The Joker Gets An Official Name (Maybe)

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Writer/artist Sean Gordon Murphy recently tweeted that the iconic villain The Joker would have the name “Jack Napier” in his upcoming comic book, Batman: White Knight. Besides the fact that the Joker is given an actual name, this is significant to Bat-Fans because Jack Napier is the name of Jack Nicholson’s Joker in the 1989 movie Batman.

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Can An Adult Website Save “Sense8”?

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It’s one of the weirdest offers to save a cancelled show I think I’ve ever heard of.

Fans were devastated when the groundbreaking Wachowskis TV series Sense8 was suddenly axed by Netflixand offering a 2-hour movie to try to wrap everything up did little to comfort them. But now adult website xHamster might save the day.

Maybe.

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Review: “Royal City” #1-5 By Jeff Lemire

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“The older I get, the less I feel that there is any place for me here.”
–Peter Pike, “Royal City”

Jeff Lemire (Essex County, Sweet Tooth, Animal Man) is probably one of the most underrated and prolific creators in comics, simultaneously able to consistently put out work from the big publishers and keep the integrity of his work intact in the process.

Royal City, an ongoing series from Image Comics, is one of Lemire’s most recent projects. It’s a timely story of the Pikes—torn apart by tragedy, living within a factory town that has seen better days. The one “constant” in their lives is Tommy—a mysterious member of the family who truly means something different to each person.

Spoilers ahead.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Film Looks Like It’s Going To Happen

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A possible Obi-Wan Kenobi solo movie from Disney has been speculated on for a long time now— with Ewan McGregor saying he was up for it, and even at one point Mr. Robot’s Sam Esmail rumored to be attached to the project.

But now it seems Disney is more or less committed to the film, and The Hollywood Reporter says Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot and The Hours) is “in early talks” to direct. If Daldry gets the gig, he will oversee the entire Obi-Wan project, including writing and development.

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Live-Action “Jetsons” Series From Bob Zemeckis On Order From ABC

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A TV series based on the animated series The Jetsons has just received a pilot order from ABC. Robert Zemeckis will executive produce, along with Family Guy and Will & Grace writer/executive producer Gary Janetti.

Gosh, what can I say about the original Jetsons? The quick-and-dirty definition is that they were literally created as a “futuristic” counterpart to the successful Flintstones animated series in the early 1960s. But they had their own unique enduring charm—certainly, George Jetson was quite different from Fred Flintstone, and if anything was more Jerry Smith from Rick & Morty than Homer Simpson (sorry, George fans!). Continue reading

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New Version Of “The Birds” On The Way From The BBC

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One of my fave all-time movies is Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds—and so I was extremely excited to find out that the BBC is planning to do a TV revival of it.

To be precise: David Heyman, producer of the “Harry Potter” film series, is working on a adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1952 novella The Birds…not quite the same thing. The du Maurier version is far more dark and dystopian…oh wow, look, which is perfect for today’s climate!

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Binging BoJack Horseman: Season One

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“It’s not Ibsen, sure—but look, for a lot of people, life is just one long, hard kick in the urethra. And sometimes, when you get home from a long day of getting kicked in the urethra, you just want to watch a show about good, likeable people who love each other.”
–BoJack Horseman

In my first attempt to watch BoJack Horseman several years ago, I gave up around Episode 6 of Season 1, “Our A-Story Is A D-Story.” Why did I give up on BoJack Horseman? Honestly—it just depressed me way too much. It was exactly not what I needed to see at the time. And it wasn’t even a show that was so much purposely maudlin, pulling at my heartstrings…but rather, there was a sort of covert melancholy seamlessly interweaved with the funny sight gags and topical humor that would just jump out of nowhere and clobber you.

But recently, I decided to give the show another shot—binge-watching the entire first season in one sitting on Netflix.

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