MONDAY 19th FEBRUARY: Black Panther Director Breaks Down Casino Fight Scene
We begin this weeks Weekly Oddity with a video that was released by Vanity Fair that showed 'Black Panther' Director, Ryan Coogler going through the process of directing arguably one of the best scenes of the movie, the South Korea Casino fight scene. The scene is the first scene that really showcases Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) in battle, and it’s thrilling to watch- read our Spoiler Free/ Spoiler Filled reviews below! However, as the video embedded below illustrates, even the movie’s fight scenes have symbolism and layers of meaning within them. Watch the video to hear how he created such a masterpiece:
TUESDAY 20th FEBRUARY: Jessica Chastain reportedly in talks to play Beverly in IT Chapter 2
If rumours are to be believed, we could be seeing Jessica Chastain on screen as Beverly Marsh in the second instalment of the Stephen King adaptation. However this isn't new news. as rumours of Chastain’s involvement with IT: Chapter Two date all the way back to last July, roughly a month and a half before the IT reboot even hit theatres. Actress Sophia Lillis, was asked who she’d like to see play the adult version of her character in the sequel, and she quickly responded with Chastain.
As Warner Bros. has its sights set on a September 2019 release date for Chapter Two, filming on the sequel is set to begin this summer.
WEDNESDAY 21ST FEBRUARY: New Avengers: Infinity War clip could be released 27.02.2018
Although Walt Disney Studios has denied the rumours that a new trailer will be airing on Tuesdays showing of Good Morning America, the Studios doesn't quash the possiblity of a small clip being released- likely to be that of a light hearted nature rather than any significance to the plot.
It’s such an odd combination of people to make an appearance in a talk show and considering that the only film that they are all working a part of Infinity War, it’s presumed that they are there to present the newest trailer for the movie, similar to how the first official preview was released last year.
As we have grown to expect with these, only time will tell...
THURSDAY 22nd FEBRUARY: Joss Whedon exits Batgirl production, Warner Bros seeks female director
As Joss Whedons suspected quit/firing (we aren't sure what the true reason for his exit is, as of date) from the DCEU Batgirl flick has occured due to so called 'script issues', it's been discussed who could be the right person to direct such a film. The likes of Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins has been thrown into the mix however it's likely that we will get someone new to the team for our first outing for the Batgirl. IT producer Walter Hamada is now overseeing all DC Comics-based projects at Warner Bros., with Chantal Nong acting as vice president of film production- as discussed in the Weekly Oddity a few months back in December.
Following his time at Marvel Studios, Whedon hopped over to the unofficially titled DC Extended Universe to oversee the infamous Justice League reshoots, in which he streamlined the story and added in several (truly awful) comedic scenes, which in turn earned him a screenwriting credit on the film. Interestingly, that development came only after Whedon boarded the DCEU as writer-director on Batgirl.
Who do you think would be a good director for a movie such as Batgirl? Let us know below!
FRIDAY 23rd FEBRUARY: Aquaman Movie Trailer To Debut At 'Wonder Con'
According to rumours, Warner Bros. is reportedly planning to release the first trailer for the Aquaman movie at Wonder Con in March. The studio is in need of a PR boost after a roller coaster of the past year, it seems that they are hoping Aquaman could be this years Wonder Woman with success for the solo movie.
These rumours suggest that the Aquaman trailer will finally show what James Wan's take on Aquaman will entail including our look at Black Manta. The convention runs from March 23rd to March 25th, but when exactly Warner Bros is presenting is not yet confirmed. The report states the trailer will first be shown to those in attendance, but there’s no word on when it would be released to the public.
SATURDAY 24th FEBRUARY: In Memory: Vicar of Dibley actress Emma Chambers dies aged 53
Actors including Dawn French and Hugh Grant have led tributes to their former co-star Emma Chambers, who died aged 53 on Wednesday. She was known for playing Alice Tinker in The Vicar of Dibley, and also had roles in Notting Hill and a Martin Chuzzlewit adaptation. Chambers died from natural causes on Wednesday evening and would be "greatly missed", her agent John Grant said.
