Jokershorts — the pop culture round-up for 12 July 2017
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What’s caught the blog with long-reads, cartoons and a smirk’s eye over the past half-month?
This Jokershorts: Pepperland lives on, Marvel stumble on page and screen, DC soar in some unexpected tangents, Guy Ritchie has some Aladdin pain, the King falls, Aliens struggle on, smileys get shorty, Asimov’s finest hour may be behind the corner, an Umbrella shadow falls over Netflix, Riker almost returns and Doctor Who reaches another of its famous endings…
50 years of numbers: We’re still consuming Giles Martin’s glorious remaster of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. More on that later, but here’s an infographic with not quite as many Pepper numbers as holes can fill the Albert Hall…
wasn't built in a day. See how the Beatles' revolutionary album came to be and its enduring influence 50 years later…www.udiscovermusic.com
Marvel fans might want to sit down. There’s no secret that something’s gone a bit wrong on the four colour side of Marvel…
Creating a new Legacy: Marvel relaunch is almost upon us…
The Avengers are much older than you thought. New details have emerged regarding Marvel's upcoming Legacy relaunch. A…m.uk.ign.com
Fourgotten? Curious by their absence is the once glorious property that was Fantastic Four… About that sabotage… Surely it’s not still going on…
Comic-book movie fans who have been paying attention to maneuvers behind the scenes and off of the screen have been…www.cinemablend.com
Inhumane: If Marvel are prioritising their first party screen franchises, there’s a worrying sign in the state of Inhumans, see Trailers of the Now! for that…
Mark September 29 on your calendar. Marvel's Inhumans TV series will premiere on September 29, and ABC has revealed a…m.uk.ign.com
Fantastic Three? But it’s clear Marvel need to align some Skrull and Kree for the fast-approaching new phase. while fox show no intent of giving up their rights to marvel’s premier family (and actually, bear with this — it might be a move as shrewd as the accidental wealth of variety they’ve found with the X-Men)…
The dark, edgy and moody take on Fantastic Four didn't pan out with Josh Trank's reboot. Even after audiences failed to…www.slashfilm.com
Infinity’s end date: The signs are up for the longest storyline in Hollywood history, the 22-part epic has an end date, and a lot is riding on the shared rights shoulders of Peter Parker. Anyone else mildly perplexed?
Kevin Feige continues to travel the world on promotional duties for Spider-Man: Homecoming, that finally arrives in…www.denofgeek.com
A new web: Of course, Peter Parker’s the future. To get a bit Hellraiser about it, he always has been…
Tom Holland has confirmed the long-held fan theory that Peter Parker - aka Spider-Man - had a secret cameo in . The…www.nme.com
What went wrong for the Amazing Spider-Man? As we ready for the new Spiderman this week, take a peek back at the missing link, the vastly underrated Amazing Spider-Man double-bill:
Was it the adjective? A bit over the top? It worked on paper... With a not inconsiderable haul of over $1 billion…jokerside.com
Still tingling: And stop worrying about Spider-sense, seriously…
Does Peter Parker's Stark tech suit negate the need for that super power? We've seen Spider-Man do many amazing things…m.uk.ign.com
Hans on: On the other lots at Disney, UK y’know, with almost indecent, but highly sensible pace, Ron Howard stepped into the breach to hack Star Wars’ riskiest hour back on track.
Last week came the shock announcement that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been relieved of their duties on the Han Solo…www.empireonline.com
Solo warning: And the news got worse. Seldom has so much spilled so quickly from a tent-pole film’s production. It seems like only a few weeks that we saw those shiny production jackets (it was). Everything seems just a bit last minute, so no wonder it’s making the business pages:
After last week's surprise firing of directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the upcoming Han Solo "Star Wars…uk.businessinsider.com
Ace Solo: But did those creative differences — did they promise some thing this good?
Movies The movie world is still in shock following Lucasfilm's decision to suddenly fire Chris Miller and Phil Lord…www.inquisitr.com
Gleaming Lantern:In the new DC Universe, Hal’s gone space age too — first glances look stunning.
