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Friday, 22 June 2018

NBC Has Cancelled Timeless Once Again


Time has officially run out!

Saved mere days after cancellation last year, the fan-favorite time-traveling drama Timeless has been cancelled for a second time over at NBC. Despite this, the network and Sony Pictures Television Studios are in talks over a potential two-hour movie to wrap up the finale cliffhanger.

Created by Shawn Ryan and Eric Kripke, Timeless averages a 1.2 in the key adults 18-49 demo and nearly five million total viewers with seven days of delayed viewing and has maintained both a very loyal and extremely vocal fan base during its two season run.

Last year, the series was saved from cancellation after Sony gave up 50% of the show's ownership stake to NBC's Universal Television.

The show began when mysterious criminal Flynn stole a secret state-of-the-art time machine, intent on destroying America as we know it by changing the past. A team comprised of scientist Rufus, solider Wyatt, and historian Lucy must then use the machine’s prototype to travel back in time to critical events and undo the damage Flynn has done.

Timeless stars Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Goran Višnjić, Paterson Joseph, Sakina Jaffrey and Claudia Doumit.

John Davis, John Fox and Marney Hochman executive produce.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Jurassic World Sequel Nets $15-Million In Previews


The Dinosaurs are back, and bigger than ever!

J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stomped into North American theatres last night earning a promising $15.3-Million in previews. While that may be behind the $18.5-Million earned by Jurassic World back in 2015, it's a very strong start in its own right.

These numbers on par with last summer's Spider-Man: Homecoming, and ahead of the $14.1-Million brought in by Solo: A Star Wars Story last month.

The latest installment of the Dino-Mite franchise should have no problem winning the weekend, and is on track to debut with a very healthy $130-$140-Million opening.

Are you excited for the theatrical release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom?

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.


Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, B.D. Wong, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, and Justice Smith, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives in theaters on June 22nd.

Will you be seeing it this weekend?

Source: THR Heat Vision

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Lucasfilm Denies Star Wars Spinoffs Are On Hold


Lucasfilm has denied recent reports that their standalone Star Wars movies have been put on hold, confirming that multiple spinoffs are still in active development.

According to ABC News, the studio is moving forward with projects separate from the previously announced series of Star Wars movies from Rian Johnson and Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The studio also says that reports of their standalone Star Wars movies being put on hold following the poor box office performance of Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story are inaccurate. However, the identity of these other projects were not revealed.

Before these stories broke, Lucasfilm was said to have a number of Star Wars spinoffs in various stages of development. These include the long rumoured Obi-Wan Kenobi film and the Boba Fett movie from Logan director James Mangold.

Initially it was reported that the studio would put focus solely on Star Wars: Episode IX from J.J. Abrams before planning the next trilogy of films following that. However, with Lucasfilm denying these reports, all we can do for now is wait.

Here's hoping we get some clarity in the coming months as to exactly what the plan is following both Solo: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: Episode IX soon!

Source: ABC News

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New Ant-Man And The Wasp Clips Released


Marvel has released some new clips from Ant-Man And The Wasp.

In the first clip, we see Hope Van Dyne using her new suit to take out a gang of goons in a kitchen. We've seen parts of this scene in the trailers, but there's some new stuff here as well...


The second clip involves a chase scene, again, something that we've seen parts of in the film's numerous trailers and TV spots, which features some pretty cool size altering fun...


Are you excited to check out Ant-Man And The Wasp in just a few short weeks?

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes Ant-Man and The Wasp, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. In the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a super hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.
 
Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña, Michael Douglas,
Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Abby Ryder Fortson, Hannah John-Kaman, Michelle Pfeiffer and Laurence Fishburne, Ant-Man And The Wasp arrives on July 6th.
 
 
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Review: Chapterhouse - Captain Canuck #4


H.A.L.O. closes in!

Surrounded on all sides by enemy drones, Captain Canuck appears to be out of options, but with some help from the mysterious Pharos, the hero in transported away from the altercation.

