Joss Whedon Exits His HBO Series THE NEVERS and Explains Why in a Statement

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Joss Whedon has made the decision to exit the HBO series he’s been working on for the past couple of years, The Nevers. Whedon was the creative force behind the show, and was serving as the writer, director, executive producer, and showrunner.

The series is described as an “epic science-fiction drama about a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.” It sounds like a super cool concept, and it’s a series that I’ve been looking forward to watching.

Whedon said that the reason for his departure was because he was unable to meet “the physical challenges of making such a huge show during a global pandemic.” His full statement reads:

“This year of unprecedented challenges has impacted my life and perspective in ways I could never have imagined, and while developing and producing ‘The Nevers’ has been a joyful experience, I realize that the level of commitment required moving forward, combined with the physical challenges of making such a huge show during a global pandemic, is more than I can handle without the work beginning to suffer. I am genuinely exhausted and am stepping back to martial my energy towards my own life, which is also at the brink of exciting change. I am deeply proud of the work we have done; I’m grateful to all my extraordinary cast and collaborators, and to HBO for the opportunity to shape yet another strange world. ‘The Nevers’ is a true labor of love, but after two plus years of labor, love is about all I have to offer. It will never fade.”

HBO said in their statement, “We have parted ways with Joss Whedon. We remain excited about the future of The Nevers and look forward to its premiere.”

I’m sure a lot of people might think that his departure from the series has something to do with the allegations made by Justice League actor Ray Fisher. Fisher seems to think so and shared in a recent Tweet:

“I have no intention of allowing Joss Whedon to use the old Hollywood tactic of ‘exiting’, ‘stepping down’, or ‘walking away’ to cover for his terrible behavior. WarnerMedia’s JL investigation has been in full swing for over 3 weeks now. This is undoubtedly a result of it. A>E”

When the show was first ordered, Whedon described it as “the most ambitious narrative I’ve created,” which is saying something coming from the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. Maybe it was too much for him. But maybe it also had something to do with the investigation. At this point, no one other than the people on the inside really knows for sure, not even Fisher. But, I’m sure the truth will eventually find its way to the surface.

In the end, I’m still looking forward to watching the show, the cast of which includes Laura Donnelly, Olivia Williams, Nick Frost, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Elizabeth Berrington, Ella Smith, Viola Prettejohn, Anna Devlin, and Martyn Ford.

An HBO spokesperson said the show is still scheduled to premiere next summer.

Source: Variety

Everything Coming to and Leaving HBO Max in December 2020

HBO Max has revealed everything coming to their streaming service next month. Of course, the highlight for everyone is going to be the release of Wonder Woman 1984 on December 25. Other highlights include Gladiator, Jujutsu Kaisen, and The West Wing. What are you most excited to watch?

Available December 1

  • 3 Godfathers, 1949

  • 40 Days And 40 Nights, 2002 (HBO)

  • Absolute Power, 1997

  • Adam Ruins Everything, Seasons 2-3

  • The Adventures of Pinocchio, 1996

  • Amanpour: Sex & Love Around the World, 2018

  • Amistad, 1997 (HBO)

  • Annabelle: Creation, 2017 (HBO)

  • The Bay, 2012 (HBO)

  • The Beguiled, 2017 (HBO)

  • Beyond Reasonable Doubt, 2017

  • The Bishop’s Wife, 1947

  • The Blind Side, (HBO)

  • Blow-Up, 1966

  • The Book Of Henry, 2017 (HBO)

  • Bright Young Things, 2004 (HBO)

  • Bundle of Joy, 1956

  • The Carbonaro Effect, Seasons 2-5

  • Chasing Life with Sanjay Gupta, 2019

  • Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits, A, 2016

  • Code 46, 2004 (HBO)

  • Comedy Knockout, 2016

  • Contraband, 2012 (HBO)

  • Crimes of the Century, 2013

  • The Crow, 1994 (HBO)

  • The Crow: City Of Angels, 1996 (HBO)

  • The Crow: Wicked Prayer, 2005 (HBO)

  • Dead Wives Club, Season 1

  • Death Row Stories, Seasons 1-4

  • De Blanco La Patuda (aka White Is For Virgins), 2020 (HBO)

  • Deep Blue Sea, 1999

  • Demolition Man, 1993

  • Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, 2012 (HBO)

  • Fallen, 1998

  • Falling Skies, 2011

  • The Family Man, 2000 (HBO)

  • Father of the Bride, 1950

  • Fifty Shades Of Black, 2016 (HBO)

