Ever since the former governor of California left office, there’s been reams of speculation as to how he’d re-enter the pop culture landscape. Now the question of “What’s next for Arnold Schwarzenegger?” has been answered. Boy, has it ever been answered.
As revealed on Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch blog, the onetime reigning king of the box office is joining forces with the co-creator of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and Iron Man to hatch The Governator, an animated series and comic book that will follow an ex-governor who decides to take up a career in crime fighting. Lee explains further:
“The Governator is going to be a great superhero, but he’ll also be Arnold Schwarzenegger. … We’re using all the personal elements of Arnold’s life. We’re using his wife [Maria Shriver]. We’re using his kids. We’re using the fact that he used to be governor. Only after he leaves the governor’s office, Arnold decides to become a crime fighter and builds a secret high-tech crime-fighting center under his house in Brentwood.”
On this weeks show we go on the road again as we are record live at Odin Comics in Lilburn, GA, where we have gatherer around to chat about the first family of the Marvel Universe, the Fantastic Four. Join us for this week episode we like to call ESO Episode 53 “IT’S CLOBBERIN TIME”
Table of Contents
0:00:00 Intro / Welcome
0:01:57 Rants & Raves – Mike @ Dragon*Con, Movie & TV Show Previews, Incedious, Star Wars Clone Wars Season Final, Scott Pilgrim
0:23:25 The Geek Seat w/ William Faber
0:31:39 The Fantastic Four
1:36:06 Khan Report w/ Gwen Brown
1:46:26 ESO Shout Outs
1:50:04 Show Close
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Emmy-winning actor Bryan Cranston is negotiating to play the villain in the upcoming remake of Total Recall. That’s the good news.
The other news? According to Heat Vision, the new version of the story will not take place on Mars like Philip K. Dick’s original story (“We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”) or the 1990 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Instead, the script for the new film involves a battle between the nation-states Euromerica and New Shanghai.
Cranston will play Vilos Cohaagen (same name as the villain in the 1990 film), who in this version is the leader of Euromerica and is planning to invade New Shanghai.
In prepping for the DVD and Blu-ray release of last winter’s sci-fi-gamespace hit, (Coming April 18th) Disney has been dropping little film-clip nuggets, suggesting a life for the characters after Tron: Legacy. And the latest reaches way back for an antagonist with real bite.
Let’s just hope that for Tron: Eternity (or whatever they’ll call it), they give the ol’ Master Control Program a bit of a facelift—and get David Warner back for the voice
Any casual observer of this summer’s superhero-movie battle royale can see that Marvel’s trifecta—Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor and X-Men: First Class—is pulling far ahead of DC’s sole entry, Green Lantern. And that’s mostly due to the fact that we’ve seen so little of GL … and what we saw wasn’t so great.
What’s more, Warner Bros. knows it. Speaking to the press during this year’s CinemaCon—in which the various studios parade their wares for those who own and operate movie theaters themselves (and choose what film plays on which screens)—Warners’ worldwide marketing president, Sue Kroll, acknowledged the missteps that came with that first look at Lantern:
“Part of the reason the response to the first trailer was lukewarm was that the big-scale sequences weren’t ready to show, and we suffered for it. … We can’t afford to do that again.”
For more than a decade now, the notion of a “Justice League” movie has been one of the great, golden egg-laying geese of the comic book movie world. On paper, it’s brilliant: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman and any number of other DC superheroes all in one movie. What red-blooded comic book geek wouldn’t want to see that?
Now it turns out that such a thing might actually be happening, confirmed directly from a source who ought to know a thing or two about what’s upcoming for DC Comics on the big screen.
Always wanted to see more of Professor Charles (Patrick Stewart) Xavier’s bald head—instead of the full head of hair James McAvoy will sport in X-Men: First Class? Well, that wish may come true, because producer Lauren Shuler Donner let slip that not one but two sequels to X-Men: Last Stand are on the way.
Below is the small quote from Shuler Donner that confirms plans to go ahead with sequels—even though Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class has not yet been released, and won’t be until June 3rd:
“We took the treatment to Fox and they love it … And X4 leads into X5.″
We don’t know about you guys, but we think this is some truly great news, because Fox must have enough faith in this project (and perhaps even in First Class) to consider more sequels to the critically declaimed X-Men: The Last Stand.
Primeval co-creator Tim Haines has revealed details about the show’s fifth series and has confirmed that the fifth series of Primeval will premiere on May 24.
He mentioned the show’s next run will further explore the mysterious motives of millionaire scientist Phillip Burton (Alexander Siddig).
“At the end of [episode] seven, there is some serious stuff starting to happen with Connor and Phillip and that’s sort of the cliffhanger over into the [fifth] series,” he explained. “You realise there’s a much bigger story beginning to brew [involving] the reason why Matt’s there.”
Entertainment Weekly has an exlusive look at Pixar’s 13th feature-length movie Brave (out June 22, 2012) which ventures into new territory for the animation studio: The Scotland-set adventure film will be Pixar’s first fairy tale, its first picture starring a female protagonist, and its first film co-directed by a woman. EW.com has the first look at some of the concept art for the project, and we can also confirm that Reese Witherspoon will no longer voice the movie’s heroine, a tomboyish princess named Merida, due to scheduling issues. Instead, the character will be played by the (appropriately) Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald (No Country for Old Men, Boardwalk Empire).