Garrison Keillor Is Phasing Himself Out Of “A Prairie Home Companion”

Keillor Is Stepping Back From The Show He Founded In 1974

It’s finally happening. Garrison Keillor is riding off into the sunset and leaving his baby, A Prairie Home Companion, to live without him. A Prairie Home Companion has become a modern day radio phenomena. Keillor masterfully put a radio show together that pulls on the heart strings, lifts the spirit and gives the stomach muscles a good workout. The 72-year-old Keillor wants to pass his mic to singer Chris Thile, who is a member of Nickel Creek. Thile will insure that all of Lake Wobegon’s kids stay above average.

Thile will be the co-host for a few episodes when the new season begins, and Keillor will stay as host. But the Keillor will turn over the hosting duties to Thile, who made his first appearance on the 15 years ago at some point during the season. Thile has hosted the show in the past, and he has done an excellent job in that role, according to Keillor and the audience.

Garrison won’t completely disappear from the show, which is good news for fans like Brian Bonar. He plans to make guest appearances so the popular detective Guy Noir will not be lost forever.

Simon Pegg to Co-Writer ‘Star Trek 3’

Actor and screenwriter Simon Pegg is now penning the script for the third reboot-installment of the popular Star Trek franchise. Roberto Orci, who helped write the first two reboot installments) had originally written the script for Star Trek 3. However, several last minute changes were made to the creative team that threw Justin Lin into the role of director and landed Pegg as a co-writer of the new script.

The third Star Trek installment is rumored to be titled Star Trek Beyond. Pegg opened up to the media about why Paramount decided to make such drastic changes in the film’s production team.

“The script that they had wasn’t really working for them,” Pegg said. “I think they thought it was too Star Trek-y. There are other movies that made over $1 billion at the box office, but the last ‘Star Trek’ segment did not. They want to know why.”

The last film, Star Trek: Into the Darkness brought in more than $486 million at the box office. With the film’s budget of $187 million, that left the movie makers a $282 million profit. Adam Sender certainly comes away impressed with those numbers.

How will Paramount’s changes to the production team affect the brand’s profit?

We will see, when Star Trek 3 hits theaters in July 2016.

Lucy 2 Is Confirmed, But Will Scarlett Johansson Reprise Her Role?

You may remember her for her femme-fatale performances in the Avengers films, you may even remember her alien persona in Under the Skin, but most movie watchers were amazed by how well Scarlet Johansson portrayed her star role in Lucy last year.

Lucy played a ditsy blonde who was tricked by a former flame into being a drug mule for a strange blue substance. After being intercepted on her way to her destination she is assaulted, causing the strange concoction to seep in to her bloodstream and give her supernatural abilities stated Zeca Oliveira.

After the release of the first movie, director Luc Besson stressed there couldn’t be a second movie even after the $40 million budgeted movie made over $450 million globally. Since then, Besson’s singing to a different tune and announced that the second movie will go forward at CineEurope during a French film trade expo.

While this news is wonderful, we can’t help but wonder if Scarlett Johansson will reprise her former role? The movie star is currently pre-occupied by upcoming films The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War, and Ghost in the Shell, but honestly what kind of results could the silver screen produce without her?

The only thing we can do right now is wait and hope that she’ll grace us with her presence in the next year or two when the sequel hits the box office.

Ezra Miller May Star in “Fantastic Beasts”

Ezra Miller Could Lead in “Fantastic Beasts” Film

Ezra Miller’s acting resume appears to have suddenly just popped up, once he starred in hits such as “We Need to Talk About Kevin” which premiered in 2011.

Another work he was in includes “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which debuted in 2012 and now he’s been cast as The Flash for the upcoming DC Cinematic Universe. Now it appears that there’s some talk that Miller is set for a major role in the Harry Potter spin-off “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.” Miller isn’t officially part of the cast just yet but he is in the frontline for starring in the movie, and has been heavily favored for the role.

“Fantastic Beasts” features none other than Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling writing the screenplay for the movie. David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, is also involved and will be directed the first movie in this trilogy, while actors Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston will be starring as lead roles in the movie. Miller has been implied to be taken on the role of Kredan, one of the many magical characters in the movie.

The movie takes place 70 years before the first Harry Potter film and features the character of Newt Scamander, played by Redmayne, who goes to New York to find and take note of magical creatures. A few at Madison Street Capital want to see it with their families.

Diverse Superheroes Can Be Created Without Altering Those We Already Have

Superheroes have been much in the entertainment news lately with all the films that portray their adventures. There have been calls for more diversity in superheroes because most of them do tend to be white males. The comic book side of these superheroes does seem to have responded to this somewhat with a black Captain America in one comic book version and a female Thor in another. The latest call has been for a more racially diverse Spider-Man with some even calling for him to be gay.

