It was in October of 2016 that a report surfaced that AT&T was attempting to acquire Time Warner. The deal would give AT&T significant holdings in the media industry. The following February Time Warner shareholders approved the merger. This was quickly followed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai refusing to review the deal. That left it in the hands of the Justice Department. Every other country involved has since approved the merger. It was only the U.S. that kept it from being final.
President Trump’s Justice Department filed an anti-trust lawsuit last year in November. That pushed the merger deadline till the 21st of this month. Today a judge stepped into the fray and approved the merger.
25 years ago, a stalwart and bombastic general by the name of Todd McFarlane lead a revolution in the comicbook industry. Joined by his four colour comrades, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino and more, they charged the gates as champions of creator owned books. This past weekend Todd came home to the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo and one thing was clear, he hasn’t slowed down a bit. (more…)
Later this year we will say goodbye to the twelfth Doctor. Sometime around Christmas, in a blinding golden flash the combat eyebrows and Scottish brogue will be gone and replaced with someone new. Our guitar wielding punk rock alien savior dressed as a rock and roll magician will move on to his next regeneration (possibly ginger we don’t know yet, but I mean he could be ginger next, right?) But let’s not focus on that just yet because with series 10 really just begining we have a lot of Peter Capaldi‘s tenure as Doctor Who to enjoy.
This weekend, the good Doctor is visiting the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expoand if I do say so myself he’s in fine form and shows no signs of slowing down just yet. However, as the hundreds that attended his panel made clear, we are already starting to prepare for his 4 years of saving the universe to draw to a close. Here’s a few highlights. (more…)
So once upon a time, we started a joke that started the whole world clamoring for a Netflix Dredd series. It was April Fool’s, and we were young and salty, but who would have guess that years later – YEARS! – that article still would have been quoted as a legit thing that was possibly in the works. So keeping all that in mind, there’s some news from the weekend that seems to indicate that the idea at the heart of that joke may become a reality. A real player, with the real Dredd, recently indicated to fans that there may be doings transpiring in regards to a Dredd series. (more…)
It’s time to haul out the lanyards and dust off those comfy easy walking shoes because comic convention season is officially in full swing and just this past weekend one of the premiere events in Canada celebrated a milestone. The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo celebrated its 10th anniversary with an amazing line-up of guests and exhibitors for a record shattering 102,000 faithful fans.
First up, since many of you do not reside in the great white north, if you’ve never attended a Canadian con, you are really missing out. Just remember most of your favorite TV shows and movies are made north of the wall, and once again the Calgary Expo proved to be a fantastic place to celebrate this whole nerd/geek/pop-culture universe that we all live in and love.
What follows is a whirlwind overview of an amazing weekend. (more…)
Ok, this one doesn’t need much set-up, but you may need a handkerchief by the end. While speaking at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment expo this past Saturday Wil Wheaton, everyone’s favorite starship ensign/Twitter star (and actor and writer and all around awesome guy,) was asked by an audience member/new mom to explain why being a nerd is awesome to her newborn baby girl. His response was perfect, amazing, and very heartstrings tugging.
It seems that whenever one of the original three stars of Star Wars make an appearance these days, it follows that they’re asked about their involvement in Star Wars Episode VII. To wit, Carrie Fisher attended that Calgary Comic Expo this past weekend, where I’m sure no one was remotely interested in anything she had to stay Star Wars, but since the Calgary Herald did want to talk about that galaxy far, far away, we get this outtake.
Yes, Carrie Fisher confirmed to a rapt audience at the BMO Centre Saturday afternoon that she will in fact be reprising her most famous role of Princess Leia in a new series of Star Wars films, which will be produced by Disney. She was the first of the original cast members to announce her participation back in March, although apparently jumped the gun. Her publicist later said she was joking and that nothing had been confirmed.
However, it seems to be a done deal now. But for fans looking for a sneak-peek of what to expect in the new film, Fisher didn’t offer many juicy details.
“I like being bought by Disney, because they never wanted to buy me before,” she said during a talk at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. “I’m glad they are doing a new movie because they are sending a trainer to my house so I can get in really good shape. So I’m really eating a lot of sugar in advance, as you can see. By the time I really get down to it I will have eaten everything.”
Obviously a bit of Fisher’s trademark dry wit was a bit on display there, but there’s definite enthusiasm for the project. Of course, by my count I think this is about the third time Fisher’s confirmed she’s in Episode VII, but hey, who’s counting? As long as she’s in.
This past weekend at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation took to the stage in what was surely a momentous occasion for all Trekkies in attendance. The reunion marked the show’s 25th anniversary and included LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner, Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Frakes, Michael Dorn and Sir Patrick Stewart. I know, you’re already shaking with jealousy over the fact you weren’t present to witness what must have been an evening of true Star Trek awesomeness. Never fear, this is the internet age where anything and everything is recorded for posterity. Below you’ll find a full 66 minutes of the reunion that’s been uploaded to Youtube thanks to cid388.
But first! I’d like to highlight this moment extra special and extremely heartfelt moment. Wil Wheaton gave his own touching tribute to the crew of the Enterprise and I dare you not to get even a little teary-eyed. Note, not recommend for the easily emotional. Especially if you’re at work. Do you want to try and explain why you’re crying like a little girl about Star Trek to your co-workers?
Hit the jump for the all the videos recapping the reunion.