Jan. 31, 2022

Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth w/Carrie Harris

Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth w/Carrie Harris

Tonight! Star Trek Renewals all around! New Star Wars games announced, More Suicide Squad for HBO MAx, Pip was last minute, an interview with author Carrie Harris https://carrieharrisbooks.com/  and we remember Yvette Mimieux, Sharyn Moffett, Louie Anderson, Howard Hessman, and MeatLoaf. All that and more on this jam-packed edition of Multiverse Tonight!



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Multiverse Tonight 156

Tonight! Star Trek Renewals all around! New Star Wars games announced, More Suicide Squad for HBO MAx, Pip was last minute, an interview with author Carrie Harris and we remember Yvette Mimieux, Sharyn Moffett, Louie Anderson, Howard Hessman, and MeatLoaf. All that and more on this jam-packed edition of Multiverse Tonight!


Hello and Welcome to episode 156 of Multiverse Tonight, I’m your host Thomas Townley. 


Royal Rumble thoughts

Box Office check-up




Star Trek

We got a timeline of the upcoming Star Trek series for the rest of the year. 


Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will premiere on Paramount+ on May 5th.

Star Trek: Picard Season 2 will now debut on March 3rd

Paramount+ announced that it would renew Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds for additional seasons. Star Trek: Discovery will receive a 10-episode fifth season on the streaming service. The series is on midseason hiatus amid its fourth season and will return with new episodes on February 10th. Star Trek: Lower Decks is renewed for a fourth 10-episode season ahead of the debut of its 10-episode third season this summer. Discovery spinoff series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is renewed for its 10-episode second season ahead of its premiere on Paramount+ in May.


Star Trek Online has added Kate Mulgrew in a double role as Admiral Janeway and mirror Janeway for the game's twelfth-anniversary episode called Red Shift, part of Shadow’s Advance, the name of the game’s new season. Players will embark on a mission also involving Captain Killy (Mary Wiseman from Star Trek: Discovery) and Admiral Leeta (Chase Masterson from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). Shadow's Advance introduces a new featured episode, a new space Task Force Operation, and an anniversary event to unlock the T6 Jarok Alliance Carrier.  In a Star Trek Online first, players will get to play the Mirror Universe version of their captain in the new featured episode, "Red Shift." Captains join Terran forces led by Marshall Janeway (voiced by Mulgrew) to kidnap someone of great importance from Jupiter Station in Federation space. Afterward, they'll join Captain Killy (Mary Wiseman), the Mirror Universe version of Ensign Tilly from Star Trek: Discovery. The new season follows Admiral Janeway of the Prime Universe's perspective as she retells the story of their exploits. Here's the complete list, as provided by Perfect World:



New Featured Episode – In the new episode "Redshift," players will team up with Marshal Janeway and her Terran forces to capture an important individual from a secure facility. 

New Task Force Operation – Today's season introduces a brand new five-captain space TFO called "Iuppiter Iratus." Players will need to assemble a team of five and stop the Terran Empire from stealing data from Jupiter Station.

Anniversary Event – Back by popular demand, the devs have released the Omega Molecule Stabilization mission, which tasks players with stabilizing Omega molecules that Q has scattered throughout the galaxy. Participating in this event along with numerous episodes and TFOs associated with Mirror Universe will unlock this year's anniversary ship, the  T6 Jarok Alliance Carrier.

Featured Star Trek Actors – Star Trek Online is excited to welcome Kate Mulgrew to the game, who originated the role of Captain Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager. Players will also team up with the vicious Captain Killy (Mary Wiseman from Star Trek: Discovery) and Admiral Leeta (Chase Masterson from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) who was recently featured in the last season, Reflections.


If you’ve never seen Star Trek II The Wrath of Kahn, now is your chance. In association with Turner Classic Movies, Fathom Events will send The Wrath of Khan back to theaters for three nights in September: Sunday, September 4th, Monday, September 5th, and Thursday, September 8th. "One of the most celebrated and essential adventures from the STAR TREK universe, STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN celebrates 40 years with the director's cut on the big screen. On routine training maneuvers, Admiral James T. Kirk seems resigned that this may be the last space mission of his career. But an adversary from the past has returned with a vengeance. Aided by his exiled band of genetic supermen, Khan (Ricardo Montalban)—brilliant renegade of 20th century Earth—has raided Space Station Regula One, stolen the top-secret device called Project Genesis, wrested control of another Federation starship, and now schemes to set a most deadly trap for his old enemy Kirk… with the threat of a universal Armageddon."


