The Defenders Sets Up A Daredevil Season 3 ‘Born Again’ Storyline



Facing the evil of The Hand is a challenge that will change each respective member of The Defenders by the time the Marvel Netflix miniseries ends. But for Matt Murdock/Daredevil, the battle will be especially personal.

As we learned in Daredevil seasons 1 & 2, Matt Murdock’s life has been heavily affected by The Hand’s war with their sworn enemies, The Chaste – including Daredevil‘s mentor, Stick. Matt has been investigating The Hand’s threat to NYCever since he first suited up – and in The Defenders, he’ll have to deal with the added pain of seeing The Hand bring back Elektra as the soulless killing machine known as The Black Sky.

With Daredevil season 3 already set for production in the fall, the next chapter of Matt Murdock’s story is set for some drastic changes – and The Defenders sets up one particularly good storyline for season 3 of Daredevil to tell.


Born Again

Daredevil Season 3 Born Again

“Born Again” is a 1986 Daredevil comic book storyline by Batman: Year One team Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. The main thrust of the story is that Matt Murdock has his secret identity sold to Wilson Fisk/Kingpin by someone close to him (Karen Page), allowing Fisk to systematically dismantle Murdock/Daredevil in both his costumed and personal lives.

The story is famous for the very deep and introspective character story it tells about Matt Murdock/Daredevil, who is pushed to the bring of his sanity by what The Kingpin does to him. It’s also famous for invoking a lot of religious iconography that has to do with Daredevil – and the contradictory existence he lives as a devout Catholic, and son of a nun. The story also sees Murdock battling both a violent Daredevil impostor and a supervillain named Nuke, and it had the controversial (and Frank Miller signature) arc of making Karen Page into a drug-addicted former porn actress.

Daredevil Born Again

In the end, Matt Murdock assumes a new identity and works as a diner chef, content to live with Karen and fight crime as Daredevil. The Kingpin, meanwhile, is left fully exposed as the criminal he is, with empire cracking and crumbling around him.

The ending of The Defenders Netflix miniseries certainly leaves Daredevil in a place where “Born Again” could be the season 3 story arc – as the clues have been laid out pretty clearly.

Sister Maggie

Daredevil Season 3 Born Again Sister Maggie

 The Defenders ends with the reveal that Daredevil survived the bombing of The Hand stronghold at Midlands Circle, even though his friends and fellow Defenders teammates all think he’s dead. Matt Murdock is seen lying in a bed all bandaged up, with a nun holding vigil over him. As Matt begins to stir, the Nun says “Get Maggie, he’s waking up.”

This “Maggie” in question is Sister Maggie, who actually Matt Murdock’s mother. She’s well-known in the comic book mythos, and is an iconic part of the “Born Again” storyline and artwork (check her out in the artwork for the storyline, seen above). 

Maggie is an integral part of “Born Again”: after being nearly killed The Kingpin, Daredevil is nursed back to health by Maggie – who reveals herself to be his estranged mother. 


Skeletons In Karen’s Closet


Karen Page has gotten a much different depiction in the MCU than she did on the comic book page. In comics, she started out as something of a wholesome (if not generic) love interest – before creators like Frank Miller put her through the ringer. However, Karen Page in the MCU has hinted at already having a dark past when we meet her – and that certainly seems to be the case when she executed Kingpin’s henchman, James Wesley, in season 1.

The events of “Born Again” unfold because of Karen Page being on a serious downward spiral of addiction, selling Matt’s secret out, and funny enough, her MCU counterpart is poised for a similar arc after the events of The Defenders.

On the one hand, Karen is poised to take on the role that reporter Ben Urich plays in “Born Again,” as Urich becomes a target of Kingpin in the comic book story. Unfortunately, in the MCU, Fisk as already brutally murdered Ben Urich for such a transgression, but Karen has now taken his place as an investigative reporter, and could serve that role in the story.


On the other hand, Karen is currently torn apart from thinking Matt Murdock is dead after The Defenders, and that mourning could lead her to a dark place where drinking and/or drugs make her make a terrible mistake of spilling Daredevil’s secret.

With the secret of Wesley’s death (and other skeletons) still hanging over her as well, Karen is poised to have as tragic an arc in the MCU “Born Again” as she did in the Marvel Comics version.