  • Final Destination, 2000

  • Final Destination 2, 2003

  • Final Destination 3, 2006

  • The Final Destination, 2009

  • Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery, 2015

  • Freelancers, 2012 (HBO)

  • Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home, 1995

  • Free Willy 3: The Rescue, 1997

  • Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove, 2010

  • The Girl With All The Gifts, 2016 (HBO)

  • Gladiator, 2000

  • Gun Crazy, 1950

  • Harry And The Hendersons, 1987 (HBO)

  • Hell in the Heartland, 2019

  • Hero, 2004 (HBO)

  • The History of Comedy, 2017

  • Holiday Affair, 1949

  • Hot Fuzz, 2007 (HBO)

  • How It Really Happened, Seasons 1-4

  • The Human Stain, 2003 (HBO)

  • The Hunt with John Walsh, 2014

  • Inside Evil with Chris Cuomo, 2018

  • It Happened on Fifth Avenue, 1947

  • Joe Versus the Volcano, 1990

  • Juice, 1992

  • Just My Luck, 2006 (HBO)

  • Kung Fu Panda 2, 2011

  • Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks, 2018

  • The Last Samurai, 2003

  • La Unidad, 2020

  • Logan’s Run, 1976

  • Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001

  • The Man Who Came to Dinner, 1942

  • Mars Attacks!, 1996

  • Meet Me in St. Louis, 1944

  • Michael Clayton, 2007

  • Misery, 1990 (HBO)

  • The Misery Index, 2013

  • My Dream is Yours, 1949

  • Nancy Drew, 2007

  • No Blade of Grass, 1970

  • Omega Man, The, 1971

  • On Moonlight Bay, 1951

  • Outbreak, 1995

  • Paid Off with Michael Torpey, 2018

  • Phantom Thread, 2017 (HBO)

  • Period of Adjustment, 1962

  • Pope: The Most Powerful Man In History, 2018

  • Project X, 2012 (Extended Version) (HBO)

  • Rachel Dratch’s Late Night Snack, 2016

  • The Redemption Project, 2019

  • Risky Business, 1983

  • Robots, 2005 (HBO)

  • Rock Of Ages, 2012 (Extended Version) (HBO)

  • Romance on the High Seas, 1948

  • Room for One More, 1952

  • Sanctum, 2011 (HBO)

  • The Sentinel, 2006 (HBO)

  • Sex and the City, 2008

  • Sex and the City 2, 2010

  • Shaun Of The Dead, 2004 (HBO)

  • The Shawshank Redemption, 1994

  • Shop Around the Corner, The, 1940

  • Snakes on a Plane, 2006

  • Snow White And The Huntsman, 2012 (Unrated Version) (HBO)

  • Something’s Killing Me, 2017

  • Southland, Seasons 1-5

  • Soylent Green, 1973

  • SPAWN, 1997

  • Stargirl, Season 1

  • Striptease, 1996

  • Susan Slept Here, 1954

  • Talk Show the Game Show, 2017

  • Tea for Two, 1950

  • Those Who Can’t, 2016

  • Three Godfathers, 1936

  • THX 1138, 1971

  • Timeline, 2003 (HBO)

  • Tom and Jerry: A Nutcracker Tale, 2007

  • Tom And Jerry: Santa’s Little Helpers, 2014

  • True Grit, 2010 (HBO)

  • Unfaithful, 2002 (HBO)

  • Unmasking a Killer, 2018

  • Very Scary People, Season 1

  • The Wedding Date, 2005 (HBO)

  • Westworld, 1973

  • What Bitch? (HBO)

  • Wrath of the Titans, 2012 (HBO)

  • Wrecked, 2019

  • Yogi Bear, 2010

  • Young Man with a Horn, 1949

Available December 2

  • Baby God, Documentary Premiere (HBO)

    • Baby God is a shocking examination of the work of a Las Vegas fertility specialist, the late Dr. Quincy Fortier, who assisted hundreds of couples struggling with difficulty conceiving and the many women he guided to pregnancy through the use of his own sperm without their knowledge or consent

Available December 3

  • Full Bloom, Season Finale

  • Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults, HBO Max Documentary Premiere

    • An intimate, four-part series that explores the infamous religious movement and the stranger-than-fiction circumstances that culminated in the biggest mass suicide to ever take place in the U.S.

  • Looney Tunes Cartoons,Bugs Bunny’s 24 Carrot Holiday Special Premiere

  • My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood, HBO Max Special Premiere

    • Underwood will appear with a live orchestra and choir, performing a combination of beloved traditional favorites celebrating her faith and the spiritual nature of the holiday, as well as new original material from the highly anticipated album which was released on vinyl October 30th.

