Saturday, June 25, 2022

For All Mankind S03E03: All In

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For All Mankind sets up a hundred episodes of potential drama before an epic time jump.

by Jeremy Fogelman

The latest episode of For All Mankind is called “All In” and by the end of the episode, everyone is all in one way or another. The episode starts with a series of moments at the IAC Convention in Merry Ol’ England as Margo and Sergei meet up, share drinks, and she always leaves him for the next year. It all seems very nice in the “oh these two lovebirds” way but we know that it’s actually hiding something much worse.

All those years Sergei has been putting Margo on the hook as an asset, not that the KGB gave him any choice in the matter. When we finally arrive in 1992, Helios is there at the IAC and we’ve caught up to the troubling present -- for now. With a now common enemy of sorts, Margo finally takes the lead in consummating their simmering romance for the first time and with the worst timing, because the Soviets are desperate to meet that 1994 launch window (which has been accelerated by Helios' entry in the space race).

Sergei pleads for the design of the nuclear engine, which Margo refuses as it presents a national security risk (accurately). But that knock on the door is ominous because both we and Sergei (and Margo) suspects who it is -- the KGB has arrived. This scene is juxtaposed with cutting back to Kelly rejecting her parents’ request to join the Helios to stay at NASA (which we saw explained elsewhere as not wanting to be defined by her father), yet Ed does seem okay with it, saying that the country’s gonna be real proud of her.

Which is in direct contrast to Margo sitting in the next scene with the Russians, with a country that will be the opposite of proud. Although she stands firm against the blackmail attempt, the actual pain point of seeing Sergei choked near to death in front of her is a different problem -- we never explicitly see her decide to help the Soviets, but considering we see them launch at the end of the episode, it’s hard to imagine otherwise.

All of the other plotlines circle these two as the future begins to come into focus. At Helios, Ed is able to convince Deva (with Karen’s help) that a fully automated trip to Mars isn’t a good idea, that they need the capability to take over if need be. It’s hard to really argue with that, it’s not like they’ve standardized safe space travel or anything, things might come up. They also manage to bring in Bill who delights in telling Aleida how much it meant to him to be a “get”.

Indeed, he doesn’t know he was their second choice after Aleida, nor how Margo only says goodbye after he’s left the room. But Aleida’s own choice was quite compelling, as Karen has become an epic recruiting talent -- she offers twice the salary at NASA and immediate work as the flight director. She doesn’t even know about Aleida’s father’s mental issues, and the painful comment from Victor about her never being there.

Yet Karen miscalculated by calling her “Margo’s girl”, as Aleida was proud to be loyal to the one that brought her there from a pretty bad place and even pushed for her to go to the moon. But we’ll see how things might change if Margo’s Soviet treason is ever revealed. Still, when we jump ahead to 1994, it does seem that Aleida is the flight director as Bill predicted, but are there homelife dominos yet to fall?

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Poor old Danny is doing very poorly, struggling in landing simulations and getting benched by Danielle temporarily. This is made even worse when he flirts with a random stranger at The Outpost and brings her back to his old house -- which makes them now trespassing. These stupid mistakes gets him grounded but that means it’s an opportunity for Ed to ignore Danielle’s advice and recruit Danny -- who never gets a chance to tell his loving wife the truth.

Karen seems to have misgivings about this of course, but she won’t be on the trip with her two surviving lovers so it’s not as bad as it could be. But Danny might still be jealous or resentful of Ed despite getting such a great opportunity from him, so that’s another domino yet to fall. The episode ends with the great song “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden (which did indeed come out in 1994) playing as we see NASA and Helios launch -- with only the TV footage of the Soviet launch, so no insight yet there.

As the now President Ellen calls to congratulate Margo, the latter notes the Soviets launching with what we can assume was her help, Ellen also tells her now to kick their asses. It’s a very solid start to the Mars mission, and I was wondering how long the show would stretch out before we got it. Nothing wrong with a classic For All Mankind time jump, which was deployed perfectly here alongside the perfect needle drop. Just a really solid episode to keep this season strong.