Meanwhile, Michael Evans and Marla Ritchie are forced to stand their ground as the faceless soldiers of H.A.L.O. close in - until reinforcements arrive courtesy of the P.A.C.T. organization. As the two sides engage, Michael and Marla make a break for the city and a getaway car stashed at an undisclosed location.

Returning to Flin Flon, Pharos uses his connection to the digital stream to pass on his knowledge of the vile Borealis to Tom and Michael just as countless starships arrive over the planet. Teleporting away from the danger, the trio next find themselves deep within a Nevada based stronghold - where Ernest J. Ried, founder of H.A.L.O., is hiding out.

Engaging with another troop of drones, the heroes eventually discover the truth about Ried, while Michael uses his connection to the digital stream to sabotage the organization's computer network and set the fortress ablaze in a flurry of fiery explosions.


We then join a remorseful Captain Canuck at a hospital in Quebec, where we find the hero visiting a recuperating Agent Wise. Blaming himself for the man's injuries, Tom Evans swears to never abandon his friends ever again, taking up the mantle of Captain Canuck once again - and vowing to keep one eye on the sky, and his feet firmly planted on the ground!

Cap is back, and just in time!

The latest issue of Captain Canuck is a blazing action movie of a read that refuses to let up for a single second!

Kalman Andrasofszky has crafted something spectacular that Canadian fans should be truly proud of - an epic adventure that puts the heroes of the Great White North in the spotlight! Captain Canuck is the comic book we need right now, it's action-packed and crammed full of fantastic fun that make this Canadian title a must read for the 2018 summer season!

Kudos, Chapterhouse! You've officially set the bar at a new height!

Rating: 5/5 - "Cap Is Back, and the bar is set to new heights!"

Captain Canuck #4 is available now!

Don't pass it up!

Until next time, Infinite Earths fans!

And, if you're looking for more Chapterverse adventures, be sure to pop on over to the official Chapterhouse Publishing website.

https://www.chapterhouse.ca/

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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Chronicle Announces Jurassic Park Raptor Hatchling


Chronicle Collectibles have announced a new Jurassic Park piece.

The beautiful Jurassic Park 1/1 Scale Raptor Hatchling is based off of one of the most iconic scenes in the original Jurassic Park movie when Grant, Ellie and the other visitors witness the hatchlings birth in the lab of John Hammond's dinosaur theme park.

"The magic of that scene with the hatching baby velociraptor in Jurassic Park remains even after all these years. It’s been great fun to recreate this piece for fans and it’s something that’s never been done before," says Paul Francis, Creative Director at Chronicle Collectibles.

Check out all the official details posted below...

In celebration of the opening of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom tomorrow, this Friday at 3pm CDT (8pm UTC) at chroniclecollectibles.com we’re putting up pre-orders for our final piece for Jurassic June: the simultaneously adorable and terrifying Jurassic Park 1:1 Hatching Baby Raptor! With this piece, we have perfectly captured the moment when one of the eggs hatches while park owner John Hammond shows the team the raptor egg incubators.

Details:
• Limited Edition
• Officially licensed
• For safety reasons, the Baby Raptor can’t leave the egg ;-)
• Companion piece to 1:1 Velociraptor Egg
• Ideal for cosplay
• Crafted out of mixed media
• Measures 11″ tall on a 6″ diameter base
• Priced at $250 and eligible for Chronicle’s no-interest payment plans
• Pre-order link goes up at 3pm CDT (8PM UTC) on June 22nd at chroniclecollectibles.com





The  Jurassic Park 1/1 Scale Raptor Hatchling goes up for pre-order tomorrow.

It will be priced at $250, but optional payment plans will be available.

What do you think, Infinite Earths fans?

Source: Chronicle Collectibles

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We Chat With Meredith Finch & Erica Shultz About Xena


One of the most popular television shows to come out of the 1990's was Xena: Warrior Princess. Running for six seasons between 1995 and 2001, the adventure series followed a former warlord on a quest to redeem herself for her dark past, and was one of the first shows to focus on a strong female protagonist who could hold her own against any who crossed her path.

