Guerrero called you “Bautista”. And that meant a lot to me. I think it meant a lot to Filipinos across the country. Now you’re Dave Bautista all the time and starring in the biggest movies on the planet. What does that mean to you to kind of be our guy on this side?

Dave Bautista: It’s weird. It’s so funny that you said that because I’m getting ready- my agent’s probably gonna have a cow- but I’m getting ready to get the stars front and center really big on my chest. [laughter]. That just speaks to where my pride is as far as being a Filipino and I’m, you know, I’m half Filipino, but I have basically, I grew up with my father’s side of the family. That’s what I know. And also I’ve never been embraced like I was when I went to the Philippines. So Filipinos embraced me and It means a lot to me, cause I want to be embraced, I want to represent something, I want to inspire people. So, it means a lot to me.

Q: Have you been lucky to work with some great directors filmmakers? Is that what’s driving your decisions most of the time?

Dave Bautista: Um, I don’t know if it’s driving my decisions, but I think it’s definitely, it’s. definitely my ambition-by choice. Zoe Saldana, um, early in my career said that that would be, that I should be careful directors that I work with. Be very picky and choosy about the directors. And that’s always in the back of my head. It’s always top of my list, I have kind of a list of directors that I want to work with and some that aren’t on my list, they come my way. First thing I do is I want to. be-I want to know what they’ve done, see what they’ve done, I’ll go back and I’ll watch it and see how they direct performances, how the performances are Performances are a huge deal to me. And also, you know, if they’re good storytellers, that means everything to me cause I think sometimes, if you have a film, performances could be great, I mean, there’s a lot of films, a lot of big superhero films where performances are great, but somewhere along the line, they lost track of the story and just made the movie shit. So I always keep that in the back of my mind. But definitely, yeah, directors are, I want to work with the best directors in the world, cause I want to be a director so I want to learn as a student of this.

Q: We were talking about Zack sort of giving feedback as you go and kind of letting performances go versus I know you worked with James Gunn who is also very interactive with you guys on set, how did the two of them compare as directors on set?

Dave Bautista: I think James would be much more, I feel like he’s much more involved with performance. I think. um, I have a lot more flexibility with Zack. Um, James is a control freak. Have you guys all met with him? He’s very much a control freak, um, Zack seems to-which I don’t mind, because he’s a great director. Like he’s a brilliant director and he’s a brilliant storyteller. So I’m okay to give myself to guys like that and I trust them. Zack just seems to be willing to give you much more freedom and flexibility. And you know, when he’s happy with something, because he’ll say cut a certain way, um, you can see him, he doesn’t, um, he doesn’t give you a whole lot of emotion, but he’ll look at you and he’ll like, shake his head and you can tell when he’s really happy with something. And every once in a while, I’ll feel like self-conscious or insecure. about my performance and I’ll go and I’ll ask him, ‘what do you think? do we need adjustments or anything?’ And he’s like, “No, it’s perfect.”.

So it’s like sometimes if you, like, with opposite guys like James Gunn, like I was giving this performance once and he was really upset, not because of the way I was performing. He was upset because where my eyes were looking. So he told me to pick a spot. I swear to God, pick a spot, focus on it and don’t move my eyes. And also like directors, like Denis [Villeneueve] very much, he has a vision and he doesn’t want you to sway from that vision. Um, which is really helpful for me, cause he’s brought out some really, I think, really strong performances in me that I didn’t think that I was capable of because he was directing me to go a certain way. Just, my small role in Blade Runner [2049] guys showed up to do that role a certain way. When I got there, I realized that it was all wrong. Cause he had me do everything differently, down to the way I walked. And then I got so much love for that small role and I have to give credit to him cause of the way he directed me to perform. With all these guys they’re just really great at one thing-well, not one thing, because really, I think passionate about like certain things, we just kind of draw from them and learn from. them.

Q: As far as the next few years, what are you looking to do?

Dave Bautista: Television. Yeah. I want to do a television series. I’m dying to check that box. I really want to do-there’s something, a project I was pursuing for a long time and we just had this struggle to get it done. So, I’m looking at other projects right now. I do want to do a television project and then I have, uh, I think I have my bigger projects lined up, but I have my bigger projects lined up, but I wanted to just fill in those smaller things. I also still want to step back and do more independent stuff, which is also a struggle for me because I look like an action hero. A lot of times the deep, dramatic indie films don’t want to cast me. And I get it, my look is distracting, but at the same time those are the performances that I prefer. So, hopefully more indies; dramatic indies. And then a Television series.

