“We don’t get a lot of things to really care about.”
Friends, that is one of the very memorable lines from the recently released trailer for Pig, the upcoming film starring Nicolas Cage (Willy’s Wonderland, Leaving Las Vegas) as a truffle forager who finds his cherished truffle-hunting pig stolen. It seems that Cage’s character of Rob, who was once a well-known and possibly celebrated chef, tracks the kidnappers from his backwoods home to the city. Sites such as Entertainment Weekly as well as others have been quick to compare Pig to the likes of John Wick. Personally I think we are going to see something quite a bit more somber in Cage’s performance when the film is released to theaters on July 16th.
“…I remember every person I ever served. You live your life for them, and they don’t even see you.”
I think that is another exceptional line from the trailer, one that stands out for all of us that have spent the majority of our lives in the hospitality industry. While we do not have enough to go on from the trailer itself of course, I cannot help but feel that Rob might have lost his wife, something that made him snap and has caused him to retreat from society and isolate himself. The only comfort in his life now is the quiet of the woods and his pet pig, who I dearly hope is somehow okay by the end of the film… although I highly doubt that will be the case.
Pig is directed by Michael Sarnoski (Olympia) who co-wrote the screenplay with Vanessa Block. Besides featuring the talents of Cage, the movie also boasts the likes of Alex Wolff (Hereditary), Adam Arkin (Northern Exposure), David Knell (Total Recall), and Nina Belforte (Wuthering Heights) to name a few.
In closing out this article, I really do think that Pig looks like a solid film, plus it gave me the excuse to share that clip from Freakazoid. And as I am now employed at the local movie theater, I will admit there is a part of me that looks forward to a patron stepping up to the box office and saying, “One adult for Pig?”
Friends, one of the things about returning to the theater that I’ve had to come to terms with is a strict no cell phone policy. While we of course are allowed to use our phones during our breaks and such, it understandable why they wouldn’t want a patron to walk up to the concession stand and see someone tapping on their phone. I bring all of this up because it does mean that I manage to miss out on some pretty important pop culture news, such as the fact that Netflix released an incredible trailer for Masters of the Universe: Revelation a few days ago. One that like that quite impressive fan made montage trailer we shared last year featuring ‘80s cartoon heroes, makes great use of Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For a Hero”. Executive Produced an co-created by Kevin Smith, prepare yourself for the first look at Netflix’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation, which as I understand it is a continuation of the iconic Filmation series.
Man-At-Arms punching Trap Jaw in the side of the head, He-Man riding Stridor, Tri-Klops causing havoc while flying what looks like a Sky Sled, and an older Orko wielding far more powerful magic than we’ve seen him cast before. There is a lot to take in with that trailer for Masters of the Universe: Revelation, but I have to say that it looks quite epic as well as fun.
You might be very interested to know that there is an embarrassment of riches in regards to the voice actors that have been tapped for the new animated series. He-Man will be voiced by Chris Wood (Supergirl) with the legendary Mark Hamill providing the voice for the infamous Skeletor. It seems to be something of an animated Batman voice actor reunion as Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series) will voice Mer-Man, Diedrich Bader (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) is Trap Jaw, Henry Rollins (Batman Beyond) portrays Tri-Klops, and Kevin Michael Richardson (The Batman) is Beast Man to point out just a few.
In all fairness, that is just the tip of the iceberg with the cast of Masters of the Universe: Revelation, but I am happy to share that Alan Oppenheimer who was the original voice of Skeletor in the Filmation series, has been included in the show as the heroic Moss Man. Thankfully we do not have too long to wait before we get to see the series itself, at least the first half of the first season. In fact while the trailer reveals that the animated show will debut on July 23rd, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kevin Smith let it slip that an aftershow will be also be produced featuring many of the cast from the series.
We would love to hear what you think of the trailer, let us know in the comment section!
