Star Trek and Wars begin production

CBS has released a video announcing the beginning of filming of Star Trek: Discovery. It’s a cool thing and hopefully CBS will realize that putting it only on their Watch CBS app might not be a smart idea. Air it on the network sometimes or place it on the CW, I for one is am not going to pay 6 dollars to watch a show. Now this show is going to have to do something to make people want to watch it as there hasn’t been a Star Trek television show since 2005 and that was Enterprise. Sure the rebooted film series has been a huge success but this is show is set a decade before the Original Series and isn’t connected with the film universe in any way as far as I know.

The other cool news is that the Han Solo movie has also begun production. This is that film about Han Solo that is being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the minds behind Clone High, The Lego Movie and other such films. This movie will be about Han Solo and Lando hanging out, perhaps some Han being a smuggler (Kessel Run and Jabba) and will perhaps feature Han winning the Falcon off of Lando in a game of Sabacc. I like how this is the one thing that I really hope makes it into the Han Solo Movie. Perhaps this will lead to some set of cards coming out so I can own a deck.

2017: a Look forward

What to expect in this upcoming year, we’ve got a Trump Presidency, the UK beginning the process to leave the EU formally, a World Expo in the Summer. The Kennedy assassination document will be released to the public and placed in the US Archives.

In the World of sport 2017 will mark the 100th year of the NHL. We will get the Fourth World Baseball Classic, this is the biggest baseball tournament since the Olympics dropped Baseball and Softball, however with the reintroduction of the event in the 2020 games hopefully it will become like a World Cup for Baseball.

There are some really cool space things happening this upcoming year as it will be the first time since the Revolutionary War that a solar eclipse will have the track of totality only in the United States.  Cassini will end its mission and crash into Saturn but we will be getting some wonderful information about the rings and other Saturn stuff.

Among the movies and television shows that are coming out we’ve got a mixed bag. Sure on TV we will get a new Star Trek show, which many have been waiting for. Netflix has been saying that they will double their original programing this year. We will have three installments from the Marvel Universe in Iron First, The Defenders and The Punisher; second seasons of Voltron, Love and Master of None. Bill Nye, MST3K and Twin Peaks are both coming back as well. Movie-wise there is the latest installment of Star Wars, Dunkirk which looks amazing, a third Wolverine movie, the Live action Beauty and the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, and a Blade Runner sequel. These are just the highlights of what’s to come as a bunch of Netflix programs haven’t been given release dates and we can only hope that the film will be released when they say they will

News Roundup

South Park: Like most of the world Trey and Matt thought that Hillary was going in to win the election. So as a result they were forced to change up the plot of their newest episode.  Unlike the Obama /McCain election episode of eight years ago which was a heist story in About Last Night… , but since season 18 each season has become a continuous story.. So the Douche won and not the Turd Sandwich but the season will continue making fun of life as we know it.

Colbert: In light of the election Stephen Colbert offers some a great reflection on it during his Showtime election special. If you haven’t watched it please take the time and do so. This is what we need in a time with such deep division amongst the people of this great nation.

Sesame Street:This sounds like fun the folks over at Warner Brothers are working on a treatment to develop a new Sesame Street movie. Will it be something akin to Follow that Bird or more of Elmo in Grouchland? That is still to decide however they say that the film will appeal to both the parents and the kids who watch it, as most parents of young children grew up watching Sesame Street it seem like a logical move. Hopefully it get made.

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Space X: Space X has announced a crazy plan to go to Mars and even farther, here’s the video. How any of this will work and when it will happen but Elon Musk has been planning for a Mars mission in the mid 2020s.

Movies: Martin Scorsese’s latest film based on Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence has a release date. It is about the Japanese persecution of the Catholics in the 1600s. The film will come out in selected places on December 23 and later on across the country. This is so that the film qualifies for this upcoming years Oscars. I’m looking forward to the first trailer as this movie is one that I will be going to see this winter along with Rogue One.

The August Wilson play Fences is also coming to the screen. This will be the first of Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle to be made into a film and hopefully this film is successful. If it brings all ten of the show on to the screen it would be amazing as Wilson’s works are wonderful. He is one of a few playwrights to win two Pulitzer Prizes and most of the others are considered among the pantheon of American Drama (Edward Albee, Eugene O’Neill, George S. Kaufman, Thornton Wilder, and Tennessee Williams). It would be wonderful if more people went to see plays but if they were made into movies that would fix the problem as well.

The Exorcist and Catholic Literature

With the new television show coming out this fall the Atlantic has an interesting article about it and Catholic Literature as well. It notes that in the 70s when the book and film were released Catholicism had a place in the world as opposed to today where skepticism about religion seems to reign. Currently attendance at Mass on Sunday is down and it seems that after Confirmation many young people leave the Church until perhaps they get married and have kids but that might not even happen as it’s more of a cultural Catholicism that exist.

William Blatty considered his book to be “an argument for God … an apostolic work, to help people in their faith” will this be explored in the new series or will it just be a horror show with superficial elements of Catholicism tossed in now and then.  Sure it seems likely that the show will be closer to the latter but there are more stories to be told about Catholicism. It is more than just The Story about Jesus and what’s in the Bible. Sure most of the religion we get on TV and in the movies in some basic Christianity, but never goes that far into explaining what type. We’ve got like two great examples of Catholicism on television currently that of the sunny Jane Villanueva on Jane the Virgin and the darker Matt Murdock on Daredevil, lets hope if they go for more of a Daredevil and questions of faith/catholic guilt route in the show.