Q: Why TV?

Dave Bautista: Well, there’s a few different reasons. I think TV is really a great way to learn because of the pace that they work at. I also think that I’ve always had this way that I thought to build myself as, as an actor goes for my career. And I think TV, when you’re face is up there every week, every week just builds your career. It makes you a valuable name. But I also want the challenge of just moving like that, just moving like that constantly, what you give them. Cause you got like a few chances to get these takes in and what you give them is what you’re stuck with. That’s your performance. And that was kind of something-that was the reason I took, um, I did a film called Pusher. It was a small film, but there were long, long takes. And it was really a challenge for me at the time, because the performance I gave on that take was the performance I was stuck with. And, I wanted that challenge, because I want to be a better actor. So, that’s it, I want the challenge and I also want to get my face out there and build my career.

Q: Got to find a showrunner you can trust.

Dave Bautista: Absolutely. We’re talking about one now. One that I’m very interested in. But, I want to make sure it makes sense, because it’s a 6-month commitment and I’ll be 51 when I do it, so I’m not getting any younger. So, giving up six months, it’s gotta make sense- Q: You look 30 DB: Thank you. [laughter] I have so much make-up on!

Q: Is there a specific genre you’d want to do for directing?

Dave Bautista: I just always lean toward drama. I just like drama. I have a couple of ideas of my own that I’d like to get done, but again that all goes back to being valuable. If you’re a valuable name you can get-people listen. If you walk into a room, people listen. So, I’m trying to build myself as an actor so people pay attention. Studios will listen. Producers will listen. If you can make them money, they’ll be willing to listen.

Q: If you do directing would you also do writing?

Dave Bautista: I would definitely collaborate. I’m not that person. I can give you an outline of a story, but to sit down and write out a whole conversation would take a long time. It would take forever and I’d overanalyze everything and it’d never be right. So, yeah, I’d rather give someone a storyline and say this is the first act, second act, third act, I know what I want this to be, I know what the end of this is, now let’s write this. I’d rather sit down with a qualified writer, somebody who’s educated in doing this, somebody who’s already proven, that would be my preference.

Q: You mentioned that you look like an action hero, which you do, so for a movie like this, is this like you just show up, put on the gear and you’re good to go or do you actually have to go through some training-?

Dave Bautista: No, I just show up without the gear and I was good to go.

Q: I mean, you look action-ready, so that’s what I mean-

Dave Bautista: And that’s what I mean. If Zack wasn’t directing this film, to be honest with you, I probably wouldn’t have taken it. I probably would’ve passed. I’ve passed on a hundred movies along this vein. I probably would’ve said ‘nah, it’s another action guy’, I could care less. But, because Zack is directing, I said ‘hell yes, sign me up.’ But yeah, I showed up and I was ready. [laughter]

Q: You kind of showed up to this industry very used to telling a story with your body. Has that been an asset to you?

Dave Bautista: No, because I’ve tried to go the other route. Like, The Rock is a perfect example of someone who uses that strength, so I wanted to go against that grain and make everything much smaller, very subtle. I make a living off of subtlety. I want that to be my strength. I want that to be what separates us. I don’t want to be that guy who walks in that room, I never wanted to be that guy.

Q: Specifically, you and The Rock?

Dave Bautista: No, I don’t mean that as a dig on him, but you know how he is as a character. He feels very professional wrestling to me. I don’t want to be that guy. I want to be an actor. I want to act, I want people to judge me for my acting, my subtlety. I want to take roles that require that. I don’t want to be a big action guy who just says cool shit and kills a lot of people and gets the girl. I don’t want to be that guy. I want to guy that makes people cry, who makes people think, who inspires people. I want to be a dramatic actor. I just love it. I love acting.

Q: Theo [Rossi] was raving about your performance and said it was very unexpected, did you guys get to flex that?

Dave Bautista: I think so. There’s some pretty emotional beats that I’ve gotten to flex a little bit. And then there’s some cool action shit, too, where I just kill zombies. Which is also cool for me to, again, it goes back to me being the guy they expect me to be, but also being the guy they’ve never really seen me be. I haven’t done a whole lot of action stuff if you think about it. Even with my Marvel stuff, I’m not really known for my action in Marvel, I’m known for saying dumb shit [laughter]. So yeah, I think it’s kinda cool.

Q: In the concept art, we see you in your military gear, but also in a white cap and apron. Can you talk about that?

