TV News – Idris Elba Discusses Turn Up Charlie

I know that a lot of Idris Elba fans cannot wait to see him star in the Fast and the Furious spin-off Hobbs and Shaw. Still, that film is not coming out until August. In the meantime, one can see Idris Elba in a new TV show on Netflix called Turn Up Charlie and, in an interview with Collider, Idris Elba was given the chance to speak about Turn Up Charlie.

Turn Up Charlie

One of the things Idris Elba discussed was how he figured out the arc for Charlie:

Once they bought it in the room, there was a really awkward silence. It was like, ‘Now, what do I say?’ And then, I was shitting myself for about eight months, trying to pull the story together, but we did. I had a writers room in London, which comprised of young writers, some new writers and some experienced writers.”

It all came together with long sessions of me telling stories, and specifically telling stories about DJ culture. I really wanted to make a show about DJs, but there was just not enough there to make it interesting. So, what started off as a DJ show, and a show about a DJ trying to climb up the ladder, became this story about parenting, which came from the anecdotes.”

We merged it together and it started to write itself, once we added the elements that we did. The inner team at Netflix are amazing about that process. They weren’t putting on the pressure. In fact, they were very open about their analytics, believe it or not.”

We managed to understand what really makes the average Netflix user really tick, so we had this really interesting insight into how to make this story work.”

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TV News – Rupert Wyatt On Leaving Halo Television Series

Halo is one of the biggest video game franchises out there and the Halo TV show has been in development hell for over a decade. Director Rupert Wyatt was involved with this television series but Showtime announced last year that he had left the project. In an interview with Collider, Rupert Wyatt explained why he left Halo.

Halo

Rupert Wyatt said this on the reasons he had for leaving the Halo television series:

I got involved, I knew very little about Halo […] I kind of steeped myself in the mythology and began to realize how much incredible literature there was and the depth of the storytelling, and it all stacked up for me […] In short, I think if I had come at it from an earlier perspective from the building of it then perhaps it would have gone differently, but as a director of a TV show it’s quite hard to sort of become a creative architect of a show.”

I think in a way I was never gonna be that, and that’s fine because there are really many talented people involved in that show who are doing that job. So it became clear that there was gonna be more time needed, I’m talking some months if not years, to align—as you probably know it’s massively ambitious, so the budget for that really needs to align with the scripts.”

We were still kind of working on that, but it ultimately wasn’t under my watch to be able to find that alignment. So there was a choice made by Showtime which was essentially to push things, and if I had been perhaps been the showrunner then I would have stayed on that journey for two or three years, but as a director of a finite number of episodes, there’s other things I really wanna do.”

So I was very sad to leave, but basically it wasn’t within the framework that I originally signed up for.”

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TV News – Neil Gaiman Discusses American Gods Season 2

Recently, actors Ricky Whittle and Pablo Schreiber had the chance to speak about Season 2 of American Gods. Now, Neil Gaiman, an executive producer on this TV show, has talked to Collider about American Gods.

American Gods Season 2

Neil Gaiman had this to say on if he felt any relief about finally getting to release the American Gods Season 2 episodes:

Yeah. It was weirder for me to read some of the stuff online that said, ‘Oh, my god, American Gods, behind the scenes, is all falling apart.’ I was going, ‘But they just shot four episodes, and everything is fine. They’re doing some re-shoots, but they’re doing less re-shoots than they did in Season 1. I was going, ‘I don’t think this is news.’”

Then, I was reading Steven Bochco’s biography on the tube, going into work on Good Omens, every morning, and learning about what went down on Hill Street Blues, and then on NYPD Blue. That was worse, by a factor of thousands, than anything that happened on American Gods.”

A showrunner came, and a showrunner left. That’s not even an unusual thing. Given the slightly hysterical tenor of some of the reporting, and naming no names, but the Hollywood Reporter should have been ashamed of themselves, the weirdest thing for me was putting out a thing on Twitter on Season 2, and having a bunch of people go, ‘We thought this was cancelled.’ No, it’s not cancelled.”

In its own mad way, it’s on schedule. It’s not the fastest show to make. It’s big and it’s complicated. I’m sure that Season 3 will be a while, as well. The waiting is a pain in the ass.”

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Film News – Clark Gregg On Captain Marvel

Anyone would assume that, when Agent Coulson died in The Avengers, Clark Gregg would no longer be playing this character. However, he actually did get the opportunity to continue playing Agent Coulson in various Marvel properties.

