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Summertime on Sesame Street

It’s retro within retro for this mashup of Sesame Street lip syncing to the 1991 Will Smith/Jazzy Jeff hit “Summertime.”

Not that HBO would consider running things like this, but they should consider the wealth of these sorts of mash ups running around YouTube if they’re looking for “edgy” ways to promote their children’s show acquisition.

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Lego Batman Trailer Contains Surprises

One of the very few properties that Warner Brothers trotted out for their panel, but then didn’t immediately give us a full length trailer for was Lego Batman. The sequel to the surprise hit The Lego Movie perhaps didn’t want to steal the thunder of the DC comics slate, even though Warner clearly has gone for a sequel that ties both franchise universes together.

Maybe that’s because the trailer contained a surprise twist. And it’s not that Bruce Wayne lives in Batman’s attic.

It looks like all the Justice League characters are in this one…before we even have a Justice League movie proper. I do hope that the Lego version doesn’t end up overshadowing the live action one. perhaps that’s why they delayed putting out this trailer until mid-week.

Also, it sounds like Batman’s got a theme song as catchy as “Everything is Awesome.” ‘Scuse me while I spend the rest of the day humming “Black and Yellow.”

Agents of SHIELD and the Rise of Ghost Rider

We’re still playing catch up from the firehose of news known as San Diego Comic Con. We ran through the Superhero Soup of Marvel on Monday. But that wasn’t Marvel’s only major panel. After all, they also have the entire line on Netflix, including Daredevil, and Jessica Jones, plus the upcoming IronFist, Luke Cage and Punisher series.

And then there’s ABC, which at this point is back down to just Agents of SHIELD, despite the MCU and Disney’s push to force the network to be fruitful and multiply their shows. The truth is, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Marvel’s Most Wanted and the disappeared down the memory hole Marvel’s Damage Control were all victims of Disney oversaturating ABC with properties that weren’t getting off the ground, The failure of The Muppets (which never recovered from those first disastrous weeks) was far too close in alignment to the way Agents of SHIELD originally kicked off, with a full six weeks of marketing bombardment, and then a complete fizzle as those first few episodes failed to live up to the hype.

MARVEL'S AGENT CARTER - “Smoke and Mirrors” - Agent Carter and the SSR learn there’s more than just a pretty face behind Hollywood star Whitney Frost, Peggy’s most dangerous foe yet, on “Marvel’s Agent Carter,” TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Richard Cartwright) HAYLEY ATWELL

To be fair, the only thing Carter had going for it was Hayley Atwell, and once ABC decided to give her a new vehicle, that was it for the rest of it. For some, the idea of Mockingbird and Hunter getting their own spin-off was a joy, but just as many fans I’ve spoken too seemed perplexed that anyone thought they could hold a series aloft by themselves, or that SHIELD was somehow better off without them. As for Damage Control, that it was even suggested that people might want to watch a show about the janitors who clean up after Iron Man might just sum up everything wrong with the shows that wind up on ABC to begin with.

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Superhero Soup II: Marvel Edition

Marvel closed out Hall H on Saturday evening, the last major movie studio to give a panel. People camped out in the Hall all day in order to be there. And why not? Marvel is on a run that is some what unprecedented in this day and age. With the release of Civil War this past spring Marvel has released thirteen–a baker’s dozen!–of films that all tie back to the same saga, in the span of eight years. There is nothing int he movie verse that even begins to come close. Even Star Wars, with the seven live action and one animated Clone Wars movies have been over a span of thirty years (and barely equal half of marvel’s output.) DC may be good at marketing, but Suicide Squad which hasn’t even come out yet, will only put them at a measly three.

With such a run still dominating at the box office–even their middling movies like Thor 2 and Ant-Man have been hits–Marvel walked in with no less that six movies to promote, five of which are releasing in the seventeen month span between November of this year and March of 2018, starting with the trailer they brought with them, and then distributed, Doctor Strange.

Other than my intense need to replace the soundtrack they have here with Game of Thrones‘ “The Light of the Seven,” this is not a bad trailer. I was worried there for a minute, especially after they fumbled the controversy of casting Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One instead of a person of color. (One might consider Swinton a person of anti-color she’s so pale.) But I think the mindbending aspects of the movie might be able to override it. I’m thinking this might not be a smash hit, but as we saw with Ant-Man, the company no longer needs to have smash hits at Civil War levels to maintain their streak.

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Superhero Soup I: DC’s Wonder Woman Trailer

Over the weekend, I sat through the live blog of the Warner Brothers Studio DC offerings, because I needed to monitor the final segment of the panel (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) for Wizards&Whatnot. Though the Rowling property closed the day, with the exception of Kong and a couple other small throwaways, the majority of the panel was given over to Warner’s currently struggling DC properties.

The directors of all the upcoming movies slated to be released, from Suicide Squad to Affleck’s stand alone Batman that we will direct himself were present and accounted for. Even Lego Batman got into the action. But the trailer that was the most anticipated was that of Wonder Woman.

Of all the trailers we’ve seen out of the DC slate so far, this is the first that has not left me scratching my head in bewilderment to what they were thinking (Man of Steel), feeling sort of meh (Suicide Squad) or left me laughing for all the wrong reasons (Batman v Superman.) In fact, this is the first trailer from DC I can say I’ve liked, and that’s despite the problems clearly baked into the text.

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“For the Love Of Spock” Trailer

Though in comparison to the BBC’s year long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the celebration for the same  anniversary of Star Trek may feel thin, for some, this is the perfect time to jump in on the renewed interest in the series. The new movie, Star Trek: Beyond, has gotten good reviews despite itself and its marketing campaign which seemed ashamed to admit it was a Star Trek movie. (This seems to be because it is decidedly not Star Trek Into Darkness.) The TV show is coming to CBS.

And now, we have a documentary on the life of Leonard Nimoy, who passed away in February of last year. Directed by his son, Adam Nimoy, it was kickstartered into existence, and will available to watch on-line starting September 9th. (They are also releasing it to theaters, but only in limited distribution.)

As this was a project funded with fan love, it is also a documentary made with love. What I’m saying is, if you don’t have tissues handy, go grab a box before you press “play.”

CBS’s Star Trek TV Series Will Be on Netflix

Are you a huge Star Trek fan? Were you not looking forward to having to sign up and pay for yet another goddamn streaming channel that CBS was trying to force down our throats just to watch the new Star Trek TV show? Well, you’re in luck, because Netflix has just rescued us from all having to stream from yet another place we have not streamed before.

As you may have heard (and all Star Trek fans certainly have) CBS, which has the TV rights to the franchise (as opposed to Paramount, which has movie rights), is launching the first small screen series of Trek since Enterprise died a largely ignored death in 2005. And as you also may have heard, only the pilot episode will be airing on terrestrial/digital based televisions. The rest of the season will be available via CBS’s All Access, the brand new streaming channel they’ve been looking to launch, as more and more households cut cable all together and stream their shows a la carte.trek-cbs

For many fans–especially the older group who have not cut their cable cords, the idea of saddling ourselves with yet another streaming channel for $9.99 (or whatever they’re charging) seemed like a bridge too far. But now, we have been handed a reprieve. Netflix has signed a deal to bring the show to their streaming site.

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