The King Returns

The Kingpin Wilson Fisk Daredevil Season 3 Born Again

A pivotal scene in Daredevil season 2 took place when Matt Murdock went to see Wilson Fisk in prison. During that scene, Fisk violently manhandles Murdock while telling him in no uncertain terms that, when he gets out, he is going to break both Matt and Foggy for helping put him away

With the time that has passed since Daredevil season 2 (like the construction of Midlands Circle and the entire events of The Defenders) it would make sense if Wilson Fisk came out of prison at the start of season 3, and got to work dismantling Matt Murdock’s life – only to learn that Murdock and Daredevil are one and the same. That would be a great way to adapt the Kingpin’s “Born Again” story for the MCU. 


The Nuke Is Lit

Will Simpson Nuke Daredevil Season 3

As stated, “Born Again” sees Daredevil finally don his costume again after a spiritual and exsetential crisis – just in time to battle the supervillain known as Nuke, who was set loose by The Kingpin to terrorize Hell’s Kitchen.

Well, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already introduced its version of Nuke, in the form of “Will Simpson,” the NYPD officer who goes mad from combat-enhancing drugs during the events of Jessica Jones season 1. When last we saw Will, he had gone full crazy on Jessica and her friend Trish Walker, forcing the girls to put him down hard. He was left unconscious in Jessica’s apartment, until he was taken away by Doctor Kozlov and IGH, the special forces program that created the combat enhancer soldiers. 

Having Will Simpson return as an enforcer for The Kingpin would give Marvel Comics fans a nice Easter egg – and Daredevil a great new foe, who could also offer opportunity for a cameo from Matt Murdock’s new friend, Jessica Jones. 


Deadly Imposter

Daredvil Born Again Imposter

On stage of Kingpin’s plot in the Daredevil “Born Again” storyline is drawing Daredevil out by releasing a violent mental patient and dressing him up as Daredevil, to wreak havoc.

Matt Murdock shows up to battle the impostor and defeats him before the madman can hurt either Foggy or Karen, as Kingpin intended.

With the MCU Daredevil believed to be dead after the events of The Defenders, it would be plausible that Wilson Fisk (skeptical that Daredevil is really gone) would sponsor an impostor who could discredit Daredevil’s legacy, and possibly draw the hero out. And it would be very cool to see two Daredevils going at it in an epic battle sequence, midway through season 3. 


‘Star Wars’: What to Expect From an Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie

If there’s one thing that experience can demonstrate, it’s that there’s a high probability that the stand-alone Obi-Wan Kenobi movie currently in development will feature the Jedi Knight taking on Tusken Raiders.

While it’s currently unclear just when the Kenobi movie will be set, there are only three options that make a lot of narrative sense: the period before Kenobi’s first (chronological) onscreen appearance in 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace; the Clone Wars era; and the roughly two decades of time between events in Episode III — Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars movie. Of those, the middle option is potentially problematic, given how much of that time period has already been covered in the animated series of the same name, and the first option perhaps packs little promise given that it is, technically, a time of relative calm before things started going awry for the Jedi Order. (Plus, the original Star Wars and prequel trilogies have already covered the “origin of a Jedi” arc such a movie would presumably be covering.)

Therefore, it’s highly probable that any Kenobi movie would take place in the period where the character is in hiding on Tatooine, while the Empire rises throughout the galaxy around him. But of course it is — this isn’t just the lengthiest gap in Kenobi’s onscreen life, it’s also the most rich territory to explore and, tellingly, the same time period as the other Star Wars Story stand-alone features known to the world, with Rogue One ending just prior to the opening of 1977’s Star Wars and the untitled Han Solo movie happening just a handful of years earlier, based upon the characters’ ages. This 30-year gap of Star Wars history between the first two movie trilogies is, apparently, preferred real estate for Lucasfilm to build on.

On the face of it, this time period would present some problems for filmmakers. After all, according to earlier movies, Kenobi’s disappearance during this time is so total that the name “Obi-Wan Kenobi” becomes a myth, with his disguise of “Old Ben Kenobi” transforming him into a recluse that’s seen as, if not helpless, then certainly not as powerful as he actually is. How do you build a story around that? Thankfully, it’s already been done — in prose and comic book form, at least. (Not to mention, fan trailer.)

