• Disney is giving their Epcot mascot a movie

    Not enough people realize how influential the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise was. The idea of turning a theme park ride into a working film series seemed impossible. Once the film became a rousing success, every studio in Tinseltown understood that they could make a movie out of any brand they wanted. Disney, ever the pragmatist, just kept repeating the formula with theme park rides to middling success with both the Haunted Mansion and Tomorrowland. After both films flopped, it seemed like Disney discovered that they caught lightning in a bottle with Pirates and stopped trying to replicate the magic. 

    Well, that was then, and this is now. In addition to a new Haunted Mansion film in pre-production, Disney is trying to turn their Epcot mascot Figment into a full-fledged movie character. According to Deadline, Seth Rogen's film studio Point Grey is going to helm the project and turn Disney's Figment into a reality. 

    A Disney film is in the works featuring the character Figment, a small purple dragon who serves as the mascot of Epcot's Imagination Pavilion in Orlando. The feature hails from Seth Rogen's Point Grey with Pokémon Detective Pikachu's Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit set to write, Deadline has learned. Figment was created by Walt Disney Imagineers Tony Baxter and Steve Kirk, among other collaborators, in 1983, the same year it made its debut in the Epcot ride Journey Into Imagination. Figment is the embodiment of the imagining process— a figment of your imagination.

  • Even the poster for the Weird Al movie is a parody Weird Al

    When rumors about a Daniel Radcliffe-led Weird Al Yankovic movie began to circulate, fans immediately began questioning the film's tone. Obviously, fans never expected a Weird Al film to be 100% serious, but Radcliffe didn't seem like the first choice one would go for when creating a biopic about a parody musician. Although Radcliffe has appeared in a few comedy films, the genre isn't normally where the actor resides. However, the film's tone became abundantly clear once the first trailer for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story hit the net last month. The movie wasn't just going to be a funny flick but a parody of music biopics from the ground up. 

    With more than enough music biopics to choose from, Weird: The Al Yankovic Story will have no shortage of inspiration to lampoon. And it seems like the parody won't be confined to the film's runtime, as the movie's posters will parody the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

  • Marvel's Blade just lost its director

    Everyone pretty much knows what's happening with Warner Brother's Flash film. However, before Ezra Miller's bizarre streak of arrests and allegations, the film had other problems. Prior to their current PR nightmare with the film's lead, The Flash was running through directors faster than Jay Garrick vibrating through solid matter. In retrospect, The Flash losing its director was the first red flag that the flick was in trouble. 

    That's why the recent news around the Blade movie has me a little nervous. Outside of the arrival of Deadpool, Wolverine, and Daredevil, Marvel fans have been patiently waiting for Blade to join the Marvel universe. Before Iron Man became the catalyst for the MCU's success, 1998's Blade was the first movie that put the wind in Marvel's sails as a company. Well, now that we're two months out from production, the director behind bringing a vision of Blade to the MCU has decided to jump ship. 

    Bassam Tariq has exited his role as director of Marvel Studios' "Blade," Variety has confirmed.

    Tariq's departure comes as a shock, as production was set to begin in November on Marvel's upcoming feature about the iconic comic book vampire slayer. The film is set to star Mahershala Ali in the title role, alongside a cast that includes Delroy Lindo and Aaron Pierre. Although he will no longer be helming "Blade," sources close to the situation state that Tariq will remain attached to the project as an executive producer.

  • Looks like we're not getting a Star Trek 4 after all

    It's been a while since we've had a Star Trek film in theaters. From 1979 to 2002, it felt like Star Trek film would always have a movie on the silver screen until the heat death of the universe. However, in the early 2000s, the franchise was steadily running out of impulse power and desperately needed to be retooled. In 2009, J.J. Abrams launched the Star Trek reboot trilogy and helped successfully make the franchise more palatable to the non-Trekkie mainstream. Unfortunately, by 2016, the series would again run out of steam. Despite the third film in the trilogy, Star Trek Beyond, performing well at the box office, the franchise's momentum came to a crawl.

    Earlier this year, it seemed like Paramount finally remembered that they had a Star Trek film series and seemingly green-lit the fourth movie in the franchise. Well, now Paramount has decided to pull the plug by removing Star Trek 4 from their production slate. 