  • Stylish with Jenna Lyons, HBO Max Original Series Premiere

Available December 4

  • Beyond the Spotlight, Season 1

  • Bright Now: Alien Worlds, 2020

  • Engineering the Future, 2020

  • La Leyenda Negra (HBO)

  • Jujutsu Kaisen (Crunchyroll Collection)

Available December 5

  • The Photograph, 2020 (HBO)

Available December 6

  • Euphoria Special, Special Episode Premiere (HBO)

    • In the aftermath of being left by Jules at the train station and relapsing, the first special episode follows Rue (played by Emmy®-winner Zendaya) as she celebrates Christmas. Written and directed by series creator Sam Levinson, the episode, titled “Trouble Don’t Last Always,” also stars Colman Domingo, who appeared in season one.

  • Murder On Middle Beach, Docuseries Finale (HBO)

Available December 7

  • Axios, Season Finale (HBO)

Available December 8

  • 40 Years A Prisoner, Documentary Premiere (HBO)

    • HBO Documentary Film’s 40 Years a Prisoner chronicles the controversial 1978 Philadelphia police raid on the radical back-to-nature group MOVE and the aftermath that led to a son’s decades long fight to free his parents.

  • La Jauria (The Pack), Season 1

  • One Night in Bangkok, 2020

Available December 9

  • Alabama Snake, Documentary Premiere (HBO)

    • Alabama Snake, directed by Theo Love and produced by Bryan Storkel, explores the story of October 4, 1991, when a violent crime was reported in the sleepy town of Scottsboro, Alabama.

  • The Trial of Christine Keeler

Available December 10

  • 4 Blocks, Seasons 1-3

  • Esme & Roy, HBO Max Holiday Special Episode

  • Haute Dog, HBO Max Holiday Special Episode

    • It’s a Winter Wonderland – but the competition isn’t heating up, it’s cooling down! Join our groomers as they get in the howl-iday spirit, unleashing festive creations on their furry friends for a shot at a holly jolly gift of $10,000.

  • House of Ho, HBO Max Original Series Premiere

    • The multi- generational family docusoap House of Ho chronicles the daily lives of patriarch Binh Ho, matriarch Hue Ho, their daughter Judy Ho, their son Washington Ho and his wife Lesley Ho, Aunt Tina, and Cousin Sammy.

  • Let Them All Talk, HBO Max Original Film Premiere

    • Let Them All Talk tells the story of a celebrated author (Meryl Streep) who takes a journey with some old friends (Candice Bergen and Dianne Wiest) to have some fun and heal old wounds. Her nephew (Lucas Hedges) comes along to wrangle the ladies and her literary agent (Gemma Chan) also books herself on the trip.

  • Summer Camp Island, Season 3 Premiere

    • Season three follows best friends Oscar and Hedgehog as they have strange encounters with mystical creatures, discovering their own magical potential along the way. As Oscar and Hedgehog dive deeper into the magical community, they hear fables of friendships and discover how Susie and the witches first came to the island.

  • Veneno, Season Finale

  • Valley of Tears, Season Finale

Available December 11

  • Adult Material

  • Midnight Family, 2020 (HBO)

  • One Way Or Another, Season Finale (HBO)

Available December 12

  • The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, Documentary Premiere (HBO)

    • Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Frank Marshall (“Seabiscuit”, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), the documentary chronicles the triumphs and hurdles of brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb, otherwise known as the Bee Gees.

Available December 15

  • Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

Available December 16

  • The Art Of Political Murder, Documentary Premiere (HBO)

Available December 17

  • CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

  • The Flight Attendant, HBO Max Limited Series Finale

  • Homeschool Musical Class of 2020, HBO Max Special Premiere

    • Inspired by Tony Award winning actress Laura Benanti’s (“My Fair Lady” and “She Loves Me” on Broadway, Younger, Supergirl, Nashville) online movement #SunshineSongs, in which she offered to be an audience for the students around the country whose spring musicals were cancelled because of COVID-19, this television event will give students the opportunity to sing and dance like the stars they are, from the safety of their homes.

  • Love Monster, Season 1-2

  • Sesame Street: Holiday at Hooper’s

    • It’s Holiday time on Sesame Street! When their parents run late from the holiday concert, Elmo and Baby Bear stay with Alan and Nina at Hooper’s store. But they are disappointed not to celebrate Christmas Eve and Hanukkah as they had planned. Alan wonders how to make Hooper’s feel more festive. What if they make their own holiday decorations? Elmo, Baby Bear, Nina, and Alan sing carols, eat latkes, and make lots of decorations. They create a wonderful holiday celebration all by themselves—and Elmo and Baby Bear realize that the best part of holidays is being together with friends and family.