Since the series concluded in the summer of 2001, fans have been hoping and praying for a revival of the fantasy show, but while that may not be happening anytime soon, that doesn't mean that fans have nothing to look forward to in the years since the show ended. Dynamite Entertainment has been continuing the adventures of the Warrior Princess in the pages of her own comic book series over the last few months - and the issues are so good that they actually read like the TV episodes!

We were pretty big fans of the show growing up, so when the announcement was made that Xena would be back in the pages of a new book, we dove in with both feet!

And, when we discovered that writers Meredith Finch and Erica Schultz were willing to chat with us about their work on the on-going series, well you had to know we were more than a little excited by the opportunity to do so.

Below, you'll find our chat with Meredith and Erica on all things Xena...


Infinite Earths: "What drew you to this project?"

Meredith Finch: "Nick Barrucci had me at “Xena.”  How could I possibly turn down the opportunity to write another of the 20th century’s most iconic warrior princesses?"


Infinite Earths: "Were you a fan of the Xena television series before taking on this project?"

Meredith Finch: "I have always been a fan of fantasy fiction, so I was hooked on Xena from her very first appearance in the Legendary Adventures of Hercules.  The Xena spin-off was such a great mixture of adventure and comedy, and Lucy Lawless portrayed a character that was so fearless and feminine at the same time.  I definitely found that inspiring."


Infinite Earths: "Where did the inspiration for your story come from?"

Meredith Finch: "It felt like it had been a long time since the show had aired and all of the comics seemed to pick up where the show left off.  I wanted to go back to the classic Xena and Gabrielle of those first few seasons, which were really my favorites, and introduce Xena and Gabrielle to an entirely new generation of fans."


Infinite Earths: "How does a project like Xena differ from those you've worked on in the past?"

Meredith Finch: "I seem to be the strong female lead writer.  From Zenescope’s Little Mermaid, DC’s Wonder Woman and Catwoman, to Dynamite’s Xena, and my own character, Rose.  I really try to approach each of them as a woman first and foremost.  I guess in that sense, Xena wasn’t much different from what I’ve worked on previously. That being said, this was the first project that I approached with a much more comedic focus.  I absolutely wanted to do my very best to bring the campiness of the television series into the comic."


Infinite Earths: "What was your favorite part about working on the new Xena series?"

Meredith Finch: "My favorite part about every comic book I work on is my art team.  I was so incredibly blessed to land Vicente Cifuentes for pencils and inks. He definitely loves the characters as much as I do, and he really understands the pacing and comedic beats. Triona Farrell is absolutely my go-to-girl when it comes to colours. She is just so great at creating a mood and bringing it through a book in a way that she makes look effortless. Cardinal Rae is another go-to for me, and I think the impact a good letterer can have on a book is often overlooked."


Infinite Earths: "What does your story offer longtime fans of the franchise? At the same time, why should newcomers check it out?"

Meredith Finch: "I think long-time fans of the show will definitely find a lot of comfort in the familiarity of the characters, while at the same time, getting a bit of a fresh take on old stories.  Newcomers can pick up the series and fall in love with the characters as they discover themselves and each other.  No prior knowledge required."


Infinite Earths: "What's next for you following Xena?"

Meredith Finch: "I’m still working hard on my Image book, Rose, with Ig Guara, Triona Farrell and Cardinal Rae.  It’s hard to believe that we are approaching the two-year mark.  I have another project coming up that will be announced in Baltimore that I am very excited about, and I’m working on a creator-owned graphic novel that should be out sometime in early 2019.  As a mom of three boys, that’s pretty much all I have time for."


Infinite Earths: "Would you ever consider returning to tell more tales within Xena's world in the future?"

Meredith Finch: "I really, really loved writing Xena and Gabrielle, and getting the chance to flex a different set of writing muscles.  I guess that means I would absolutely consider telling more Xena tales in days to come."


Infinite Earths: "From Wonder Woman to Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor, the pop culture world is full of strong female role models. Would you say Xena fits into that category, and if so, why is that?"

