Episode #107 – The Crossover Episode

This week the guys are out of town so our own Coy and Vance (HPN Staffers Jen and Rick) step in for a show all their own. They still have you covered on all the pop culture and a very special surprise at the end.  They’ve got stories like:

  • Black Panther opens w/ $25.2 million in Thursday previews, nearly doubling Deadpool’s previous February record then made addt’l $50 million on Friday. On track to top $200 million for the holiday weekend
  • Also, people are fucking awful – Faking assaults at Black Panther screenings
  • Chris Columbus to write & direct Five Nights at Freddy’s
  • WGA announces winners
  • Peter Rabbit facing boycott over character basically being a dick
  • Horror short “Larry” acquired by Amblin
  • Rachel Weisz speaks out against a female James Bond
  • LeBron James is producing a ‘House Party’ reboot
  • Chad Stalhelski to direct ‘Sandman Slim’ adaptation
  • Rita Ora joins the ‘Detective Pikachu’ movie
  • Jim Rash and Nat Faxon to direct ‘Batso and the Wall’
  • ‘Den of Thieves’ is getting a sequel for some reason
  • Jason Statham D.J. Caruso in talks for ‘Killer’s Game’
  • Pierce Brosnan facing jail time for commercial he starred in
  • ‘Sicario 2’ director in talks for ‘Call of Duty’ film
  • Director of ‘Wonder’ wants to make a movie about Dr. Seuss
  • Amy Schumer’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ moves up release date after test screening
  • Jamie Lee Curtis has wrapped filming on new ‘Halloween’ movie
  • Transformers universe getting a much needed reboot
  • More Casting news than you can shake a stick at
  • CBS All Access renews ‘No Activity’ for second season
  • New Roseanne trailer addresses huge plot hole from final season
  • BET greenlights pilot from Lena Waithe
  • Michelle Wolf gets talk show on Netflix
  • Scorsese’s new film could be Netflix’s most expensive ever
  • Ryan Murphy is in bed with Netflix
  • Kimmy Schmidt is back (partly) in May
  • Ava DuVernay, Netflix, partner w/ city of LA for inclusion incentive
  • John Cleese has a new sitcom on the BBC
  • YouTube TV expanding channels and coverage (and pricing)
  • ‘Cobra Kai’ teaser released
  • ‘Stargate: Origins’ debuts on ‘Stargate Command’ service
  • Jeffrey Tambor won’t return to ‘Transparent’
  • Apple developing series based on Kevin Durant’s life
  • Carpool Karaoke getting a second season
  • Paramount has restored ‘Grease’ for its 40th anniversary
  • Disney raising ticket prices. Again. But Disneyland is also getting a brewery, so it’s a push?
  • George RR Martin releasing book in Ice & Fire series this year, but not the one anyone actually wants
  • John Favreau is voicing a character in ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
  • Fox adds Brian Michael Bendis and Tim Miller to ‘Kitty Pride’ solo movie
  • Lindsey Beer & Geneva Robertson-Dworet to write ‘Silver and Black’

All that, their Weekly Watched, the usual tangents, and don’t forget about that special surprise!

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Let’s (Finally) Talk About The First ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer!

So it finally happened. After a much beleaguered production and a fast approaching release date, we got our first look at the latest Star Wars one off movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story; Telling an early adventure of Han Solo. First and foremost I want to say that it looks good. As in I think the production value is not something we’re going to have to worry about. I am a tad concerned with Alden Ehrenreich‘s portrayal of our titular protagonist. I really hope that A) the rumors of his acting being lacking are not true and B) that he’s not just doing a (bad) Harrison Ford impression.

I’ve long said that this is not necessarily a movie I want or the public even needs, but if they are going to make it, I just want it to be good. There has been a lot of controversy around this movie as the original directors (Lord and Miller) were fired after the majority of shooting had been completed. Disney/Lucasfilm then brought in Ron Howard to right the ship. However, he had to reshoot an enormous portion of the movie. Leaving people worried that this will feel like some cobbled together mess much like Justice League (and parts of Rogue One, if I’m being honest). I’m holding out hope though.