    Paramount has removed its untitled "Star Trek" sequel from its upcoming film slate. The project, produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, had been dated to hit theaters on Dec. 22, 2023. The rather inevitable news comes roughly one month after director Matt Shakman exited the "Star Trek" film, which was nominally set to be the fourth cinematic tour of duty for Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Karl Urban as Bones, John Cho as Sulu and Simon Pegg as Scotty. Shakman was successfully courted by Marvel Studios to helm its "Fantastic Four" reboot, reuniting the "WandaVision" director with the studio, after "Spider-Man: No Way Home" director Jon Watts left that film in April.

  • Bob Odenkirk is about to write and star in a new comedy film

    Thanks to his brilliant work in Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk has earned tons of acclaim for his acting talents. If anything, now that his turn as the seedy Saul Goodman has come to an end, it's safe to assume that Odenkirk's name will remain popular among casting directors for years to come. However, it's important to remember that Odenkirk has a variety of abilities in the world of entertainment. Fans of sketch comedy will cite Odenkirk's tenure on Saturday Night Live and Mr. Show as evidence of his impressive talents as a writer. In addition to cranking out comedy scripts, Odenkirk also helped produce Adult Swim's groundbreaking sketch series Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! The man is basically a one-man production studio. 

    According to Deadline, Odenkirk will return to writing comedy with his first post- Better Call Saul project. The film, The Making of Jesus Diabetes, will reunite Odenkirk with Andrew Friedman and Michael Naughton from Better Call Saul. 

    Better Call Saul Emmy nominee Bob Odenkirk has been set to co-write and co-star in feature comedy The Making of Jesus Diabetes. Odenkirk is collaborating on the project with comedy actor-writers Andrew Friedman (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Michael Naughton (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia), who also will co-write and co-star. Friedman and Naughton also had supporting roles in AMC hit Better Call Saul. Ellen S. Wander's Film Bridge International is launching world sales on the movie ahead of the American Film Market in early November.

  • Deadpool 3 is bringing Hugh Jackman back as Wolverine Deadpool 3

    Fans have been clamoring for Ryan Reynolds to reprise the role of Deadpool since before the ink dried on the Disney and Fox merger. Towards the end of its lifespan, the Fox X-Men series was limping toward its grave. The notable exceptions to that rule were the Deadpool and Wolverine movies. The former's success with an R rating helped pave the way for the powerful and poignant Logan, which still stands as a masterclass in superhero films. 

    When Disney acquired Fox, fans began to dream up elaborate fan casts for pretty much every mutant under the X-Men umbrella- as well as all of their various satellite teams. Well, except for Deadpool and Wolverine, everyone just wanted Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman to come back.

    Well, if Disney's famous theme song is to be believed, "When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true." Ryan Reynolds confirmed that not only is Deadpool 3 a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Hugh Jackman will also reprise his role as Wolverine in the film. 

  • Why is electricity the go-to power set for Black superheroes? Black Superheroes

    In the late 70s, Black superheroes were few and far between, but by the 90s, Black characters became a fixture in comics. Off the top of my head, you had: Icon, Chapel, Spawn, John Stewart, Luke Cage, Steel, and a host of others. However, despite the increased focus on the diversity of characters' races, one trait in Black superheroes has remained utterly lacking in diversity. I'm, of course, talking about the absurd number of Black heroes with electricity as a power set. 

    Again, just off the top of my head, you've got: Storm, Static, Black Lighting, Black Vulcan, and even the new race-swapped Lightning Lad from the Legion of Superheroes, to name a few. As a Black comic fan, I always found the preponderance of Black characters with lighting abilities a little odd. Thankfully, Mixed Up Media's YouTube channel found it equally strange and dedicated an entire video to the formulaic trope. 

  • We're getting a Spirit Halloween movie, whether we like it or not Spirit Halloween

    Similar to all of the great horror movie slashers, whose costumes they presumably carry, you can't avoid Spirit Halloween. If the Halloween chain wants to invade your neighborhood, there's nothing you can do to stop them. Once you see a Spirit Halloween, you better start running because it's already too late. 

    Anything can become infected with the Spirit Halloween virus. I don't care if it's a recently abandoned roller rink or a hollowed-out CiCi's Pizza; if it can contain a reasonable number of people, according to the Fire Marshall's code, it can become a Spirit. I was never naive enough to believe that a movie theater was incapable of being possessed by a Spirit, but I never thought that a movie theater would ever show a film about a Spirit. 