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The Boys S03E06: Herogasm

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The Boys goes for broke by breaking the barrier of bodies.

by Jeremy Fogelman

The latest episode of The Boys is called “Herogasm” which is naturally named after one of the chapters from the original comics. Of course there, the circumstances are so incredibly different it’s really pointless to connect the two except superficially. In the comics it’s a secret event created by Vought for the supes to let off steam in whatever debaucherous way they want (with paid sex workers that aren’t necesarily being treated safely) and here it’s a secret party for supes to hook up with each other and sometimes sex workers also not necessarily being treated safely. I did notice an Easter Egg where someone in the background shouts “Come on my hump” which is a pretty memorable and absurd moment in that chapter. They also brought back that “Love Sausage” character for a pure joke moment (which I didn’t really find that funny).

But although that’s the similar line and the title of the episode, it’s really not about that at all, other than we discovered that Soldier Boy started the thing in 1952. The plot throughline is really still just about image and truth. The episode starts off with another dated (if funny) joke about tone deaf celebrities singing “Imagine” in March of 2020 (which is already over two years ago if you want to feel the cold vacuum of time speed through you). I noted such luminaries as Patton Oswalt, Josh Gad, Ashton Kutcher & Mila Kunis, Elizabeth Banks, Kumail Nanjiani, Aisha Tyler and Rose Byrne, and none also sang in that actual video. It would’ve been funnier if they had been able to get one of those people.

Otherwise the show doesn’t really (as usual) really get that deeply into satire, the majority of the humor coming from Soldier Boy’s outdated references to supporting our Mujahideen brothers and how Bill Cosby is America’s dad. Easy jokes but they were funny. In the more tragic part of the episode, Kimiko ends up brutalizing people without any powers -- it’s badass considering that she could actually die, but it only serves to make her think of herself as a monster after all. Yet in a completely non-monstrous way, she refutes the horrible assertions Nina said about Frenchie.

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We do know that Compound V has already been said to make “you more you”, but that doesn’t mean Kimiko is a monster at all, as she has a particularly awful and traumatic backstory. In a similar “who am I?” sequence, A-Train actually sincerely apologizes to Hughie over his accidental killing of Robin from way back in the series premiere as he’s now seen how people can be cruel and hurt people he loves. It’s something even if he was one of those “he gets it now that he feels affected” things, and you do wonder if Hughie punching him will really change anything.

After that though, A-Train does actually run for the first time since his health diagnosis, scraping the racist Blue Hawk along the highway -- only of course for his heart to give out. Doesn’t mean he’s dead yet though, I never trust that until I see it confirmed. There’s still a bit with Victoria trying to ally in a way with Starlight, which is another “who am I?” thing.

The Soldier Boy versus Homelander storyline finally gets to the real action moment, as he confronts the TNT Twins (which are reported to be a parody of Northstar & Aurora from the X-Men comics), another set of toxic people. With the combination of our two taking temporary V along with Soldier Boy helping out, it seems that Homelander is nearly done for.

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But our Homelander identity moments are the more complex ones, as he literally questions himself in the mirror, his other self talking about protecting them in the “bad room” (which is shades of Dissociative Identity Disorder) while also admitting he still wants people to love him. Although his other self demands he remove the remnants of humanity, we can see in the final moments of the episode that he hasn’t done that yet -- being actually hurt in the fight and in real danger for the first time since he was a child may be making him feel more human than ever before.

And Starlight reveals the truth of it all to the world, for those who would still believe her -- it’s a great cliffhanger. Although I found the extreme over-the-top sex stuff to be pure shock value, if sometimes cleverly done, the actual content of the episode aside was really pretty good. The show is doing a great job of showing the bizarre problematic humanity of these supes, the balance being doing terrible things and still feeling human. As we go into the last episodes of the season, it’s hard to predict how things will go, which is always a good sign.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News - June 23, 2022


★Netflix has renewed Selling Sunset for two more seasons, 6 and 7, with production to begin this summer. Adding to their real estate portfolio, the streamer also has on tap the third season of Dream Home Makeover on July 27, Instant Dream Home premiering August 10, Selling the OC on August 24 and Buying Beverly Hills and Buy My House premiering this Fall. Netflix has also released a trailer for new series How To Build a Sex Room which premieres July 8.



★Robin Thede, creator of HBO's A Black Lady Sketch Show (which was recently renewed for a fourth season), has signed a new three year deal with Warner Bros. Discovery to create content exclusively for HBO, HBO Max and Warner Bros. Television.