French, who starred in The Vicar of Dibley alongside Chambers for 13 years, paid tribute to a "Very bright spark and the most loyal and loving friend anyone could wish for, I will miss her very much", she said, while also posting a picture of the pair on Twitter.
Rest in peace Emma Chambers.
SUNDAY 25th FEBRUARY: BOX OFFICE: Black Panther Reigns At The Box Office In 2nd Week.
Disney-Marvel’s "Black Panther" is dominating the box office with an astounding $108 million at 4,020 domestic locations (America) — the second-highest second weekend ever behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
"Black Panther," starring Chadwick Boseman, has now grossed $400 million domestically in its first 10 days. Only "The Force Awakens" has reached that milestone faster. It’s also grossed $304 million internationally. It’s notched an A+ Cinemascore — becoming only the second Marvel film to do so — and has dazzled critics with a 97% “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes. The film also stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya and Letitia Wright.
As mentioned previously, our Black Panther reviews (both Spoiler and Non-Spoiler) can be found below!
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As mentioned in our Spoiler Free review, A Space Oddity absolutely adored this film for everything it did. It took risks, it had a stellar cast and it showed representation like we'd never seen on the silver screen before. But you know all about that, now, let's get onto what we are here for... the spoilers!
WOW. Just wow! Marvel has done it. This is by far the MCUs most diverse and enthralling setting so far as Wakanda is given the best world building we've seen in any Marvel movie. From the street vendors of Wakanda frying every type of food to the transportation vehicles built by T'Challa's (Chadwick Boseman) teenage genius sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright) to the clifftops of which T'Challa fought against M'Baku (Winston Duke) and more notably Erik Killmonger aka N'Jadaka (Michael B. Jordan) in the election process of the King.
As we enter Wakanda for the first time, flying through the shields- much like Themyscira in 2017's Wonder Woman-we are greeted with the most amazing scenery (albeit with some slightly off CGI) and landscape we could have ever been greeted with. We fly down to surface level to meet T'Challa's mother Ramonda and Shuri along with the Dora Malaje.
Speaking of whom, the Dora Malaje are a force to be reckoned with, Thanos' Black Order have some serious competition. Standouts are Lupita Nyong'o's Nakia and Danai Gurira's Okoye of whom especially in the South Korea action scene, come into there own and show how skilful they are with their tribal weaponry. When the final action scene comes to fruition, the Dora Malaje show their truth strength against W'Kabi and his tribe as they fought on the side of T'Challa and Killmonger respectively.
The characters in Black Panther are undoubtedly some of the most complex, fascinating and well developed we've seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as of date, so let's go into more detail about some of the main characters in the film- we feel we have covered the Dora Milaje enough above!
T'CHALLA/BLACK PANTHER: Chadwick Boseman certainly proved his potential in Captain America: Civil War, so much so we were begging for a solo movie as soon as it released. And now we have it, has our opinion changed? Hardly. Boseman presents the complex king of Wakanda throughout this film, showing grief for his father T'Chaka along with the ability to put that behind him and do his father proud as he takes the Black Panther mantle. Some of his most notable scenes include the fight scene against N'Jadaka and M'Baku on the waterfall- especially the grief shown as Forest Whitaker's "Obi-Wan" of the Black Panther universe 'Zuri' is stabbed in the waterfall in an act of protection for T'Challa. The final scene (before the post credits) was also incredibly impactful as T'Challa and Wakanda's first huge step toward true change, which meant introducing the world to Wakanda and all of its secrets. We find out at the very end that T’Challa bought a block of apartment buildings as part of an outreach program, and established an embassy headed by Nakia, with Shuri placed in charge of science and information exchange, so the entire world may benefit from Wakanda’s advanced technology.