From the team that brought you Star Wars: Legacy. DC Comics' Earth One line of graphic novels continues to expand, this…m.uk.ign.com
Watching the trademark: Things are not so smiley in the world of universe-smashing variant covers:
Recognised in 2016 by the BBC as one of the pivotal steps in the evolution comic books , Alan Moore's "Watchmen…www.worldcomicbookreview.com
Dark clouds forming: A new pretender, Gerard Way’s series looks to be heading to Netflix:
Gerard Way's The Umbrella Academy comic books are being adapted into a Netflix series. See more at Empire.www.empireonline.com
Golden lassos: On the big screen, Wonder Woman’s journey into the stratosphere continues. Some great stats for the biggest instant-super super since Iron Man. Superman’s position once again looks a little adrift…
Why yes, you're getting another Wonder Woman update this morning. If you're tired of these updates, please come back in…www.forbes.com
Mask off: Even Deadpool’s impressed — as his haul disappears in the distance…
While fans continue to clash in Marvel vs DC or X-Men vs Avengers rhetoric, the actors who front these characters' big…www.denofgeek.com
Seeing Red: But that may change for the Big Blue — Mark Millar’s on point with some of his usual gusto stirring. Interesting idea. Huge implications for the connected DCEU, or acceptance of the growing media-multiverse. And if you haven’t read it you really should… At the very least, some great suggestions for the films in the unsplintered DCEU…
PLEASE NOTE: Den Of Geek UK has now confirmed with very, very, very reliable sources that this is not an animated movie…www.denofgeek.com
Forging alloys: Meanwhile, let this be the summer of DCEU fan theory (we’re still justifying Man of Steel four years on).
Image credit: Warner Bros. For decades, the tale of Superman has been one of aspiration. Humans, Supes reminds us, are…www.outerplaces.com
Hanging on to the capes: On the small screen, the Super family grows with more Super-alumni. It’s really quite the gang.
announced Friday that Laura Benanti would not be returning as Kara Danvers aka Supergirl's birth mother, Alura Zor-El…www.geeksofdoom.com
Aladdin pain: Guy Ritchies’ magic is struggling to rub off. Some days you just can’t find an Aladdin
Disney is having a tough time finding their new Aladdin. The Hollywood Reporter has published some slightly sweat…www.independent.co.uk
Hawkish makeover: Really, Empire’s sparkling new Blade Runner cover makes you look twice. How have they managed to make Harrison Ford look so different? Hawkish, weary. perhaps he’s just told Ryan Gosling a weary, sweary old joke — the kind they used to tall back in the 2020s. That’s the only answer. Or perhaps just because If they can, they Replican.
Keeping up with the xenomorphs: On a kind of segue: Blomkamp returns, his Alien dream apparently in quiet tatters…
We're used to seeing textured, gritty future worlds in the films of director Neill Blomkamp: his Oscar-nominated debut…www.denofgeek.com
Oh, and takes on God:
The supreme being is a cranky old white man who's afraid of change in this totally fictional 4-minute film.creators.vice.com
Added face hugging: Meanwhile, the world struggles to see how much better an extra 18 minutes can make Alien Covenant.
20th Century Fox has announced the details for the Blu-ray release of Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant" which will be…www.darkhorizons.com
Keeping close: And isn’t it time for the return of some nice aliens?
Sony released a brand new teaser for " Close Encounters of the Third Kind " over the long, 4th of July weekend…variety.com
Tarantino treads carefully: The latest rumours, could it be…
Quentin Tarantino is reportedly aiming to tackle the Manson case for a new movie. Empire has more info.www.empireonline.com
End of a chapter? Sometimes it feels like the War of the Rings never ends…
After five years, Warner Bros. Pictures and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien have reportedly resolved a rights dispute…www.darkhorizons.com
Hire a Riker: We’re not close to running out of worst kept secrets in the Trek franchise. Still, plenty of mystery left around the new show…
Jonathan Frakes returning to the Star Trek universe? Make it so! The major luminary from the Trek franchise will direct…ew.com
A Stark Enterprise: Except perhaps the new pretenders that will influence the show (hold on to your phasers)
The final frontier is a scary place. Sure, it might be full of adventure, but as we know from previous Star Trek shows…io9.gizmodo.com
Crossing the streams: And particularly acute new pretenders…
Star Trek: Discovery, the latest installment in the popular science fiction franchise, is set to reach audiences this…comicbook.com
Deep Space Birthday: That reminds us, It’s 18 years this week since the conclusion of, whisper it, Star Trek’s finest hour. And that can only mean, next January is the 25th anniversary of its beginning. No pressure on Discovery to fill the gap.