Dave Bautista: Well, so my dream-I’ve lost my American Dream. I had a food truck. And that was my dream. I just wanted to be my own boss and have a family. And when the zombie breakout happened it just all went to hell. So, after we contained the zombie breakout, I lost everything, including my family. And, I was working as a short-order cook in a crappy little purgatory.

Q: So, that taco truck was your taco truck?

Dave Bautista: It’s my taco truck. It once was. That was my American Dream. My dream now is, like, to have another truck, another restaurant, just go back to the way life was.

Q: You mentioned wanting to be a director and you were very vocal when James Gunn was taken off Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3. Now that he’s back, what’s your reaction to that?

Dave Bautista: Obviously, I’m happy. Ecstatic. But, also I think it’s a big statement for Disney to go back on a decision like that. Like, I think that’s a huge statement, a very political statement. It’s not something they needed to do, not at that point, but they basically stepped back and did the right thing and I think that’s a huge statement. So, not to sound condescending, but I’m very proud of Disney. I’m sure that wasn’t easy for them, because they’re basically admitting to the world they made a mistake, they’re wrong. But, also, what that statement says goes a long way. So, hopefully that’ll stop-I don’t know if it’ll stop, but maybe it’ll deter people from making rash decisions like that from the past and people will see political attacks like that for what they are, cause that’s all it was really. It was a political attack and it was a rash decision, it was a bad decision. It empowered really horrible people. So, I think for them to go back when they didn’t have to at that point was a huge step. I’m very proud of them.

Q: Also, to scratch that TV itch, in the Marvel world they’re doing a lot of Disney+ streaming-

Dave Bautista: Yeah, I was shocked. I got on my Twitter for a second and started to bash them for not making-like, not one Guardians [of the Galaxy] character got a TV show. Like, how does that happen? There’s so many interesting characters in that world. I just don’t get it. But, then I thought, I don’t know what they have in mind and I don’t know what they have planned, I get that they take all their marquee characters and they gave them shows, so I don’t want to take away from that just ‘cause I’m bitter that nobody from our series-honestly, if they offered me a series, I wouldn’t do it. Not a chance in hell would I do a TV series playing Drax. That is a make-up nightmare. I would be miserable. Yeah, that make-up isn’t fun. It’s awful, so I’m not gonna sign up to do a series where I’m in that make-up every day.

Q: Were you disappointed that Drax didn’t get to take his vengeance on Thanos personally [in Avengers: Endgame]

Dave Bautista: Yeah, I think everybody was. I said in interviews somewhere where that I wish Drax would’ve killed Thanos and I got all these people saying, ‘That doesn’t even make sense! How could you say that? Drax doesn’t deserve to get to kill Thanos!’ And I said it because there’s not a character in the Marvel Universe that doesn’t want to kill Thanos. Of course Drax wanted to kill Thanos. Everybody wanted to kill Thanos. So yeah, a little disappointed, cause I kinda take that whole storyline very personal. But, I think every character wanted to get their hands on Thanos. I have to say on the record that I love Josh Brolin [Thanos] to death. He’s actually one of my favorite people and by far one of my favorite actors. I love him. He’s such a brilliant actor. He’s overlooked way too much.

Army of the Dead blasts onto Netflix on May 21st, 2021.

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Arlington Road: TV series based on the film set at Paramount+

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Arlington Road: TV series based on the film set at Paramount+
April 14, 2021 by: Gaius Bolling

ARLINGTON ROAD, the 1999 neo-noir thriller starring Jeff Bridges, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, and Hope Davis, is prepping a possible return as a TV series. It has been announced that Paramount+ is in the beginning stages of developing the project from the film’s director Mark Pellington.

Seth Fisher, the co-executive producer of The Alienist, will be writing the TV series adaptation while Pellington, who is also set to direct the potential series, will executive produce alongside Fisher. In the film, a widowed George Washington University professor suspects his new neighbors are involved in terrorism and he becomes obsessed with foiling their terrorist plot. Written by Ehren Kruger, the movie was heavily inspired by the paranoid culture of the 1990s, and Pellington explains how the world envisioned in that film will be depicted in this modern TV update:

“Arlington Road the series manifests the thematic essence of the film and integrates it with a modern perspective. The world envisioned by the film has become a scary, paranoid place and the suspenseful series will depict that with the character-driven script and tonal integrity of the original film.”

