Season 2 of ‘Fargo’ Will Be a Prequel Set in 1979

We already knew (well, suspected) FX was going to order a second season of the Coen Brothers' Fargo. What we didn't know was what that second season would be like. Would they follow the lead of other popular "limited series" like True Detective and introduce an entirely new storyline and cast, or would they make like American Horror Story and keep the same actors but have them play different characters?

Well, now we know the answer. According to executive producer Noah Hawley, the second will take place in 1979. However, while there will be a completely new storyline and murder(s), Season 2 won't be completely unrelated to Season 1, because it will center around a 33-year-old Lou Solverson readjusting to life after Vietnam.

If you're a fan of the show, you know who that is. However, if you haven't checked it out yet, Lou Solverson (played by Keith Carradine in Season 1) is the diner-owning father of lead character Deputy Molly Solverson, the role for which Allison Tolman was nominated for an Emmy this year. And yes, the shift back in time means the beloved Tolman will not be back.

That will undoubtedly disappoint some viewers. However, the fact that the second season will be about Deputy Solverson's dad suggests it may provide some interesting back story for the characters of Season 1. And it also suggests that it is possible Tolman might return in a future season.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. For now, just get ready to relive 1979.


Yes, the New TMNT Movie Has a Rap Song, and Yes, It Is Hilariously Terrible

Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign rap about turtles
Apparently Vanilla Ice was not available...

It remains to be seen whether the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot is any good. Personally I have my doubts, but I'm trying to keep an open mind.

One thing we know for sure right now, though, is that the new flick will carry on the tradition of having a really terrible original rap song on the soundtrack.

Now obviously, it's not easy to follow in the footsteps of a rap legend like Vanilla Ice, who changed popular music forever when he recorded "Ninja Rap 2" for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II back in 1991. However, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign were brave enough to take a stab at it. And while the chorus "Knock, Knock, You About to Get Shell-Shocked" doesn't roll of the tongue as smoothly as "Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go," it's still pretty fantastic.

Don't take my word for it, though. Have a listen to the new song above. Then, after you've let the knew one sink in a bit, compare it to Ice's 1991 classic below.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot hits theaters August 8, 2014.

FXX to Air Every ‘Simpsons’ Episode Ever (Plus the Movie) in Epic12-Day Marathon

Last November it was announced that The Simpsons were finally coming to basic cable after the Fox Broadcasting Company sold exclusive syndication rights to fellow 21st Century Fox subsidiary FXX. That was pretty good news for fans of the longest running scripted television show of all time.

However, today the news gets even better. Starting August 21 at 10 A.M. ET, FXX will show every single episode, plus the movie, one after the other in chronological order. The whole thing will take 12 days to run, ending September 1 at 12 A.M., and it will be the longest marathon in television history.

That's not the end of the good news, though. In addition to the marathon, FXX will launch their Simpsons World app in October. In addition to letting you stream full episodes, this app will also let you search episodes by character or clip, flip back and forth between the video and the script, and, of course, share your favorite quotes on social media. (Because everyone needs to know what you are doing, saying, and thinking at all times, amiright?)

So upgrade your mobile data plans and call your cable or satellite provider and order a few more DVRs. The Simpsons are coming.


J.J. Abrams Casually Reveals X-Wing Fighter in Video Seeking Charitable Donations for UNICEF

The man is playing us like a fiddle

I don't know exactly when Star Wars 7 director J.J. Abrams decided to use set reveals to raise money for charity, but if I had to guess I'd say it was some time after people went totally apeshit for those "leaked" pics of the Millennium Falcon back in June. Abrams probably saw the way people reacted and asked, "How can I take this weird boner grown men have for this movie franchise and use it to do something good?"

The solution he came up with is pretty brilliant. Make a video asking people to donate money to "Force for Change," a charitable effort trying to raise money for UNICEF's Innovation Labs. In that video slowly pan out to reveal an entire X-Wing Fighter. The video will spread like wildfire, because the internet is run by geeks and geeks love this stuff. Then, when people watch the video and hear how donating could win them a role as an extra in the film, or possibly an advanced screening for 20 of their closest friends, "Force for Change" will raise lots of money.

Well done, J.J. Abrams. Well done.

Universal Is Rebooting All Their Classic Monsters in a New Cinematic Universe

I'm generally not a fan of rebooting popular movie franchises. Sure, they get it right sometimes, as Warner Brothers did when they hired Christopher Nolan to reboot Batman. But most of the time the reboots are unnecessary. (The Amazing Spider-Man, anyone?)

That said, when I heard that Universal was going to reboot their classic movie monsters with with a brand new, possibly shared cinematic universe, that immediately struck me as an absolutely brilliant idea. While all these monsters are public domain now, and lots of studios have made updated Dracula, Frankenstein, and Werewolf pictures, none of these efforts have been part of a larger vision.

Universal has a vision, though. They hired Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to serve as the architects of new monster universe in which the individual films are "cohesive" and "connected." And according to Deadline, the first film in the new universe will be a new take on the Mummy in 2016. After that it's anybody's guess, but you'd have to assume all the regulars will get a picture - Dracula, Frankenstien, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Invisible Man, the Wolf Man, and so on.

There's no guarantee that this new Universal Monsters universe will be any good, of course. But the concept is exciting for anyone who loves classic cinema and is getting tired of superheros.

Big Changes to Marvel Comics Give Glimpse into the Future of Marvel Cinematic Universe

When Marvel made the big announcement that the new comic book Thor would be a woman earlier this week, I didn't think it necessarily portended any immediate changed in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

(Oh, by the way, in case you didn't hear, comic book Thor is going to do something to make himself unworthy of the Mjölnir hammer, and the new Thor is going to be one of the women in Thor's life. Wow, right?)

However, now they've gone and revealed that the new Captain America will be Sam Wilson—a.k.a. Falcon, a.k.a. a guy who is not white—it's clear something bigger is going on here. You see, the change to the comic book Cap lines up perfectly with what we already know about movie Cap—namely that Chris Evans doesn't want to go on playing the Marvel hero forever, so somebody else will have to take over. And this suggests the changes to the comic books are being done to bring them into alignment with what's going to be happening in phases two and three of the MCU.

These aren't the only changes coming to the Marvel comics as part of their Marvel NOW! brand refurbishing project. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso also suggested that there will be a new Iron Man, and that Tony Stark may take on a less good-guy-type role in Avengers universe. And that also lines up with the fact that Robert Downey Jr. doesn't want to go on playing Iron Man forever.

So look out, Marvel movie fans. Big changes are a comin'. Probably.

[via Entertainment Weekly and Screen Rant]

It’s Almost Like the People Making the New ‘Fantastic Four’ Are Actively Trying to Piss Off Fanboys

The Fantastic Four movie that came out in 2005 wasn't very well-received by critics or fanboys, despite the fact that it starred Jessica Alba. So when Fox announced they were going to reboot the franchise in 2015, the decision was embraced as a chance to right previous wrongs.

Unfortunately, after the initial announcement, it's been all downhill in the eyes of comic fans. First came word of "questionable casting choices," by which I mean they cast a black guy to play Johnny Storm/Human Torch. Then came word that the tightly guarded script might "take liberties" with the Fantastic Four canon.

Now the proverbial shit has really hit the proverbial fan. In an interview with Esquire Latinoamérica, new Sue Storm/Invisible Woman Kate Mara said the new film won't follow the comic books AT ALL. Then she was all like, "I don't even like comic books," and "I don't care what Fantastic Four fans think."

Of course, that's a crude paraphrase. You should probably read her actual words:

I’ve never been a fan of comics, I’ve never actually read one. I was going to for this movie but the director said it wasn’t necessary. Well, actually he told us that we shouldn’t do it because the plot won’t be based on any history of anything already published. So I chose to follow his instructions. The one fact is I am a fan of comic book movies, so it’s very exciting to be part of a movie like this.

I don’t feel more responsibility with this role that I’ve felt with others. I understand that there are many fans of Fantastic Four and I guess they expect a lot from me, but I prefer not to be pressured by that. We are also trying to create a new way of seeing these superheroes, I’m focusing on making her (Susan Storm) as real as possible.

Have fun at Comic-Con, Kate!

[via Screen Rant]