June 22, 2021

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On the Sci-Fi edition,Introducing the cast of Star Trek Prodigy, A Federal Judge gives his opinions of the Star Wars sequels, The 2021 class of The Hollywood Walk of Fame and an update on a story from a previous episode. 
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Tonight! Meet the cast of Star Trek Prodigy, A Judge weighs in on the Star Wars sequels and The 2021 class of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. All that and more on the Scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight!


Welcome to the scifi edition of multiverse tonight episode 129.


Star Trek

Simon and Schuster reveled new details on a new Deep Space Nine book coming out in December. Star Trek Deep Space Nine Revenant comes from author Alex White and centers on Kira Nerys and Jadzia Dax and is based in the show's sixth season. Here’s the blurb "Jadzia Dax has been a friend to Etom Prit, the Trill Trade Commissioner, over two lifetimes. When Etom visits Deep Space Nine with the request to rein in his wayward granddaughter Nemi, Dax can hardly say no. It seems like an easy assignment: visit a resort casino while on shore leave, and then bring her old friend Nemi home. But upon arrival, Dax finds Nemi has changed over the years in terrifying ways…and the pursuit of the truth will plunge Dax headlong into a century’s worth of secrets and lies!" unquote Alex White, who wrote a couple of Alien Novels as well as the Salvagers trilogy of books said about his first Star Trek novel quote  "Star Trek has always struck me as a universe with a place for everyone: empathetic, intelligent, empowered and vibrant," "Those stories were there for me when I needed to hear them, and I'm privileged to tell the next set all these years later." unquote Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Revenant goes on sale on December 21st.


Star Trek Lower Decks has moved on to production on season three. A post of Instagram confirmed it with her in a recording booth and the caption Season Three. Season two of the series will hit Paramount lus on August twelfth.


Meanwhile on the other shows Strange New Wor;ds is filming episode eight of ten. Director Amanda Row will be directing the episode. Picard is also still in production, with John DeLancie revealing he will be appearing in both seasons two and three for a total of six episodes.And Production on Discovery Season Four  is winding down. With a number of episodes finished editing aka locked and awaiting the finishing touches like visual effects and music. 



Fourth of July weekend is no longer home to Top Gun: Maverick, as Paramount has moved the movie to the former date of another Tom Cruise movie, Mission Impossible seven, November nineteenth. Mission Impossible will now open May 27, 2022 and MI8 will move to July seventh 2023. This is not the only movie to move, Universal July second white Peter Rabbit 2 has been moved up to June eighteenth.


Other movies moved around, and the reason why this news is in Star Trek news. The following movies have been shifted around. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is moving from October 22 to July 23.

Jackass  is going from September 3 to October 22 this year, which is Snake Eyes’ old date.


The untitled Bee Gees movie from Kenneth Branagh and producer Graham King will now open on November 4, 2022. Disney has an untitled event film, and Warner Bros has Flash on that date. 


An untitled Star Trek movie is set for June 9, 2023. Which will run up against Universal and 20th Century Studios which  both have untitled features scheduled on that date. 


Kate Mulgrew will be portraying Michelle Obama’s Chief of Staff Shusan Sher in Showtime’s anthology series The First Lady. The role will be a recurring one on the show. The show created by Aaron Cooley and produced by Lionsgate tv and Showtime will see the world of the White House through the eyes of various first ladies. Season one will focus on Elanor Roosevelt, played by Gillian Anderson, Betty Ford played by Michelle Pfeiffer and Michelle Obama played by Viola Davis. The series will also star Aaron Eckhart as Gerald Ford, O-T Fagbenle as Barack Obama and Dakota Fanning as Susan Ford.


Paramount Plus offered a first look at the crew of the new Star Trek kids show Star Trek Prodigy. Joining Kate Mulgrew as a hologram of Captain Janeway will be Rylee Alazraqui (Home Economics) as “Rok-Tahk,” a Brikar and an unusually bright eight-year-old girl. Rok is a bit shy, but not when it comes to her love for animals;

Brett Gray (On My Block) as “Dal,” 17 years old and an unknown species, he fancies himself a maverick, who even in the toughest times, holds strong onto his unwavering hope;

Angus Imrie (The Crown) as “Zero,” who is a Medusan: a noncorporeal, genderless, energy-based lifeform. Since others would go mad at the sight of their true self, Zero wears a containment suit they made themselves to protect others;

Jason Mantzoukas (Infinite) as “Jankom Pog,” a 16-year-old Tellarite. Tellarites are known to relish an argument, and Jankom is no different. Regardless of opinion, he will always play ‘devil’s advocate’ for the sake of hearing all sides;

Ella Purnell (Army of the Dead) as “Gwyn,” a 17-year-old Vau N’Akat who was raised on her father’s bleak mining planet and grew up dreaming to explore the stars;

Dee Bradley Baker (SpongeBob SquarePants) as “Murf,” whose age and species is unknown but who is an endearing, indestructible blob with curiously good timing and an insatiable appetite for ship parts. 



