2016 Academy Awards Preview: Total Geekall – Episode 2

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2016 Academy Awards Preview: Total Geekall – Episode 2

This week on Total Geekall, the unofficial-official podcast of the Screen Rant editors, Ben hosts Dyce, Hannah, and Sandy for a preview of the 2016 Academy Awards.00:30 – Total Geekall Intro

03:00 – 2016 Oscar Preview

1:58:28 – Contact InfoYou can listen to Episode 2 above and, in case you missed our debut episode, you can check Episode 1 out below (our Deadpool podcast review)Deadpool Movie Review: Total Geekall – Episode 1Total Geekall is the unofficial-official podcast of the ScreenRant.com editors. Hosted by Ben Kendrick, Rob Keyes, Andrew Dyce, and Hannah Shaw-Williams, Total Geekall is a fun discussion of the biggest movie, TV, video game, and geek-friendly topics of the week. Serving everyone from casual viewers to hardcore film nerds.As with any good program, Total Geekall is a work-in-progress. We’ll be taking feedback over the coming weeks and months in order to put out the most informative and entertaining show we can – since you all deserve the best.

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Cancelled Batman: The Killing Joke Animated Movie Concept Art Revealed

Cancelled Batman: The Killing Joke Animated Movie Concept Art RevealedThe Killing Joke is a fan-favorite Batman story, providing both an origin story for the Joker and telling the tale of how he tries to drive Commissioner Gordon crazy by giving him “one bad day.” The story has influenced a number of Batman comics and has even had tie-ins featuring other heroes, and is now being developed into a feature-length animated film that rumor has it could see Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy return to voice the Joker and Batman, respectively.This isn’t the first time that The Killing Joke was up for adaptation, though. Artist Phil Bourassa recently posted concept art to Instagram that was created in 2009 for a Killing Joke feature that was cancelled a few weeks into development.According to Bourassa, the film was being developed by Bruce Timm and was intended to carry an R rating. Unfortunately, this was about the time that Watchmen was in theaters and Warner Bros wasn’t happy with how that film performed. Two weeks into production of The Killing Joke, word came from on high to shut everything down because Warner Bros had lost faith in the profitability of R-rated superhero films.

In 2009 I started working on an animated adaptation of The Killing Joke under the supervision of legendary Animation artist Bruce Timm. Two weeks into the project we were told to stop development because The Watchmen had underperformed at the box office and WB had lost faith in R rated superhero movies. Happy to say that you guys are gonna finally get your animated Killing Joke adaptation in 2016. Apparently enough money has been made from superhero movies and adaptations of comics of every stripe that it now transcends the previously assumed limitations of the genre. It instead, he seems genuinely excited to see The Killing Joke in production. It remains to be seen how well it will translate, but several of DC’s past animated adaptations have been reasonably true to the originals so it should be a sight to behold. If they do go for the full R-rated experience, it may be a bit hard to watch at times, too.Next: The Killing Joke Animated Movie to Feature ‘A Lot More Story’Batman: The Killing Joke will be released in 2016.Source: Phil Bourassa

Rumor Patrol: Wolverine 3 to Adapt Old Man Logan Story

Rumor Patrol: Wolverine 3 to Adapt Old Man Logan StoryNot much has been revealed yet about the upcoming Wolverine 3, which is intended to be Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as the titular mutant. A number of rumors have been flying, though, fueled by comments from various people associated with the production.The latest round of rumors reiterates two of the most commonly rumored aspects of the film: It will adapt the Old Man Logan story from the comics, and it will shoot for an R rating. While this is still not 100% confirmed, the recent success of Deadpool does make it more likely that Fox is considering going into bloodier territory with Jackman’s final bow.This latest rumor comes from Den of Geek, which cites multiple unnamed sources close to the production. According to the site, the intention has been to adapt Old Man Logan for a while and an R rating has been the plan since discussions about the film began. The success of Deadpool will likely help to cement Fox’s decision to pursue more mature content with the movie, but it isn’t the only factor that pushed the Old Man Logan idea into a hard R rating.

For those not familiar with the story, Old Man Logan tells the story of Wolverine as the last surviving X-Man in a dystopian world where he has vowed to never use his claws again. A film version would likely be a very loose retelling of the story since it would need to eliminate a large part of the supporting cast due to rights issues; in the comics, characters like the Hulk, Hawkeye, the Red Skull and even the Venom symbiote were featured notably and very few characters from the X-Men universe showed up at all. While this means we won’t see Logan using Iron Man’s armor or Captain America’s shield, the core story could still be told with different characters. Mark Millar, the writer of Old Man Logan and creative consultant for Fox’s Marvel properties, explained that it wouldn’t be difficult to substitute characters because the story was structured more around Logan’s journey than the people he encounters:”The way I worked [the series] is I actually structured it as, I broke it down mechanically. I figured out going from this part of America to that part of America and what he would encounter along the way, and then I added in the adversities later.”Even with changes to the supporting cast, seeing Old Man Logan adapted to the screen would be a dream come true for a lot of fans. The miniseries was one of the biggest requests when Jackman asked fans what they would like to see in a third Wolverine film, and it would allow Wolverine to let go in a way that he hasn’t been able to in the past. The biggest roadblock that some might have seen for the adaptation is that people are used to the X-Men/Wolverine films being more PG-13 material, but this apparently isn’t enough of an issue for Fox to try and keep the story contained to the milder rating.There will likely be some fans who aren’t thrilled with the news, since even if the characters and adversaries were added after the story was plotted out, they still by and large worked out well in the original comic. Like Deadpool, though, an R-rated adaptation of Old Man Logan seems to largely be giving fans what they want. If nothing else, it will give Hugh Jackman a chance to really let loose before he hangs his claws up for good.Next: Wolverine and Taskmaster Were Planned for Deadpool MovieDeadpool is now in theaters; X-Men: Apocalypse opens on May 27, 2016; Gambit sometime in 2017; Wolverine 3 on March 3, 2017; and an unannounced X-Men film on July 13, 2018. The New Mutants and Deadpool 2 are also in development.Source: Den of Geek