    You can check out some footage of Spirit Halloween: The Movie starring Christopher Lloyd and Jaden Smith in the video linked above.

  • Anthony Bourdain's final texts revealed in new biography

    One should never take someone's apparent joy or status as an indication of their wellbeing. As a young man, Anthony Bourdain possessed the life of my dreams. Bourdain apparently felt trapped in that very life. The cosmopolitan chef's harrowing final texts, preceding his 2018 death, are revealed in a new biography.

    A new unauthorized biography of Anthony Bourdain, which includes for the first time the celebrity chef's text messages from the days leading up to his death by suicide in 2018, reveals Bourdain's anguish over his career, his estranged marriage and his troubled romantic relationship with actor Asia Argento.

    Selections from the book Down and Out in Paradise: The Life of Anthony Bourdain, written by journalist Charles Leerhsen, were published in today's The New York Times. The Simon & Schuster book will be released on Oct. 11.

    "I hate my fans, too. I hate being famous. I hate my job," Bourdain wrote to his estranged wife Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, with whom he remained a close confidant even after their separation in 2016. "I am lonely and living in constant uncertainty."

    Watching society remove taboos around discussion of mental health is inspiring. Despite the progress we've made, however, the conversation is far from over. The discussion will never end, and that's a good thing. Remember to check on your people.

    If you are in crisis, call 800-273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org. You can also text via crisistextline.org or by texting START to 741741 from anywhere in the United States.

  • This clip of The Munsters might get you in the Halloween spirit The Munsters

    It's getting close to that time. You can already see it by the throngs of suburbanites demanding pumpkin spice lattes in unison. 

    Fall is here; there can be no doubt. 

    For some, the season is rife with apprehension, as it usually necessitates a conscripted family dinner. However, there's always one aspect of fall that makes the whole season tolerable. 

    No, it's not spaghetti squash. I'm talking about Halloween. If you're anything like me, you've already started to get into the holiday mood by watching a few seasonally appropriate films. Even though it's fun to revisit beloved classics like The FlySuspira, and Dawn of the Dead(1978), finding new movies to add to your rotation is crucial. Rob Zombie already proved himself to be a capable director of Shlocky horror with The Devil's Rejects, but now it's time to see how well he can handle a family-friendly horror-centric comedy. 

    You can check out a clip of Rob Zombie's upcoming rendition of the classic franchise The Munsters (previously at Boing Boing) in the video linked above. 

  • The stunning stop-motion animation of Justin Rasch Stop motion

    There really isn't an arm of animation that's more impressive than another. Whether it's three-dimensional models or traditional hand-drawn animation, making cartoons requires a ton of dedication and hard work. However, one branch of the animation tree is notorious for how demanding it can be: stop-motion animation. The process of arranging individual pieces of an action figure or, in some cases, construction paper for hours to capture a single frame of animation is not for the faint of heart. And while digital filmmaking has made the process easier, it's still incredibly time-consuming and tedious. Despite all the inherent difficulties, a completed stop-motion sequence or feature film is usually gorgeous to watch, proving the juice is worth the squeeze. 

    Justin Rasch, co-owner of the Stunt Puppets animation house, has tons of great videos on his Instagram that showcase how insanely technical the art of stop-motion animation can be. In the video linked above, you can watch a time-lapse of Rasch bringing a fan-made model of the character Moneky Bone to life with his meticulous attention to detail. 

  • This clip of George Bush in Wii Golf is somehow less absurd than the real footage W Wii

    Presidents make the best memes. There's something about the position that makes it the perfect fodder for gags, irrespective of the political party. Obama gave us tons of great Key & Peele sketches, and Trump could practically have a whole wing of the internet dedicated to memes about his tenure in the Oval Office. Even presidents who existed before the internet have somehow found their way into a legendary meme or two. 

    Despite every president from the 21st century having at least one good meme, it's hard to forget your first. I only knew two things during my teen years in the early 2000s.

    1. George W Bush was an idiot.
    2. And all of the jokes made at his expense were guaranteed to be hilarious. 

    In the video linked above, the YouTube channel Pertinax created a video mocking George W's infamous "watch this drive" clip. The only difference is that Pertinax edited W into a game of Wii Sports golf. 