The first in the line of new Playmates action figures have been revealed; the new figures are 5-inches tall (1:14 scale) with 14 points of articulation and retro '90s packaging. Discovery characters will include new Star Trek Universe blister cards. Included in the first line are Star Trek: The Next Generation Picard Figure ($15.99)

Star Trek: The Next Generation Data Figure ($15.99) 

Star Trek: The Next Generation Riker Figure ($15.99) 

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Captain Kirk Figure ($15.99)

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Spock Figure ($15.99) 

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Khan Figure ($15.99) 

Star Trek: Discovery Michael Burnham Figure ($15.99) 

Star Trek: Discovery Commander Saru 5-Inch Figure ($15.99)

In addition to the action figures, Playmates Toys is also releasing an Original Series Phaser replica with lights, sounds, and retro packaging. To top it all off, there will be a massive 18-inch scale Original Series Enterprise vehicle – also with lights, sounds, and retro packaging.


Star Trek: The Original Series Phaser Replica ($29.99) 

Star Trek: The Original Series NCC-1701 Enterprise Vehicle ($49.99)

The Playmates Star Trek Universe collection is available for pre-order now with a release date set for July 2022. Note that additional figures and accessories in Playmates Star Trek Universe collection will be announced later this year for an early 2023 launch.


Star Wars

Star Wars Ahsoka has added Mary Elizabeth Winstead to the cast of the future Disney Plus series. The show, which begins production this spring in California stars Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano, the ex Jedi who made her live-action debut in The Mandalorian. The cast also includes Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, Natasha Liu Borddizzo as Sabine Wren, and Ivanna Sakhno in a currently-unknown role.


LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is set to launch later this spring on April 5. The game will be coming to virtually every platform that is currently available including PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.


Electronic Arts and Lucasfilm Games announced today that developer Respawn Entertainment is now working on three new video games associated with the Star Wars IP.  

Electronic Arts Inc. and Lucasfilm Games  are joining forces to continue delivering all-new, world-class gaming experiences set within the beloved Star Wars galaxy.  


Respawn Entertainment, best known for their work on Apex Legends™, Titanfall™, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order™, is leading the development and production of these new projects.  Vince Zampella, Group GM and Founder of Respawn will oversee this new phase of EA’s relationship with Lucasfilm, building on Respawn’s award-winning history in game development and expertise in telling compelling Star Wars stories.  


Game Director Stig Asmussen and his team at the studio are already working on the next game in the action-adventure Star Wars Jedi series, and are joined by two new teams working to deliver additional unique Star Wars gameplay experiences across multiple genres. Leading the development of Respawn’s all-new Star Wars first-person shooter game is Peter Hirschmann, Game Director at Respawn, who has a long and accomplished history with the Star Wars franchise. The third title is a Star Wars strategy game developed through a production collaboration with the newly formed studio Bit Reactor, helmed by games industry veteran Greg Foertsch. Respawn will produce the new Star Wars strategy game while Bit Reactor leads on the development of the title. 


“We are excited to continue working with the superbly talented developers at Respawn,” said Douglas Reilly, VP, Lucasfilm Games. “They have demonstrated excellence in telling epic Star Wars stories along with best-in-class gameplay across different genres and we are looking forward to bringing more amazing experiences to the galaxy far, far away.” 


“Building on the previous successes of our EA relationship, this new collaboration highlights the trust and mutual respect shared between the world-class teams at EA, Respawn, and Lucasfilm Games,” said Sean Shoptaw, SVP, Walt Disney Games. “Fostered by the expertise and passion within each team, we will create thrilling original games for diverse audiences across the Star Wars galaxy.” 


“Working with Lucasfilm Games on a new FPS in the Star Wars galaxy is a dream come true for me, as this is a story I have always wanted to tell,” said Peter Hirschmann, game director at Respawn. Peter previously worked as VP of development at LucasArts and was executive producer on the original Star Wars Battlefront games. Hirschmann and the team at Respawn have just begun work on the title.



DC

Do you really wanna, wanna really wanna taste it! James Gunn’s Peacemaker series 94 percent critics score on Rotten Tomatoes is now the highest-reviewed project ever for the DCEU It beat out the first WonderWoman movie by 1 percent. The lowest rated is 2016’s Suicide Squad with 26 percent.