Transformers 5 To Film in London Casting Begins

Transformers 5 To Film in London  Casting BeginsWhen Transformers: Age of Extinction hit theaters in 2014, it came as the fourth film in the big screen reimagining of the nostalgic sci-fi franchise. It was also the first film that did not feature any of the three lead human cast members from the first the installments, with Shia LaBeouf (Lawless), Megan Fox (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Josh Duhamel’s (11.22.63) characters all written out. Mark Wahlberg (The Gambler, Ted 2) took over as the film’s new lead Cade Yeager, in a clear effort to give the series a soft reboot.Their effort was successful, if not critically then at least commercially, with Extinction amassing a worldwide gross of over $1.1 billion and becoming the second best performing film in the series. Work on Transformers 5 began immediately after, revealing that Paramount is joining many of the other major studios in building a shared cinematic universe for Transformers 5 – 7, and the upcoming Bumblebee-focused spinoffs. Even though we are still over a year out from release, we now have a bit more information about the Transformers 5 action.With pre-production started, casting calls have officially gone out for the follow up, (via TFW 2005) indicating that the main body of filming will take place in both Detroit and London. They are looking for supporting actors, as well as extras for the movie who will be shooting in both locations. Filming in Detroit is a bit of a surprise, as Michigan’s legislative actions in 2015 ended incentives for filming in the state.

Wahlberg and Peter Cullen, who voices Optimus Prime, are the only principle cast members currently signed on. Director Michael Bay will be returning to direct the film, and has said that this entry will be his last. This will mark the third collaboration between Wahlberg and Bay, after first having worked together on 2013’s Pain & Gain. The writing team includes Ken Nolan (Black Hawk Down) and writing duo Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, in addition to others.For better or worse, Bay has become synonymous with the Transformers franchise and, despite consistently tepid to negative critical response, is clearly the man Paramount wants in charge of this world. It is still unclear what impact the shared universe will have on this film or how these locations will factor into the over arching plot. However, it does seem likely that that part of the movie will be set in Hong Kong, as Detroit was previously used as a stand in for the city when filming Extinction. Either way, there is clearly plenty more Transformers action and news to come in the months leading up to filming.Transformers 5 will open in U.S. theaters on June 23rd, 2017, followed by the Bumblebee spinoff on June 8th, 2018, and Transformers 6 on June 28th, 2019.Source: TFW 2005

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 Teaser: Kimmy Friends Are Back

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Mindful of the fact that Kimmy is a naive young woman with a wide-eyed innocence about her after being kept in a bunker for fifteen years, Fey has done a great job of showing the world as Kimmy sees it. In turn, this has given the show a real family vibe (for those with older kids, that is), and as a mother herself, Fey has previously said that she intends to keep this outlook for the subsequent seasons.From the looks of the teaser above, it’s safe to say Kimmy has retained her love for nineties fashion, while Tituss remains fabulous and Jacqueline remains slightly bewildered by Kimmy’s constant exuberance. For fans, though this teaser may be brief, it’s like being reunited with old friends, and you can’t help but raise a smile at the sound of the familiar theme song.NEXT: TV Characters Who Deserved Their Own ShowsUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 2 arrives on Netflix April 15, 2016. As yet there is no scheduled premiere date for season 3.Source: Netflix

The Simpsons Parody The 2016 Presidential Debates in New Short

The Simpsons Parody The 2016 Presidential Debates in New ShortThe Simpsons has had its highs and lows since its debut in 1989. The longest running TV show ever is currently in its 27th season with at least one more to come. The well-known yellow family has been criticised for lacking freshness and comedy in recent years – and what with Harry Shearer, who voices many major characters, having almost left the series recently, it’s no surprise then that Matt Groening and his team has been attempting to take the show down different avenues.In recent years, The Simpsons’ run has included Family Guy crossover, rumours of Homer and Marge divorcing, Sideshow Bob finally ‘killing’ Bart, and an extended 1980s cop show couch gag. Most recently, we even got news about a live (yes really) animated Q&A with Homer this upcoming May.FOX has now released a new Simpsons political satirical short entitled ‘The Debatable Eight’, which you can watch above. The video depicts Marge waking up from a nightmare that was caused by the distress of the 2016 primary season. Homer attempts to calm her by asking her to imagine a world in which ‘Republicans, Democrats and Donald Trump all get along.’ We’re then treated to a rendition of the tune How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) from Trump, Clinton and Sanders amongst other major presidential candidates. (Perhaps a highlight being a couple of break dancing head spins from Donald Trump, before getting up and his incredible ‘hair’ fixing itself back into place.) The peace doesn’t last long though, what with a joke-fuelled fight breaking out in the latter half.

It’s great when a much-loved show like The Simpsons tenaciously tries to stay fresh and relevant with popular culture gags like this one. It’ll be interesting to see whether snippets like this and the live Q&A session work and bring some fresh life to the cartoon comedy series.With rumours that The Simpsons might bow out in its 30th season it would be wise for Groening and his team to think hard about how they can end on a high note – rather than just petering to a halt like an exhausted steam engine. Everyone knows that The Simpsons has had frequent opportunities to go out on a high note, so here’s to hoping that whenever it does reach the end of its run the series will end with a bang.NEXT: The Simpsons Take on Making a MurdererThe Simpsons season 27 is currently airing on FOX.Source: FOX