Arlington Road received decent reviews from critics upon its release, securing a 63% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Sony Pictures paid $6 million to acquire the film’s United States distribution rights and it went on to become the second title to be released by Screen Gems (and its first wide theatrical release). Carrying a $31 million budget, the film went on to gross $24.7 million domestically and $41 million worldwide.

I could see this being adapted into a pretty compelling TV show. I haven’t watched the film in a few years but I do remember it being well-acted and it offered up some intriguing ideas in regards to the paranoid culture of the era. One could argue that this concept has only become more relevant in today’s world so it will be interesting to see how a TV show tackles the subject matter.

Would YOU watch the Arlington Road TV show?

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WTF Happened to Christina Ricci?

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WTF Happened to Christina Ricci?
April 9, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

WTF Happened To This Celebrity? – The JoBlo series that examines the careers of our favourite stars and filmmakers who may have temporarily fallen out of the spotlight, and reveals where they are now and what they’re up to!

After making a wonderfully morose mark on cinema as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, Christina Ricci went on to become an indie darling (Buffalo 66, The Opposite of Sex) while also appearing in acclaimed dramas (Monster, The Ice Storm) and big-budget spectacle (Sleepy Hollow, SPEED RACER). But more recent years have found her in TV work and lower-profile movies, although she seems primed for a major comeback. Let’s catch up with “WTF Happened to Christina Ricci!”

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Awesome Artists We’ve Found Around The Net: Stephen Sampson

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Awesome Artists We’ve Found Around The Net: Stephen Sampson
April 3, 2021 by: Theodore Bond

For years, Awesome Art We've Found Around The Net has been about two things only – awesome art and the artists that create it. With that in mind, we thought why not take the first week of the month to showcase these awesome artists even more? Welcome to “Awesome Artist We’ve Found Around The Net." In this column, we are focusing on one artist and the awesome art that they create, whether they be amateur, up and coming, or well established. The goal is to uncover these artists so even more people become familiar with them. We ask these artists a few questions to see their origins, influences, and more. If you are an awesome artist or know someone that should be featured, feel free to contact me at any time at [email protected].This month we are very pleased to bring you the awesome art of… 

Stephen Sampson, The Dark Inker

Stephen Sampson, AKA The Dark Inker, lives and works on the South Coast of the UK with his lovable sidekick, Ico the cat!  Stephen has been drawing stuff since he was old enough to hold a pencil. The early days were inspired by comics from the adventures Asterisk and Tin Tin to the many stories of superheroes and strange worlds from Europe, America, and Asia.

His first big break came in the comics industry where he was lucky enough to illustrate the adventures of Judge Anderson in 2000 AD for a number of years. Later he moved into the Games and Movies industries. In 2014 he was thrilled to be invited to become a member of The Poster Posse and has worked on a number of exciting projects, such as Star Wars, Big Hero 6, Aliens, Cars 3 to name a few.

As a freelance illustrator, he has also been lucky enough to work with clients such as NASA, netFlicks, Titan Books, Spectrum Films, Printed in Blood. Still inspired by Comics as well as Books, Movies, Music, and the World around us and not to forget the space beyond. His passion for creating art continues to grow stronger with every exciting project he is lucky enough to be asked to contribute to!

JoBlo: What got you started as an artist?
Sampson: I'm sure this is a very common answer but books and comics at an early age were my first real inspirations to attempt to draw something. Once the bug for drawing had hold of me it's something I can't imagine being without. After studying art at school and for a year at college I got sidetracked for a few years and worked as a sheet metal worker. But even then all my spare time was spent drawing and once I was made redundant as a metalworker I started as a freelance illustrator, picking up small jobs here and there until I got the incredible chance to work for 2000 AD the home of Judge Dredd.

Who were some of your favorite artists growing up?
So many influences over the years! Early "art world" heroes were Gustav Klimt, Alphonse Mucha and Leonardo da Vinci. Other big influences are my wonderful art teacher Mr O'sullivan, Albert Uderzo, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jack Kirby, Frank Frazetta, Moebius, The Designers Republic, Katsuhiro Otomo, Syd Mead, David Bowie, Ridley Scott, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Robert E. Howard, Lewis Carroll, Frank Herbert, Fiona Staples and Loish. I really could just go on and on and I'm sure I'll kick myself for not mentioning someone or another!