Where were you 18 years ago today? Odds are you were home watching " What You Leave Behind," the two-hour Deep Space…www.startrek.com
Strong Foundations? Could that old but far-too-little-known mentalic the Mule be closing in…
The attempt to turn Isaac Asimov's sprawling and hugely influential Foundation sci-fi book trilogy is one that has…www.empireonline.com
Cost of a thousand planets: Risky stuff on the big screen… And they put Clive Owen in it.
Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is the most expensive French movie of all time, and it seems that a lot of…www.denofgeek.com
Vindicated in La Mancha: There’s been some unfortunate accusations and bile amid the happy news that Gilliam’s ode to Don Quixote has finally wrapped. But it seems the big ol’ auteur is vindicated:
by the Associated Press Portuguese authorities have rejected a television program's claims that one of the country's…www.hollywoodreporter.com
Nihilistic ape: Landis gets his kaiju on Skull Island — which rather inevitably split the watching Twittersphere with monstrous inevitability…
Power to the people: Where’s James Cornwall been?
James Cromwell has been sentenced to seven days in jail after refusing to pay a fine related to his role in a protest…www.independent.co.uk
Cold Feet? And actually, whatever happened to Rob Lowe? Well, HE MET BIGFOOT (AND DIDN’t ENJOY IT!). Woah.
Filed fimly under 'things we weren't expecting to hear this week': Rob Lowe dishing out details on his meeting with…www.denofgeek.com
Closing on the wider arts, and as we began, some music.
Framed again: We’re ramping up for visits to Tate Modern’s Giacometti and the BP Portrait Prize, whose bold winner was announced before its opening late last month:
Artist Benjamin Sullivan has said winning the BP Portrait Award after being shortlisted 13 times, is a "wonderful…www.bbc.co.uk
Fading King: And some worrying news for the legacy of Elvis (everyone, watch the ’68 comeback special)
Forty years since his death, Elvis Presley's image remains one of the most iconic in music history. The same cannot be…www.theguardian.com
Imagine no more… While, no doubt utterly unrelated to Donald Tusk’s appropriation the other week, Yoko’s credit soars…
Imagine all the Lennon fans/ How furious they will be... This week, Yoko Ono was added to the writing credits on one of…inews.co.uk
Trailing Karma Police: And when it was all going so well for the legendary five-piece, an unshakable argument’s emerged. They’re robustly refuting, but doesn’t look like it’ll settle down anytime soon.
Radiohead's lead singer Thom Yorke has responded to criticism by film director Ken Loach over the band's upcoming…www.theguardian.com
Trailers of the NOW!
Inhumans: Wow. When you have a lead character who can’t talk, you’ve got issues. In the comics, but when the trailer’s almost entirely dominated by Ramsay Bolton being Ramsay Bolton (no offence to the acting or casting) it’s very difficult to see any hidden depths. Rather than lead with the intrigue and ig those Game of Thrones vibes in stainless steel surroundings, how about leading with the character’s powers. May avoid the collective Black Bolt impression.
Good luck with this, chaps. Just need a bit more than the dog to hang on to...
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: Well, I laughed out loud. And that’s a strong sense of reboot right there. It’s a wholly different fish to the superb Joe Johnston original, but some things just can’t stay the same.
Harley and Batman: Got to say, this trailer doesn’t have me convinced. It was happening in the comics long before the live action, but Harley Quinn’s dominance is something to be very, very cautious about.
“The red-headed nephew of Batman The Animated Series”. Apparently.
Michael Bond: 35 million book sales over 59 years, Paddington Bear is an utterly marvellous patch on the fabric of Britishness, and author Michael Bond a national treasure. What a marvellous legacy, of a kind and gentle soul that’s eminently timeless in its supreme datedness. A kindly, naive immigrant absorbed into a welcoming if stuffy British culture. Could the bear from darkest Peru be any less relevant and welcome in these uncertain times? The latest Paddington book was published last year. Michael Bond CBE will be missed, but how good to know that in the last few years of his life he saw his gloriously kind and lovable creation grasp a whole new lease of life on the big screen and reassure his legacy.
* Say what? Spoilers here on in *
It’s that time of year when cramming American TV series finales is de rigeur, stay-tuned next week for the latest on Supergirl and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This week, it’s distinctly European..