N'JADAKA/ERIK KILLMONGER: The cousin to King T’Challa, one of the highlights of this movie and the arguably the best MCU villain to date with as much depth and enthusiasm as Heath Ledger's Joker (The Dark Knight), Michael B Jordan perfectly encapsulates the internalised anger of an 'outsider' that feels that Wakanda must share it's resources to the outside world as they thrive while others suffer and struggle. He summarises his points in the quote: "Two billion people all over the world who look like us whose lives are much harder, and Wakanda has the tools to liberate them all". In some cases, he could be thought of as merely a person that wants to do good for the world however the fact that he does it in a destructive and aggressive manner that taints the freedom of an area such as Wakanda and that his actions go against the morals of the King we thus have our antagonist. Killmonger’s goal is, in his eyes, the global liberation of black people. But that is not truly his goal, as Coogler makes clear in the text of the script and in Killmonger’s interactions with other characters- his true goal is world domination. “The sun will never set on the Wakandan empire,” Killmonger declares, this echoes an old saying about the British Empire. He sees no future beyond his own reign; he burns the magic heart shaped herbs Wakandan monarchs use to gain their powers because he does not even intend to have an heir.
"Everybody dies. It’s just life around here."
SHURI: Letitia Wright's character Shuri puts her twist on the 007 technological whiz 'Q' in this film as she proves a rock for T'Challa and his mother throughout the film, bringing not only light relief in scenes of humour but a real buzz of energy that is totally enthralling to watch. With Black Panther set to become a major player in the future of the MCU, we can expect to see plenty more interactions with Shuri, with their sibling relationship being another one of the film's strengths.
ULYSSES KLAUE: Previously seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron, we see Klaue return sometime after the Battle of Sokovia, having replaced his arm with a Weaponized Prosthetic as he began working with Erik Killmonger to collect even more Vibranium weaponry while being hunted down by Black Panther and the Dora Milaje. Andy Serkis' portrayl of the character in this film is given a lot more things to play with as he gets to show off his skills in the interrogation scene as he boasts about the availability of vibranium to Everett Ross all the way up to his death from N'Jadaka. One of his best scenes is the scene taking place early on in the British Museum (London) where he disguises himself as a paramedic in an attempt to aide Killmonger in the robbery of the Wakandan material held there.
One of the downfalls of this movie is arguably the action. There is a lack of action as there are only 2 main fight sequences. There are little sections of action like the jungle jeep fight at the start or the museum scene but theses scenes are too quick to be classed as proper action sequences.
The South Korea action sequences took our breath away. Okoye stole the show here. The force behind her swings during the casino was phenomenal and shows the true power she has. One of the best moments in the film is when she throws the spear through the car into the road to make the car crash. The accuracy of the throw was astonishing. This scene also has some downfalls as all Black Panther seems to do is ride on top of cars. He did during Civil War and he did it alot during this sequence. He didn't do much fighting as he ended up chasing the cra without Klaue.
The final action sequence was a disappointment as there didn't seem to be much of a build up towards it and ended quite suddenly. It turns out that W'Kabi ( Daniel Kaluuya) betrays T'Challa and there is a big fight between the Dora Milaje and W'Kabi's tribe. There is a lot of noticeable cgi in this scene with the rhinos and the two panther suits. But the fight was more about a political statement rather than about action. M'Baku saves the day as he comes and helps out T'Challa who focuses one saving Shuri who nearly gets attacked by Killmonger as she shoots him with her hand cannons. The train scene was disappointing and not that interesting as it was all cgi as mentioned before.
T'Challa and N'Jadaka (who I'm going to refer to as Killmonger) is the centerpiece of the film. They completely oppose each other. Killmonger represents all the slavery and discrimination there has been against the black people and how it has turned them angry. However T'Challa represents the black spirit that occurs when it is untouched like Wakanda and unfortunately not many other countries.
Killmonger tries to get T'Challa to see how he has rejected other Africans by staying out of civilization and ignoring all the terrible things that have happened to them. Killmonger fights back for what he believes is right to do, but as already stated he goes to far.