Star Wars

Don’t expect a spectral visit by QuiGon Jinn in Disney Plus’ Obi-Wan Kenobi series. Liam Neeson was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! And when asked about a rumored return, Neeson said quote "I heard Ewan McGregor was going to do a series. No, I don’t think so. No, I haven’t been approached." unquote Of course, Kimmel just thought that Neeson was putting one over on him, but I guess we will have to wait for the proof next year.


However we do know that there will be Stormtroopers, Star Ewan McGregor told Variety quote "I don’t think I’d be giving away a secret," McGregor teased. "I’ve got to be so careful. There’s no secret to when this series is being set, but I had to walk past two Stormtroopers. I realized I’ve never acted with a Stormtrooper because mine were clones, you know? It was the clone army. So I’d never seen a Stormtrooper. So I was walking past them in this scene. I turned around — and I was 6 years old again." He added, "Insane. I was feeling like I was 6 again or something because I’m so close to one and I got a fright, you know? So crazy. Then I asked someone, 'Were there Stormtroopers in my films? Because I don’t think I’ve seen a Stormtrooper for real before.' They were like 'No, they weren’t Stormtroopers; they were clones.' And Jawas, I had another scene with a little Jawa." unquote  The show takes place halfway between episodes III and IV.


He also revealed to actor Pedro Pascal in an Actors on Actors interview that The Mandalorian is what got Ewan interested in Star Wars again.  Quote "It pulled me back into the Star Wars world, The Mandalorian series, in a way I didn’t expect. It blew me away how much I loved it," McGregor shared. Pascal replied, "The first thing that I noticed when I started meeting with Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni was that they were finding a way to totally realize their love of Star Wars, all of our love for Star Wars. And so, creatively to step into something, it just felt so safe. It was so clear to me that they knew what they were doing, starting with their heart being in the right place — and doing it with a lot of love."


"I just came directly from our set on the Kenobi series, and I’m working with so many of your crew from The Mandalorian," McGregor also shared. "In fact, Deborah Chow is directing all of our series, and I know she directed episodes of your first season. I’m having such an amazing time down there with that incredible technology, and not being in front of too much green screen and blue screen." unquote 


A Federal Judge declared that the two most recent Star Wars movies were mediocre in a ruling involving Wesson Oil. The case involving ConAgra Foods revolved around the new owner of the oil brand and if they can resume using the 100 percent natural label any time it wishes,  thereby depriving the class of any value theoretically afforded by the injunction. ConAgra thus essentially agreed not to do something over which it lacks the power to do. The Star wars mentions came from the ruling from Judge Kenneth K. Lee who wrote in his opinion quote Under the settlement, ConAgra agreed to refrain from

marketing Wesson Oil as “100% Natural.” That sounds

great, except that ConAgra already abandoned that strategy

in 2017 — two years before the parties hammered out their

agreement — for reasons it claims were unrelated to this or

any other litigation. Even worse, ConAgra’s promise not to 

use the phrase “100% Natural” on Wesson Oil appears

meaningless because ConAgra no longer owns Wesson Oil.

In reality, this promise is about as meaningful and enduring

as a proposal in the Final Rose ceremony on the Bachelor.

Simply put, Richardson — the new owner of Wesson Oil —

can resume using the “100% Natural” label at any time it

wishes, thereby depriving the class of any value theoretically

afforded by the injunction. ConAgra thus essentially agreed

not to do something over which it lacks the power to do.

That is like George Lucas promising no more mediocre and

schlocky Star Wars sequels shortly after selling the franchise

to Disney. Such a promise would be illusory. Unquote And in a footnote he wrote quote 5 As evident by Disney’s production of The Last Jedi and The Rise

of Skywalker. Unquote  https://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2021/06/01/19-56297.pdf


It was decided in favor of Richardson International , who can now call the oil 100 percent natural.



Geek

Paramount Pictures is looking to keep Jeff Nichols in their portfolio, Deadline reports that the company is in development of a new as yet titled project from the filmmaker of A Quiet Place, 

Nichols will write and direct. Nichols is working on another film for the A Quiet Place Franchise, due in theaters on March 31,2023.