Friends, during my time I was fortunate enough to be part of the Retroist, on more than a few occasions I shared how Jurassic Park changed my life – cementing my desire to work in show business. My original plans were to attend film school in the hopes of becoming a Director or at the very least a Screenwriter – flash forward 27 years later and that hasn’t exactly taken place. Although at the very least I have produced over 250 podcasts and happen to sport two credits on the Internet Movie Database – that has to count for something, right? One important thing that hasn’t changed in those 27 years is how absolutely excited I get about the Jurassic Park franchise – whether that be through the toys, comics, video games, rides, or of course the films.
It certainly appears that we will now have to add animated television series to that list of Jurassic Park properties. As just the other evening as I was about to call it a day down here in the Vault, one of my friends from Facebook was kind enough to share the teaser trailer for Netflix’s upcoming Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. A series that as I learned from the Amblin Entertainment official site takes place during 2015’s Jurassic World. The location of Camp Cretaceous is set up on the opposite side of Isla Nublar from where the Jurassic World park is operating – with six teenagers invited to be part of this special camp… and in deep trouble when disaster strikes the island!
The teenagers are obviously going to have to band together in an attempt to survive the park and it’s many, many threats once the security protocols have failed. While I don’t believe that Camp Cretaceous is going to go so far as to show any of these kids becoming dino snacks – I will admit I was rather surprised by how much danger that teaser shows them facing. The animated series is courtesy of Netflix, Amblin Entertainment, as well as Dreamworks Animation. Both Scott Kreamer (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness) and Lane Lueras (The Iron Giant) are acting as showrunners with Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow, and Frank Marshall in the roles of Executive Producers.
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly I found out that Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous features the voice talents of Paul-Mikel Williams (Westworld), Ryan Potter (Titans), Jenna Ortega (Stuck in the Middle), Jameela Jamil (The Good Place), Glen Powell (Scream Queens), Raini Rodriguez (Austin & Ally), Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs), and Kausar Mohammed (Cannon Busters).
In closing out this article, we only have to wait 51 more days until the gates to Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous open for all of us Jurassic Park fans on Netflix!
Friends, here is a bit of exciting news for you – to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Entertainment Weekly has managed to get the cast of the 2010 film together for a table read. The nice thing about it all is that it has been put together for a worthy charity, Water for People – when watching the video if you follow the link to donate you will have a chance to win one of the original illustrations that Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley did during the video. Joining O’Malley in the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 10th anniversary table read is Director Edgar Wright (At World’s End,Baby Driver) and co-writer for the screenplay Michael Bacall as well as Michael Cera, Alison Pill, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ellen Wong, Brandon Routh, Jason Schwartzman, Mark Webber, Aubrey Plaza, Mae Whitman, Anna Kendrick, Satya Bhabha, and Chris Evans!
I am sad to say that it looks like Brie Larson, Kieran Culkin, and Johnny Simmons were not able to make this reading – which with everything going on in the World at the moment is more than understandable. Just before we get to the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World table read – I want to say that there hasn’t been a film that Edgar Wright has done that I just haven’t loved. So when my Wife and I caught the film when it was originally released back on August 13th of 2010 – not only did we have an absolute blast – but in all honesty we were confused by the lack of people in the theater. I realize of course that over the years Scott Pilgrim vs. the World has developed quite the cult following but I’ve never understood why it didn’t catch on when originally released. In particular with it’s video game references, cast, and rocking soundtrack – I thought it all came together as a movie that was quite amazing.
So thanks to Entertainment Weekly – enjoy this Scott Pilgrim vs. the World 10th Anniversary table read!
Friends, the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Bill & Ted Face the Music dropped a little earlier today – giving us a glimpse of what to expect when the film is released to theaters on August 21st – assuming of course that will be a possibility. After watching it I feel it is safe to say it is most excellent to see Alex Winters and Keanu Reeves together on screen again after 29 years since Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey – even if the assumed rosy future of Wyld Stallyns and the World appears to now be in jeopardy. And I ask you, what better time for the teaser trailer to Bill & Ted Face the Music to drop than on Bill & Ted Day?