For instance, Clark Gregg has had a prominent role in the superhero TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and, thanks to de-aging technology, he played a younger Agent Coulson in Captain Marvel, the latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). In an interview with Collider, Clark Gregg had the opportunity to speak about Captain Marvel.

Captain Marvel

Here is what Clark Gregg had to say about what it was like to work with de-aging technology for Captain Marvel:

There’s not much going on, on the day. You look like yourself with some dots and more hair, both of us. Hilarious thing was his dots were white and my dots were black, which I thought was very like ebony and ivory.”

Yet, that’s it. And we’re kind of looking at each other, grizzled veterans that we are, and going, ‘Oh, shit. We’re younger. We’re younger. I gotta remember to act that.’ So sometimes I’d kind of feel like I let a little old, grizzled, traumatized, beat up Phil Coulson slip into it, and I’d be like, ‘Wait, wait, whoa, whoa. Let me start over.’ Because this is a guy who isn’t even really sure what exactly he signed up for yet.”

He just knows that this guy Fury is cool, and he wants to learn from him I feel like it’s the moment when he’s realizing, ‘oh this is exactly where I’m supposed to be. This is my destiny, is to be part of this, and to work with this guy.’ That’s the process of this movie, which I think is a cool moment in anyone’s life.”

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TV News – Pablo Schreiber + Ricky Whittle Discuss American Gods Season 2

The first season of American Gods was one of the most celebrated seasons of television in 2017. Consequently, anticipation for Season 2 has been high but the production for this season of American Gods has been troubled. Still, Season 2 is finally here and Pablo Schreiber and Ricky Whittle, two actors in American Gods, have given an interview to Collider to talk about Season 2 of this TV show.

American Gods Season 2

Here is what Ricky Whittle had to say on what his favourite part of American Gods Season 2 is:

My favorite part of this season is probably the growth of those relationships, and seeing those dynamics change and evolve, for the better and for the worse. That’s one of the best parts of the season. Now we’ve got your attention, and we’ve set the world and the players, so you can invest in those relationships because they mean more. We can move that storyline along, a lot faster.”

Pablo Schreiber said this on the aims of Season 2 and what it explores compared to Season 1:

Hopefully, we laid out the universe in Season 1 and made the characters compelling enough that people wanna come back and find out what happens to them. Now, in Season 2, we really get to send them off on their own journeys and watch them in interaction with each other, which is really the fun part.”

That being said, there’s a blueprint. There’s a novel that was written, and we’re making the novel. While there are some changes, we’re still shooting the novel. It’s not like it’s a mystery where all these characters are heading. You can read the book and find out. There’s an endgame for Sweeney, and there’s an end result for Shadow.”

When you read the book, you know what that is, and it’s just a matter of how long it takes for us to get there.”

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Star Wars Resistance: Season 1 Episodes 16 – 17 (TV/Television Review) – Another Leap Forward In Quality

As a season of television gets closer towards the season finale, things should be starting to really pick up in the main storyline. In the case of Season 1 of Star Wars Resistance, ‘The New Trooper’ and ‘The Core Problem’ were episodes which, from their descriptions, made me feel as though a lot of great connections would be made to the Sequel Trilogy. This was especially the case when I realised that Poe Dameron would be heavily involved in ‘The Core Problem’.

My Thoughts On Season 1 Episodes 16 – 17 Of Star Wars Resistance

Still, first up was ‘The New Trooper’, an episode of Resistance which began with a First Order Stormtrooper getting knocked out by the children from Tehar. Kaz uses this situation as an opportunity to impersonate this Stormtrooper and find out more about the First Order’s plans for the Colossus.

Once again, Tam clashes with her friends about the First Order and, this time, she debates with Yeager about them. The generational divide I spoke about in a previous review of Resistance is highlighted once more in ‘The New Trooper’. Given his past involvement with the Rebel Alliance, Yeager has direct experience with the Empire and knows that the First Order, the fanatical descendants of the Empire, are not to be trusted.

Tam is more trusting of them due to the fact that she has grown up in a time of peace and is unaware about the atrocities of the Empire. In fact, she actually has positive opinions of the Empire because her grandfather worked in an Imperial factory and was able to provide for Tam’s family.

When we eventually get to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Resistance, Tam is hopefully going to truly see what the First Order is all about and come around to Kaz and Yeager’s side of the debate­. As ‘The New Trooper’ progressed, we learnt more about what life is like for a Stormtrooper and they come across more like battle droids than soldiers.