T'Challa doesn't want their way of life to change as it would be completely ruined if they start to socialize with the outside. However during the end of the film he realizes that to move forward he needs to share the knowledge and technology they have. So in a way Killmonger did technically change T'Challa mind, T'Challa just didn't do it through conquering the world like Killmonger wanted to do.
This movie unfortunately has no soul stone. We think that this is a mistake as it would have introduced all of the infinity stones into the MCU before infinity war and would have given Infinity War a little less to do as it is bundled with plot points.
We think it is safe to say that the soul stone is in Wakanda, which is why we see Thanos' army knocking on the doors of Wakanda in the Infinity War trailer. Where abouts in Wakanda though we do not know. Maybe it's in the middle of the meteor which bought the vibranium, but if that were the case no-one could get to it. Maybe its in Djalia the mystical afterlife, where it is safely protected by all the previous Black Panther's
There is one theory that Heimdall has it as all the other locations of the stones spell out THANOS and Heimdall would be the H. The space stone is in the Tesseract. The soul stone is unknown but rumoured to be with Heimdall. The reality stone is in the Aether. The time stone is in a Necklace. The power stone is in an Orb. The mind stone was in a Scepter.
The two post credit scenes are nothing special.
The first one is just T'Challa speaking about how he's going to share the wealth and knowledge of Wakanda, and everyone is confused as they believe Wakanda is the poorest country in the world, but they're wrong.
The second scene is Bucky walking out of a hut and saying thanks to Shuri for curing him. There is one detail here that could be interesting. The children run around him shouting "White Wolf",which in the comics is a white boy who is adopted by Wakanda and grows up to become the head of their special forces. Maybe this is foreshadowing Bucky's future in the MCU.
Sadly this is all we have to say about the film. We loved it so much and want to thank you for reading all of it. We hope you return in the future for more posts by us as they arrive weekly.
Doctor Who- at the BBC Showcase Event held in Liverpool- have revealed the new logo and teaser artwork for the upcoming series 11, created by Chris Chibnall and featuring Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor who was also present at the event
The striking logo is set against an evening sky in a new image, with Whittaker's Doctor appearing in silhouette. Reminding us of the previous images released of the 13th Doctor to accompany her outfit release, this theme of sunrise/sunset is again prevalent here- along with the imagery of nature and mountains, present since her announcement video set in a forest.
The series also has an alternative, smaller insignia perfect for social media and marketing uses which simply reads 'WHO', here's to hoping that this term becomes more widely recognised in the 'Doctor Who' community and beyond.
For us at A Space Oddity, this came as more of a surprise as it goes against the look of what we've previously seen in publicity material. The calm, pastel tones of sunsets are obliterated by hard rocky embers floating in space surrounding the 'WHO' insignia that is bound to become familiar with fans and non-fans alike.
Along with this insignia, we were teased a short VFX clip of the TARDIS travelling through space-time into the brand new logo- accompanied by a haunting beat of the Doctor Who theme. Sadly, this is NOT the new theme for the series, as announced by the BBC and that this is an isolated piece of music used especially for the animation, created by Matthew Herbert.
The updated logo and insignia have been produced by creative agency Little Hawk, working closely with new Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall and executive producer Matt Strevens.
The teaser is found below:
Looking at the logo more closely, we can see two lines protruding from the 'D' of 'Doctor' and 'O' of the 'Who' conveying the image of a time-line perhaps. This links to the theory that Series 11 will be more time travel heavy in comparison to space travel. The rocks surrounding the logo give serious 7th Doctor vibes from his incredibly VFX heavy title sequence. And the colour scheme give a great deal of Christopher Eccleston/David Tennant era logo vibes.
Now we put it to you! What do you think to the logo, do you love it? Do you hate it? What do you think to this brand new era for the show, let us know down below! Comment, like and share this post with all your Whovian friends! We cannot wait for Series 11, but only time will tell if it's worth waiting for...
