By Karen Gomez
Also: documentaries on Winnie Mandela, Eric Clapton, and Gloria Allred.
This week offers a good dose of chills: the third season of Syfy’s popular horror anthology series finally arrives and Netflix adds forest horror to its growing terror catalogue. Biographical documentaries also abound, with the lives of a guitar legend, an overshadowed female political figure, and a notorious civil rights lawyer in focus. Finally, to lighten things up, Fred Armisen combines his two passions in one stand-up comedy special.
To help you keep track of the most important programs over the next seven days, here’s our guide to everything worth watching, whether it’s on broadcast, cable, or streaming for February 4th –10th (all times Eastern):
Super Bowl LII (NBC, Sunday, 6:30pm)
Some of us will be watching to see if the Eagles finally win a Super Bowl or if the Patriots take another. Some of us will just be watching just for the commercials, particularly the new movie trailers (Mission: Impossible – Fallout is one that is guaranteed). And some of us will be watching for all of the above. Whatever your reason for tuning in, check back on FSR Monday morning for our annual ranking of the movie-related ads.
Winnie (PBS, Monday 10pm)
Like many first ladies, Winnie Madikizela is much more than just Nelson Mandela’s wife, and director Pascale Lamche makes her latest documentary a testament of that. Winnie explores her life and contributions to the fight against apartheid in South Africa by piecing together rare archival footage with testimonies from Winnie herself, her daughter Zindzi, biographers, journalists, lawyers, police, allies and opponents alike; as it chronologically traces her rise and seeming fall from grace in her own country.
Fred Armisen: Stand-Up for Drummers (Netflix, Tuesday)
Fred Armisen has two passions: comedy and music. Long before his Saturday Night Live years, he played drums with the Blue Man Group and recorded albums with Chicago punk band Trenchmouth in the ’90s. This love for music has oftentimes bled into to his comedy — he parodied the classic Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense in Documentary Now!, and his Portlandia character Spyke is an aging-but-still-raging punk who jams with Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic — but his two interests finally fuse together in his Netflix comedy special. You can expect a fair amount of drumming and a lot of impressions.
Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block (Syfy, Wednesday 10pm)
Syfy’s Channel Zero has proven to be a worthy heir of the modern horror anthology series tradition. The show has taken the contemporary folklore of creepypastas — those short scary stories and urban legends that circulate on the remote corners of forums and sites like Reddit — and distilled it into two high-quality, truly unnerving seasons. The third installment arrives this week and it introduces Alice Woods (Olivia Luccardi) and her schizophrenic sister Zoe (Holland Roder), who move to a small town to start over. There, they meet Joseph Peach (Rutger Hauer), a charismatic man who offers them the promise of a world without illness. But soon they’ll discover that the good life comes at a high price. If you’re a horror fan and you’re not already hooked on Channel Zero, this is the perfect time to join the eerie vice.
Seeing Allred (Netflix, Friday)
In the midst of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, it is very timely to look back at the career of civil rights attorney Gloria Allred (and Netflix knows it). After all, the legal crusader has worked cases against Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Bill Cosby, failed Alabama Senate-race contender Roy Moore, and Donald Trump over sexual harassment accusations. Directors Sophie Sartain and Roberta Grossman (Above and Beyond) peer into Allred’s long-running professional career, as well as her personal life, through archival footage and interviews with both supporters and critics, as they examine the advocate’s legacy.
The Ritual (Netflix, Friday)
Four friends from college reunite to honor the memory of a common buddy by taking a hiking trip through the Swedish countryside. During the trek, one of them injures his ankle, so they take a shortcut through the dark forest. What could possibly go wrong? Based on Adam Nevill’s novel of the same name, The Ritual combines the sense of anxiety from nature survival stories with a paranormal taste of The Blair Witch Project. The film also marks the first solo directing gig of David Bruckner (The Signal) and stars Rafe Spall (Prometheus), Robert James-Collier (Downtown Abbey), Arsher Ali, and Sam Troughton.
Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars (Showtime, Saturday 9pm)
Guitar hero Eric Clapton has had one of those lives ripe for the biopic treatment: a turbulent childhood, a prodigious musical career, a vertiginous rise to fame, battles with drugs and alcohol, tragic loss, recovery, and redemption. Director Lili Fini Zanuck (Rush) covers it all in her documentary A Life in 12 Bars and offers an intimate look at the rock icon’s story through archival footage, photographs, and home movies; going from his early days, through the Yardbirds and Cream years, to his successful yet tumultuous solo career. A must-watch for classic rock fans.
Super Bowl LII (NBC, 6pm) – live event
Counterpart S1E3 “The Lost Art of Diplomacy” (Starz, 8pm)
Star Trek: Discovery S1E14 “The War Without, The War Within” (CBSAA, 8:30pm)
Victoria S2E4 “The Sins of the Father” (PBS, 9pm)
Divorce S2E4 “Ohio” (HBO, 10pm)
This Is Us S2E14 “Super Bowl Sunday” (NBC, 10:15pm)
Beach Rats (Hulu) – movie streaming premiere
Lucifer S3E14 “My Brother’s Keeper” (FOX, 8pm)
Supergirl S3E13 “Both Sides Now” (The CW, 8pm)
The Alienist S1E3 “Silver Smile” (TNT, 9pm)
Scorpion S4E16 “Nerd, Wind and Fire” (CBS, 10pm)
The Good Doctor S1E14 “She” (ABC, 10pm)
Winnie (PBS, 10pm) – documentary premiere
Fred Armisen: Standup For Drummers (Netflix) – comedy special
Lethal Weapon S2E15 “An Inconvenient Ruth” (FOX, 8pm)
NCIS S15E14 “Keep Your Friends Close” (CBS, 8pm)
The Flash S4E13 “True Colors” (The CW, 8pm)
Black Lightning S1E4 “Black Jesus” (The CW, 9pm)
LA to Vegas S1E5 “The Fellowship of the Bear” (Fox, 9pm)
This Is Us S2E15 “Across the Border” (NBC, 9pm)
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World S1E13 “Fishtail” (ABC, 10pm)
The Blacklist S5E13 “The Invisible Hand” (NBC, 8pm)
The Librarians S4E12 “And the Echoes of Memory” (TNT, 8pm)
The X-Files S11E6 “Kitten” (FOX, 8pm)
Riverdale S2E13 “Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart” (The CW, 8pm)
9-1-1 S1E6 “Heartbreaker” (Fox, 9pm)
Law & Order: SVU S19E13 “The Undiscovered Country” (NBC, 9pm)
Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block S3E1 “Insidious Onset” (Syfy, 10pm) – season premiere
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story S2E4 “House by the Lake” (FX, 10pm)
Waco S1E3 “Operation Showtime” (Paramount, 10pm)
Queer Eye S1 (Netflix) – series reboot
Grey’s Anatomy S14E12 “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” (ABC, 8pm)
RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars S3E3 (VH1, 8pm)
Supernatural S13E13 “Devil’s Bargain” (The CW, 8pm)
Arrow S6E13 “The Devil’s Greatest Trick” (The CW, 9pm)
Project Runway All-Stars S6E6 (Lifetime, 9pm)
Scandal S7E11 “Army of One” (ABC, 9pm)
How to Get Away With Murder S4E12 “Ask Him About Stella” (ABC, 10pm)
Portlandia S8E4 “Abracadabra” (IFC, 10pm)
Grand Prix Driver S1 (Amazon) – series premiere
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman S1E2 (Netflix)
Seeing Allred (Netflix) – documentary premiere
The Ritual (Netflix) – movie premiere
When We First Met (Netflix) – movie premiere
XXIII Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony (NBC, 8pm) – live event
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend S3E12 “Trent?!” (The CW, 8pm)
Jane The Virgin S4E10 “Chapter Seventy-Four” (The CW, 9pm)
2 Dope Queens S1E2 “Hair” (HBO, 11:30pm)
Planet Earth: Blue Planet II S1E4 “Big Blue” (BBC America, 8pm)
Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars (Showtime, 9pm) – documentary premiere
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Since every single day is a waking nightmare thanks to the actions of Donald Trump and his bumbling administration, some good old fashioned satire is exactly what we need to help us get through the next three years.