This is because the First Order has the ability to do brain scrapes, i.e. memory wipes. I thought this was a really interesting detail and it gives more meaning to General Hux’s line in The Force Awakens that his soldiers were “programmed from birth”. Again, a great connection has been made between Resistance and the Sequel Trilogy.

First Order Plans

A revelation that came out of ‘The New Trooper’ was what the First Order intend to use the Colossus for. Indeed, Kaz learns that a First Order garrison is coming to take over the Colossus and that the First Order wants the Colossus to be a military refuelling station for their fleets in preparation for their galactic invasion.

This capped off an episode in which some great developments in the main story happened. With each passing episode, Resistance is getting more serious in tone and storytelling which was a necessity given what we all know is coming in the near future.

I am of course talking about the destruction of Hosnian Prime by Starkiller Base and, in ‘The Core Problem’, the First Order superweapon cast a looming shadow even if our protagonists did not realise it. In this episode of Resistance, the opening shot is of Yeager looking at a TIE Fighter patrol with despondency which is probably due to the bad memories of the dark times flooding back.

Despite heavy First Order presence, Poe is able to sneak onto the Colossus to rendezvous with Kaz and retrieve BB-8 for an important mission on Jakku. Clearly, this establishes that we are on the cusp of The Force Awakens. Still, before Poe heads off to Jakku with BB-8, Kaz debriefs Poe on the First Order’s business on the Colossus and why they need it.

Mysterious Experiments

Moreover, with the intel Kaz was able to acquire in ‘The New Trooper’, they discover a location in the Unknown Regions where the First Order was located in a concerning capacity. Once they get there, it is all too apparent to us, the viewers, what the First Order was doing at this location.

A system with no sun? Planets and moons wrecked? First Order attempts to build Starkiller Base and make it operational occurred at this location in the Unknown Regions. It made for some quite striking imagery. Eventually, Poe and Kaz go to a planet where an old temple is in ruins and the population has been wiped out entirely.

The structures of this temple from an architectural perspective were eerily similar to Luke’s temple that was destroyed by Ben Solo/Kylo Ren as we saw in Star Wars: The Last JediAdditionally, and probably more importantly to the story of Star Wars Resistance, this temple may be part of the village on Tehar as Alex from Star Wars Explained excellently pointed out in his review of ‘The Core Problem’.

Poe and Kaz run into the First Order at this temple but they are able to escape and BB-8 is returned to Poe. They both head off to Jakku and CB-23 takes BB-8’s place alongside Kaz. Kaz returns to the Colossus with Tam more curious than ever about Kaz and what he is really doing.

Something I found quite interesting was Yeager showing a real, genuine interest into what Kaz and Poe found. This was a far cry from who Yeager was in ‘The Recruit’ where he was quite apathetic about the Resistance/First Order conflict. This showed the character development of Yeager in Season 1 of Resistance in a great way.

My Final Thoughts On Season 1 Episodes 16 – 17 Of Star Wars Resistance

I am sure that Yeager will be fully involved in the fight against the First Order once he sees what is about to happen. Undoubtedly, given the way it developed the First Order storyline and how it connected to the Sequel Trilogy, ‘The Core Problem’ was one of my favourite episodes of Star Wars Resistance so far and a great way to tease what is to come.

I liked ‘The New Trooper’ too but not as much and I have come to realise that anytime Poe is involved in Resistance, the show is better for it. Perhaps that was why I preferred ‘The Core Problem’ over ‘The New Trooper’ but both episodes helped this animated Star Wars TV series take a leap forward in quality.

Star Wars Resistance Season 1 Episodes 16 - 17 The New Trooper The Core Problem Review

Film News – Kyle MacLachlan On Giant Little Ones

Giant Little Ones is a coming-of-age film that was recently released in a limited capacity in the United States. Kyle MacLachlan, who has a supporting role in the movie, recently gave an interview to Collider and spoke about Giant Little Ones.

Giant Little Ones

Kyle MacLachlan had this to say on what it was like to play such a compassionate and understanding father in Giant Little Ones:

I think all parents strive for some version of that with their children. I’m old and maybe a little naïve, but it’s something that I think is essential. You’ve been entrusted with the lives of your children, so parenting is not something you should take lightly.”

It’s a full-time job, and we’re here to guide and to help. That’s the way I look at it and my opinion, but you’re supposed to guide and help and encourage. It’s not discipline so much as it’s just trying to understand, and help them understand, why one choice may be better than the other.”