Meredith Finch: "I don’t think you can talk about strong female role models without including Xena.  As I mentioned earlier, she is such a great combination of strong and sexy without taking herself too seriously.  I love everything about her, and that was part of why I wanted to reboot her comic – to give younger women and readers the opportunity to know her and love her as much as I do."




Infinite Earths: "What drew you to this project?"

Erica Schultz: "I’ve always had a great working relationship with Dynamite since Gail Simone brought me on for the Swords of Sorrow crossover series back in 2014/2015. After working with them again in 2016/2017 for Charmed, I was honored to pick up Xena after a terrific writer like Meredith Finch. I just hope I do Xena, Gabrielle, and the rest of the cast justice."


Infinite Earths: "Were you a fan of the Xena television series before taking on this project?"

Erica Schultz: "I never really watched the show when it was on. It started as I was leaving for college, and wrapped up when I was moving out and starting my career. I’m familiar with the characters and their adventures. I also consulted with several friends who are very avid fans of Xena to make sure I stayed in bounds."


Infinite Earths: "What would you say has allowed the character of Xena to continue to grow and thrive even twenty years after the show has ended?"

Erica Schultz: "The main themes in Xena were love and redemption. I don’t believe those will ever stop being important to both people and storytelling. I would argue that it’s those core values that keepXena top of mind for so many people."


Infinite Earths: "Can you tell us a little bit about where your upcoming story will take Xena and Gabrielle?"

Erica Schultz: "Xena and Gabrielle meet a young woman who is on the run. It’s up to Xena and Gabrielle to protect this woman from her pursuers."


Infinite Earths: "How does a project like this differ from those that you've worked on before?"

Erica Schultz: "Most of the stories that I’ve been hired to write are primarily grounded in this time and the “real world.” Xena has allowed me to explore the sword and sorcery/ fantasy genre. I’ve written magic with my work on Charmed with Maria Laura Sanapo. But this takes magic to another level."


Infinite Earths: "Given the passionate fan base behind this character, is there an added pressure to ensure you do the character justice in a way that fans will approve of?"

Erica Schultz: "In comics, it seems, there’s a passionate fan base for every character. I felt the pressure when Maria and I were doing Charmed. That said, my job is to tell a fun and compelling story with these characters, capturing their voices and essence. I’m proud of what I’ve written, and I can only hope that it resonates with the fans, as well."


Infinite Earths: "Will we see any familiar faces from the world of Xena during your run? What are the odds she'll cross paths with, say Hercules or Sinbad?" 

Erica Schultz: "I can’t promise she’ll cross paths with Hercules or Sinbad, but there will definitely be characters from Xena’s past that will make an appearance."


Infinite Earths: "What are you hoping to achieve most with your upcoming run on Xena?"

Erica Schultz: "The goal of any story I write is to create a bond between the reader and the characters, and to take the readers on an adventure. I hope fans will enjoy this story, and I hope they find the essence of Xena and Gabrielle that I brought comes through."


Infinite Earths: "From Wonder Woman to Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor, the pop culture world is full of strong female role models. Would you say Xena fits into that category, and if so, why is that?"

Erica Schultz: "I think any woman who holds her own and has a motivation other than to be a foil for a male character is a strong female role model. Gabrielle is, as well, with her heart and her compassion. Far too often, the solution to a strong female character was to write a male character with male emotional traits and just make that character female. Strong role models, no matter the gender, should be complicated and nuanced. All the characters you stated are. I’d also add in the Halliwell sisters, M3, Red Sonja, and Hawkgirl to that list."


Infinite Earths would like to thank both Meredith Finch and Erica Schultz for taking time out of their busy schedules to speak with us! We are honored to have you both as fans and supporters of our work here at Infinite Earths. 

We look forward to speaking with you both in the future! 

For more information on this exciting series, be sure to follow Dynamite Entertainment on Twitter, and be sure to pick up the next exciting issue of Xena: Warrior Princess next month!

Until next time, Infinite Earths fans!  

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