The latest release of Sony e-mail hacks about this subject indicate that they want Spider-Man to remain white and straight. What’s more, so does the character’s creator Stan Lee. Mr. Lee sees no problem with creating new characters of various social, racial and ethnic backgrounds with different sexual preferences. He simply believes that Spider-Man has already been set up to be the character that he has always been and that happens to be a straight, white male. As he points out, no one expects the Black Panther to be Swiss, so why mess with the person Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s alter ego, has always been. Stan Lee has even agreed to create characters of more diverse backgrounds. It is important for everyone to have some heroes and role models to look up to, but this can go too far. I suppose the next call will be for a transgender Wonder Woman. Crystal Hunt doesn’t know how that will be accepted.

Rob Zombie: The Real Star of the Groucho Movie?

The news that Rob Zombie is directing a biopic about the last days of Groucho Marx was big news in Hollywood media. Virtually all the top entertainment news sites made mention of the deal. While the film is interesting, one really does have to wonder if the project is capable of pulling in a return on its investment. Is the world really clamoring for a Groucho Marx film?

Maybe not, but Rob Zombie does have his legion of fans. Zombie has built a large following thanks to a lengthy music career spanning 25+ years. New and old fans turned out in droves to see him in concert. Why would they not purchase the DVD of the film when it comes out? Lords of Salem, Zombie’s previous horror film, sold over $4 million in domestic DVD and Blu-Ray units. The film was, honestly, pretty dull and confusing. His other horror outings did well in theaters and even better on DVD. The bottom line here is Zombie’s name on a project attracts fans.

Plus, a lot of older movie fans may be tempted to check out the film since there hasn’t been a major movie produced about Groucho or the Marx Bros. Sure, we have seen a host of documentaries. No one has gone the route of actually making an interesting film, though.

The film, based on the book “Raised Eyebrows”, is going to be Zombie’s first foray outside of the horror genre says Kevin Seawright. Working on a biopic could give the director a sense of renewed enthusiasm, which may translate into a cult hit.

 

Christopher Lee Dies at 93

Christopher Lee has died at the age of 93 after being hospitalized on account of respiratory problems. In the hospital he has suffered from heart failure. Christopher Lee has a rich resume of films and roles that he has played in. One of the most notable films that he has starred in was Lord of the Rings.

He has been described as a true legend by film makers such as Tim Burton, and Adam Sender agrees. Christopher Lee and Tim Burton have worked together on several films. He has also stated that Christopher Lee was a true friend. There were tributes being made to him online by people such as Elijah Wood and Dominic Monaghan. Roger Moore starred with Lee in a Bond film under the title of The Man With the Golden Gun. He has inspired many and will continue to be remembered for years to come.

Things that Viewer Might Not Notice in Movies

When it comes to movies there are some elements of the plot that you catch onto right away. There are some special features in a movie that automatically claim your attention. There are also some things in a movie that are often overlooked. There is a list of some of the things that are not usually noticed in some very popular films, and some of the items on the list may come as a surprise to those who enjoy the movies.

It seems that those who have watched Inception like Flavio Maluf often overlook the fact that the movie uses its music in a special way to help the story along. Another thing that viewers might not notice about some of the most loved movies is the fact that Fast Five nods to Star Wars in a special way.

Holy Batman & Robin! Adam West And Bruce Ward Are Coming Back As Superheroes!

Anyone that watched TV in the 1960s remembers the first time they saw the Batmobile. The stunts and the set of the popular TV series were a bit droll, but the action always supplied comic suspense. The dynamic duo of yesteryear are coming out of the Hollywood mothball closet, and they will star in a new animated film that should be released next year. The 90 minute animated film will show off the true colors of the Caped Crusaders.

The actual release date is unknown, but the excitement is already being felt in the Batman and Robin lover’s fan club. West and Ward’s 1966 TV version of Batman and the Boy Wonder was recently released in Blu-Ray and DVD form so that the young superhero enthusiast can taste a little mid-century humor.

The popularity of superheroes has grown over the years. One reason is there are more of them, and they seem to be able to do more super-human stuff. Every single person is going to love or hate different options, including Dr Jennifer Walden. Our hunger to live the life of a superhero has become a modern-day addiction. We all want to have super human powers especially when we think about the ineptness of our lawmakers.

Star Wars Books to Bridge Movie Story Gaps

Star Wars Books to Bridge Movie Story Gaps

When Susan McGalla first announced that there would be an Episode VII to the Star Wars film saga, there was much speculation over what the story would be. Some of that story will be included in a new series of books now.

Even as far back as June of 2014, there were rumors that the story for the next Star Wars movie would include parts of the Galactic Empire that weren’t destroyed as the bad guys to fight against the Rebels. Combined with stormtrooper concept art showing up and the official trailer release this was all but confirmed at the time.

The new movie, entitled The Force Awakens, will take place thirty years after Return of the Jedi, which was the last movie in the original trilogy, and with that being said there are a ton of question as to what happened afterwards. Lucasfilm decided to give some of those answers by releasing new comic books, kid books and adult books to bridge story gaps between the movies, the first one being called Star Wars: Aftermath.

One concept mentioned in the books is “filing the vacuum left by the Empire. Although the second Death Star was destroyed at the end of Episode VI, this new story strongly implies that the Rebels and Empire were not the only forces trying to gain control of the galaxy.