Showtime has teamed with Stephen Colbert to deliver an animated series called Our Cartoon President, providing us with a comedic take on the Donald Trump presidency. Since the administration itself is already laughable, mocking them satirically has proven to be a bit of a challenge (as evidenced by Saturday Night Live‘s hit or miss sketches on the matter), but this show looks to be wacky enough to bring some levity to the situation in Washington D.C.
And you can watch the pilot episode for free right now, even if you don’t subscribe to Showtime.
Watch Our Cartoon President’s First Episode
What I love most about this animated series, aside from the way it mocks Donald Trump and all those surrounding him in Washington D.C. (on both sides of the aisle), are the perfect caricatures of all the politicians we’re used to seeing all over cable news. These character designs do a fine job of exaggerating the key facial features of these government officials and turning them into cartoon characters.
But what really makes Our Cartoon President stand out from the rest of the mockery out there is that executive producers Stephen Colbert, Chris Licht and R.J. Fried have turned this into an animated workplace comedy series that just so happens to lampoon real world politics and people. Even though the series is animated and thus won’t be as timely as viewers might like, don’t forget that there will be some time on the series reserved for topical jokes on whatever has made headlines that week.
Our Cartoon President doesn’t debut on Showtime until February 11, 2018 with back-to-back episodes starting at 8:00 P.M. ET/PT, but Showtime wanted to get this episode out there since it’s about the State of the Union address, which will happen on Tuesday evening. Here’s the office synopsis for the series:
From executive producer Stephen Colbert comes this hilarious look into the Trump presidency, animation style. Starring two-dimensional avatars of Donald Trump and his merry band of insiders and family members, this cutting-edge comedy presents the truish adventures of Trump, his confidants and bon vivants. It’s a workplace comedy where the office is oval, a character study in search of character, and a timely political send-up of our always-colorful forty-fifth president and his family. Trust us, it’s yuge, and you’re going to laugh bigly.
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Last week, the first Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home trailer arrived and the /Film staff had a good laugh because this surely had to be a joke. A Crocodile Dundee sequel starring Danny McBride as the long lost American son of Paul Hogan‘s semi-iconic Australian movie character? Someone was pulling our leg. This was a prank. A joke. A tease for some other project, possibly involving McBride’s gaggle of gag-prone comedy buddies.
But here we are, a few days later, and a second Dundee trailer has arrived. And this one features Chris Hemsworth, rocking his natural Australian accent. What is this? When did they make this? What reality have we fallen into? Is this just a big prank and are we playing into someone’s hands?
Let’s answer that question right now: probably, most likely, yes. There’s no way a movie called Dundee: The Son of a Legend Returns Home gets made and there’s no way it stars Danny McBride and Chris Hemsworth without anyone finding out. No way. If this is a real movie, I will eat a Koala (caveat: you must supply the Koala). Anyway, you can watch the new trailer below.
Personally, I’ve beginning to align myself with those who believe this is going to climax with an absurd Super Bowl commercial and not go any further than that. Because come on. This is not a movie arriving in theaters this summer. Let’s be real about this.
Still…the thought of Danny McBride starring in a fish-out-water comedy with Chris Hemsworth in full “lovable idiot” mode is undeniably alluring. I don’t need a new Crocodile Dundee movie, but I do think I need these two to star in a movie together. McBride’s coarseness and Hemsworth’s natural charm should roll together like whiskey and Coke.
Anyway, here’s one more amazing image. This movie can’t be real, but we can all treasure this image and let it burn itself into our brains forever.