  • Netflix to launch mobile games division

    Video games rake in a lot of dough nowadays. Typically, when the conversation of video games and profit comes up, the focus almost exclusively revolves around triple-A titles like Grand Theft Auto and Halo. I mean, it wasn't too long ago that Grand Theft Auto V became the most successful entertainment product of all time. However, people often overlook how lucrative mobile games can be. Despite not earning respect from hardcore gamers, mobile developers are probably too busy earning every form of currency to care about the criticisms lobbed in their direction. 

    As other streaming services start nipping at their heels, Netflix has been rethinking its strategy as the market leader in the field. In addition ot reevaluating their release schedule—and possibly ditching the binge model they popularized a decade ago—Netflix has been testing the waters with video games. Now the streaming giant is about to enter the world of mobile games

    Netflix is investing more in gaming by establishing an internal games studio based in Helsinki, Finland, and led by Marko Lastikka, a former general manager at both Zynga and EA. "This is another step in our vision to build a world-class games studio that will bring a variety of delightful and deeply engaging original games — with no ads and no in-app purchases — to our hundreds of millions of members around the world," Netflix said in an announcement(Opens in a new window). The company settled on Helsinki because it's a major city for game talent. Rovio, the developer of Angry Birds, and Clash of Clans maker Supercell are both based in the area. In addition, Next Games, which Netflix acquired in March, is also located in Helsinki.

  • Watch Tarantino create a backstory for Sergio Corbucci's Django QT DJ

    Quentin Tarantino's greatest strength as a filmmaker is also the basis of the criticism that hounds him most persistently: his reverence for classic films. Fans of Tarantino love how frequently and lovingly he homages great directors and their movies. At the same time, his detractors believe that Tarantino is nothing more than a petty cinema thief that swipes impressive sequences to bolster his profile as a visionary auteur. Even if you fall into the latter's camp, it's impossible to deny that Tarantino still adds his own twist to whatever scene he replicates. 

    Post Jackie Brown, most cinephiles began to notice how much the work of famed Italian director Sergio Corbucci influenced Tarantino. From swiping the score from Navajo Joe for Kill Bill to the title and structure of Django Unchained, it's clear that Tarantino knows his way around Corbucci's catalog of films. In the video linked above, Tarantino offers his fan-fiction backstory for Corbucci's bloody revenge flick Django

  • The many characters of Pierce Brosnan Bond...James Bond.

    One of the best concepts and phrases to emerge from millennials and Gen z is the idea of "giving someone their flowers." As humans, Too often do we wait until the frigid grip of the reaper snatches someone away from us before we shower them with the praise they deserved during life. Very few people realize how tragically impermanent life is until the reality of mortality hits them in the face. Consequently, the trend of "giving people their flowers" is a concept that I never tire of seeing or engaging in. 

    In the video linked above, GQ sits down with Pierce Brosnan to discuss the litany of impactful roles he's played throughout his career. Although he'll always be Bond to a generation of fans, it's important to remember that Brosnan is capable of more than being a stoic spy. He was also a talking head in Mars Attacks!, and that's infinitely more memorable. 

  • Check out Kyle MacLachlan's Criterion collection picks Kyle Mac

    You can always see the influences of others in the work of great artists. Even when creators go out of their way to hide their proverbial brushstrokes, the work of their peers and the legends that helped shape their creative palate is usually incredibly evident. For fellow creators and eagle-eyed fans, trying to find the medley of classic and contemporary influences that reside inside the work of an artist or performer becomes a fun game of "hide and seek." Sometimes the answers are obvious, whereas other times, the answers are a little bit more obscure. Or, sometimes, they'll just come out and tell you what inspires them.

    In the video linked above from the Criterion Collection's YouTube page, the actor extraordinaire Kyle MacLachlan enters the famed Criterion closet to procure some of his favorite films. Not surprisingly, MacLachlan even finds time to pick one of his own brilliant movies in the process.

  • Exclusive interview with Matt LaCroix and Kaedrich Olsen about Gaia's Ancient Civilizations fourth season

    We all know the adage "history is written by the victors." Without a healthy dose of skepticism, taking the historical record at face value is a recipe for misinformation. With their series Ancient Civilizations, the Gaia network investigates the strangest mysteries lurking amid the ruins and weathered relics—and urges us to reevaluate our perspective on ancient civilizations.