This is one of the problems that currently exists in the world of television and literature sure there are bound to be several Catholics behind shows and books but where are those days of a Flannery O’Connor who is well regarded as a masterful writer, I can’t name any modern writers who are Catholic that don’t write books that are about faith or saints. We could also take a look at Catholic celebrities and that’s a short list off the top of my head Stephen Colbert, Mark Walburgh, Martin Sheen, and Jim Gaffigan.  Would it be good to see more celebrities make a deal about what they believe sure especially with how much the average person can follow their favorite celebs. This might bring about a more robust revival of Catholic characters on television, films and book that are deemed Catholic literature

News Roundup

Movies: First up we’ve got the trailer for the new Jennifer Lawrence/Chris Pratt movie Passengers. It is scheduled to be released around Christmas and is a sci-fi romance about two people who are mysteriously woken up from their sleep chambers 90 years before they are scheduled to arrive at their destination. It’s Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt staring so it will have a big audience when it opens and it looks like it will be just them for a majority of the film.

Television: The CW has some good news for fans of the DC Comic Television shows as The CW will be available for free for everyone through the CW App. This is good news as recently The CW announced that they will no longer be on Hulu as they have been in the past but the good news about this is that the latest seasons will be added to Netflix a matter of days after the season ends compared to the months that it currently does.

Election 2016: This is pretty stupid news as we’ve got a story looking at who is to blame for the election and although many would blame Millennials with their support for third-party candidates as a major factor according to this article the real generation to blame is the Baby Boomers who have a strong bond to the Republican party. Next Monday, is the first Presidential debate so hopefully this will do something to change people’s mind of who they should vote for in November.

The Little Prince (2015)

The film The Little Prince is based on the novella Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. If you haven’t read it yet, take the time and go read it now. After I read it the first time I found the movie musical version made in 1974 with music and lyrics by Lerner and Lowe it’s weird to say the least. So I was highly anticipating the release of the film from the first time I saw a trailer as it has a unique look to it. Spoilers to follow

The story begins within a framing device of a workaholic mom and her daughter move in next door to an old aviator, and the mom pressures her to succeed in life even though she is so young. Planning every single moment life down to the minute, the daughter is lonely. After the move into a new house the aviator next door try to fly his plane and the propeller flies off and into their house.  That evening while the daughter is studying in comes a paper airplane on which the story of the Little Prince is written. This begins the main story as the Aviator is the one who wrote the story. These story section of the film are unique as they are stop motion and it seems like it’s made of paper most of the time which I think make it like they just popped out from the book. So we get bits of his story of the Little Prince mixed in with the girl. It takes a beloved story and adds some more to it and makes it better in the end.

If you are a fan of animation this is something you need to check out. It is available on Netflix in the US and I believe on Blu-Ray/DVD around the globe. It won the Cesar (French Oscars) for Best Animated Film in 2015. It is a shame that no major distributor in the US wanted to release it since it is a whole lot better than some other animated films I’ve seen recently.

News Roundup

Gawker Media: With the bankruptcy that stemed from the Hulk Hogan sex tape. Univision is buying Gawker and all their blogs in a diversifying move. Univision, best known as the place for Spanish-language television also owns The Root, an African-American culture e-mag as well as has a stake in The Onion and A/V Club. It’s great that the Gawker sites will be around a bit longer and perhaps have a bit more money to do thing in case they get sued again.

Disney: It seems like Disney is now just going around and making live action adaptations of their classic movie musicals. With The Little Mermaid being just the latest in line, this time around Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken will be working on it. Apparently they will be mixing some of the classic songs from the movie and perhaps stage show with new songs. It will be adapted from The Little Mermaid by Hans Christen Anderson and hopefully we will get the actual story this time around and not just a live-action adaptation of the 1989 Disney film.

World War II: Since the end of the war there have been rumors of a hidden train full of Nazi gold. Well in Poland treasure hunters have started to dig into the tunnels and look for this hidden train. According to local legend an armored train carrying gold from what is now the Polish city of Wroclaw as the Soviet army closed in was hidden in the tunnels of a secret military complex which was never completed. It would be cool if they find something.

News Roundup

Starting with some sad news Garry Marshall, Film and Television director and creator of Happy Days, has passed away at 81. If you have no clue who Garry Marshall is you are bound to have watched something that he was involved in from Pretty Woman and the Princess Diaries on film or basically all the popular shows from the 70s, Happy Days, Mork and Mindy, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple.

Transportation: This was a unique story and it seem like it might be the future for all as well the NYC Subway in their 2020 plans will be adding WiFi and USB ports into cars and stations. Some people think it’s a stupid plan and would rather the Subway system just work and be clean. It like many other systems across the country are underfunded and falling apart. Then there is the USB ports as well which would be stuffed with trash and/or cause trains to be in for repair/upgrades. Not to mention the feasibility of charging a device while on a subway train and who would get to use the ports. Let’s just forget about these added value features and spend the money where it is needed on the systems themselves. It would be wonderful if the United States could look at Public Transportation as a good thing and not as a third tier replacement for the car.

Politics: So, Donald Trump has been officially nominated by the GOP to be their candidate for President and Mike Pence as Vice President. Trump will give an acceptance speech on Thursday night on the final day of the Republican National Convention.