It’s more of a nudging, as opposed to a pushing and shoving into something. I’m taking my lessons from my father. He was a little more gentle in his approach. When it looked like I was heading into the acting profession, he was like, “Okay.” He recognized that it was something I loved and that I was actually good at.”

You always want the best for your kids. You want them to be able to support themselves and be in situations where they can thrive. He felt like that was happening with me, so I took that as my lesson. Then, along comes a role where that’s also part of the dad’s makeup, so it worked.”

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Film News – Kevin Feige Discusses Guardians of the Galaxy 3 + Avengers: Endgame

Recently, Kevin Feige discussed Captain Marvel and, in the same interview with Collider, he had the chance to also speak about Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and Avengers: Endgame.

Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will be the first Guardians film without James Gunn as the director and Avengers: Endgame will be the superhero movie that ends Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Both films are important for the MCU for different reasons.

Guardians of the Galaxy 3

Kevin Feige said this about whether James Gunn’s script for Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will actually be used:

Yes, we are. That’s as far as I’ll go in terms of anything past Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, in terms of what we’re doing when. Because as you know, we’ve wanted to focus on Captain Marvel, Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home. Finishing out these 23 MCU movies. We have a grand plan going forward. We want to talk about it after Endgame and Far From Home. But as we’ve already confirmed and said, it’s James’ draft.”

Avengers: Endgame

Kevin Feige also spoke about choosing Endgame as the title for Avengers 4 and keeping it a secret for such a long time:

Well, I think I’d said that it all had gotten blown out of proportion to some extent. But it was a spoiler, because if you knew before Infinity Warcame out that the next movie was called Endgame, then you know that there wasn’t an ending to Infinity War. But that had been the title of the movie from the moment we conceived of doing the two films. In large part, because…it’s seeded right there. I mean, it’s seeded in Ultron.”

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Film News – Kevin Feige On Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel, the next instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), is about to be released and it is one of the most anticipated movies of 2018 for a lot of film fans. This is particularly the case when you consider that it is going to heavily play into Avengers: Endgame. Fans of the MCU owe Kevin Feige a lot of gratitude for this superhero movie franchise and, in an interview with Collider, he spoke about Captain Marvel.

Captain Marvel

Here is what Kevin Feige had to say about the use of de-aging technology in Captain Marvel and whether any discussions have taken place in regards to movies taking place in earlier decades like the 1960s and 1970s:

Well, this was the movie for a long time that, because of our experience with Hank Pym, as you know, with Tony Stark, making those characters younger in limited scenes.”

Peggy Carter, we did in the top of the first Ant-Man film. We said, ‘We think the technology has gone far enough that we can do an entire movie, that we can have a main character in an entire movie de-aged.’ It helped that the characters, as I said at the press conference, was Clark Gregg and Sam Jackson, because those two haven’t really aged like normal human beings over the past 20 years.”

But I think it was tremendous the way it worked in Captain Marvel, and yeah, I think looking for new ways to use it is fun. I think we used to believe, and I think it used to be true, that you really could only do it for a scene or two. But we got to the point in later stages of finishing this movie, where we forgot. Where we were just used to it.”

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TV News – Matt Bomer On Doom Patrol

DC and Marvel will compete with each other yet again in the near future. They already do this in the film industry and now, thanks to the launch of DC Universe and the imminent release of Disney+, they will compete in the television industry too.

One of the new superhero TV shows on DC Universe is Doom Patrol and Matt Bomer is part of the ensemble cast for this comic book television series. At a Q&A, Matt Bomer talked about Doom Patrol.

Doom Patrol

Matt Bomer had this to say on how familiar he was with the Doom Patrol comic book before he joined the cast:

I wasn’t familiar with (these comics), at all. I grew up with pretty standard comic book fare, as a kid. I was definitely more of a DC kid, but I did not know about Grant Morrison’s comics, or even the ones that predated that.”

“(Executive Producers) Greg Berlanti and Jeremy Carver called me and described this character to me, who they felt, on the outside, was this all-American, Chuck Yeager, golden boy, but on the inside, was one part the Elephant Man and one part Montgomery Clift. I thought, ‘Oh, wow, that’s a really interesting dichotomy to get to play.’ He’s this golden boy on the outside, but inside, he’s always felt like a monster.”

It’s the great allegory of the role that Jeremy so brilliantly came up with. Through this accident, he ultimately becomes what he always felt he was inside. So, his journey over the course of the season is finding a dialogue with himself, where he can learn to accept all of the parts of himself that he felt were unlovable or unacceptable, in the past.”

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