Some time back when I first saw After Earth when it premiered on one of my pay channels, I had a very hard time getting past the first 20 minutes. And I bailed on it. But I had a chance to watch the movie again (there was NOTHING else on TV) and I watched it again and had an interesting epiphany.

Despite his floundering career and string of entertainment disappointments, M. Night Shyamalan, I think, approached the making of After Earth like he did The Last Airbender. If you look at the movie like it was aimed at children, at a youthful audience, it suddenly makes more sense and feels like less the painful failure than I first perceived it to be. And if he didn’t, OMG, WTH?

But if I recall, the marketing felt like it was aimed at the adults of the world and thus, it seemed to fall short of any box office survival, making $61M domestically and $245M worldwide. (Overseas tickets cost more…)

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After Earth stars Will Smith as Cypher Raige and Jaden Smith as his son, Kitai Raige.

The story goes that Cypher has this ability to be completely fearless and thus, able to defeat a certain alien beast that senses and locates people only by the fear they exude.  His son… not so much.

Cypher, in an attempt to bond with his son, decides to take him along on a simple transit through space, but the trip gets sidelined and ends up crashing on what was once Earth. And all kinds of things have evolved that are simply not friendly. Not to mention that the cargo of the ship also had one of those aliens. (Why we bring our kid along on a ship with one of those death-dealing alien monsters? Meh? Who knows?)

During the crash landing, Cypher is hurt and has to talk Kitai through a journey to find an emergency beacon that came down a few days travel away, in the tail section of the ship. (Everyone else is splattered and dead)

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Today’s chat notes talk a tiny bit about Doctor Who, the Prometheus sequel, Wil Wheaton getting cancelled and apparently I had a ton of notes about upcoming Marvel projects, mostly, about The Avengers sequel, Age of Ultron.

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Doctor Who

If you’re wondering, yes, Jenna Coleman and Peter Capaldi will both be in the upcoming Christmas special.

And that Moffat seems to be getting more accepting of the online world and the tube, especially when he saw that their online spinoff, Pond Life, pulled in six million views.

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Prometheus 2

OMG, I just saw some GREAT news about Prometheus 2… production will have to be delayed while Ridley Scott scrambles to make an earlier release date for the movie called The Martian.

It’s not that I hated Prometheus. It wasn’t horrible. Unless you count scientists acting like uneducated morons, people operating on themselves, people running in the same direction as that of a giant giant wheel rolling after them (no, don’t turn left now) and being confused about if this cluster was a prequel or not.

No… it’s just that now we have a scientist and a disembodied android going off to the planet populated by the same creators who seemed hell-bent on smiting all of Earth from existence.  Then again, the scientists were f*ing stupid to begin with, so sure, let’s go from the fire into the frying pan.

Other than that, it was OK.

Where was I? Oh, so right now Fox does not have a release date set for Prometheus 2.

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Wil Wheaton’s talk show on Syfy has been cancelled, after only 12 episodes.

To be honest, for a filler, it wasn’t a bad show, with the exception of that crap Skeletor bit.  But Syfy told Wheaton that the show did not have enough viewers tuning in. Which is sort of sad when you see what viewers are tuning in to.

Wheaton said on his blog how he tried very hard to get the Syfy (AKLA NBC, AKA Comcast) executives to understand how they could help the show survive.

But alas, it was not to be.

And for a short hit, I was thinking that he could have had a good rif show, had he spun it right.

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MARVEL MOVIE NEWS (And Spoilers)

Ant-Man

SPOILERS???

Rumors about the upcoming Ant-Man movie are becoming more rampant.  The latest one is that Janet Van Dyne will be dead in the story line.  And that another character, Cassie Lang (Giant-Girl) will be in it.

Who she’s portrayed as, whether it be as Giant-Girl or as just the character who can or could become her, like we see too often in Marvel films, will divulge itself over time, barring the teaser interviews film makers give out.

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The Avengers

avengers age of ultron- THOR

This could be considered a story spoiler for the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron (Avengers 2, or A2).  But now that I know it, well, you can decide if you want to know it. Or this could be a rumor that a scapegoat has been used to disseminate.

