This Month in Movies & TV
Marvel's Jessica Jones Hits Netflix
Netflix released the full 13-episode season one of its new Marvel series, Jessica Jones, on November 20. Starring the talented and beautiful Kryster Ritter, it's based on the comic series of the same name. Ritter plays Jessica Jones, a former superhero turned private investigator who is working in New York City. Without revealing too much about the plot, Jones is a deeper, darker, and more satisfying show than previous Marvel titles, which is to be expected considering that it's on Netflix instead of cable.
In an interview with Vulture magazine, Ritter revealed her reluctance to sign up for Jessica Jones, saying the show "didn't sound very good." I guess she changed her mind, though, because Ritter played the role perfectly.
"The first pitch from my manager was terrible. I got a call, you know, 'Netflix wants to see you for this show, it's Marvel, it's a superhero show.' And I like to audition, so I was like, 'Okay, I'll go, but I'm never gonna get that.' My manager was like, 'No, no — it's not your typical superhero show. Your character's really bad at it.' I was like, 'Okay, uhh, what does that mean? Is it, like, slapstick? What is that?" So at first I didn't know what to expect, but it didn't sound very good," said Ritter. "It wasn't until I got the super-secretive encrypted material that I realized, Oh, wow, this is really interesting! It's really dark!
You can watch Jessica Jones, or add it to your queue, by visiting https://www.netflix.com/title/80002311.
Star Trek Returns!
No, that's not a typo, neither is it an early April Fool's Day joke (although it would be a good one). Star Trek WILL BE RETURNING in just a few years time. The original Star Trek series, which was created by Gene Roddenberry, ran from 1966 to 1969. While it had a relatively short lifespan when compared to many other sci-fi TV series, the original Star Trek show spawned nearly half a dozen other shows for a total of 726 episodes, according to Wikipedia.
So, when can you expect to see the new Star Trek series? Unfortunately, there's still no word yet on an official release date, although reports indicate that it will most likely air sometime in 2017 on the CBS All Access streaming network. Production for the currently unnamed show was announced in November, and it's expected to be the first major show to air primarily on a video-on-demand service (note: it will be aired on the standard CBS network, as well).
Who will play Captain Kirk? When will it take place? How many seasons will it last? These are just a few of the many burning questions that we have about the new Star Trek series. I guess we'll have to keep waiting, though, because 2017 feels like a long ways off.
Become an Ape in the New Planet of the Apes Movie
Want to play an ape in the upcoming War for the Planet of the Apes film? Sure you do! Well, now if your chance, thanks to a new contest that was announced during a recent episode of AMC's The Walking Dead. All you have to do is record yourself giving an ape impression and submit it to https://www.apescontest.com. Producers will select one lucky entry from the videos, turning the person into an ape via CGI. You can check out the video displayed below for more details on the contest and how to enter.
War for the Planet of the Apes is the sequel to the 2014 film Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. It stars Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn, and Judy Greer. War for the Planet of the Apes is scheduled to be released on July 14, 2017.
Video: War for the Planet of the Apes | Contest TV Commercial [HD] | 20th Century FOX
Lost in Space Reboot Coming to Netflix
Move over Star Trek, there's another classic interstellar series being revived. According to ComicBookResources, Netflix is bringing back the 1960s hit show Lost in Space. The reboot is being written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, both of whom had previously worked on Dracula Untold. While details are being kept under close wraps, ComicBookResources says the show is being described as an "an epic but grounded science fiction saga focusing on a young explorer family from earth lost in an alien universe and the challenges they face in staying together against seemingly insurmountable odds." Whether you were a fan of the original or not, you'll want to check this one out!
Of course, this isn't the first attempt to reboot the Lost in Space franchise. Back in 2003, a pilot was made for a reboot series, although the series was never picked up by a network. A film was also produced in 1998, which was largely regarded as being a complete failure. In any case, we're excited to see Netflix picking up the Lost in Space reboot, because if there's on network that does an exceptional job at bringing shows back, it's Netflix.