I’m one of the people that has bought in to Disney’s vision of Star Wars, putting the new movies (Episodes 7 and 8 plus Rogue One) right behind the originals in my own rankings. And what might also be interesting is this could be the first full fledged Star Wars movie that does not have a single Skywalker anywhere to be seen. Although saying that means I’ve cursed myself and there’s going to be some sort of Darth Vader cameo, or a pre-teen Luke in the background. But enough about all that. Let’s (Finally) Talk About The First Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer!: Continue reading

Episode #105 – He’s Out There Smoking Again

The guys are back to business for Episode #105. They’ve got you covered on the week’s pop-culture news. They’re talking stories like:

  • Bad Boys 3 aka Bad Boys for Life gets new directors
  • Super Mario Bros. animated movie in development by Illumination
  • F. Gary Gray in talks to direct MiB spinoff
  • Skyscraper poster
  • Richard Donner doubts Lethal Weapon 5 will happen, wants it called “Lethal Finale”
  • Ernie Hudson cast in Bad Boys spinoff with Gabrielle Union
  • LA Confidential and Gone Baby Gone reboot picked up to pilot
  • Black Lightning show runner would like to have Static on the show
  • Suits picked up for season 8, without Mike or Rachel. Adds Dule Hill and Katherine Heigl?
  • JJ Abrams new show gets a title, Demimonde, and home, HBO
  • Westworld season 2 trailer to drop during the Superb Owl
  • Metropolis prequel series picked up for DC digital service
  • Hardwick moves his podcast away from Legendary owned Nerdist. Rebrands as ID10T.
  • Red Dead 2 pushed to October
  • Solo trailer will debut on Good Morning America Monday
  • Ra’s Al Ghul coming to Titans?
  • Gambit reportedly pulled from the Fox schedule
  • Feige says we’re at least 2 years away from potentially seeing Fox/Marvel properties in the MCU
  • Ant-Man & the Wasp trailer 
  • White dudes (not us) are mad that Black Panther is good

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10 Trailers/TV Spots You Probably Didn’t Miss During Superb Owl LII

Here’s a collection of most of the Trailers and TV Spots from the Big Game last night. Expect a full Solo Breakdown in the next few days.

Solo: A Star Wars Story


The Avengers: Infinity War


Mission: Impossible – Fallout

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Episode #104 – Two Year Anniversary or The Third Brother Pt. 2

It’s part two of our two year anniversary episode. Ryan, Loren, and Rick are back to fill you in on what’s going on in the f*cked universe and the MCU.

  • Scientific evidence that audiences don’t connect with DC movies
  • Thor: Ragnarok leaked a month early via Movies Anywhere
  • New Mutants is going to be hardest PG-13 ever (are we still doing phrasing?)
  • Joanne Whalley joins Daredevil Season 3
  • Brie Larson in costume as Captain Marvel
  • Also Loren and Rick watched a ton of stuff. Ryan watched some things too!

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Episode #104 – Two Year Anniversary or The Third Brother Pt. 1

It’s our 104th episode which marks our two year anniversary! To celebrate this momentous occasion we got (almost) the whole HPN staff together for a big one. So big it’s broken up into two parts. In this, the first part, Loren, RDT, Rick, and (for the movie section) Jen, talk Movies and TV. Topics include:

  • Black Dynamite 2?
  • Oscar nominees announced
  • Casey Affleck withdraws from presenting best actress Oscar
  • John Cena might be Duke Nukem
  • Sony moving all the release dates
  • Peter Jackson making WWI documentary for BBC
  • Ryan Reynolds to star in Clue remake
  • Emily V. Gordon to adapt novel The Nest for Amazon Studios
  • Cat in the Hat animated movie coming from WB
  • Dundee movie not a movie but has added Hugh Jackman
  • Juman3 potentially fast-tracked for Christmas 2019
  • Latest Mission: Impossible title revealed
  • Rumored Superb Owl trailers
  • Bill & Ted 3 title/plot details
  • Movie Pass is apparently a distribution company now, also not covering all AMC locations anymore
  • Mike Flannigan to direct adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep
  • Greatest American Hero reboot picked up to pilot
  • Greg Berlanti drama pilot God Friended Me ordered by CBS
  • Murphy Brown returning to CBS
  • Magnum PI and Cagney & Lacey reboots picked up to pilot
  • CBS and Viacom merger?
  • Katrina Law returning to Arrow
  • Charmed reboot and supernatural cop pilots ordered by CW
  • FX orders What We Do In The Shadows series
  • Meryl Streep joins Big Little Lies season 2
  • Helen Mirren to play Catherine the Great for HBO
  • Michael Shannon joins AMC’s The Little Drummer Girl
  • Netflix interested in Cloverfield sequel
  • TV Writers create an anonymous spreadsheet to compare salaries, look for parity in pay
  • Apple orders series from Damien Chazelle
  • Like we said, it’s a big one. You get all that and plus the usual tangents.