Either way, it’s being said that at the end of The Avengers 2 or in Captain America 3, Cap will be assembling a new Avengers team, though who will be on the team, has not been divulged or are not fully cemented.

But if you ever read the comic franchise, The Avengers consisted of different members at different times. So if true, this keeps with the comic feel. And being in how the Marvel Cinematic Universe is close to but not quite on mark with the comics, it’s anyone’s guess how the movie world will evolve.

Online guesses suggest Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Captain (Ms.) Marvel, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch.

avengers age of ultron- BLACK WIDOW

If rumors that are suggesting we won’t be seeing Black Widow at some point in future films have any weight to them, then Ms Marvel would be the required eye-candy for fan boys.

There were some slight rumors that Katee Sackhoff was in line to play Ms. Marvel… but she’s squelched those rumors by later saying she is not in talks for that character.  Then again, remember when J.J. Abrams said point blank that Kahn wasn’t in the Star Trek movie? Just saying. (She would seemingly be perfect for the role.)

(The hopes got started when she tweeted she was meeting Stan Lee for something, and wearing red leather.  Then she tweeted another pic that didn’t support any of it.

avengers age of ultron- CAPTAIN AMERICA

As far as the next set of Avengers, I have a suspicion that Captain America will be in it.  But will it be Steve Rogers… or Bucky Barnes or even Sam Wilson?

Bucky using Cap's SHIELD

Bucky picked up the mantle of the shield in the print franchise in the past. Plus these days, Marvel is changing up the Cap title again, with Rogers super soldier serum fading out and Sam Wilson (The Falcon) taking over the shield. While still retaining his wings for flight.  Then again, did you see how well Bucky, or The Winter Soldier handled Cap’s shield when he took it from him and wielded it against him in Cap 2? Clue? Or just paying homage to the comic story line?

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Notes: LEFTOVERS, STAR WARS, THE STRAIN, TREMORS, VENOM…

August 29, 2014

Bits of news and opinion on The Leftovers The Librarians Star Wars The Strain Tremors Under The Dome Venom Movie -============================================= The Leftovers Has anyone been watching The Leftovers on HBO? When I first saw that it was from Damon Lindelof (Lost, Star Trek, Prometheus)? I approached the series with caution because like Lost, I’m […]

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DIVERGENT Review

August 29, 2014

Divergent takes the best points from the opening of the book trilogy and sets the stage for a great story, doing so in an entertaining fashion. – When I heard that Divergent was going to be made in to a movie, I wasn’t sure what to think. I had read the books (and enjoyed them) […]

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Bits on The AVENGERS, EXTANT, GOTHAM, MAD MAX And…

August 28, 2014

Today’s collective of news, insights and thoughts include bits from Avengers Age of Ultron filming status, Extant’s schedule and ratings, a tiny bit on the new Fantastic Four movie, something about the Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG) movie, Fox’s TV show, Gotham, a curious website bit about The Hunger Games, and a little something about […]

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Is DC Really Banning Humor From Their Comic Movies?

August 27, 2014

There’s news (or rumor) running around that Warner Bros is frowning on any lighthearted humor in their superhero movies. But to be perfectly honest, this rumor seems to be a mandate getting handed down by DC Comics. And to be honest, if true, it feels like a mistake. Or is it that they realize their […]

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TRUE BLOOD Goes Out Like A Used Candle Wick

August 27, 2014

I don’t know about you, but after the series finale of True Blood on HBO, I’m not sure what to think. It’s a series finale, so these are always met with mixed emotions. But True Blood, in complete contrast to its very existence as a series, ended on a lull of a quiet note. Like […]

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AVENGERS, BATMAN v SUPERMAN, DR WHO

August 26, 2014

Today’s tidbits include snippets of insights from Avengers 2, Batman vs Superman, Captain America, and Doctor Who. – Avengers: Age of Ultron If you want to mix words with hopes, in a semi-recent interview Joss Whedon said he wanted to make this movie harder to make than the last one and Chris Hemsworth has been […]

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New Movies and DVD Releases, WALKING DEAD, SOA…

August 25, 2014

This week there are some great TV titles coming out on DVD/Blu-ray, including The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, Criminal Minds and many other titles. Godzilla is coming to digital release also, on Tuesday, August 26th. Also, coming out in theaters this week we have Pierce Brosnan leading the short list of new movies… Movies […]

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Dumbarton Bridge: What Is That Smell?