A recurring feature of Marvel’s current Star Wars comic book is “The Journals of Old Ben Kenobi,” a framing sequence in which Kenobi writes of his adventures during his self-imposed exile. These stories are intentionally smaller in scope than those traditionally shared in Star Wars, and see him working mostly undercover to deal with more local threats to local communities, whether they’re bounty hunters, criminals or Tusken Raiders. Notably, these stories all emphasize that Kenobi is purposefully watching over the young Luke Skywalker and saving him from danger — a connection already shown in the animated Star Wars: Rebels series, and one such that it feels unlikely any potential movie would be able to resist.

The same basic setup is true of the 2006 short story “The Last One Standing,” which sees Kenobi protect Skywalker, Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru from Tusken Raiders, and also — sans Skywalker — of the 2013 novel Kenobi, in which the Jedi Knight helps settlers stand up to Tusken Raiders while trying to keep his true powers a secret. While both “The Last One Standing” and Kenobi are no longer canon, the Marvel comic books are, offering up an idea of what Obi Wan’s life was like in hiding and a blueprint for any potential movie taking place during the same timeframe.

Should this indeed be what to expect in a future Kenobi movie, fans can rest assured that another part of the original film is likely to receive an unexpected prologue. After a Ponda Baba cameo in Rogue One, the Kenobi movie might finally give us the background to the character’s first appearance in the original pic, shown below.

Finally, the backstory on bad blood between Jedi and Tusken Raiders can be revealed! Well, probably…

Marvel’s The Defenders Is a Pretty Grim Slog

Luke Cage, Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones in Marvel’s The Defenders. Photo: Sarah Shatz/Netflix

Marvel’s The Defenders is a reasonably satisfying superhero team-up with a gritty undertone that’s characteristic of the comic studio’s previous Netflix shows. It brings its New York–based main characters — Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Daredevil, a.k.a. Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Iron Fist, a.k.a. Danny Rand (Finn Jones), and his partner Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) — into a shared story line via separate subplots that give each hero an investigation or mission to pursue.

The missions eventually dovetail, as they must, near the end of episode three, setting up a series of meet-hostile/cute or patch-up-your-differences convos. Of course, these end with the good guys joining forces to smash a conspiracy headed by a terminally ill, chillingly confident industrialist named Alexandra Reid (Sigourney Weaver) — a character who is apparently not a part of the print canon, though some Marvel fans have speculated that she’s a gender-swapped version of a particular, semi-famous male villain. Of course, Alexandra would never be portrayed by a star of Weaver’s caliber if we weren’t eventually going to find out that she’s at the center of all the mysterious goings-on, which include the disappearance of young street criminals offered lucrative employment by invisible bosses (a crime that’s investigated by Cage); a missing-person case involving an absent father who turns out to be harboring explosives in his apartment (Jessica’s story); and ninja assassins infiltrating the United States (Danny and Colleen’s mission).

I’d rather not say exactly what Matt’s piece of the puzzle is, because its revelation constitutes one of the few genuinely delightful moments in the four episodes that were sent out for review. As overseen by co-showrunners Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez (Daredevil), The Defenders is a pretty grim slog for the most part, enlivened mainly by Jessica’s hard-bitten one-liners, “surprise” appearances by major characters from Marvel’s other Netflix shows, and a couple of lively fight scenes (though not the opening bout, which is so darkly lit and chaotically edited as to be barely comprehensible).

Unfortunately, there are few vestiges of what made the Jessica Jones and Luke Cage solo outings mostly excellent, Daredevil’s two seasons something more than merely competent (the Punisher ruled), and … well, I wanted to say something nice here about Iron Fist, but I can’t, because it was terrible. Most of the cringeworthy parts of The Defenders are drawn directly from Iron Fist’s creative DNA, which was corroded by insufficiently examined Orientalist clichés and a hopelessly white-bread central character, poorly cast and played by Jones. Creepy, often faceless Asian characters are all over the place here, and in a key section of the fourth episode, composer John Paesano’s score merges three lazy musical-geographical stereotypes of Otherness into a single cue: Tuvan throat-singing, vaguely Arabic wailing, and mysterious Far East chimes and trills. The internet hot-take machine is going to roast this aspect of the series, which is too bad: It’s sincere and inventive in other ways, and more connected to actual life than all but a handful of superhero stories produced at this budget level. There’s frank talk of institutional racism, rapacious real-estate development, and gentrification, and when disaster strikes New York City, there’s dialogue pointing out that poor people don’t have insurance to cover repairs.