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HPN Bingo Celebrating Our 100th Episode

Hey guys, as you may have seen we just posted our 100th episode!

To honor this momentous feat, The Lady™ teamed up with contributors Rick and Jen, and friend of the Podcast Josh to come up with an HPN Bingo Card!

So please download the card and play along with this episode and all the episodes to come.

We here at the Hollywood Picture News want to thank you guys so much for the amazing roller coaster of a ride these last 100 episodes has been. Here’s to (at least) 100 more!

From Hollywood,
Loren, RDT, Rick, Jen, and The Lady™

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Episode #100 – Keepin’ It (100 Emoji)!

Can you believe it? We’ve made a hundred of these things! Though as not to stand on ceremony the guys still have you covered on all things pop culture on this quiet week between X-Mas and New Years. This week they’re talking:

  • More info from Jurassic World: Fallen Kindom
  • SyFy’s Krypton show premieres in March
  • White Famous gets the boot
  • Loren called it, Mad About You might get a revival
  • AMC thinking about asking you to pay more for good seats
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 has it’s release date leaked
  • New fake International image from Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • John Williams to score theme for Solo.
  • The Last Jedi passes $1B
  • Rian Johnson’s new trilogy reportedly to start filming Summer 2018 in Scotland
  • And Sarah Paulson is angling to be Cheetah in Wonder Woman 2

All that, the Weekly Watched, and all the usual tangents.

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Episode #98 – Sorry, We Liked The Last Jedi

This week the guys have you covered on the week’s pop culture but mostly they’re talking The Last Jedi. The other things include:

  • The HUGE news that Walt Disney Co. has purchased 21st Century Fox
  • What does that mean for multiple franchises moving forward
  • Kevin Hart realizes that the only other Robin Williams franchise he’d even get close to is Mrs. Doubtfire
  • 48 Hours is getting the remake treatment from Jerrod Carmichael
  • NBC is trying their hand at The IT Crowd again
  • Roy is coming back to Arrow for an arc
  • Mr. Robot and Curb Your Enthusiasm get pick ups
  • Our first look at Hawk & Dove from Titans
  • Apple is giving Ronald D. Moore another space show
  • Shazam‘s director sort of confirms our Mary Marvel
  • Punisher aims down a season 2
  • Bob Iger says they might be open to an R-Rated section of the MCU down the road
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoilers at 01:14:40

All that, the Weekly Watched, and all the usual tangents.

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Episode #96 – No Disassemble!

Once again RDT and Loren fill your ears with the week’s Pop Culture news. This week the guys are talking:

  • Are You Afraid of The Dark? movie to be penned by one of the IT writers
  • 2manji is good?
  • Live action Mulan has been cast, but is she up to the role?
  • We know when Hellboy comes back to theaters
  • A He-Man movie is slated to come out the same weekend as Episode IX for some reason
  • Roseanne revival gets David for one
  • Celebrity Big Brother will run for 13 episodes beginning in February
  • Goldberg spears The Flash
  • Said Taghmaoui exits Legion Season 2
  • Netflix gets creepy with Stranger Things season 3 and the Sabrina The Teenage Witch reboot
  • Titans’ Robin revealed!
  • David Ayer regrets not making The Joker the villain in Suicide Squad
  • Solo Harley Quinn movie in development, joins 45 other projects for the character
  • Avengers: Infinity War trailer
  • Ant-Man and The Wasp will be Marvel’s first Rom-Com
  • Wilson Bethel cast in Daredevil Season 3
  • Disney and Comcast still in talks with Fox for buyout

All that, the Weekly Watched, and all the usual tangents.

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