★With Riverdale ending next year after its seventh season, The CW is looking at another property set in the Archie Comics world, Jake Chang. Chang is a new character in the Archie universe who will make his comics debut July 27 in the Betty & Veronica story 'Mystery of the Missing Mermaid'. The TV series Jake Chang is an Asian-American–led mystery following a 16-year-old private investigator as he navigates the racially and socioeconomically diverse worlds of his ever-gentrifying home of Chinatown, and the elite private high school he attends. The show will blend soapy teen drama with the neon noir aesthetic, all while flipping nearly every Asian stereotype — honor, martial arts, destiny, lineage, parental sacrifice — on its head. Daniel Dae Kim's 3AD, Archie Studios and Warner Bros. Television will produce the series.

★Ovation TV will air the first two seasons of Australian mystery series The Doctor Blake Mysteries, starring favorite Craig McLachlan as the maverick town doctor Lucien Blake, an impulsive risk-taker who's not afraid to upset the status quo. The Doctor Blake Mysteries will begin airing on Ovation TV on Thursday, July 7 at 8am ET. With four episodes airing back-to-back every Thursday, season two will then begin airing on Thursday, July 21 at 11am ET.

★Retta hits the road again in HGTV's Ugliest House in America: Ugly in Paradise premiering Sunday, July 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV and also available to stream on discovery+. Things can get ugly, even in paradise  during the new five-episode season. Retta will take a road trip to five stunning destinations to visit 15 unsightly homes nominated by their owners and share her hilarious reviews of the astonishingly bad designs, cringe-worthy layouts and severely outdated styles. Based on its ugly appearance, poor functionality and hideous design choices, one house will be crowned the "ugliest house in America" by HGTV, and the network will award its owners a showstopping $150,000 renovation completed by Alison Victoria, one of its top stars, during a special one-hour finale episode.


★Henry Czerny, from the Mission: Impossible franchise, will be joining the cast of the next Scream film with Dermot Mulroney, Jack Champion, Liana Liberato, Devyn Nekoda, Josh Segarra and Hayden Panettiere.

★The Invisible Man director Leigh Whannell is said to be close to signing a deal with Universal Pictures to direct The Green Hornet and Kato. Once the deal is final the project will be fast-tracked to the pre-production stage. David Koepp had delivered a screenplay earlier this year.

★Dennis Quaid, Isabelle Fuhrman, David Thewlis, Josh Hutcherson and Kiera Allen will star in the sci-fi mystery Littlemouth, which has entered production in the Cayman Islands. Jonathan Sobol (The Padre) wrote the script and is directing. The story follows a brilliant computer scientist (Fuhrman) who is recruited by a charismatic tech billionaire (Quaid) to work on a secret project that might just change humanity’s place in the universe forever, though it comes at great risk.


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HOTCHKA Daily News - June 22, 2022


★Spotify's Batman Unburied podcast has been renewed for a second season, with Winston Duke and Hasan Minhaj returning as Bruce Wayne/Batman and The Riddler, respectively.

★Peacock's newest comedy series Killing It, starring Craig Robinson, has been renewed for a second season.

★Peacock's Natasha Lyonne/Rian Johnson series Poker Face has added another big name to the cast: Ellen Barkin. Character and plot details are being kept under wraps.


★MTV has renewed The Challenge for Seasons 38 & 39, with 38 already in production in Argentina. TJ Lavin will return to host.

★Kevin Zegers is joining the cast of ABC's The Rookie: Feds as Brendon Acres who is just out of Quantico. Brendon’s got a lot to prove in his first posting – not least because his background as the lead on the long-running TV series 'Vampire Cop' means few people take him seriously. His years of method-actor training led not only to martial arts and gun skills, but also a master’s in computer science. Zegers recently starred in the ABC drama Rebel.

★The second season of Fuse's groundbreaking business series Sex Sells premieres Monday, June 29 at 11:00 PM. With the success of apps like OnlyFans, and sex-positivity further pushing into the mainstream, the opportunity to entrepreneurs to create success in sex-related industries is exploding. From visiting a strip club to find out just how much money the business actually makes, to discussing the benefits of forming a corporation with a clinical sex therapist specializing in intimacy, WeezyWTF and guests continue to unapologetically demystify and shine a light on the business of sex.

★Gordon Ramsay's latest US hit Next Level Chef is being adapted in the UK for ITV and its streaming service ITVX. It is set to begin airing in 2023. Ramsay will star with two other yet to be named judges.