On a more immediate, nuts-and-bolts level, it’s disheartening to see Netflix fall all over itself to create a small-screen answer to The Avengers. It does so at the expense of the character details and finely wrought, urban pulp atmosphere that made earlier entries in this franchise, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones most notably, feel special. Jessica battling a spectral rapist, Danny feeling guilt over leaving the mystical city of K’un-Lun unguarded, Matt giving up his Daredevil identity and trying to make sense of his love life and his faith, and Luke embracing his destiny as a neighborhood Samaritan and ending up in prison: These are all far more personal, serious, painful stories than we’re used to seeing in big-budget punchfests. I resented how The Defenders rushed through these stories or pushed them into the background of a tale that’s mainly interested in getting the gang together so that they can beat people up as a team.

There are pacing and structural problems, too, of a somewhat different kind than we’ve seen in Marvel-Netflix superhero shows. While every previous project suffered from what’s been called “Netflix bloat” — the tendency to reflexively order 13 episodes of a show when there might really only be enough plot to fill six or seven — this comparatively truncated, eight-episode project doesn’t overcome the problem; it just finds odd new ways to suffer from the same ones. When it’s not sidelining character psychology to get to the next plot point, it’s lingering on inside conversations that don’t deserve lengthy consideration because the character development has been handled through spell-it-all-out groaners like “Realize that you’re only at mile one of a marathon” and “You know what your problem is? You’re not comfortable with what you’ve become.” And if the entire point was to thrill audiences by throwing these stars together in a single story, why not just jump right into it and bring us up to date on their individual stories when they’re in the midst of action, as the better Marvel films have done? The approach here is not enough of one or the other, and when the team finally comes together in a big way in the fourth episode, you may rightly wonder if the buildup was worth it.

Team-ups are a time-honored centerpiece of superhero fiction, and there have been a couple better-than-average examples on the big screen in recent years (the original The Avengers, for sure). But it’s worth pointing out that none of have been as satisfying dramatically as films and TV series that embrace geographical intimacy (the city or the neighborhood as opposed to the world or the galaxy) and focus on a handful of characters — preferably one central hero, one central villain, and a suitable but not excessive number of allies and henchpersons. Admittedly, satisfying personal drama is rarely the goal in team-up projects. They’re mainly about scratching that childhood rhetorical itch that wants to know whether Iron Man could beat up Captain America or if the Hulk could take Thor in a gladiator match — a question that will be answered in the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, unless they pull the usual lame “it was a tie” thing — or, on a more mundane level, asking how exceptional but damaged people with radically different worldviews and life experiences find common ground and fight for the greater good (which is the story of democracy itself).

The Defenders has splashes of the latter fascinations — the pairing of the orphaned blond millionaire-turned-mystic-warrior Danny Rand and the bulletproof Harlem fist-slinger Luke Cage, in particular, feels like a sociopolitical argument made flesh — but the overall triviality of the project evaporates them. At least Ritter and Colter’s performances continue to impress: Their melancholy realness rubs off on the most underwritten or under-imagined scenes, and whenever the story returns to their subplots, Cage’s especially, The Defenders reminds you of what these Netflix series once seemed to want to be, and might someday become.



Many around the world were shocked to see people with swastika flags and Nazi salutes marching in a US city in 2017. But many were even more shocked when US President Donald Trump defended them in a press conference on Tuesday evening. The president said that many of the white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday were “very fine people.”

A wide range of Jewish celebrities expressed horror at the events unfolding – including the death of a young woman, Heather Heyer, when a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.

Superstar singer Barbra Streisand was horrified by the president’s remarks, saying that when Trump speaks without “a prepared statement,” he “says what he really believes.”

“Equating neo-Nazis to those protecting civil rights is disgraceful & crazy,” she wrote on Twitter.

Actor Ben Stiller tweeted that he “just watched the entire Trump news conference. Worst message I have ever heard a president put out to the world.”

And Rob Reiner, the comedian and director, wrote that he is “Getting very tired of asking GOP to show strength. How much strength does it take to reject a POTUS [President of the United States] who embraces Nazis? Step the f*** up!” Writing on her website, Grok Nation, actress Mayim Bialik recounted how she discussed the events of this week with her two children.