Here’s the “official synopsis” for this has-to-be-fake movie:
Crocodile Dundee is back. Well, actually, he’s missing in the Outback. And the only person who might be able to find him is the loudmouthed American son no-one knew he had. Introducing Danny McBride as Brian Dundee. This son of a legend is forced to channel his Aussie roots as he embarks on the ultimate adventure in the land down under. It’s time to live up to the family name.
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Hell hath no fury like a sitting president who is about to have his first bungled year in the White House be dramatized as a TV series.
A TV series based on Michael Wolff‘s controversial tell-all book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, is in development. The series will follow the first year of Donald Trump‘s administration.
Endeavor Content has purchased the film and TV rights to Fire and Fury, the inside story of Trump’s first year in office based on Wolff’s unfiltered access to the president and his core staff, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Wolff is set to executive produce the series, with veteran Channel 4 and BBC executive Michael Jackson also attached to produce.
THR reports that Endeavor, a recently launched unit that combines WME and IMG’s scripted TV and film financing and sales groups, purchased rights for a seven-figure price tag. No network is yet attached, but Endeavor plans to to start shopping the series. This is reportedly the largest deal yet for Endeavor Content, which curently has pact with Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment as well as a feature with Michael B. Jordan.
Surprisingly, Trump has remained quiet on the announcement of the Fire and Fury TV series, which is odd considering the chaos and threats that ensued after the book made a huge splash in and outside of political circles earlier this month. The book caused a stir after excerpts from the book were published in New York Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter, unveiling the absolute incompetence and reluctance with which the Trump White House is leading the administration. Despite allowing Wolff complete access to himself and his inner circle — Wolff reportedly got inside access after assuring that the book would paint a sympathetic view of the president — Trump attacked the journalist and his book with renewed venom, threatening to sue him for libel.
White House officials’ attempts to discredit the book and stop its publications failed, and Fire and Fury debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list after the first two days of sales. Bookstores sold out within minutes, and e-book and audiobooks sold more than 250,000 and 100,000 copies, respectively.
Fire and Fury comes after HBO canceled a planned series based on the 2016 election. It’s not the first time that a sitting president has had a TV series or film about him — Presidents Bush and Obama both saw feature films about themselves in their last years in the Oval Office — though this would probably be the first series that paints a current president in a scathingly unflattering light.
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(We’re going to kickstart our weekly discussion of USA’s Mr. Robot season 3 by answering one simple question: who had the biggest mental breakdown in this week’s episode?)
Following up last week’s dour episode, Mr. Robot takes a trip down the cinematic rabbit hole. “Don’t Delete Me” has Elliot (Rami Malek) once again grappling with his guilt, but this time it’s not limited to the thousands of people who died in the E Corp explosions, but over Trenton and Mobley being framed for them. His ensuing depression results in him taking a subtle step back from reality — the entire episode is once again deeply embedded in his POV, shot in the widescreen 1.85:1 format.
It lends to the surreal quality of the episode, as Elliot wanders through New York cleaning up loose ends and trying to atone to Trenton and Mobley’s families. But their rejection of his efforts only sends him down a deeper spiral that finds him sitting alone at a deserted beach on Coney Island, with a bag of meth pills in hand. It’s a dark image for an episode that turns out to be one of the season’s most hopeful yet.
This Week’s Breakdown: Angela
I guess this one depends on whether you think Mobley’s brother Mohammed was real or not. I’m going believe that he did exist, though his filling in of the “pure soul guides our wayward hero back to the light” trope did come at stunningly convenient time for Elliot, who spends much of the episode contemplating suicide.