Before I go into some of the details of Bill & Ted Face the Music, I felt I should point out that Bill & Ted Day is the fan chosen holiday to celebrate the Bill & Ted franchise. The date of June 9th was singled out because of the scene from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – where Bill S. Preston Esquire (Winters) and Ted Theodore Logan (Reeves) meet their future selves outside the local Circle K. To prove they really are the future versions of Bill and Ted – the duo are asked what number that the versions of Bill and Ted in the present are thinking of.
Bill & Ted Face the Music finds Wild Stallyns still rocking out in an attempt to create the song they were told would help unite the entire World in solidarity and peace. As you saw from the trailer itself it would appear that the band is experiencing diminishing returns – no matter how excellent they are to each other and their fans. I was able to get a few more details about the film from an Entertainment Weekly article – that message from The Great Leader (Holland Taylor) is more ominous than the teaser trailer has let on – Bill and Ted have a mere 80 minutes to stop reality from being torn asunder.
So it would appear that Bill and Ted are going to have to travel through time once again in an attempt to stop the darkest timeline from taking place. Thankfully for our duo it looks like they have some help this time from their Daughters – Thea Preston who is played by Samara Weaving (Ready or Not) and Billie Logan who is portrayed by Brigette Lundy-Paine (Atypical). Of course it would seem that Bill and Ted cross paths with none other than the esteemed Death (William Sadler) once again – and I’m truly hoping that they manage to somehow digitally insert the late and great George Carlin as the most excellent Rufus.
So why not celebrate Bill & Ted Day by watching the Bill & Ted Face the Music trailer a couple of times and then the first two films this evening?
Friends, running a little late tonight – work had things backed up and I was actually just about to head home, that was an opportune time for Rockford Jay to pop in and ask if I had seen the new trailer for Candyman. I promptly sat right back down and pulled up the trailer and watched it… and then watched it again… and then again just for good measure. I like 1992’s Candyman an awful lot – a beautiful and tragic love story with a supernatural slasher that was instantly made a horror icon thanks to the exceptional Tony Todd. Granted the bulk of the film lies upon the shoulders of Virginia Madsen, who carries it quite capably I should add. The story for the ’92 version of Candyman focuses on Helen Lyle (Madsen) who is a sociology graduate and investigating urban legends for her thesis – a big one in the Windy City concerns Candyman – a vengeful entity with a hook instead of a right arm that is summoned by saying his name five times in front of a mirror. Based on a short by Clive Barker entitled “The Forbidden” featured in the fifth volume of Barker’s Books of Blood – the film proved popular enough to spawn two sequels with Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh in ’95 and Candyman: Day of the Dead in ’99. However, it appears that this new version of Candyman, directed by Nia DaCosta (Little Woods) and co-written as well as produced by Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) and Win Rosenfeld (Nova ScienceNow)… might also be a sequel?
Thanks to the Entertainment Weekly article by Clark Collis today, the new Candyman is described as a “spiritual sequel” to the original film. Here is the thing though – Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman) is playing Anthony McCoy… who looks to be an artist that is too curious about the Candyman legend. Now if you’ve not had the pleasure of seeing the original Candyman for yourself – do not venture any further in the article.
Okay, in the original film – Helen Lyle met her end while rescuing a baby named Anthony from a fire, the infant’s Mother was named Anne-Marie McCoy and played by Vanessa Williams. Vanessa from doing a little looking online appears to be playing the same character – which makes me want to shout out that this is most definitely a sequel. Except for one thing. In the cast of characters I have found one with the name of Helen Lyle – unless this is a flashback thing like in the exceptional Doctor Sleep… this might just be Peele and company giving a nod to what came before.
I want to give a shout out to the ingenious use of Destiny Child’s “Say My Name” for that new trailer – nothing like taking a song about cheating and casting it in an even more darker light, right? Candyman is coming out on June 12th of this year and for all of us horror fans it looks like a decidedly delicious treat!
