Doux News Bi-Weekly Roundup: June 17, 2018

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Lucifer rises, Playstation 5, The Berlantiverse shifts casts around, Eleven leaves Twitter, Captain Marvel gets a composer, Star Trek: Discovery loses its leads, Doctor Sleep finds Danny, Game of Thrones will never die, and more!

So, let's start off with really good news. Last month, fans of the series Lucifer were dealt a harsh blow when Fox unceremoniously cancelled the series, leaving fans with a cliffhanger and little hope of salvation (see what I did there). After weeks of rumors about potential picks ups from various networks and streaming services (CW, Hulu and Amazon specifically), Netflix finally swooped in and nabbed the series for a fourth season, which will reportedly pick up where the last season left off. So yay!

Speaking of rumors, Playstation 4 has been around for a long time (five years in November) and while it is not going away anytime soon (Sony tends to do a ten year life cycle for a console generation), the next console (Playstation 5) is already actively in development. The current leak of spec information is kind of exciting, but at the same time a little disappointing. They are going full AMD (the rival to Intel) and using the Zen chip for the CPU and their new Navi graphics architecture for the GPU. And yes, I have little idea what that actually means too, but it sounds like AMD are creating a custom graphics chipset for the system, which means it could be pretty powerful.

In the last season of the Flash, did you like Cecile Horton and Ralph Dibny? Well, if you did, I have good news: they are both being bumped up to series regulars for next season. If you didn’t, well, at least Constantine and Ava Sharp are going to be regulars on Legends of Tomorrow next season... okay, so Wally West is no longer a series regular on Legends, yay? Hmmm. Winn on Supergirl is being downgraded to reoccurring? Okay, how about this. Brainiac-5 is going to be a series regular next season, I know that one is a good thing. Of course we cannot forgot Katie Cassidy who is going to be a regular again on Arrow as Black Siren… could we forget about her? Please?

Okay some bad news, everyone’s favorite teenage telekinetic Eleven, or rather her real life counterpart, Millie Bobby Brown has left social media after getting harassed by trolling monsters pretending to be human beings. They used memes depicting her as a violent homophobe, which proved to be too much sickness for the 14 year old who has been very public in her support of the LGBTQ community. This follows Kelly Marie Tran and Daisy Ridley, who both quit social media after similar personal attacks on them.

Pinar Toprak, a composer whose credits include the recent series Krypton, Justice League (2017), Falling Skies, and video games like Fortnite has just been tapped to compose the music for the upcoming Captain Marvel. Why am I telling you this? Because this marks the first time a woman has been tasked with scoring a movie for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I mean, it only took twenty movies and a decade to make it happen, and of course it’s with the first film in the franchise starring a woman.

Whether or not you liked the first season of Star Trek: Discovery, it’s never a good sign when a showrunner leaves a series. Before it even aired, Bryan Fuller left over creative differences. Now, Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts are leaving the series as well, leaving Alex Kurtzman to run the show alone, as well as overseeing the writers room for the series. He’s a solid choice, even if I don’t really care for his writing. He’s been in the business since Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and has been a producer on more projects than you might think (Xena, Alias, Star Trek (2009), Fringe, Ender's Game, Amazing Spider-man 2, Limitless, Sleepy Hollow, Scorpion, Salvation, Hawaii Five-0, and he wrote Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen). Wait… that last one, crap… Star Trek: Discovery is so screwed.

On the bright side, did you know that Stephen King wrote a sequel to his beloved novel The Shining? I loved The Shining, but I wasn’t terribly fond of the movie or miniseries adaptation. The sequel, titled Doctor Sleep, follows an adult Danny Torrance as he tries to help another young psychic like himself. Of course Hollywood optioned the book, and is now starting to ramp up production on an adaptation. In a great first move, they cast Ewan McGregor to play the adult Danny. Our review of the book, which was mostly positive, along with the casting news, gives me hope for the adaptation.

Game of Thrones is winding down, with the final season set to air next year at some point (seriously when?). So of course the rumor mill has been abuzz with stories about potential spin-offs. The speculation has gone kind of nuts, with reportedly a total of four shows currently in the works. None of which will apparently be a sequel of any kind, and George R.R. Martin confirmed at least one of them is going to be a bit of an origin story, set ten thousand years in the past.

Gaming News

E3 happened, and rather than inundate you with a bunch of trailers, here are collections for each of the various consoles.

Nintendo
Sony
Microsoft

And some big studios:

Bethesda
EA
Ubisoft
Square-Enix

Did you know they were making a live action Dumbo? I didn’t, but the trailer got me all misty (to note, I’m not a massive Disney fan).


In Theaters as of June 15, 2018

Incredibles 2 - Long awaited sequel (it's been ten years), to the Pixar film about a family of superheroes.  This one picks up literally when the last one left off.

Tag - Comedy about a group of friends who have kept close over thirty years by playing a game of tag with one another for one month each year.

Movies that opened last week June 8, 2018

Hereditary - The buzz is this is the best horror film in decades, Hereditary stars Toni Collette and is about a family grieving over the lost of the family matriarch who starts to experience strange things which reveal dark secrets.

Hotel Artemis - Indie thriller with a great cast about the Nurse, who runs a secret illegal emergency room out of a hotel.

Ocean’s 8 - Direct sequel to the Ocean's 11 franchise, staring a cast of all women led by Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.

Until next time, and remember don’t just fly... Soar!

J.D. Balthazar is a confirmed nerd who loves most things sci-fi or fantasy-related.

3 comments:

Billie Doux said...

Thanks for the fun read, JD.

Yes, thrilled about the casting of Ewan MacGregor as Danny in Doctor Sleep, and so happy about the renewal of Lucifer. :) Not so happy about the Berlanti-verse news. While I like Brainy, I do not like Dibny. And the Star Trek: Disco news is discouraging.

Patryk said...

George RR Martin will do anything to not write the next book so I'm not suprised about 4 possible spinoffs. To be honest I gave up on the series (bookwise) and I will treat the TV ending as canon. Which is unfortunate because GRRM at his peak (during A Storm of Swords) would do a much better ending. He said without even seeing the final season. ;)

Discovery is baffling, I wonder if that will mean a shift of tone to appease the trekkies who complain that it's too dark and grim or will it mean even more dark grimness.

I'm with You on Laurel, too much of her already. Legends with Ava and Constantine sounds like the best of the Arrrowverse next season.

TheShadowKnows said...

Martin choked pretty badly after the third book of ASOIAF, so I'm a) not surprised that he's too blocked to finish the series and b) not confident at all that he would do a better job than the HBO showrunners if he did finish it.

I'm just going to mark it down as something that had a lot of potential, delivered a lot of entertainment, but ultimately will end up as a bit less than it could have been. That's life sometimes...