    Sites like Göbekli Tepe, the Tellem burial caves of the Dogon tribe in Mali, and, of course, the pyramids and temples of Egypt each possess puzzling secrets that indicate the existence of ancient cultures with an understanding of science and astronomy that challenge our perception of the knowledge available in those eras. I got a chance to sit down with two researchers from Gaia's Ancient Civilizations, authors Matt LaCroix and Kaedrich Olsen, to discuss what makes these sites compelling, why we should probe deeper into their origins, and what evidence supports their claims.

    BOING BOING: Throughout the Ancient Civilizations program, the phrases prediluvian and antediluvian pop up quite often. Can you explain why these phrases are so important? 

    Kaedrich Olsen: Yeah, Prediluvian and antediluvian are actually the same thing. They're just different ways of saying it. "Ante" being like the front. You know, the anterior chain of the body. So, antediluvian, prediluvian, they're synonymous. And what we're referring to there is, at some point in history, all of these cultures talk about a worldwide flood or a flood that happened. And we are starting to uncover more evidence to show that this did indeed happen, outside of ideological or biblical references or anything, that there's definitely some evidence of that. And we are exploring the cultures and civilizations that would have existed before this massive deluge came in. 

    Matt LaCroix: That was nicely said, Kaedrich. But specifically, the time period has been associated with a specific point in our history that's been identified and generally agreed upon by many, many different groups that are in these studies. And that time period is known as the Younger Dryas period of Earth's history, which was somewhere between ten and a half and about twelve and a half[to] 12,800 years ago. So ten and a half to 13,000 years was this period identified from ice cores and geologic evidence as being this volatile time in Earth's history.

    BOING BOING: What caused this volatility? 

    ML:  Those sources are something that we debate and discuss in the series. But regardless of what caused them, it's basically a period of great Earth upheaval and disasters that affected huge areas of the globe. And commonly, the idea is that something shifted tectonic plates, or there was a cosmic impact, that, at one point during that, [caused] a massive rise of both ocean levels, but also maybe tsunamis that traveled around and completely destroyed and wiped out cultures. And that is generally considered the great flood or great deluge, which is what is called this diluvian period of history. Prediluvian is anything before about 12,000 years ago. That existed and was wiped out and disappeared. 

    BOING BOING: The series speaks about several relics that have survived to the present that could have roots in prediluvian history. If sites like the Temple of Edfu in Egypt or Göbekli Tepe are older than the historical record indicates- and they allude to an advanced ancient civilization- why has history turned a blind eye to this? Why isn't this a commonly accepted theory? 

    KO: That's one of the things Matt and I talk about all the time. You know, like, "Why are these things not more public record? Why are they not out there?" And one of the things that we keep coming across is that there is the established norm, which is fine. The established norm of scientific precedent has set whatever things into motion. And it's our finding that people have based their careers on these scientific precedents. You know, they feed their families with it; they take care of their homes with it; and now comes along somebody who finds like Göbekli Tepe, for example, looks at it and goes, "Oh, oh, oh, this is older than we thought it was." [The established scientist] buries it, hides it, and says, "Nope, I'm not ruining My career because this goes against the established norms." and then later on, decades later, somebody comes across it and goes, "Wait a minute, why are we talking about this? What's going on here?" 

    ML: I actually go a little bit deeper in my personal opinion looking at it. When you see something like the Roman Empire and how they started to alter history and destroy certain libraries around the world, and [how] they were fighting for this established viewpoint/narrative of both religious background studies, as well as scientific and historical information. It seems to be something that started there in an organized way. Where they said, "Okay, we're going to teach this certain perspective, and this is what's going to be established because of Christianity." 

    So, it gets into some religious connotations on how the Bible talks about how everything was created, let's say, like five or six thousand years ago. We find that civil human civilizations are considered to have emerged out of being nomadic five and a half to six thousand years ago. I think it's more of a Christian origin on how [those historical alterations] got started.

    KO: And that is one of the things we came across in our research [are] those people who were geologists and archaeologists [setting out] with the specific intent, to prove the Bible correct. And so, that's one of the things that we do in our research; we don't try to go with any sort of predetermined conclusion. We try to get the data, we try to get the information, and put the pieces together and go, "Oh, here's the better questions to ask." 

    I try to emphasize all the time [that] we're not answering anything. We're trying to find better questions. And we put the data together to come up with like a, "Oh, What does this mean? Oh, what is that? uncover, what's going on here?" So that we don't give answers. We don't say, "This is definitively what happened." We want to go, "Could this be what happened? And if so what does that mean? And what does that mean for us?" 