In that case — though we saw a flashback of the birth of Mr. Robot in an unsettling scene of young Elliot watching his father collapse at the movie theater — Angela (Portia Doubleday) takes the cake this week. But there’s a ray of hope for Angela, who has been in a delusional funk for weeks since the attacks happened. This breakdown is actually a positive one, with Elliot, who had been avoiding his best friend since she helped enact Stage 2, finally breaking through her mental barrier. They never see each other as Elliot calmly recounts their favorite childhood game on the other side of her door while Angela slides down in despair, but it’s enough. She cries as he reminisces about their “wishing game,” finally answering him when he asks what she would always say to him at the end of their game: “No matter what happens, everything will be okay.” The pop music swells at this emotional climax — the stellar needle drop of this episode is the funky Robbi Rob song “In Time” from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures — and Angela is broken out of her numb shell.
This emotional zenith is the final cherry on top of the episode’s many allusions to time travel and alternate dimensions, which showrunner Sam Esmail has been cryptically teasing as well. With one episode left before the season finale, could Mr. Robot break the world go full sci-fi? Who knows.
‘Something I Gotta Do’
“Deletion. When you make that decision, there’s always that moment of hesitation. Yes or no. Yes means ridding the world of Mr. Robot and myself forever. That includes you.”
“Don’t Delete Me” offers a lethargic, introspective break from some of this season’s more action-packed episodes, playing out Elliot’s suicidal contemplations in an out-of-body cinematic display. The credits rolling to a movie logo of Mr. Robot‘s title was proof enough that though we spend the episode embedded in Elliot’s mind, he’s not quite there himself. He robotically goes about the city “wiping down” his presence. Visiting Mobley and Trenton’s families to pay their respects, dropping off his dog at his neighbor’s house. Finally, after a particularly fragile encounter with Trenton’s parents and brother, he makes his way to Coney Island, sitting at the barren beach with a bag of pills. But he never get to do that horrible, unspoken deed — he’s interrupted by Trenton’s little brother, the precocious and stubborn Mohammed.
Rami Malek may have showcased some of his latent comedic potential here: He spends the next few minutes baffled and stuttering at Mohammed’s refusal to leave his side, in an endearing performance that almost gets a chuckle out of me. But Elliot is eager to get rid of the boy, who keeps badgering him in a way that preteen boys can only do. “There’s something I gotta do,” Elliot monotonously repeats, only to be ignored by Mohammed, who insists he take him to the movies. And here’s where the episode takes on that surreal atmosphere that its cinematic presentation keeps promising.
Back to the Movies
The day that Elliot takes Mohammed to the movies happens to be October 21, 2015, the illustrious Back to the Future day. It’s jarring to see the two of them stroll up to a small theater surrounded by Doc and Marty cosplayers — the theater itself is reminiscent of something you’d find on the set of Back to the Future. Elliot is suddenly excited to see the movie despite Mohammed’s protestations that he wants to see The Martian, and the two of them sit down at the theater in a scene that plays out in a eerily similar fashion to the opening scene of young Elliot creating Mr. Robot. Here is where you can question whether Mohammed exists or not — his empty seat is an exact parallel to Mr. Robot’s empty seat next to little Elliot in the flashback — but either way, it’s a bright prognosis of Elliot’s mental state. Either he dreamed up a young boy who blocked his suicidal attempts, or the universe intervened and Mohammed approached him of his own volition. He’s a heartening little plot device who acts as a nice litmus test of whether you believe in fate or an innate sense of self-preservation.
The episode never lets up on that surreal atmosphere. The passerby milling about in ’50s costumes and wild white wigs, the empty lounge except for two men kissing and a disgruntled Lorraine cosplayer, the friendly Jewish ice cream truck driver playing “War of the Worlds” on his radio — they all lend to that dreamlike quality that feels like watching a particularly trippy French New Wave movie. Even when he takes Mohammed home and the boy gives him a lollipop (“because you said you were sick”) and Elliot cries, it all feels so distant from the dark and broody Mr. Robot that we’ve come to know.
“That’s the thing about deletion, it’s never permanent,” Elliot says, ending the episode on one of the show’s most hopeful notes we’ve seen. Though the “Don’t Delete Me” goes in some dark places, its undercurrent of hope and redemption makes it one of my favorite episodes of the season. Maybe, like the Lorraine cosplayer says at the movie theater, the show is “about how one mistake can change the world.” But this episode seems to respond, it’s also about how those mistakes can be fixed.