★HBO has released official key art for Game of Thrones prequel series House of The Dragon. The image features Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. The series will premiere August 21.

★HGTV has ordered an eight-episode docuseries, The Flipping El Moussas (working title), which will follow the personal and professional journey of newlyweds and real estate experts, Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae El Moussa. The show will document the couple as they tackle a house move, a major renovation and their emotional efforts to expand their family. Along the way, Tarek will bring Heather Rae into the fold of his flipping empire, as she becomes more involved in his business. The Flipping El Moussas is slated to premiere in 2023.

★BYUtv has renewed competition series Survivalists for a third season, and All-Round Champion for a fifth season.


★Nia Vardalos revealed on her Instagram account that production is currently underway in Greece on a third installment of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Vardalos also announced that she is directing the film.

★Top Gun: Maverick has crossed the $900 million mark globally, earning $901.9 million in 25 days with the domestic total at $474.8 million and the international total at $427.1 million. It was just four days ago that the film crossed the $800 million mark making it Tom Cruise's biggest film ever. Cruise visited Korean over the weekend ahead of the film's opening there and fans were out in droves so it shouldn't be long before this becomes Cruise's first billion dollar movie.

★To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of Titanic, a newly remastered 3D 4K HDR high-frame rate version will be released internationally by Disney on February 10, 2023. Paramount has the domestic release rights and is expected to announce a release date soon.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News - June 21, 2022


★All six episodes of the documentary series The Last Movie Stars will debut on HBO Max July 21. The docuseries, directed by Ethan Hawke, celebrates the enigmatic personas, incredible talent, and love story of actors Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman. Martin Scorsese serves as Executive Producer. The project is based around a long-abandoned project that Newman commissioned from friend and screenwriter Stewart Stern. At Newman's request, Stern interviewed close friends, family, and artistic collaborators Elia Kazan, Sidney Lumet, Karl Malden, Sidney Pollack, Gore Vidal, Jacqueline Witte, Joanne Woodward, and others for a planned memoir. Newman was also interviewed by Stern. They discussed his youth, his first marriage with Witte, his romance and life with Woodward, his personal demons, and the gut-wrenching loss of his son, Scott. Karen Allen, George Clooney, Oscar Isaac, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Zoe Kazan, Laura Linney, Sam Rockwell, and others voice segments of the original transcribed interviews. Some of Newman's daughters, Sally Field and Scorsese are featured in new interviews, along with archival interviews with Newman and Woodward.

★Florence Pugh is attached to star in a limited series adaptation of John Steinbeck's East of Eden for Netflix. Zoe Kazan, granddaughter of Elia Kazan who directed the 1955 film adaptation, is attached to write and executive produce. It's unknown at this time which character Pugh will be playing. The 1955 film only adapted the final section of the book, and starred James Dean in his final film role.


★Sherri Shepherd’s new daytime talk show, taking over for the now departed Wendy Williams Show, has set a premiere date: Monday, September 12. The nationally syndicated show, cleared in 97% of the country, will air on channels owned by Fox Television Stations, Cox, Hearst, Sinclair, Nexstar and others. Check local listings for channel and time in your area.

★Below Deck Mediterranean returns to Bravo with a super-sized Season 7 premiere Monday, July 11 at 8:00 PM. Peacock subscribers can enjoy each episode one week early beginning July 4.

★Dark Winds
has been renewed for a six-episode second season at AMC and AMC+. The first season premiered June 12.


★Léa Seydoux is in negotiations to the cast of Dune: Part Two as Lady Margot, a long-standing servant of the Sisterhood.


★If you're thinking of taking in a Broadway show, The Broadway League has announced that beginning in July, a 'mask optional' policy will go into effect for Broadway theatres. Audience members will be encouraged, but not mandated, to wear masks in theaters. Audience masking protocols for August and beyond will be evaluated on a monthly basis. An update will be announced in mid-July, the League said.


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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News - June 20, 2022


★The Yellowstone prequel series 1932, starring Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford, has been retitled 1923. Not many details are known about the series except that it will encompass the End of WWI (1918) and the start of Prohibition (1920). It is currently expected to premiere in December.

★Peter Capaldi and Cush Jumbo are set to star in the new London crime thriller Criminal Record for Apple TV+. The series is a powerful, character-driven thriller set in the heart of contemporary London. An anonymous phone call draws two brilliant detectives into a confrontation over an old murder case, one a young woman in the early stages of her career; the other a well-connected man determined to protect his legacy. The series touches on issues of race, institutional failure, and the quest to find common ground in a polarized Britain. Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who,The Thick of It) stars as Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Hegarty and Cush Jumbo (The Good Wife, The Good Fight, The Beast Must Die) stars as Detective Sergeant June Lenker.

★Jameela Jamil and Tim Meadows are joining the cast of the upcoming Natasha Lyonne/Rian Johnson series Poker Face for Peacock.

★Paramount+ has announced start of production and casting for new series Wolf Pack, based on the book series by Edo Van Belkom, Wolf Pack follows a teenage boy and girl whose lives are forever changed when a California wildfire awakens a terrifying supernatural creature. Wounded in the chaos of its attack, the teens are inexplicably drawn to each other and to two others who were adopted sixteen years earlier by a park ranger after another mysterious wildfire. As the full moon rises, all four teens come together to unravel the secret that connects them - the bite and blood of a werewolf. The series stars Armani Jackson (Honor Society, Chad) as Everett, Bella Shepard (iCarly, The Wilds) as Blake, Chloe Rose Robertson (Wildflower) as Luna and Tyler Lawrence Gray (Our Town, Macbeth) as Harlan. Production will begin next week in Atlanta, and the series will premiere later this year.

★Mel B will join the judging panel for the second season of Queen of the Universe on Paramount+, replacing Leona Lewis. Season 1 judges Michelle Visage, Vanessa Williams and Trixie Mattel will return, along with host Graham Norton.

★Dana Delany has joined the cast of Sylvester Stallone's new Paramount+ series Tulsa King. The show follows New York mafia capo Dwight 'The General' Manfredi (Stallone), just after he is released from prison after 25 years and unceremoniously exiled by his boss to set up shop in Tulsa, Okla. Realizing that his mob family may not have his best interests in mind, Dwight slowly builds a crew from a group of unlikely characters to help him establish a new criminal empire in a place that to him might as well be another planet. Delany will play Margaret, an affluent and influential equestrian and owner of a sprawling horse farm and animal preserve. She is a formidable presence and a trustee of the Annie Oakley Society.


★CBC comedy series Working Moms is set to end with its upcoming 7th season, which will premiere on CBC and CBC Gem in the winter of 2023, followed by streaming on Netflix outside of Canada.


★Actress Maureen Arthur has died at 88 following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Arthur began her career with a role in the 1958 film Hot Rod Gang, and went on to a regular role in the short-lived 1961 TV series Holiday Lodge. She guested on seveal TV shows including Bachelor Father, Perry Mason, I Spy, Get Smart, Please Don't Eat the Daisies and The Monkees. Her biggest break came in the national tour of the Broadway smash How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying as Hedy LaRue, the ambitious mistress and secretary. After a two year run, she joined the Broadway production and then reprised the role in the 1967 film adaptation. She returned to Broadway in 1967's Something Different, with Bob Dishy and Linda Lavin, written and directed by Carl Reiner. She also appeared in the films Thunder Alley, How To Commit Marriage, The Love God?, The Love Machine, and Harry and Walter Go To New York. TV credits include The Flying Nun, Gomer Pyle, USMC, Love, American Style, Sanford and Son, Night Gallery, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Alice, Laverne & Shirley, The Red Hand Gang, CPO Sharkey, Mork & Mindy, Empire (1984), The Duck Factory, Too Close for Comfort, Murder, She Wrote, Highway to Heaven, Matlock and Empty Nest.


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Saturday, June 18, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News - June 17, 2022


★Peacock has set August 25 as the premiere of the new Bill Nye series The End is Nye, which sends Bill Nye into the most epic global disasters imaginable - both natural and unnatural - and then demystifies them using science to show how we can survive, mitigate, and even prevent them. Each stand- alone episode takes a hell-bent dive into the mystery and terror of one specific threat. Every catastrophe is abundant with thrills, but also offer hope and a way forward - a scientific blueprint for surviving anything that comes our way. The series is hosted and executive produced by Emmy Award winner and renowned science educator, engineer, author, and inventor Bill Nye. Each episode also features a brief cameo by longtime science advocate and series EP Seth MacFarlane.