Versailles: Don’t get me wrong, there’s still something insufferably irritating about Versailles, having ended its second series and production well under way on its third. It’s the sense that we’re seeing a mere snippet of the wealth of intrigue and circumstance and all sorts of other things that unfolded in Louis’ great experiment. The rooms just feel silly, the drama, a little soapy under the weight of its mingled European accents and ridiculous hair. But something happened in the middle of its second year: I think I got it. Finally. Wrapped up in the odd pacing, and devilish mix of the predictable (sack Fabian Marchal, reinstate him) and the unpredictable (the episode long meeting of Louis and his great rival William of Orange) there really are moments of utter genius in there. Often you really have to search as it seeks to bury stuff away under a mass of style, but regular viewing certainly pays off. And particular props to Alexander Vlahos who’s constantly, entertainingly riveting to watch as one of the show’s most sympathetic and interesting characters.
Kat and Alfie in Redwater:
“Dermot, I’m gonna get me trousers wet”
Or Kat and Alfie in Deep Water. Or Kat and Alfie dead in the water. Really, they weren’t in this Eastender’s spin-off very much at all.
What a curious beast Redwater was. During a long lead time, from producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins leaving its parent show, it promised to be an extraordinary mix of Twin Peaks, Broadchurch and Eastenders itself. It turned out to be just as odd, but surely not in the way anyone was expecting. Shane Ritchie’s presence was almost negligible, while Jessie Wallace disappeared for episodes at a stretch as some of the quite extraordinary, familial, dark soap unravelled in the small Irish village of the title. The viewers abandoned it early on it appeared, caught between its brewing confusion and some tough scheduling(on the one night it was pulling three million less viewers than the episode of Eastenders that preceded it) It was a bold experiment and watch. The last time the BBC’s produced such a tonally strange spin-off was Torchwood and that took three years to end up on prime time BBC One. Yet, while the pitching tone was dark, Redwater barely dropped anywhere beyond its famous soap mother.
The first episode was glorious, a Wicker Man trip full of promise. The reveal pitched extraordinarily early. and it ducked and weaved through a tight and preposterous story line until it’s quite unbelievable multi-cliffhanger ending six hours later. Most of it occupied with a wonderful group of mainly unlikable characters, a family hanging by such thin threads that manged to swing between the bizarre and other times the sublimely mundane.
Somewhere in there was a bit of a magic trick And I hope the mild failure the ratings suggest hasn’t put Auntie off a second round of the experiment.
After all, two Eastenders legends cant simply walk back into the soap after that ending…
Pepper turns 50:
Hats off to the BBC’s brilliant coverage of the Beatles for Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’s 50th.
A highlight was the rather audacious four part attempt to draw out an alternative history of the Beatles. Hosted by Paul Merton, it expanded on the format set by Rob Brydon’s Elvis Dream concert but stretching the Beatles dream to a reunion in 1974 (just between the litigation and Lennon’s 1975 retirement) that not only spawned a concert but new double album. Both are curious things, the step of popular radio into a parallel worlds. Undoubtedly the perfect fit for comedians second, fans first.
Add into that the archive revisits to the album, including Annie Nightingale’s and the sprawling two-part summary hosted by Martin Freeman on Radio 2 (to the palpable, ribbing jealousy of other presenters). And Radio 4’s full day exploring the stars of the famous album cover. Highlights included Diana Doors’ Desert Island Disks, a curious documentary trip into the chilling world of Aleister Crowley and Tracy Ann Oberman’s first radio play, a rather superb glimpse into the rivalry of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, ‘Bette and Joan and Baby-Jane’.
In-depth: Doctor Who Series 10 reviews
And of course, Series 10’s concluded. And in rather scintillating style. Wile away the six months until the Twelfth Doctor’s truly final hour by digging into every Series 10 review on our special reviews page. Keep an eye out for the series summary coming soon.
Exclusive content from Jokerside! Weekly Doctor Who S10 reviews and every 2 weeks ‘Jokershorts’ — our round-up of news…medium.com
The final days of Peter Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor and Steven Moffat have arrived. Could they possibly pull it out of…medium.com
Not long surely until the big new reveal… Perfect time for a nice slice of Newsnight trolling, or is it?
That’s been our rolling half month… Fill the gap until your next fix with just about 200 long-reads, cartoons and features running the gamut of Pop-Culture at Jokerside.com. See you in two! :)