Available December 18

  • Diego Torres Sinfonico, Season 1 (HBO)

  • Hasta Que La Boda Nos Separe (aka The Wedding Unplanner), 2020 (HBO)

Available December 19

  • Wendy, 2020 (HBO)

Available December 20

  • I Used To Go Here, 2020 (HBO)

Available December 21

  • Industry, Season Finale (HBO)

Available December 23

  • Squish, Season 1

Available December 25

  • The West Wing, Season 1-7

  • Wonder Woman 1984

Available December 26

  • Independence Day (Extended Version), 1996 (HBO)

  • Road Trip, Season 1

Available December 28

  • His Dark Materials, Season 2 Finale (HBO)

Available December 29

  • Los Dias De La Ballena (AKA The Days of the Whale) (HBO)

Available December 31

  • The Champ, 1979

  • Conan Without Borders

Sadly, some items must go. Two films I’m sad to see leave are Monsters vs. Aliens and The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. Hurry and watch these items before they go.

Leaving December 10

  • Lights Out, 2016 (HBO)

Leaving December 15

  • The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, 2019 (HBO)

Leaving December 26

  • American Animals, 2018 (HBO)

Leaving December 27

  • Arizona, 2018 (HBO)

Leaving December 31

  • An American in Paris, 1951

  • Analyze This, 1999

  • Austin Powers In Goldmember, 2002

  • Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery, 1997

  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, 1999

  • Batman & Robin, 1997

  • Batman Forever, 1995

  • Batman v Superman: Ultimate Edition, 2016

  • Bonnie and Clyde, 1967

  • Boogie Nights, 1997

  • Bringing Up Baby, 1938

  • Clash Of The Titans, 2010

  • Constantine, 2005

  • Demolition Man, 1993

  • Dirty Harry, 1971

  • Doctor Zhivago, 1965

  • Empire of the Sun, 1987

  • Friday the 13th, 2009

  • Free Willy, 1993

  • Giant, 1956

  • Gladiator, 2000

  • The Hey Arnold! The Movie, 2002

  • The Hobbit, 1977

  • Jonah Hex, 2010

  • La La Land, 2016 (HBO)

  • Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life, 2003

  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, 2001

  • The Lego Ninjago Movie, 2014

  • Lucy In The Sky, 2019 (HBO)

  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, 2012 (HBO)

  • Monsters vs. Aliens, 2009

  • Rugrats Go Wild, 2003

Hilarious Trailer For NBC Series MR. MAYOR Starring Ted Danson, From the Creators of 30 ROCK

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We’ve got a hilarious trailer for you to check out for a new NBC series called Mr. Mayor. The show stars Ted Danson as a man running for the mayoral seat in Los Angeles to prove to his daughter and himself that he’s still got it. Once he gets elected, he has to figure out what he stand for while trying to win over his biggest critics.

His daughter is played by the super funny actress Kyla Kennedy (Speechless), and they are joined in the cast by Holly Hunter and Bobby Moynihan.

The series is created by 30 Rock’s Tina Fey with Robert Carlock writing. Check out the super fun trailer below, and catch Mr. Mayor on NBC on January 7, 2021.

You can Back Both Volumes of the Dice Game KAPOW! on Kickstarter Now

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White Wizard Games has their customizable dice game, KAPOW! out on Kickstarter right now. This game looks really cool to me. You play as a superhero or supervillain and then it’s rolling dice while being able to also use panels to create custom dice to help your strategy.

There are two volumes of KAPOW!, each one being a complete two-player game. Of course, you can always get both and that will unlock even the potential for up to four players to play together. Each volume is $45 and comes with Kickstarter exclusives and stretch goals unique to the volume you purchase. You can also get both for $89 unlocking everything for you.

It is important to note that KAPOW! is set to be delivered in December 2021, so you will have to wait for roughly a year before you can even play. On the bright side, the campaign is fully funded, so you don’t have to worry about getting your hopes up for nothing.

Joss Whedon Departs HBO Series The Nevers

Joss Whedon Departs HBO Series The Nevers

Joss Whedon Departs HBO Series The Nevers

HBO’s upcoming sci-fi drama series The Nevers has hit a major snag as its creator Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) has exited his role as co-writer/director. Cinemablend broke the story, and Deadline confirms that the show is still on track for a summer 2021 debut. The show was given a straight-to-series order in 2018, and began filming in July of 2019 before getting bogged down in COVID-19 complications.