★Hulu's Solar Opposites returns Wednesday, July 13 with eleven new episodes. To prepare for the upcoming Solar landing, check out the new catch up video and a first look at season three.



★Britt Robertson joins ABC's new spin-off series The Rookie: Feds in the role of Laura Stensen, the 'black sheep' of a family of brilliant academics and the youngest person ever allowed into the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit. The series stars Niecy Nash-Betts as Simone Clark, the oldest rookie in the FBI Academy, Frankie Faison, who plays Christopher “Cutty” Clark; and Felix Solis, who guest-starred as Special Agent Matthew Garza in the two Rookie episodes, which served as backdoor pilots for The Rookie: Feds.

★Mina Starsiak Hawk and Karen E. Laine are back in a new 14-episode season of HGTV's hit series Good Bones. Mina, a real estate agent and mom of two, and Karen, a lawyer, will continue to buy more dilapidated properties in their hometown of Indianapolis, demo them down to the studs and renovate them into dazzling family homes. This season, Mina will focus on even more ways to expand their home reno business. With the real estate market in flux, Mina and Karen will branch out into new neighborhoods and take on client renovation projects. And, for the first time ever, the pair will tackle a commercial renovation for a fellow female entrepreneur who is moving her bridal shop to a bigger space. In the season premiere, Mina and Karen will return to the popular Fountain Square neighborhood to transform a quaint, yet expensive, cottage-like home. To make a profit, they will need to add plenty of modern amenities and updates without losing the vintage charm.

★HBO comedy series The Rehearsal will debut July 15, and will be available to stream on HBO Max. Nathan Fielder (Nathan For You, HBO's How To with John Wilson) returns to television for a new series that explores the lengths one man will go to reduce the uncertainties of everyday life. With a construction crew, a legion of actors, and seemingly unlimited resources, Fielder allows ordinary people to prepare for life's biggest moments by "rehearsing" them in carefully crafted simulations of his own design. When a single misstep could shatter your entire world, why leave life to chance?





★Guy Ritchie, who directed the live action remake of Disney's Aladdin to a $1 billion global box office, will reteam with the House of Mouse for a live action re-do of animated Hercules. The film will be produced by AGBO, the production company run by Avengers: Endgame directors Joe & Anthony Russo.


★Actor Tyler Sanders, who was a regular on the Amazon Prime Video series Just Add Magic: Mystery City, has died at the age of 18 at his home in Los Angeles. His agent confirmed the news but provided no addition details except to say the death is under investigation. Sanders has appeared in several short films, and guested on TV series JLW Academy, Fear the Walking Dead, The Rookie, Just Add Magic, and most recently on 9-1-1: Lone Star. He's also had roles in films The Reliant and The Price We Pay, which is listed as being in post-production on IMDb.


★French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant has died at age 91. Trintignant appeared in more than 130 films during his career and had numerous stage roles. He won the César Award for Best Actor three times for Three Colors: Red, Fiesta and Amour. He won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award in 1969 for political thriller Z. Though he had been acting since 1955 in the French TV movie L'assassin a pris le métro, and had roles in such films as Law of the Streets, ...And God Created Woman, and Les liaisons dangereuses, his breakthrough role came in 1969's A Man and a Woman which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Screenplay. He reprised the role of Jean-Louis Duroc in 1975's Hustle, 1986's A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later, 2006's Stranger Than Fiction and 2019's The Best Years of a Life, which is his last completed film. Other notable film credits include The Conformist, The Outside Man, The Last Train, Playing With Fire, The Passengers, Other People's Money, Deep Water, Under Fire, Confidentially Yours, Cover Up, The City of Lost Children, and Happy End.


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Friday, June 17, 2022

For All Mankind S03E02: Game Changer

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For All Mankind changes things up from the season opener as a new player enters the space race.
by Jeremy Fogelman

The latest episode of For All Mankind is called “Game Changer” and more than one game is changed here. Of course the big storyline is about tech company Helios whose billionaire CEO Dev Ayesa (Edi Gathegi) wants to not only send a ship to Mars but beat the US and Russia to get there. This links to getting things intriguingly reconnected with Karen and Ed again, as Karen is able to sell her Polaris for apparently millions of dollars because Dev admits to having a personal stake in it.