    BOING BOING: For the sake of argument, let's suppose the data you're accruing is correct. What piece of undeniable evidence do you think would cause people to take this work seriously? Or does that evidence already exist, in your opinion? 

    ML: There's actually quite a few [pieces of evidence]. You call them, like, "smoking gun evidence areas," right? Like, these things you present and say, "Hey, look, Göbekli Tepe is astronomically perfect [at] tracking the cosmos, and yet it's double as old as civilization supposed to be. How could they have known about the cosmos if they were primitive?" Or, like, how did the Dogon tribe of Mali [in] West Africa, that had Egyptian information, how could they have known about a star before it was even discovered with telescopes? Before[telescopes] were even invented? How could civilizations [have] constructed these giant megalithic stones in perfection using granite, and yet civilizations less than 6,000 years old were only supposed to have achieved the Bronze Age tools at that time period? Which means that bronze tools never could've manipulated granite because granite is a harder material, so it's impossible. It's like taking a piece of plastic and trying to carve a rock. It doesn't do anything. 

    KO: I think probably the biggest question is, "How is this relevant to me today?" And, it's like what Matt was saying, once upon a time, if they had these tools that we don't have today, they have this knowledge that we don't have today; what would our world be like if we could reclaim that knowledge? What if we could reclaim those techniques? What would we be doing now if that chain of knowledge was unbroken? So how is that relevant to me today? Like, who are we? Who have we always been, and what can we do to recover those ancient ways? 

    BOING BOING: When I hear stories like this and stuff from "Ancient Aliens," my mind always goes to Occam's razor, in that the most straightforward answer is probably the best. All of the theories and questions posed in the series are very elaborate compared to the historical record. Why do you feel Occam's razor gives your ideas an edge, as opposed to just shredding right through them? 

    KO: Yeah, we try to avoid[alien intervention], but we do agree with Occam's razor. Go to the simplest answer. What if there was a common knowledge? What if there was a civilization around for a lot longer than we thought of, and they had come up to these realizations? [What if] they came to this understanding, and they had some means, I don't know, learning it? So, the simplest answer is they knew. We don't know how they [knew]; that's the big question, "how did they know?" But the simplest answer is they knew, and they were able to use that. But I don't know how they knew. We're still looking for that one. 

    ML: And it's not really about having this cool story that we're trying to fit things to. And I think that perspective sometimes gets stuck in people's eyes. Like you said, "Oh, it's aliens." It's this idea that if something doesn't exactly match our understanding, then it has to be part of this narrative that people seem to sometimes get frustrated over because they've heard it too many times, and then they reject it. It's almost like they don't want to hear it anymore because they haven't accepted it as being possible. And so [they think] we're just formulating things around that to match that. But really, it's the complete opposite. 

    BOING BOING: So what would you say to someone who is 100% skeptical of everything you're talking about? What do you talk about in the series that would cause even the staunchest skeptic to take a second look?

    ML: I would say look at how we extensively talk about dating geologically, looking at ice core samples from Antarctica and Greenland, giving specific dates for when there was a distinctive thing we can see, looking at a 20,000-year history of this event that exactly matches the description that Plato gives of when these civilizations were destroyed, like Atlantis. And [how] the Sumerian king list, specifically states a period of a great flood, and the different dating and time periods of when the kings ruled, that all matches up. I would tell people to look at the data and keep an open mind [to notice] if what they're seeing matches the narrative we're taught. Like, for instance, these megalithic stones that are built with such precision that it would have been impossible for a primitive civilization to be able to build them. [Or] how precisely they were able to use the materials they built them with. [Or] how they would sometimes carry stones hundreds and hundreds of miles, multi-ton stones, to build these[structures also doesn't] fit the narrative. So, look at this with fresh eyes and just see for a minute if that makes sense. Having an alternative view based on the evidence, just see if that makes sense logically. 

    KO: This is kind of funny. You may have never found a bigger skeptic on the worldwide flood than me. Because, looking around, sure there are documentations of regional floods. And when we're looking at some of these prehistoric societies- shall we use that term-when their world flooded, that was their whole world flooded. And when we, in our 21st century, go back and read the documents and we say, "Oh, the world flooded," we tend to project our concept of what the world means to them when they just meant their region. And so I was going, "No, there's no worldwide flood, never happened, not at all." Then as we're digging into the data [and], we're digging into the studies, we're finding that the floor of the ocean suggests that there wasn't as much water then. We're digging in deeper. And so as we start uncovering this evidence, actual evidence from the geological record and from archaeoastronomers, we're going into this, and I suddenly went, "Oh, I need to rethink what I thought I knew about things."