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Channel Zero, one of the best horror TV shows you’re probably not watching, is about to wrap up its second season, No-End House, and it’s wasting no time getting to work on season 3. A new teaser for the next season just arrived, and with it comes a new plot synopsis and a new cast. Get the Channel Zero season 3 details below.
Like American Horror Story, Syfy’s Channel Zero is a horror anthology that tells a different story with a different set of characters each season. Unlike American Horror Story, however, it’s really good! Created by Nick Antosca, Channel Zero is inspired by internet tales of terror known as “Creepypasta“, which are the same types of scary stories that gave us the character of Slender Man. The latest season, Channel Zero: No-End House, wraps up this week, and if you’re already itching for more Channel Zero, you’re in a luck. A new teaser for season 3 just arrived, complete with a title, cast, and synopsis.
Channel Zero Season 3 teaser
Season 3, titled Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block, is based on the Creepypasta tale Search and Rescue Woods, by Kerry Hammond. Per Deadline, season 3 follows “a young woman named Alice (Olivia Luccardi, It Follows) who moves to a new city and learns about a series of disappearances that may be connected to a baffling rumor about mysterious staircases in the city’s worst neighborhoods. With help from her sister, she discovers that something is preying on the city’s residents.”
Deadline also has the following breakdown of the new cast, which includes both the incredible Rutger Hauer and Krisha Fairchild, star of the intense indie drama Krisha.
- Holland Roden (Teen Wolf) as Zoe Woods, Alice’s sharp, tough older sister whose struggles with mental illness have worn her down over the years;
- Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) as Joseph Peach, a 1950s meatpacking magnate who grew increasingly reclusive and then disappeared after his beloved daughters were murdered;
- Brandon Scott (Wreck-It Ralph) as Officer Luke Vanczyk, a young but already jaded cop, living in the shadow of his father, the Chief of Police.
- Krisha Fairchild (Krisha) as Louise Lispector, a retired journalist who has lived in Garrett, Michigan her whole life. Now she spends her days doing taxidermy and working on her personal project: A book about a pattern of disappearances in the city’s worst neighborhood.
It’s exciting to think that Antosca and company aren’t wasting any time jumping right into season 3, and adding Rutger Hauer to the cast is an excellent move. Channel Zero obviously has somewhat of a following, but not nearly as big of a following as it deserves. It may not be as splashy as some other shows, but it excels at creating dread and tension. If you’ve never seen the show, I highly recommend catching up with it.
Channel Zero season 3 will air in early 2018.
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When you take over a famous franchise, like, oh, say, a line of superhero movies, the first thing you likely want to do is put your own stamp on things. It can be tempting to wipe away all the ideas, motifs, and images used by the old creators, in favor of seeking out the new, the fresh, the exciting.
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Marvel Studios has been hosting marathons of their superhero movies for years. Back in 2015, watching every film released up until that point (including Avengers: Age of Ultron) took 29 hours. Adding up the runtime of the movies released since then, including Thor: Ragnarok extends the length to over 41 hours. But even that staggering commitment would pale in comparison to watching every single episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones, and one movie theater has decided to give fans the opportunity to see their favorite show play on the big screen all in one massive chunk. Get the details about this upcoming Game of Thrones marathon below.
Game of Thrones fan site WinterIsComing noticed that the Facebook page of the Prince Charles Theater in London is celebrating the home video release of the seventh season with this mind-boggling event in which all 67 episodes of the world’s biggest fantasy series will air over the course of four days:
To mark the release of Game of Thrones: THE COMPLETE SEVENTH SEASON and THE COMPLETE SEASONS 1 – 7 BOXSET on Blu-ray™ and DVD, die-hard fans of the record-breaking show can view it all in its entirety on the big screen for the very first time for four days and nights. The non-stop, cinematic takeover will begin at 7pm on Monday 27th until 6pm on Thursday 30th of November 2017, when lucky Game of Thrones fans will be able to experience this unique one off event.