His speech about his dad coming from Kenya and crying at the sight of the USSR landing on the Moon affected him, and the Polaris ship (not so much the station itself as tourist stop) is perfect for the Methane fuel they’re working on. He interestingly mentions the Swahili word for Harambee meaning essentially “all pull together”, no relation to the infamous gorilla, but it does make sense considering the oddly democratic nature of Helios we see later.

The drama gets kicked when Molly picks Ed to be the commander of the Mars mission, with Danielle heading the backup one in 98 -- Molly says that her knowing the science better will serve as the ideal leader after they get there, but Ed is a test pilot at his core, able to deal with the unknowns of space travel. He delightedly invites daughter Kelly to join the mission, and she actually accepts -- although considering how the episode ends, instead of the drama of two family members on a team, it looks more likely we’ll get two family members competing.

Things are moved further a bit with a few other people as we see Senator Ellen with her hubby and beard Larry advising on her VP pick, not McCain as he’s too progressive (which the closeted Ellen would prefer) but a “Jim Bragg” who is more liked by the evangelical set. And almost surprisingly, Bragg agrees to be the VP pick despite Ellen pointing out that there may be times she needs him to support legislation he doesn’t agree with. He even refers to wanting to take the party away from the old white guys -- if you can imagine.

We briefly catch up with Aleida on the Moon who video calls home to her father (who is distracted by a missing watch) and her son (who is distracted by the classic great cartoon DuckTales). But it’s not really the main storyline, which is tied into the Helios mission -- there are also two scenes of Danielle with her family in which they support her going later, and then support her suddenly going sooner.

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This turnaround is due to Margo showing up and being surprised (in a bad way) by Molly’s choice of Ed. She then proceeds to fire Molly for going against orders (which I would say is a bad look for optics) and tells Ed he’s commanding the mission. He doesn’t take this back and forth well, getting drunk and playing the race card with Danielle at the new Outpost (which we see is now a kitschy place), who is obviously disappointed about Ed commenting about “other factors at play”.

So she quite justifiably storms out, as Ed should’ve known better despite his pain and drunken state. He further embarrasses himself by crashing into Karen’s security gate, who helps him inside under the watchful eye of Danny, who is now a creep. The kid admitted he still loved Karen earlier in the episode, but thankfully Karen does shut it down even if she was foolish enough to ask him about the song choice in the first place.

But the storylines twist together again as we see Ed voted to command the new Helios mission, as we see Margo, Danielle, Molly, and Danny watch the announcement on TV. The only one unambiguously happy is Molly, of course, but it’s a great cliffhanger to set up the now three-way space race.

It’s a pretty great episode, with a focus less on the tense action of the season premiere and more on the classic sort of science and political drama the show is known for. It’s a twist I should’ve seen coming but didn’t -- yet it made enough sense that I was glad to be fooled. A great follow-up for this third season to Mars.

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The Boys S03E05: The Last Time to Look on This World of Lies

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The Boys shakes things up as the gang considers a new deadly mission.
by Jeremy Fogelman

The latest episode of The Boys is called “The Last Time to Look on This World of Lies” but I’m for the first time unsure if the episode title is meant to have special meaning. The episode gets into a few interconnected storylines, some of which have relatively interesting satire instead of just the same old jokey parodies.

We see a few scenes of fallout of the last episodes, like Homelander struggling in a board meeting because he doesn’t really know any business things (the theme of being unsure of who you are), which is then later connected to Starlight wanting his help to track down and stop Soldier Boy. When she’s commiserating with Hughie about their messy situation in Russia, the show drops a few “subtle” advertisements to the delicious, cool, crisp cans of White Claw which I found amusing because the show is usually pretty subtle about in-show advertising.

There’s more of the problematic nature of Hughie taking the temporary V, loving the feeling of not being afraid. This comes to a head again in the final moments of the episode, when Starlight tries to get Hughie to come back from his and Butcher’s plan of helping Soldier Boy to murder his former teammates in exchange for the old supe’s help to take out Homelander. The “I don’t need you to save me, I need you” fights against Hughie’s self-esteem issues, and it’s clear that he’s heading down a path that ends in the self-destruction of Butcher -- if he can’t stop.

The big setup to where we end up is Maeve pushing forward the narrative again, actually hooking up with Butcher in a classic sort of hate-hookup situation, with a reiteration of that theme as Butcher points out that the V simply makes him more him -- doesn’t make him worse or better, just more. She only has one of the big cliffhangers of the episode as Homelander and Black Noir attack her, leading us to suspect she may be dead (although I never trust that sort of thing in this show without confirmation).