Its sunday so that means Weekly Oddity day!! This weeks edition contains everything from Black Panther to IT: Chapter 2 to Transformers and lots more!! For those new here, we cover a top story from each day of the week and put it into one big post every Sunday evening- so enjoy!
Monday 12th February 2018: Black Panther IMAX pre ticket sales higher than any other Marvel movie.
Before Black Panther was even released it was breaking records. It has been tracking a $165 million opening weekend and by tomorrow morning we will find out if that was correct or not. This would land the movie into the top 5 or 6 superhero movies of all time.
Greg Foster IMAX Entertainment CEO has spoken out and said that normally ticket sales peak with 10 days to release day however with Black Panther it grows each day and expected the ticket sales to be highest on the opening day.
You can read our views on the movie below!
Tuesday 13th February 2018- Zack Snyder’s Justice League Storyboard Reveals Deleted Darkseid Scene
New concept art from Zack Snyder's Justice League confirms the director’s original version continued the Knightmare plot and introduced the DC supervillain Darkseid. This storyboard shows Darkseid in a chair invading earth using what looks like a motherbox. One cool feature of this concept is the justice league sign that has been turned to rubble. This could be a continuation of the nightmare scene from Batman V Superman, but we will never find out as it was never shot. This would just be another way that DC would copy Marvel by teasing the Big Villain through post credit scenes.
Wednesday 14th February 2018- Marvel is interested in all female movie
According to Tessa Thompson, Valkyrie from Thor Ragnarok, Marvel is interested in an all female movie. With Black Panther having just released which is the first black superhero movie Marvel is looking to expand to female superhero movies with Captain Marvel releasing early next year and a Black Widow movie potentially in development.
According to Thompson Kevin Feige is "really excited about the idea." The female cast pitched the idea to Feige during the 10th anniversary gathering last October. Everyone involved wants to do the movie so we'll have to wait and see whether the plan fruitions or not.
Thursday 15th February 2018- Sony nearly brought all of Marvels character rights in the 1990s
In the 1990s Marvel nearly became bankrupt. To avoid bankruptcy they had to sell some of their character rights away which is why Fox have control of the Xmen and Fantastic Four and Sony have control of Spiderman. However originally Marvel offered all of their character rights to Sony in 1998 but the studio only wanted Spiderman.
According to the Wall Street Journal Sony Pictures chief Yair Landau offered to buy Spiderman, however Marvel counteracted with an offer for Sony to buy all of their character for $25 million, but Sony rejected and bought the rights to Spiderman for $10 million. And the rest as they say is history.
Friday 16th February 2018- IT:Chapter 2 sets filming dates
IT:Chapter 2 has set its filming dates for summer this year as they intend to start filming on June 18th and expected to have wrapped filming by October or November this year.
Bill Skarsgård is still portraying the dancing clown Pennywise, but due to the film being set 27 years later the child actors will only return in flashbacks and the story will focus mainly on the adult versions of their characters. The film was a box office success last year gaining $700 million worldwide and Andres Musciette took no time confirming the sequel. The film is going to be released in 2019 and we cannot wait!!
Saturday 17th February 2018- Jumanji is Sony's second highest grossing movie ever
Jumanji is expected to cross $900 million worldwide this weekend. This will make it Sony's second most successful movie ever being just behind Skyfall at $1.1billion.
No-body could ever have thought this movie to have done so well as it has exceeded every expectation. It even beat The Last Jedi for the new years top spot. Sony have already greenlit a sequel which is expected to hit theatres in December 2019 which will place it against Star Wars yet again. Both writers Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg have signed up for the sequel as well as director Jake Kasdan.
The movie is yet to be released in Japan, but with Black Panther being a major contender the film is not expected to gross past $1 billion.