Friends, this article is coming in a little late – had quite a bit of work to do in the Vault this afternoon and just wasn’t able to get away until now. It turns out that while I was busy trying to do some paperwork – Cartoon Network unleashed the first two episodes of their upcoming ThunderCats Roar animated series. I will admit I thought I heard something in the air earlier… it sounded like thousands of people gnashing their teeth and pulling their hair out in outrage. It wasn’t until just a moment ago I realized it was the reaction to the preview for ThunderCats Roar – while the comments have been disabled on the Cartoon Network video I believe that the 5,000 downvotes are a sign that fans of the original series aren’t quite accepting this new take on the ThunderCats.
It appears that the first two episodes of ThunderCats Roar are online and available to watch for free – just follow the link to Cartoon Network here. The most assuredly lighthearted series from Victor Courtright (Pickle and Peanut, Yo Gabba Gabba!) seems to almost be a parody on the animated series that was originally produced by Rankin and Bass. I freely admit that I’ve not had the opportunity to watch the first two episodes for myself as of yet – but the animation style and humor reminds me quite a bit of the switch on another Cartoon Network series – I’m talking about Teen Titans which was followed up with Teen Titans Go!
ThunderCats Roar began production back in 2018 and in an Entertainment Weekly interview with Victor Courtright on May 18th of that year – he stated:
“I think the world that they built lends itself really well to comedy because of how silly and crazy and outlandish those ideas are and some of those settings are,” says producer Victor Courtright in the exclusive behind-the-scenes video above. “But at the same time, it wouldn’t be ThunderCats if it didn’t have super cool action elements because that’s what people came back to. It’s very much something that we want to lean on. So with the new show, we’re not walking away from the action in any bit. Every step we take towards comedy, we take two more towards really cool action scenes and explosions and lasers and actions effects.”
Thanks to Cartoon Network we can come to a decision ourselves now on the new ThunderCats Roar series after watching the two-part episode entitled Exodus. I will say this from checking out that first preview – I’m glad they are keeping with what appears to be the music from the original series. Much like with The Transformers and G.I. Joe – the score for the original ThunderCats by Bernard Hoffer is burned into my brain… and one that I find myself whistling or humming during work.
Friends, thank you for joining us for a new episode of the Saturday Frights Podcast – for this matinee offering I am tackling Gray Matter, the first segment of the recently released Creepshow series. Shudder’s new show as I explain in the podcast itself is a continuation of the film series that was started by the late and great George A. Romero as well as Stephen King – a cinematic ode to the E.C. horror comics they grew up reading. Creepshow and Gray Matter certainly has some horror pedigree – what with Greg Nicotero (Day of the Dead) helping to head up the show in addition to directing Gray Matter and even co-writing an episode. Plus in Gray Matter in particular you have the likes of Tobin Bell (Saw) and Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog) as two of the leads with the incredibly talented Giancarlo Esposito of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul fame. So what I am trying to get at is Gray Matter doesn’t suffer in the acting department. Of course this segment also benefits from the practical effects employed to bring some horrible monstrosities to the small screen… slimy, hungry and angry monsters… and worse that lurk in the pages of Creepshow.
A heads up on this matinee podcast episode, I act as your sole host for the show as the Projectionist has gone missing. I go into greater detail in the episode itself but my shadowy co-host headed back to the Haunted Drive-In a couple of weeks back… and we have had no communication from him since. I should also warn you that when I dive into the synopsis for Gray Matter it is most certainly a SPOILER filled discussion of the segment – although I let you know ahead of time before I start it. In addition I share a part of an interview with Greg Nicotero from the pages of Entertainment Weekly – who talks a little bit about why <em>Creepshow</em> was one of the hardest projects he has ever tackled.
In this show I briefly discuss my first encounter with 1973’s Gray Matter and while this is a matinee episode… as usual it ends up running as long as a standard show. I also touch upon the elements of Gray Matter that I liked and some thoughts at the end of… what didn’t 100% work for me. I definitely think that Creepshow is off to a good start and shows a lot of promise of a variety of different horror stories – a perfect treat from Shudder and AMC for this October!
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