August 25, 2014

Today I have a few things on my mind and thought I’d chat about them here. One of them concerns that gawd awful stink on the east side of the Dumbarton Bridge in the Bay Area. – Of late I’ve been finding myself crossing over the Dumbarton Bridge in the Peninsula/East Bay region and I […]

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AVENGERS 2, BATMAN v SUPERMAN, CAP 3, DR WHO…

August 24, 2014

Check out this info on Avengers 2, Batman V Superman, Captain America 3, and Doctor Who… read on faithful readers… (Images are links to Amazon products) Avengers: Age of Ultron If you want to mix words with hopes, in a semi-recent interview Joss Whedon said he wanted to make this movie harder to make than […]

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News/Info on SHIELD, ANT-MAN and 2 New Syfy Shows

August 22, 2014

Check out this collective of news info about a 12 Monkeys TV series from Syfy, Agents of SHIELD, Ant-Man, and another new show from Syfy, Ascension. 12 Monkeys H Just in case you did not know, Syfy is doing an adaptation TV series of the movie by the same name.  And joining the cast, is […]

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News, SHIELD, AVENGERS, DAREDEVIL, GRIMM, THUNDERBIRDS and more….

August 20, 2014

Today’s tidbits cover Agents of SHIELD, Avengers 2, the Netflix Daredevil production, the newest Fantastic Four movie, a tiny but exciting bit about Game of Thrones, Grimm, the DC Shazam movie/character, and yes, the remake of the classic TV series, Thunderbirds! – Agents of SHIELD So to recap, the present cast list of new folks […]

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Movie & TV News Bits, SHIELD, ARROW, AVENGERS, DR WHO, VAMPIRE DAIRIES and more….

August 19, 2014

Today’s collective of news and information includes the following TV and movies – The 100, Agents of SHIELD, Ant-Man, Arrow, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Daredevil, Doctor Who, The Flash, Iron Man 3, Star Trek 3, Supernatural and The Vampire Dairies. ========================= The 100 (Season 2 spoilers) The 100 from The CW was a surprising show. […]

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New DVD’s This Week led by AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

August 19, 2014

This week the new DVD and Blu-ray releases (yes, the report is back on Brusimm) include the overly busy second installment of Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man film, followed by a season of NCIS and Boardwalk Empire. And for kicks, I actually ordered my digital version of Captain America The Winter Soldier. I finally ordered a […]

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LEGENDS on TNT Review

August 17, 2014

(This review of Legends has spoilers.) Any fan of Sean Bean will probably be pretty quick to tell you that this is a new kind of character portrayal for the man that goes above, beyond and below anything he’s ever done. He’s almost unrecognizable. – Tuning in to the Legends series premiere on TNT, I […]

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ZODIAC: SIGNS OF THE APOCALYPSE on Syfy

August 17, 2014

When I tune into the 9pm Saturday Syfy movie, I do so to have some mindless fun. Usually the movies are along the lines of the cheap, Asylum produced movies with hokey lines and even more dreadful special effects. But Zodiac: Signs of the Apocalypse (AKA Zodiac on IMDb), produced by Zodiac Productions, started out […]

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Menlo Park’s City Operations And Fizzling Public Events

August 14, 2014

After the FAMILY FITNESS NIGHT fizzle last night, and the almost announced mosquito spraying event earlier this week, I’m reminded of why my enthusiasm for my town (Menlo Park) has begun to waver. – I don’t know about you, but when an event takes place in downtown Menlo Park, I love to go check it […]

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