“I told my sons about the hatred these people have for Jews. And for blacks. And for progress,” she wrote. “I know what the Trump supporters say about us. That we are whiny liberals who can’t stand that Hillary lost. Well, turns out our paranoia was not unfounded. At least not in this case.”

Stan Lee, the 94-year-old comic book legend responsible for Spider-Man and the X-Men along others, simply reminded his followers of what he’s thought for the last 50 years.

Lee, who grew up in New York as the son of immigrant Jewish parents, posted a column he wrote in 1968 on Twitter on Tuesday.

“Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today,” he wrote in 1968, in a monthly column that appeared in Marvel Comics. “It’s totally irrational and patently insane to condemn an entire race – to despise an entire nation – to vilify an entire religion.”

In 2017, all Lee had to add was that his statement is “as true today as it was in 1968.”

Actress Debra Messing, who’s currently working on a reboot of her sitcom Will & Grace, also offered a quote – by Holocaust survivor and activist Elie Wiesel.

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation,” she posted on Facebook, quoting from Wiesel’s 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. “We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

Others had a more personal take on the unrest, and Trump’s response to it.

Norman Lear, 95, the producer of shows such as All in the Family and The Jeffersons, told Trump exactly what he thought.

“I fought Nazis in World War II,” he wrote on Twitter. “They aren’t ‘very fine people,’ @realDonaldTrump.”

Josh Gad, best known for his roles in Frozen and Beauty and the Beast, pulled no punches in responding to Trump’s press conference.

“Sound the alarm,” he wrote. “This country is on fire. And the arsonist is the President.”

Hours later, Gad added: “My grandparents lived in concentration camps as they watched their families die because of Nazis. F*** u Mr. President 4 legitimizing hate.”

Daniel Craig Confirms He Will Return as James Bond

LOS ANGELES — Daniel Craig has made it official: He’ll be returning for another movie as James Bond.

Craig confirmed the news, which had been widely expected, during his appearance on Tuesday’s edition of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

Colbert pressed Craig about his previous statement indicating that he had no intention of returning to the role. Craig said he gave that interview two days after “Spectre” finished shooting, when he was still exhausted.

“Instead of saying something with style and grace, I said something really stupid,” he said.

Craig also said the next Bond pic would be his last.

“I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait,” he said.

The British actor has been cagey about his return, even saying in a radio interview earlier Tuesday that nothing was confirmed.

“White Boy Rick” director Yann Demange is the front-runner to direct Bond 25, which is dated for Nov. 8, 2019.

Conan O’Brien (White Idiot, White Freemason) announces TV Israel visit ‘to help Jared Kushner’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Talk show host Conan O’Brien announced that he would film an episode of his “Conan Without Borders” series on TBS in Israel.

O’Brien made the announcement in a tweet Friday night in which he linked to a news story about President Donald Trump sending his senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner to Israel to help broker a peace deal with the Palestinians.

“Breaking: Conan O’Brien sends Conan O’Brien to Israel to help Jared Kushner. Stay tuned. #ConanIsrael#ConanWithoutBorders,” the tweet said.

O’Brien will film in locations throughout Israel over five days later this month, Ynet reported.

The CEO of Keshet Media Group, Avi Nir, and Israel’s Consul General in Los Angeles, Sam Grundwerg, were involved in bringing O’Brien to Israel, Ynet reported.

It will be O’Brien’s first trip to Israel, Haaretz reported.

He has previously filmed specials in South Korea, Cuba, Mexico and Armenia.

Leading Celebrities Pushing the Transgender Agenda onto Children



By Tabitha Mercy of Waking Times

How insane is it that the mainstream and liberal media are working to eliminate the concept of gender? It isn’t that complicated. Boys have a penis, and girls have a vagina. It is not some high level philosophical construct that passes over the heads of even the greatest intellectuals and biologists. This is kindergarten level knowledge.

Yet, gender neutrality, binary gender, transgender, or whatever else you want to call it, is being rammed down our throats by social engineers, and as more media attention is given to the virtues of erasing biology in favor of mental illness, the issue becomes more culturally acceptable.

Leading the charge are warped and out of touch celebrities who seem to be operating from a singular directive to set an example for people who learn how to parent by watching television and reading People magazine. Parading their children around in front of the paparazzi for the whole world to fawn over, many of these entitled, self-righteous, and disconnected celebs are playing their part in helping to transform society into a confused, mindless mass of group-thinkers.