For this story, you'll want to find a theater with comfy seats. The Runtime for The Batman will be two hours and fifty-five minutes, that’s just a little shorter than Marvel’s Avengers Endgame which ran three hours and one minute.  The movie arrives in theaters on March fourth.


A new Batman game by Portal Games has been announced. The tabletop game called Batman: Everybody Lies, uses the games publisher's Detective system to work their way through a new narrative storyline set in Gotham City. Players will play as four investigators – Catwoman, Harvey Bullock, Vicki Vale, or Warren Spacey – as they attempt to find the truth behind a series of mysterious events unfolding in Gotham City. Players will not only visit famous locations in Gotham City, but they'll also cross paths with Batman, Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze, the Penguin, and other classic characters from the Batman line of comics. The game comes with an introductory Prologue and three cases, each of which takes 2-3 hours to play. Every case can be played as a stand-alone game, but the cases combine to form a single narrative. Batman: Everybody Lies will retail for fifty dollars and will be out this summer with pre-orders starting in March.


Ivory Aquino (“Tales of the City,” “When We Rise”) has been cast in the HBO Max feature film “Batgirl” as Alysia Yeoh, the best friend of the titular superhero, a.k.a. Barbara Gordon (Leslie Grace).


Both Aquino and Yeoh are transgender, marking the first time a live-action feature film adaptation of a DC Comics title will feature an openly trans character. Yeoh first appeared in a 2011 issue of “Batgirl” written by Gail Simone and penciled by Ardian Syaf.


James Gunn says another Suicide Squad spinoff is in the works. Gunn, speaking to Deadline.com’s Hero Nation said quote “We’re working on something else now, another TV show that’s connected to that universe,” “I can’t quite say.” unquote He also said that there’s a really good chance of a second season of Peacemaker. HBO Max, when contacted by Deadline, had no comment on the spinoff or the second season order.


Marvel

Daredevil is back in Hell’s Kitchen in a new series. Daredevil will relaunch with a new number one following the climax of the Devils Reign event. Writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Marco Checchetto will be continuing their Eisner-nominated run on DAREDEVIL this June. Known for their transformative work on the saga of Matt Murdock, Elektra, Kingpin, and more, the superstar creative team will turn their gaze to a future full of peril and pain, in this explosive beginning of an all-new era for Hell’s Kitchen’s guardian devil. After the shocking events of DEVIL’S REIGN, what is left of Daredevil? Who lived, who died, and who is left to pick up the pieces? Fans can expect the series to tackle both Matt AND Elektra’s journeys as they deal with the brutal cost of taking on the Daredevil mantle. With new enemies and radical changes to the fabric of Daredevil’s mythos, DAREDEVIL #1 is set to usher in the darkest Hell’s Kitchen to date. It arrives in comic book stores in June.


If the appearance of Pip THe Troll in the end credits of Marvel’s Eternals seemed rather rough, there was a reason for that, it was, in an interview with The Wrap, VFX Supervisor on Eternals Stephane Ceretti and Matt Aitken, WETA Digital VFX Supervisor talked about the original version of the scene was different. IN answer to the question What was the other ending?


Stephane Ceretti replied: It was still with Harry Styles actually, but it was in the spaceship with all the other Eternals. It was a little bit sadder, and not as exciting in a way, so it didn’t kind of resonate. Chloe had the idea of bringing Pip, the troll, as his sidekick for the end of the movie. We did that pretty quick at the end.


Matt Aitken added: Yeah.


*Carrie Harris Interview*


Witches Unleashed: A Marvel Untold Novel is out now and you can find out more about her books just head on over to https://carrieharrisbooks.com/ and be sure to check out her books.


Geek

Microsoft has announced that it’s acquiring Activision Blizzard, makers of Call of Duty, Warcraft, Candy Crush, Tony Hawk, Diablo, Overwatch, Crash Bandicoot, and others for 68.7 billion in cash. Once the deal closes, the Activision Blizzard business will report up to Phil Spencer as CEO of Microsoft Gaming. Until the transaction goes through, Activision Blizzard and Microsoft Gaming will operate independently. Phill in the announcement says quote "Players everywhere love Activision Blizzard games, and we believe the creative teams have their best work in front of them,"  "Together we will build a future where people can play the games they want, virtually anywhere they want." unquote if the transaction passes regulatory review and shareholder approval, the company would be Microsofts in 2023.


The Directors Guild of America has revealed the nominees for its 2022 awards in the theatrical feature film and first-time feature film categories.


Paul Thomas Anderson (Licorice Pizza), Kenneth Branagh (Belfast), Jane Campion (The Power of the Dog), Steven Spielberg (West Side Story), and Denis Villeneuve (Dune) were nominated in the outstanding directorial achievement in the theatrical feature film category. In the outstanding directorial achievement of a first-time feature film director category, Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Lost Daughter), Rebecca Hall (Passing), Tatiana Huezo (Prayers for the Stolen), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tick, Tick… Boom!), Michael Sarnoski (P`ig) and Emma Seligman (Shiva Baby) were nominated.


The Live-action MAster of the Universe movie will be going to Netflix with West Side Story actor Kyle Allen set to play He-man. The movie is set to start filming this summer. will be directed by the Nee Brothers (The Lost City) from a screenplay they wrote with Shang-Chi scribe David Callaham. Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch will produce, along with DeVon Franklin. Robbie Brenner and Kevin McKeon will oversee the project for Mattel Films.


Sharyn Moffett, the charming child actress of the 1940s who starred alongside Cary Grant and Myrna Loy in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House and with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in The Body Snatcher, has died. She was 85.

Sharyn Moffett appeared in just 12 features during her career — all from 1944-51, ages 8 to 15 — while being paired with pooches in My Pal Wolf (1944), A Boy, a Girl, and a Dog (1946) and Rusty Leads the Way (1948).In Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), Moffett played the younger daughter of Grant and Loy’s characters, who buy a dilapidated 200-year-old farmhouse — the film was remade as The Money Pit in 1986 and Are We Done Yet? in 2007 — and was a girl who needs an operation to remedy her paralysis in the horror film The Body Snatcher (1945)and was in Robot Monster (1953) — considered one of the worst movies ever made — and TV’s Adventures of Superman.


Moffett died Dec. 23 of natural causes in a hospital in Pittsburgh, her brother Gregory Moffett, who also acted as a youngster, told The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to Gregory, survivors include brother Robert and sisters Heidi and Annalisa; children Gillian, Jonathan, and Jennifer; grandchildren Kati, Becca, Dan, Melissa, Mike, Joshua, Lydia, Peter, Zach, and Jake; and great-grandchildren Bobby, Connor, Anneliese, and Nathan. Her husband died in 2011.



Peter Robbins, the former child actor best known for being the first kid to voice Charles Schulz's beloved character Charlie Brown, died earlier this month at the age of 65. His family announced this week in a statement to Fox 5 San Diego that Robbins took his own life last week. 


Though he long ago moved on from acting, and struggled with mental health issues and legal troubles in his adult life, Robbins' voice was immortalized in pop culture as the definitive version of Charlie Brown, Schulz's everyman little boy who seemed to face constant obstacles in the process of growing up. Though other voice actors have since taken over the character, Robbins is the best-known version of Charlie Brown thanks to his presence in the two most beloved specials to feature the character: A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965 and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, in 1966. 


Though most viewers wouldn't actually hear him play the character until A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965, Robbins actually began voicing the star of Schulz's Peanuts comic strip at the age of nine, in 1963, for the TV documentary A Boy Named Charlie Brown. The documentary featured animated sequences starring the Peanuts characters and was an instrumental first step in later getting the first holiday special produced. Made quickly for the 1965 holiday season, A Charlie Brown Christmas famously featured real children as the Peanuts gang, rather than adult voice actors playing children. Robbins was able to embody Charlie Brown with an ability to pivot quickly between unbridled joy and crushing disappointment, as the character tried to navigate a Christmas in which he couldn't seem to get into the holiday spirit. 


Robbins returned for several more specials as Charlie Brown throughout the 1960s, while also appearing in live-action TV series like The Donna Reed Show, Rawhide, The Munsters, and more. You've heard his voice as good ol' Charlie Brown in It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, You're in Love, Charlie Brown, He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown, It Was a Short Summer, Charlie Brown, and A Boy Named Charlie Brown. He played the role into his teenage years before he was replaced with another child actor. 

Robbins moved away from acting in the 1970s, but continued to appear in specials commemorating various Charlie Brown anniversaries. He also struggled as an adult with bipolar disorder, and in the 2010s was briefly imprisoned after making criminal threats. In a 2019 interview with the Providence Journal, when he began making convention appearances again after his release from prison, Robbins reflected on the importance of A Charlie Brown Christmas' message of seeking help from others. 