Sunday 18th February 2018- Transformers movie universe reboot might not happen
Contrary to recent reports, it seems that the Transformers movie franchise won’t be rebooting after all. Earlier this weekend, Hasbro stated that the blockbuster franchise would reset following the release of Bumblebee. That decision is already being called into question, however, as Bleeding Cool is now reporting that the Transformers brand manager refuted the idea of a reboot during Hasbro’s presentation at Toy Fair New York. The franchise has pulled over $4.3 billion worldwide in five installments, but each new entry gets worse critic reviews so maybe a reboot is needed without Michael Bay as director or maybe just leave the franchise for 10 or so years like Star Wars did after episode 3.
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According to rumours circulating the web, Chris Chibnall's Series 11 of 'Doctor Who' may be embracing even more big changes in this game changing new era of the show- it could be moving to a Sunday slot in contrast to it's original Saturday night showing.
Just under a fortnight ago, UK newspaper 'The Daily Mirror' released an article about the new series, headlined:
"Doctor Who could time travel to a new day of the week after Saturday night ratings dip"
Now, we discuss whether this would be a good idea, and especially, would it help save the shows slowly slumping ratings.
The article states: "The show launched on a Saturday teatime in 1963 and while other slots have been tried over the decades it has always returned to its original position. But in recent years the BBC series has struggled in the autumn ratings because Strictly Come Dancing forces it later into the evening, meaning the youngest fans lose out. Viewing figures of 7.3 million in 2014 dropped to 5.5 million last year. The next series, in which Jodie Whittaker makes her debut as the Time Lord, is also the first for new show runner Chris Chibnall and insiders say pushing the show back 24 hours may prove attractive. Our on-set spy reveals: “On Saturdays everything has to fit around Strictly. Moving Doctor Who to a Sunday could make perfect sense. It is a serious option, Chris is taking Doctor Who apart to give it a revamp. The only things viewers will immediately recognise are the sonic screwdriver, the TARDIS and the theme tune."The First Doctor debuted on a Saturday afternoon in 1963, and the 21st century revival has been the centrepiece of BBC One’s Saturday schedule for more than a decade. However with sagging ratings as mentioned above- regardless of BBC iPlayer figures- along with irregular timing schedules for weekly episodes due to Pointless & Strictly Come Dancing, perhaps a 24 hour jump could prove effective to help draw in more casual viewers.
Also, according to a piece released by BBC Worldwide for their Showcase event, Doctor Who is likely to be airing in October of 2018. So if Doctor Who was to air on a Sunday night, say Sunday 14th October, the 10 episodes would take us to 16th December for the series finale- just 2 weeks before the Christmas Special...
Let's look at the positives:
-More people will talk about the show on a Monday in work, school etc.
-People are more likely to stay at home Sunday nights than Saturday nights and tune into Doctor Who while the television is on.
-It wouldn't clash with Strictly & Pointless
-It could sit in a consistent 7pm slot on a Sunday after Countryfile at 6pm and before the Strictly Results show at 8pm.
-More children will have time to watch it as they are less likely to be outside playing when it's school the day after.
Both Chris Chibnall's Series 3 of 'Broadchurch' and Steven Moffat's/Mark Gattis' Series 4 of 'Sherlock' aired on a Sunday night last year and achieved considerably higher viewing figures than Doctor Who Series 10. More recently, BBC's 'McMafia' and ITV's 'Victoria' aired on Sunday nights in comparison to the Saturday night game show/reality tv slot that doesn't fit the Doctor Who audience.
Let's look at the cons:
-"Doctor Who has been traditionally on a Saturday for most of it's 54 year run."
Yes, that's it. Doctor Who's tradition. But why would you want a show that's all about change to be stuck in a time slot that is ruining its potential when moving it a mere 24 hours would drastically change that. There really isn't anything to lose, and the way Chibnall is going with Series 11 suggests there are big changes to come and this may just be one of them.
Now we put it to you! Should Doctor Who stick to its traditional Saturday night slot? Or would a Sunday night be beneficial for the shows ratings and overall popularity? Let us know below!
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