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The episode really plays on this identity issue through a lot of our villains and heroes alike, including with Kimiko in the hospital who is delighted to not have powers, giving us that classic Karen Fukuhara smile we rarely get in this show. She gets caught in another fantasy in her head and actually kisses Frenchie in an awkward moment -- but is it really what either of them want? After all, Nina is still coming for them.

The jam packed episode also follows up with A-Train as he gets into it with racist supe Blue Hawk, who non-ironically mocks about being “canceled”, says he doesn’t see color, only crime -- which just happens to be in black neighborhoods. This is the sort of satirical touch that feels extremely close to reality, just a step further than politicians would say out loud. Similarly, Homelander proclaiming things to be safe on the Fox News parody when they clearly aren’t doesn’t feel so far from reality either.

The episode drops a semi-major new character called “The Legend” (played by Paul Reiser), in what I call a lot more charitable portrayal than the comics. His shtick is pretty amusing, though, and he plays a pretty important role in the episode to grant knowledge to the heroes. The other cameo (of sorts) is Seth Rogen showing up paying for a fancam of Crimson Countess in a sort of Boys parody of OnlyFans. MM gets more drama at home when he gets infuriated by stepdad Todd taking Janine to a Homelander rally and making her a fan of the dude -- his triggering of the connection to Soldier Boy connects to Soldier Boy’s own PTSD triggering related to that Russian music. Clearly the dude isn’t over his horrific and tortured captivity.

It’s a pretty crowded episode, but I felt one that was a bit more coherent thematically than usual, which wasn’t as funny in general (Paul Reiser aside) but more dramatically entertaining than usual. One of the issues with a show like this is balancing all of the characters and their storylines, but so far this season has been handling that pretty well, and this episode is a good example of that.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

HOTCHKA Daily News - June 16, 2022


★Marvel superhero Wonder Man is the next character heading to the small screen via Disney+. Shang-Chi filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Guest, producer on Community and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, will serve as head writer and executive producer, respectively. If the project progresses satisfactorily, production should begin in 2023.

★All nine episodes of the new medical drama series SkyMed will debut on Paramount+ Sunday, July 10. SkyMed follows the triumphs, heartbreaks and tribulations of budding nurses and pilots flying air ambulances in remote Northern Canada. Weaving together intense character journeys with high-stakes medical rescues, a diverse cast of young medical responders must rely on each other for survival at 20,000 feet in the air. The series stars Natasha Calis (Nurses) as Hayley, Ace "Aason" Nadjiwon (Batwoman) as Bodie, Morgan Holmstrom (Siberia) as Crystal, Praneet Akilla (Nancy Drew) as Chopper, Thomas Elms (The Order) as Nowak, Mercedes Morris (Between) as Lexi, Kheon Clarke (Riverdale) as Tristan, and Braeden Clarke (Outlander) as Jeremy. SkyMed is produced by Piazza Entertainment in association with CBC and CBS Studios.


★Season 2 of HBO's drama series Industry will premiere Monday, August 1 at 9:00 PM, and will be available to stream on HBO Max.

★Nickelodeon has ordered new animated pre-school series Super Duper Bunny League. The series (26 episodes) centers on a diverse group of bunny friends who must battle danger as they defend their city and the world from their archnemesis. Super Duper Bunny League is slated to launch 2024 in the U.S. and continue to roll out on Nick Jr. channels internationally. Based on the kids' comic book series by cartoonist Jamie Smart.

★HBO is said to be in the very early stages of developing another Game of Thrones spin-off series, this one centered on Jon Snow, with Kit Harrington attached to reprise the role.


★Zac Efron is set to star in The Iron Claw, the latest drama from writer-director Sean Durkin. A24 will finance and distribute the film. Based on the true story of the Von Erichs, the film follows the rise and fall of the Von Erich family, a dynasty of wrestlers who made a huge impact on the sport from the 1960s to the present day.

★Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has become the tenth Marvel film to cross the $400 million mark at the domestic box office after 41 days of release. It is currently the second highest grossing film of the year behind Top Gun: Maverick. The film is looking to end its global theatrical run around the $950 million mark, falling short of one billion. The film will launch on Disney+ June 22, 47 days after the theatrical release.


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