New ‘Supergirl’ trailer is more action-focused

After the first Supergirl trailer, it wasn’t immediately clear whether this would be a superhero show or a romantic comedy. This newest trailer is kind of a condensed version of the previous ones, with a heightened focus on Supergirl being super. Glee’s Melissa Benoist landed the coveted role of Kara Zor-El, gifted with all the Kryptonian powers of her more »

Marvel finds its “Spider-Man” actor and director

Ready for one more Spider-Man reboot? Now that the House of Ideas has its most popular character back in the fold, it needed to recast and find a new director. Today it announced both of those steps are complete. Tom Holland, previously seen in “The Impossible” and “Wolf Hall” will be the new Peter Parker. more »

Miles Morales will be Marvel’s main Spider-Man

Starting after Marvel’s Secret Wars crossover, Miles Morales will replace Peter Parker as Spider-Man. Morales, the teenage son of a black father and Puerto Rican mother, replaced the Ultimate Universe’s Parker after that hero was killed. After Secret Wars, Marvel’s Ultimate Universe will combine with its main titles. Parker will still be around, and apparently serve as more »

Run for your life in ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ teaser

The latest addition to The Walking Dead is on its way in August, and here’s another brief glimpse. The guy making like an Olympic runner here is Nick, who is played by Frank Dillane. (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) Nick’s mom is the guidance counselor portrayed by “Gone Girl’s” Kim Dickens. Nick’s been a screwup so far, more »

‘Orange is the New Black’ revisits the Freakonomics abortion chapter

Netflix gave its subscribers a nice surprise Thursday night when it made the entire third season of Orange is the New Black available for streaming several hours earlier than announced. We watched the first episode and it was in form- equal parts funny, sad and touching, as the characters marked Mother’s Day with visits from more »


A True Survivor: Songwriter/Melodic Rocker Jim Peterik Interviewed

I believe in second chances. This isn’t the first time I’ve interviewed Jim Peterik. In September 2014, I attended a book release party/concert celebrating the release of the legendary Chicago-based songwriter/musician’s autobiography  (check out my review here), in New York City. Following a stirring one-man acoustic performance (including some great stories), I had the rare more »

Jon Bernthal to guest star on ‘Daredevil’ as The Punisher

Guy who loves solving his problems with guns, not so great with personal relationships?  Jon Bernthal perfected that as Shane Walsh on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Now he’ll step into Marvel’s TV universe as Frank Castle, better known as The Punisher. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he will guest star as the vigilante  in Season Two more »

Michael Bay will direct adaptation of “Time Salvager”

Remember the days when they waited to see if a book would be a hit before turning it into a movie? Whatever.  Wesley Chu’s latest novel “Time Salvager” arrives July 7. According to The Wrap, The “Lives of Tao” author’s newest work is already being adapted by the Internet’s favorite director, Michael Bay. It’s about James more »

James Wan takes on ‘Aquaman,’ likely delaying ‘Robotech’

One of Aquaman’s many comic book reinventions delivered a “sword and sorcery” take on the character, now a former “Conan” is playing him on the big screen. Jason Momoa will star as the King of The Seas in a Warner Bros. tentpole directed by “Furious 7’s” James Wan. It be probably be his next movie after “The Conjuring.” Getting “Aquaman” on track for a 2018 release will probably delay his involvement with Sony’s “Robotech” franchise.

Tonight I Dine on Turtle Soup, Fella!: WWE’s Sheamus will be Rocksteady in Turtles sequel

Call it Six Degrees of Separation from Kevin Nash. WWE’s Celtic Warrior Sheamus has landed the role of Rocksteady, one of Shredder’s powerful but dimwitted henchmen, in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.” The master of the Brogue Kick posted the picture above to his Twitter, with co-stars Gary A Williams, Brian Lee and Mirelly Taylor. more »

Cary Fukunaga no longer directing ‘It’ adaptation

New Line swears its remake of Stephen King’s “It” is still happening, but it has taken a step backward. According to The Wrap, director Cary Fukunaga is off the project. Reportedly there were budget concerns, including the casting of Ben Mendelsohn. New Line wanted him to take a pay cut to keep things under budget more »

Fox rebooting ‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’

There may be no better example of “brilliant comic book, subpar movie adaptation” than 2003’s “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.”  It’s best known for being Sean Connery’s last film. I think that had more to do with him being ready to retire than the quality of the movie. But Connery was far from the only person more »