Robbins said, referring to the scrawny Christmas tree Charlie Brown selects in the special.“Linus said that all it needs is a little love,”  “Maybe that’s what we all need. Even though we are quirky. Even though we are depressed. That is what Charlie Brown represents, but at the end of the day ... love.”

Peter Robbins was 65 years old.



Sharyn Moffett appeared in just 12 features during her career — all from 1944-51, ages 8 to 15 — while being paired with pooches in My Pal Wolf (1944), A Boy, a Girl, and a Dog (1946) and Rusty Leads the Way (1948).In Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), Moffett played the younger daughter of Grant and Loy’s characters, who buy a dilapidated 200-year-old farmhouse — the film was remade as The Money Pit in 1986 and Are We Done Yet? in 2007 — and was a girl who needs an operation to remedy her paralysis in the horror film The Body Snatcher (1945)and was in Robot Monster (1953) — considered one of the worst movies ever made — and TV’s Adventures of Superman.


Moffett died Dec. 23 of natural causes in a hospital in Pittsburgh, her brother Gregory Moffett, who also acted as a youngster, told The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to Gregory, survivors include brother Robert and sisters Heidi and Annalisa; children Gillian, Jonathan, and Jennifer; grandchildren Kati, Becca, Dan, Melissa, Mike, Joshua, Lydia, Peter, Zach, and Jake; and great-grandchildren Bobby, Connor, Anneliese, and Nathan. Her husband died in 2011.





Actress Yvette Mimieux has passed away. Born in LA on January eighth, 1942, she made her first on-screen appearance in an uncredited role in 1958’s A Certain Smile, two years later she would appear alongside Rod Taylor in the George Pals big-screen adaptation of H.G. Wells The Time Machine as the future love interest of H. George Wells, Wenna. Following that success, MGM put her under a long-term contract and starred in such films as  Where The Boys Are, Platinum High School, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Light in the Piazza. After her work at MGM, she starred in the adaptation of Toys in the Attic, The Reward, Monkeys, Go Home, The Picasso Summer, Monkeys Go Home, The Black Hole, and The Delta Factor. She also did a lot of Television Movies.


Outside of acting, Yvette traveled, studying archeology, selling real estate, and establishing a business that sells Haitian products. Mimieux was married three times, most recently to Howard F. Ruby, chairman emeritus and founder of Oakwood Worldwide. Yvette Mimieux passed away at home on January seventeenth, she was 80 years old.


Also gone is comedian, actor, and game show host, Louie Anderson. Born on March 24th, 1953 in Saint Paul Minnesota, Anderson made his television debut on January 13th of 1984 on Rodney Dangerfield’s Young COmedian Special on HBO, later that year he made his debut on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. He was then cast in the pilot episode of Perfect Strangers but was replaced by Mark Linn Baker when the pilot was picked up to series.  Over the decades, he would appear in such movies as Cloak and Dagger, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Coming to America, his final film role came in the sequel to Coming to America, the aptly titled Coming Number 2 America. He had tv roles appearing in episodes of Remington Steel, THe Jim Henson Hour, Grace Under Fire, Chicago HOpe, Touch By An Angel, Scrubs, The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy, Tom Goes to the Mayor and starred on the animated series, Life with Louie, which won him a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, the short-lived The Louie Show and Baskets which won him a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. He also hosted Family Feud and was featured on Funny You Should Ask, To Tell The Truth, The Hollywood Squares, and The  New Hollywood Squares. In 2003, Anderson underwent two successful heart procedures.


On January 18, 2022, it was announced that Anderson had been hospitalized in Las Vegas for large B-cell lymphoma.[44] He died of complications from cancer three days later, on January 21, at the age of 68.


Howard Hesseman passed away on January 29, 2022. The actor is best known for the DJ Doctor Johnny Fever on the 80’s sitcom, WKRP in Cincinnati. Hesseman was born in Lebanon, Oregon on February 27, 1940, and grew up to be a founding member of the San Francisco improv comedy troupe THe Committee with David Ogden Stiers. Under the screen name of Don Saturday, Hessesman made his first TV appearances including an episode of Dragnet in 1968. He played guest star roles in Rhoda, Mannix, Sanford and Son, Laverne & Shirley, 13 episodes of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Quincy M.E., six episodes of the Bob Newhart Show, The Rockford Files, Seven episodes of Soap, and more before landing his most memorable role on WKRP in Cincinnati in 1978 the show lasted 86 episodes ending in 1982.  After that, he appeared on One Day at a time for sixteen episodes as Sam Royer. IN 1986, He got his next big starring role as teacher Charlie Moore in Head of the Class, he left the show after the fourth season.  He reprised the role of Dr. Johnny Fever in the sequel series The New WKRP in Cincinnati for 10 episodes in 1991. He also had a three-shot guest spot on Boston Legal and many many other appearances, his last t role was in a couple of episodes of Fresh off the boat in 2017.