Who do you really dig these days, follow on Instagram?
Wow! man that's such a hard one, the list would be endless, I guess check my social feeds to see who I follow and in truth, it grows day by day. So many incredible artists out there working in all kinds of industries but maybe as you ask this question when it's women's history month I'll name a few females off the top of my head and apologies if I forget someone! To start with all the female Poster Posse members, epic artists one and all Ziqqix, SG Posters, Courtney Autumn Martin, Cryssy Cheung, Freya Betts, Erin Gallagher, Bella Grace, AJ Frena, Nicky Barkla, Chelsea Lowe, Aracely Munoz, Tracie Chinq and a few others Loish, Fiona Staples, Vanessa Mckee, Nan Lawson, Charlie Bowater, Becky Cloonan.

What advice would you have for budding artists today?
Work hard, never miss a deadline! If art is your passion, use every minute you can to create. Learn from your mistakes, we all make them! And always do your best to be kind and thoughtful to others, you never know what people are going through at any given moment in their life.

What should we be looking out for from you in the future?
The Art of FireFly Book has just been released by Titan Books and Printed in Blood and I was very lucky to have my image chosen for the cover! I've also done an image for the Printed in Blood artbook for Halloween the movie, which has already been posted as a promotion for the book. And I'm working on an image for their recently announced Art Book for Hannibal the TV series, having a lot of fun with this one! Also over the first lockdown period in the UK, I started work on some personal images, kind of fantasy, sci-fi worlds, inspired by the everyday world around us.
Titled Lockdown Worlds should be posting them soon. Also during the lockdown, I got into Star Wars The Clone Wars and started to do some character portraits, which again I will post soon. And as a Games artist, I've been working on an exciting project that hopefully will be out sometime later this year! 

Being a fansite, we have to ask you… What are some of your favorite movies/TV shows of all time?
Mate! These questions are not easy! Again this could be the list to end all list's but I'll try to keep to whatever comes quickly to mind! And in no particular order! The Banana Splits, Marine Boy, Captain Scarlet, Jason and the Argonauts, Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Taxi Driver, Pulp Fiction, Seven, Silence of the Lambs,  Crimson Peak, Pan's Labyrinth, Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Tekkonkinkree, The Iron Giant, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Laputa Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Ringu, Alita Battle Angel, Train to Busan, A Quiet Place, Game of Thrones, Hannibal, Stranger Things, Taboo, FireFly, and on it goes! But just to add I'm so looking forward to Denis Villeneuve's Dune, one of my favorite books! And I'm currently watching the TV series The Terror, which I think is brilliant!!

Scroll down to check out some of our favorite art pieces from Josh as we continue to follow his journey across his Website and social media hubs: Instagram / Twitter / FacebookArtstation / Linkedin / YouTube / Prints / Firefly Book  

Aliens

Ashoka

Black Widow

Cars 3

Dune

Edge of Tomorrow

Firefly

Ghost In The Shell 

Halloween

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay

IT

John Wick

Kylo Ren

The Legend of Zelda

The Mandalorian

Stranger Things

Tomb Raider

Toy Story 4

True Detective

 

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Batman, Godzlla, King Kong, Star Wars

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Neill Blomkamp’s Demonic: release date and distributor set

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Neill Blomkamp’s Demonic: release date and distributor set
March 31, 2021 by: Chris Bumbray

It's been far too long since we've gotten a Neill Blomkamp movie. In the six years since Chappie came out, the District 9 director been associated with a lot of near-miss projects, such as his proposed Aliens and Robocop sequels, only for none to come to fruition. However, all that is set to change as Blomkamp secretly shot a horror movie called Demonic amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and now IFC Midnight has set it for an August 20th release! 

According to IFC Midnight's press release, "the film stars up-and-comers Carly Pope (Elysium), Chris William Martin (The Age of Adaline, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, TV’s The Vampire Diaries), and Michael Rogers (TV’s Siren, TV’s The Blacklist, TV’s Supernatural). 

In Demonic, a young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades old rift between mother and daughter are ruthlessly revealed in this horror-thriller from director Neill Blomkamp.

Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films said, “Neil Blomkamp exploded onto the filmmaking scene with DISTRICT 9 and has made his mark by creating films that challenge and subvert the genre. It’s exciting to work together on this highly anticipated new vision, and be immersed in yet another world terrifyingly similar to our own.”

Said AGC Chairman and CEO Ford, “IFC Midnight is an ideal brand for Neill’s first foray into supernatural terror to be released theatrically and in other media and we’re very confident in the job that Arianna and her team are going to do.”

 

Source:
IFC Midnight