Netflix will be making the sequel to Robbie and Stephen Amell’s Code 8 SciFi Thriller, and it’s not called Code 9, but the imaginative Code 8 Part II. The film, from XYZ Films marks Netflix's first English language original feature from Canada. Jeff Chan who directed the first one, will direct the second with The Amell Brothers reprising their roles. Code 8: Part II, from Collective Pictures, sees a teenage girl with abnormal abilities after witnessing the murder of her brother seek the help of an ex-con (Robbie Amell) and his former partner-in-crime (Stephen Amell). Together, they face a unit of corrupt police officers who deploy advanced robotic technology to prevent themselves from being exposed.  No release date has been announced. 


Rob Zombie will be directing a movie based on The Munsters. The heavy metal musician turned director confirmed that he will writer and direct the show based on the sixties sitcom. Zombie wrote on Instagram quote “Attention Boils and Ghouls!,” Zombie wrote on Instagram. “The rumors are true! My next film project will be the one I’ve been chasing for 20 years! THE MUNSTERS! Stay tuned for exciting details as things progress!” The original The Munseters series ran for seventy episodes from 1964 to 1966 and starred starred Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, Beverley Owen (who was later replaced by Pat Priest) and Butch Patrick.


Kevin Bacon will play the villain in Legendary Pictures reboot of the classic Troma character The Toxic Avenger. He will be joining Peter Dinklage, Jacob Tremblay and Taylour Paige when the movie gets started filming in Bulgaria later this month. The Toxic Avenger is about a struggling everyday man who gets turned into a mutant freak when he gets pushed into a vat of toxic waste, going from shunned outcast to underdog hero in a quest to save his son, his friends and his community from the forces of corruption and greed.




Westworld season four will see Aurora Perrineau joining the cast for a recurring role. Her character is still unknown, but Deadline reports that she’s expected to show up in at least five episodes. Perrinueau was previously on Fox’s Prodigal Son which just got cancelled.


Blacula is being rebooted. A reboot of the classic 70’s blaxploitation horror classic is being brought back to life by MGM, Bron and Hidden Empire Film Groups’s Deon And Roxanne Avent Taylor. The 1972 original starred William Marshall as Blacula and was directed by William Crain and had a sequel a year later with Scream Blacula Scream. The reboot will pick up the story from the sequel. If you’ve never seen it, here’s the description quote Blacula is an ancient African prince who is cursed by Dracula after he fails to agree to end the slave trade. Blacula is entombed and awakens 200 years later ready to avenge the death of his ancestors and of those responsible for robbing his people of their work, culture and heritage as they appropriated it for profit.


The remake for Stephen King’s Christine has found it’s director in Bryan Fuller. Fuller has also been attached to write the new adaptation about a 1958 Plymouth Fury with a taste for blood. The movie will be produced by Sony Pictures and Blumhouse. The original adaptation was made in 1983 and was directed by John carpenter.




The Hollywood Walk of Fame will be getting some new stars: included in this year’s inductees will be  MOTION PICTURES: Francis Ford Coppola, Macaulay Culkin, Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, James Hong, Helen Hunt, Michael B. Jordan, Regina King, Ray Liotta, Ewan McGregor, Adam McKay, Jason Momoa, Tessa Thompson and Carrie Fisher (posthumous)

TELEVISION: Byron Allen, Greg Berlanti, Ricky Gervais, Peter Krause, Robert Odenkirk, Holly Robinson-Peete, Norman Reedus, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jean Smart, Ming-Na Wen and Kenan Thompson.

RECORDING: Black Eyed Peas, George E. Clinton Jr., Ashanti Douglas, DJ Khaled, Avril Lavigne, Los Huracanes Del Norte, Martha Reeves and Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom (posthumous)

LIVE THEATRE/LIVE PERFORMANCE:Patti Lupone, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. and Angelica Vale

RADIO: Richard Blade

Sports Entertainment: Michael Strahan



And in an update to a story I covered in the last SciFi Edition, Film and TV actor Lisa Banes has sadly succumbed to her injuries that she sustained in a hit and run accident. The actress was crossing the street in the crosswalk near Lincoln Center when she was struck by a red and black scooter that blew through a red light, the driver has yet to be found. Lisa Banes was born on July ninth 1955 and acted on stage, movies and television up to her death. She acted in such movies as Cocktail, Young Guns, and Legally Blondes and tv shows like Spenser for Hire, L.A. Law, Star Trek Deep Space NIne, Frasier, One Life to Live, Son of the Beach, King of Queens, and The Orville. She was sixty five years old.



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