His movie roles date back to 1968 and include The Sunshine Boys, Silent Movie, Americathon, The Jerk, Doctor Detroit, Police Academy 2,  This is Spinal GTap, Clue, Flight of the Navigator, Amazon Women on the Moon, About Schmidt, 2009’s Halloween II and more his final movie role was in 2018’s Dirty Politics.


Hesseman died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles of complications from colon surgery he first had last summer, his wife, actress, and acting teacher Caroline Ducrocq told The Hollywood Reporter.


Howard Hessman was 81 years old.


Singer and actor Marvin Lee Aday, better known by his stage name Meat Loaf has passed away. Meat was born on September 27, 1947, in Dallas Texas. Meat Loaf stated in an interview that when he was born, he was "bright red and stayed that way for days'' and that his father said he looked like "nine pounds of ground chuck", and convinced hospital staff to put the name "Meat" on his crib. He was later called "M.L." in reference to his initials, but when his weight increased, his seventh-grade classmates referred to him as "Meatloaf" because of his 5 foot, 2 inches, 240-pound stature. He also attributed the nickname to an incident where, after he stepped on a coach's foot, the coach yelled 'Get off my foot, you hunk of meatloaf!'".[14] After a troubled childhood, he moved to Los Angeles and formed his first band Meat Loaf Soul in the late sixties, He also started acting joining an LA production of Hair. After that, he was invited to record with Motown and released an album with fellow Hair castmate Shaun Stoney Murphy. A single of that album What You see is what you got in the Soul charts and into the Billboard Hot 100. They toured, but he later left Motown and went acting in off-broadway productions. In late 1973, Meat Loaf was cast in the original L.A. Roxy cast of The Rocky Horror Show, playing the parts of Eddie and Dr. Everett Scott. Two other cast members from More Than You Deserve were also part of this cast; Graham Jarvis (playing The Narrator) and Kim Milford (playing Rocky). The success of the musical led to the filming of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in which Meat Loaf played only Eddie, a decision he said made the movie not as good as the musical.[31] About the same time, MeatLoaf and Steinman started work on Bat Out of Hell. Meat Loaf convinced Epic Records to shoot music videos for four songs, "Bat Out of Hell", "Paradise by the Dashboard Light", "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth", and "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" convincing Lou Adler, the producer of Rocky Horror, to run the "Paradise" video as a trailer to the movie. Bat Out of Hell has sold an estimated 43 million copies globally, including 15 million in the United States, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. In the United Kingdom alone, its 2.1 million sales put it in 38th place. Despite peaking at No. 9 and spending only two weeks in the top ten in 1981, it has now spent 485 weeks on the UK Albums Chart (May 2015), a figure bettered only by Rumors by Fleetwood Mac with 487 weeks. In Australia, it knocked the Bee Gees off the No. 1 spot and became the biggest-selling album of all time in that country. Bat Out of Hell has, as of December 2020, spent a total of 522 weeks in the Top 200 in the UK chart. IN the 1990’s he did a sequel to Bat Out of Hell called Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell was finished. The immediate success of Bat Out of Hell II led to the sale of over 15 million copies, and the single "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" reached number one in 28 countries. Meat Loaf won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo in 1994 for "I'd Do Anything for Love". This song stayed at No. 1 in the UK chart for seven consecutive weeks. The single featured a female vocalist who was credited only as "Mrs. Loud". Mrs. Loud was later identified as Lorraine Crosby, a performer from England. Meat released 12 albums over his lifetime, his final album was 2016’s Braver Than We Are. His acting credits range from movies like  The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Americathon, Wayne’s World, Spice World, Fight Club, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, and more.   And tv shows like Tales from the Crypt, Nash Bridges, South Park, The Outer Limits, House, Monk, Glee, and Ghost Wars. Meat Loaf passed away in Nashville, Tennessee on the evening of January 20, 2022. And while there has been no official cause of death, MeatLoaf was reportedly ill with CoVid 19. Meat Loaf was seventy-four years old.


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