Game of Thrones has played on the big screen before. The series made headlines a couple of years ago by being the first show to play in IMAX theaters, but that was just for two episodes of season 4. This is the first time I’ve heard of a series of this length playing in its entirety (well, minus the eighth season, which hasn’t aired yet) in a theater.
It’s worth pointing out that all of the episodes won’t be played uninterrupted with no breaks. A site called BingeClock says that if you were to watch the entirety of the series as it stands right now, it would only take 63 hours, which is a little over two and a half days. But HBO partnered with a company called MOD Pizza, and they’ll be providing pizza to the audience during dinner breaks throughout the event and offering the chance to win a year of free pizza for anyone who stays for the entire marathon. So those dinner breaks sound like the source of the extra time gaps in there.
The event is free, but as you might have expected, it’s already booked solid. Still, the venue will be offering some free tickets at the door, so stay tuned to their Twitter page for more info if you’re interested in making the trek and braving what’s sure to be an overpowering stench in the theater. I’m not sure if even Tormund Giantsbane could put up with circumstances that intense.
Still, there’s something intriguing about the idea of starting at the beginning and watching the whole show in one colossal burst, seeing how the characters grow and change (both physically and emotionally – those Stark kids used to be tiny!) and watching fan favorites pop up only to be killed off later. Would you be willing to drop everything and watch the whole show in a marathon form like this?
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Say it with me: dance, magic, dance, the Goblin King is returning to our lives! This time, Jareth — the original Babe with the power of voodoo (over my heart) — will be casting his spell over readers of a new Labyrinth comic book from writer Simon Spurrier and artist Daniel Bayliss. The comic book series, titled Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, will explore the origin story of Jareth the Goblin King and how he came to reside over the titular mystical labyrinth.
Lisa Henson, Henson’s daughter and the CEO and president of the Jim Henson Company, described to Entertainment Weekly the story of the ongoing comic book series, which would trace the Goblin King’s origins all the way back to 18th century Venice:
“It’s the backstory of how Jareth came to be in the Labyrinth himself. The Goblin King, he’s not a goblin, he’s human. Many people have asked, ‘Well, how did he get there?’ So, that’s something that we thought we would explore.”
EW also provided a sneak peek at cover and variant covers of the comic book series under Boom! Studios imprint Archaia. The cover is by Fiona Staples, with a subscription cover by Rebekah Isaacs, and variant covers by Laurent Durieux, Jill Thompson, and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Spurrier described the influences that David Bowie, the late musician and actor who originally brought Jareth to life in the 1986 fantasy film, had on the comic book. But that didn’t stop Spurrier from taking creative license with the story, adding his own spin on a character who helped bring leather pants back into fashion (this can’t be confirmed, the movie just personally made me love leather pants):
“We’re sort of having our cake and eating it. The ‘Bowie form’ version of the character is very much present in our story. But there’s a huge amount of stuff about the people who loved him and he loved. What happened to them? How did this all shake out? How did he come to be who he is? I hope that by exercising both sides of that picture, as well as leaning into all the other amazing things that are fantastic about the Labyrinth as a concept, we should hopefully get our Bowie itch scratched while also enjoying the fantastical, surreal wonder of this world.”
I received a battered copy of Jim Henson’s cult 1986 fantasy film on VHS for Christmas as a kid, and it forever imprinted upon me the image of David Bowie in glorious feathered hair and too-tight pants. The story of a Goblin King kidnapping a baby Toby at the behest of the impudent teen Sarah, leading her on a quest to retrieve her baby brother, at first traumatized me but soon became one of my favorite forgotten fantasy films — with a song that acts as a great litmus test for finding likeminded fans. The Goblin King was a source of many a young girl’s childhood crush, so there will definitely be a built-in fanbase when this comic book origin series hits bookshelves.
Issue #1 of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth in February 2018.
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