“We have parted ways with Joss Whedon. We remain excited about the future of ‘The Nevers’ and look forward to its premiere in the summer of 2021,” a HBO spokeswoman said in a statement Wednesday.

“This year of unprecedented challenges has impacted my life and perspective in ways I could never have imagined, and while developing and producing ‘The Nevers’ has been a joyful experience, I realize that the level of commitment required moving forward, combined with the physical challenges of making such a huge show during a global pandemic, is more than I can handle without the work beginning to suffer,” Whedon stated. “I am genuinely exhausted, and am stepping back to martial my energy towards my own life, which is also at the brink of exciting change. I am deeply proud of the work we have done; I’m grateful to all my extraordinary cast and collaborators, and to HBO for the opportunity to shape yet another strange world. ‘The Nevers’ is a true labor of love, but after two plus years of labor, love is about all I have to offer. It will never fade.”

Said “challenges” may possibly refer to the ongoing investigation into the reshoots on 2017’s Justice League, on which Whedon served as writer/director. Actor Ray Fisher has made allegations (corroborated by that film’s co-star Jason Momoa) that Whedon’s behavior was unprofessional, and that this behavior on the famously troubled production was “enabled” by producers and executives at WarnerMedia, of which HBO is a part. Whedon has yet to publicly address the accusations, and it is unclear if his departure from The Nevers is linked to the Justice League matter.

RELATED: Outlander’s Laura Donnelly Set to Lead Joss Whedon’s The Nevers

The Nevers is headlined by Laura Donnelly, who will play Amalia True. The series follows a gang of Victorian women who find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world.

The rest of the cast include Olivia Williams (Counterpart), James Norton (McMafia), Tom Riley (Dark Heart), Ann Skelly (Death and Nightingales), Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line), Pip Torrens (The Crown), Zackary Momoh (Seven Seconds), Amy Manson (Torchwood), Nick Frost (Fighting with My Family), Rochelle Neil (Terminator: Dark Fate), Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark) and Denis O’Hare (Big Little Lies).

RELATED: Ballers Season 5 Teaser: It’s Not Where You Start, It’s Where You Finish

Whedon was set to serve as executive producer, showrunner, writer, and director on the series. Jane Espenson and Doug Petrie also serve as co-writers and executive producers alongside EP Bernie Caulfield.

Are you sad to see Joss Whedon depart The Nevers? Will it impact whether you will check out the show next year? Let us know in the comments below!

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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GODZILLA VS. KONG May Be Coming To HBO Max After Netflix Makes $200 Million Bid

A movie like Godzilla Vs. Kong is the kind of film you want to experience on the big screen! You’ve got two epic-sized monsters battling it out and fans want to see that in an epic-sized way!

Well, according to a recent report, Godzilla Vs. Kong might be coming to HBO Max. Netflix made a $200 million-plus offer for the movie, but It’s explained that WarnerMedia swooped in to block that deal and is now reportedly is in talks with Legendary to take the feature to HBO Max.

Deadline points out that “Warners has a 25% stake in the movie, Legendary 75%. An HBO Max deal, with a possible theatrical component similar to the studio’s upcoming experiment with Wonder Woman 1984, wouldn’t be out of the question.”

A Warner Bros. spokesperson has come out and said, “We plan to release Godzilla vs. Kong theatrically next year as scheduled.” That date being May 21, 2021. I will point out that Warner Bros. said the same thing about Wonder Woman 1984, and we all know how that turned out.

If Godzilla Vs. Kong goes to HBO Max, I’m pretty confident that it will get a theatrical release as well. They will give audiences the option because it’s Godzilla Vs. Kong! Like I said before, that’s something fans want to watch in theaters!

Adam Wingard (The Guest, Your Next, Death Note) directed the film, which is the fourth movie in Legendary’s monster universe, which also consists of 2004’s Godzilla, 2017’s Kong: Skull Island and 2019’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

This next movie will see the two iconic giant monsters clash amid a “human conspiracy” to wipe out the giant monsters for good. Here’s the previously released synopsis:

In a time when monsters walk the Earth, humanity’s fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in a spectacular battle for the ages. As Monarch embarks on a perilous mission into uncharted terrain and unearths clues to the Titans’ origins, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, both good and bad, from the face of the earth forever.

The arrival of King Kong was teased in Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The crossover event stars Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Julian Dennison (Deadpool 2), Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood), Shun Oguri (Gintama), Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver), Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Demian Bichir (The Nun), Van Marten (The Walking Dead), and Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon).