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Geek News on the Radio June 2, 2016

‘Rogue One’ and the Trouble With Stand-Alone Movies

Star Wars fans went into speculation mode after the news broke earlier this week that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will undergo reshoots this summer after execs felt that an early cut didn’t match the tone of the franchise. But there’s something about the stand-alone movie’s current predicament that feels somewhat inevitable. The first signs that things might be in flux for Rogue One came last month, when accidentally released pages from the official “visual story guide” to the movie were removed at the request of Disney, not only because they shouldn’t have been released, but because “a lot of the information listed isn’t even correct.” A day later, with no comment beyond simple confirmation, Marvel canceled plans to release a Rogue One tie-in comic in October.

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FX Networks has ordered the first season of Legion, the story of a troubled young man who may be more than human, it was announced today by Nick Grad and Eric Schrier, Presidents of Original Programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), Rachel Keller (“Fargo”), Jean Smart (“Fargo”), Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”), Jeremie Harris (“A Walk Among the Tombstones”), Amber Midthunder (“Hell or High Water”), Katie Aselton (“The League”) and Bill Irwin (“Interstellar”) star in “Legion.” Production on the eight-episode first season will begin this summer in Vancouver and the new series from FX Productions and Marvel Television will debut on FX in early 2017.

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‘Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens’ trailer shows stripper using unique defense against shark

As it turns out, there’s a new use for hip thrusts and pole dances: self-defense from sharks. In a new trailer for Syfy’s “Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens” a male stripper fends off a freakish on-land attack when he thrusts his hips into a flying shark to prevent the toothy fish from getting a piece of him. The scene is an intriguing part of the over-the-top trailer for a movie franchise that just can’t seem to stop sinking its teeth into flopping tales about flying sharks.

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Michael Bay’s Transformers 5 Teased With New, Indiscernible Hunk of Metal

In a teaser for production on Transformers: The Last Knight starting this month—yes, that does appear to be a thing that happens now—this was revealed with a robot face and a rumbling sort of growl sound. We have no idea what it means. Do you know who this is? If so, please help us. We thought at first that it might Ironhide, but then we remembered that he died in Dark of the Moon. Maybe he comes back from the dead? It can’t be one of the mammoth Transformers, because the tusks are too short. We are not helped by the fact that most of the Transformers in these films are indistinguishable metal things.

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Seth Rogen Discusses Adapting The Boys For Cinemax

A lot can be said about Seth Rogen and his long-time collaborator Evan Goldberg. When the two first made it big with their original screenplay, it was with 2007’s teen comedy hit Superbad – a film the duo began writing when they were only 13 years old. Since that time they’ve proven themselves to be capable of turning out memorable comedies. During a recent press conference attended by THR, Rogen revealed that his and Goldberg’s interest had been piqued with another comic book series by Preacher author Garth Ennis, The Boys. This time around however, it won’t be an AMC project – instead, they’ll be setting the series up at Cinemax. Rogen reflected on this new turn of events and the challenges it offers by saying, “We’re in a similar place with it now where we were with Preacher. Now that we’ve convinced everyone to let us adapt this into a show, what are we actually going to do?”

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Friday the 13th Reboot Will Give Jason a New Origin

Back in December, it was reported that Prisoners and Contraband writer Aaron Guzikowski, who is also penning one of the planned Universal Monster movies, would write the script for Paramount Pictures’ Friday the 13th reboot after the departure of director David Bruckner. Now The Reel Word has interviewed Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller about the newest installment in the series, and where the story might take the beloved Jason Voorhees. “Aaron’s story has great characters…You kind of have to understand Jason Voorhees, so we go back and we kind of started over and work our way forward,” said Fuller. When asked to clarify it was an origin story, he stated it will be “Origin-ish, but it’s an origin that no one has seen before. Obviously Pamela’s there, but it’s a little bit different from what you’ve seen before.”

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Stan Lee says he didn’t go to strip club for Deadpool cameo

From the files of movie magic: Stan Lee didn’t go to a strip club to shoot his Deadpool cameo. The revelation came from Lee himself, who discussed the sequence at MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, last week. “I don’t know if I should tell you the truth about that cameo. I was not in the topless dancing place,” Lee said. “I did that in a studio, and then they put it into the movie. And I’m damn mad about that! I made them promise on the next one, I’m going to be right there.” This isn’t the first time Lee has talked about his Deadpool cameo. Back in February, after the film came out, he joked to EW, “I wish I had spent more time in the strip club. They had me in and out too quickly.”

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