    You can check out the Ancient Civilizations series on the Gaia network.  

  • This Alex Toth Annie show could've been amazing TOTH

    As incredible as comic book superheroes are, some of the superheroes designed for television could easily give them a run for their money. In the 60s, characters like Space Ghost, Birdman, and Mightor became as firmly entrenched in the public consciousness as The Hulk, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic Four. Like Jack Kirby, the architect behind the latter trio of characters mentioned above, Alex Toth, who created the former trio, possessed an unrelenting reservoir of creativity. During his tenure at Hanna-Barbera, Toth helped create some of the most iconic cartoon superheroes of all time. 

    One of Toth's ideas that never saw the light of day was a cartoon about Little Orphan Annie. In the sketches sprinkled throughout this blog post, you can check out some of Toth's designs for an Annie cartoon that would have come out in the early 90s. The sketches not only highlight Toth's impeccable design sensibilities but his unparalleled ability to communicate volumes with only a few lines. 

  • There's a J.Dilla documentary in the works J Dilla

    Producers are finally starting to get the credit they deserve in Hip-hop. Although the genre will always place the lion's share of attention on emcees, the producers that provide the music on which rappers apply their bars are starting to receive newfound respect. The rise of Southern Hip-hop in the 2000s helped usher in the shift of prioritizing beats over rhymes within several sects of the rap fandom. In modernity, Hip-hop and its fans have seemingly struck a healthy balance between the two halves of the rap equation, allowing a litany of producers to become superstars in their own right. However, before artists like Metro Booming, Murda Beats, and London on da track became household names in rap music, one producer became an underground legend for his imaginative instrumentals decades earlier. 

    Off the back of his Oscar-winning documentary Summer of Soul, The Roots' Questlove is gearing up to develop a film about the legendary producer J. Dilla. Despite his untimely death at 32, Dilla's shadow on the music industry still looms large. Hopefully, the new documentary will help a new generation of Hip-hop heads discover the staggering brilliance of Dilla. 

    Following his Oscar win with Summer of Soul, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and his Two One Five Entertainment have signed on for a new nonfiction project about late music producer J Dilla.

    Dilla Time will document, according to the project's description, "the brief life and pervasive and largely uncredited influence of music producer J Dilla." Dilla worked with some of hip-hop's biggest names throughout the '90s and into the early '00s, including Questlove, as well as Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, Common and Erykah Badu. Other collaborators include Ye, Dr. Dre and Pharrell Williams, and his influence can be heard in the newer generation of hip-hop like Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington and Hiatus Kaiyote.

  • They finally found some writers for the Fantastic Four movie Fantastic Four Alex Ross

    Marvel has to strike gold with the Fantastic Four, and they know it. Aside from being the cornerstone of the 616, the FF also comes equipped with some of the best antagonists to bedevil every superhero in Marvel's roster. Without the FF, we'll only see muted versions of Doctor Doom, Galactus, and Annihilus on the big screen. Moreover, characters like the Silver Surfer, who only reawakens his dormant compassion after encountering Ben Grimm's wife Alicia Masters, won't possess the same depth without Marvel's first family. One would think that with that much pressure on the IP's shoulders, Marvel would pull out the big guns for the FF's debut. 

    Initial reports surrounding the upcoming Fantastic Four movie hinted at Steven Spielberg helming the franchise, but now all signs point to WandaVision's Matt Shakman directing the film. Now, it seems like Marvel has found two scribes that will pen the screenplay for the Fantastic Four's inaugural outing in the MCU.

    Following the confirmation earlier this month at Disney's D23 Expo that WandaVision director Matt Shakman would be helming the new Fantastic Four, more details about the project are starting to emerge. As shared by The Hollywood Reporter, Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer have signed on to write the 2024 release.

    The duo previously penned the indie comedies The Last Of The Great Romantics and Bert And Arnie's Guide To Friendship. The former included an appearance from a pre-Eternals Kumail Nanjiani, so get ready to start speculating about how Kingo could cross over! Kaplan and Springer also have Disaster Wedding and K-Pop: Lost In America in the works right now.