It seems innocent enough when one of these mega stars steps out in public making a spectacle of their children, and their certainly is no harm in a little boy wearing a pink princess dress once in a while, but when so many celebs are marching to the same tune, it makes you wonder what the real message here is.

Take a look at these examples…

Famous pop singer Adele is being applauded as a heroine for the cause of gender neutral parenting.

Jaden Smith, son of superstar Will Smith supposedly hopes that his ‘gender fluidity’ will pave the way for others to wear whatever they want. In truth people can already wear whatever they want. Men have been dressing in drag since time immemorial. It’s not a big deal. His gender isn’t changing, he’s still presumably got the biological anatomy of a male, but this mainstream news outlet is parading his clothing preferences around as part of a broader push for gender confusion in a changing culture.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, world superstars, are being praised for supporting their child’s exploration of gender identity. Who’s praising them?

In this article it is explained that the couple is allowing their daughter to dress and act like a boy. So what? Is the kid really old enough to understand the complexities of sexual identity? Probably not, but the fact that the media is proud of this achievement is again a sign that some other greater agenda is in play here.

It gets weird, though, when you hear, as some media outlets have reported, that this kid will soon be receiving hormone treatment as a precursor to an actual sex change, although this detail is difficult to corroborate.

American actress and model Megan Fox is being lauded for allowing her son to don a Snow White dress, and as usual, the article makes a big deal out of gender stereotypes, as though this child is performing some heroic act of social activism to save the lives of a group of terribly oppressed people.

But not only that, the fam completely bashed gender stereotypes as their oldest boy was wearing a super cute Snow White costume. Even better, it’s not the first time their sons have been photographed wearing clothes that, traditionally, are meant for girls. Way to emphasize the importance of self-expression, Brian and Megan!” [Source]

And again…


Actor Toby Macguire and his ex-wife made headlines with an afternoon outing with their son Otis dressed in a girl’s skirt. Hooray for Hollywood, but really, so what? Why is the media making a point of all this?

Actress Charlize Theron is praised for raising a gender neutral son, and the media loves to talk about it. Here’s her boy in a pink tutu with a pink handbag.

Final Thoughts

What’s really driving this? And who benefits from a gender confused society, where appreciating biological gender identity is some sort of new hate crime? It seems that this type of agenda can really only serve some nefarious end because pushing gender confusion on to children who are too young to fully understand their children only serves to create a future where traditional male and female roles are outdated, and the biologically inherent tendencies of each gender are erased.

The American College of Pediatrics has come out and said that transgenderism of children is child abuse. It’s a way of robbing children of their biological identity before they have a chance to blossom or even to understand the nature of being a man or a woman. It’s a serious mind twister, and an age where mainstream media is pushing all kinds of social engineering on the population, the transgender agenda only serves to further destroy traditional values and basic notions of masculine and feminine identity. In the end, it is the individual that loses, as the madness of the collective serves to confuse, and to celebrate freakish deviations from our natural ways of being.

Tabitha Mercy is a staff writer for Waking Times, where evolution and revolution unite, and for Offgrid Outpost.

Harvey Weinstein (Kike) to direct film on Warsaw Ghetto uprising

Film producer Harvey Weinstein said he will adapt a novel about the Warsaw Ghetto uprising for the silver screen.

Weinstein, who has produced dozens of popular independent and Academy Award-winning films, wrote in an op-ed that he plans to direct a film next year based on Leon Uris’ book “Mila 18.”

Writing in Deadline on Monday, Weinstein said he had delayed the project for several years. His friend Hossein Amini, an Iranian-British screenwriter, has already written a script for it. He explained that he was inspired to finally take it on after recently re-watching Lina Wertmuller’s film “Seven Beauties,” in which an Italian man is captured by the Germans during World War II and sent to a concentration camp.

“[I]t’s a movie I swore I’d direct myself – and in watching ‘Seven Beauties’ again, I just decided, ‘time to make it next year.’ I’ve already started to talk to people about it after delaying it for so many years. I am now committed,” Weinstein wrote.

He also recalled reading “Mila 18” during a trip to visit his great-grandmother in Israel as a kid.

“I guess it is personal – I lost eight great aunts and uncles to Auschwitz. Luckily for me, my grandmother and grandfather moved to America in the 20s while their families stayed back in Poland and Belarus. My great grandmother escaped with the Zionists as did one of her sons,” Weinstein wrote.

Stroop_Report_-_Warsaw_Ghetto_Uprising_09 (Photo from Jürgen Stroop Report to Heinrich Himmler from May 1943, Wikimedia Commons )

The Warsaw Ghetto uprising was the largest revolt of Jews against the Germans during World War II. Several hundred Jewish fighters and thousands of other Jewish civilians living in the city were killed in the fighting.

With his brother Bob, Weinstein founded Miramax and later The Weinstein Company. He has been an executive producer on a number of Oscar-winning films, such as “The English Patient,” “Chicago,” “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist.”

Movie Theater Stocks Plummet as Internet Media Threatens to Crush Hollywood



By The Anti-Media

The movie theater industry is in trouble. Box office bombs and the changing manner in which people consume their entertainment have sent their stocks plummeting. From the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday:

AMC Entertainment Holdings, the world’s largest movie theater owner, took a big hit on Wall Street after it reported worse-than-expected earnings amid an unusually weak box office.”

Continuing, the Times reported that AMC’s stock fell more than 25 percent for the quarter ending June 30, which amounts to about a $178 million loss. AMC’s report falls in line with second-quarter reports from other theater chains like Regal Entertainment and IMAX.

After noting on Thursday that, all told, the value of stock in the top four theater operators in North America has dropped $1.3 billion since August 1 alone, Bloomberg pointed out the obvious — namely, that a theater can’t sell tickets if no one wants to see the movies:

The concern is that the slump isn’t just a run of bad luck. Cinema operators have managed for years to keep increasing sales by raising ticket prices amid stagnant attendance, but a sharp drop in filmgoing would make that harder to sustain.”

Bloomberg observes that the “tried-and-true formula of churning out big-budget sequels and cinematic universes populated with superbeings seems to be wearing on filmgoers,” pointing out that “once-reliable draws Jack Sparrow, the Transformers and the Mummy did poorly in the U.S.”

Aside from Hollywood pumping out duds, streaming services have emerged as a formidable competitor in the entertainment field, as Bloomberg notes:

Netflix Inc. and other digital distributors are creating more original movies, and consumers have more demands on their attention than ever, from Snapchat to YouTube. Further exacerbating the trend, studios are expected to push for a new premium video-on-demand window this year.”

In reporting on AMC’s market crash on Tuesday, CNN Money agreed that “part of the problem could be that more people are choosing to stay home and wait for movies to come out on Netflix, Amazon and other services.”

Meanwhile, Bloomberg explained how AMC will, at least in part, be tackling the profit loss problem:

The company will also pursue ‘strategic pricing’ — possibly selectively charging more for hot tickets or offering discounts to fill seats — and cut back on investments in improvements to its theaters, such as reclining seats.”

This article originally appeared on The Anti-Media.

Trump threatened to shut down filming of ‘Sharknado 3’ because he didn’t get cast as the president (LOL….)



The production team that made the Z-grade “Sharknado” movies say that President Donald Trump was furious when he didn’t get cast to play the president in the series’ third installment, 2015’s “Sharknado 3: Oh, hell no!”

The Hill reported on Wednesday that SyFy Channel’s David Latt revealed that Trump agreed to play the president in “Sharknado 3,” but in the end went with Dallas Mavericks owner and hedge fund billionaire Mark Cuban.

Former “90210” star and “Sharknado 3” leading man Ian Zierling suggested to producers that Trump should play the president based on his experience with Trump as a contestant on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

The Hollywood Reporter quoted Latt as saying Trump was “thrilled” about the possibility of playing the president in the movie series, which typically features a number of celebrity appearances and pop-culture in-jokes.

“The Donald said yes,” Latt said. “He was thrilled to be asked.”

Trump was the company’s second choice after talks with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) fell through.

As production time approached, however, Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen contacted the team and told them they didn’t want the film to interfere with the possibility of an actual run for president, Latt said.

The company then offered the role to Cuban, sparking an angry reaction from Trump’s team.

“Then we immediately heard from Trump’s lawyer,” said Latt. “He basically said, ‘How dare you? Donald wanted to do this. We’re going to sue you! We’re going to shut the entire show down!’”

However, like so many of Trump’s threats of litigation, no suit was ever filed and the production went on with Cuban in the role.

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