Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Another THE CW Series REMAKE Premieres with “ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO”

With the turn of the centuries from the 20th to the 21st, the book publishing world was awash with lots of new literature for the young adult readership. J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter”, while initially geared for children, eventually became teensier. And then there are the likes of Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” saga, which alongside “Potter” get turned into blockbuster movies. Others on the other hand, like “Roswell High” by Melinda Metz, might get turned into TV series as “Roswell” on the former The WB from 1999 to 2002. It has a remake with a pilot airing this week on The CW.
The Hollywood Reporter tells us that The CW has added to its library of TV show remakes now that their reboot of “Roswell”, conveniently subtitled “New Mexico”, has aired Tuesday on their network. The show retells the plot from the original series and their shared literary source, namely of a Roswell diner waitress and her encounter with three people who are revealed to be extraterrestrials hiding in plain sight, particularly her eventual relationship with one of them. “Roswell, New Mexico” is an interesting study in adaptation, as it takes elements from the books that were changed in the first “Roswell series”, and alters other things.
Case in point, “Roswell High” and “Roswell” have the main characters be high school students; “New Mexico” ages them by about ten years to young adults with jobs and professions. Next, the lead girl in “Roswell High” was the Hispanic Liz Ortecho, whitewashed into Liz Parker as portrayed by Shiri Appleby in “Roswell”; “New Mexico” restores Liz’s Latino name and background, actually making the latter more important as part of her character sub-arc in series. That is because Liz Ortecho (Jeanine Mason) is the citizen child of undocumented Mexican immigrants, and her federally-funded lab-work got axed as said funding was diverted towards building some wall.
Political references aside, that backstory explains why Liz moves from her Denver workplace back to her Roswell hometown, where she reconnects with her old school buddies, particularly her crush Max Evans (Nathan Parson), now a sheriff’s deputy currently looking into a rash of race-related hate crimes in the area. There’s also the fact that he is keeping secret his true identity as an alien, like his now-married “sister” Isobel (Lily Cowles) and their common friend Michael (Michael Vlamis). Things come to a head when, as with the original show and books, Liz gets shot while at work and Max uses his alien powers to heal her. Only trouble is forthcoming.
“Roswell, New Mexico” also stars Tyler Blackburn, Michael Trevino, Heather Hemmens and Karan Oberoi. It airs Tuesdays on The CW.
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When there is something strange in your neighborhood, who are you going to call? Even casual fans would know to answer this question from a song lyric with “Ghostbusters”. But here is a follow-up: Which Ghostbusters are you talking about? Here the answer might almost always be the one from the 1980s films and animated series, aka the “Real” Ghostbusters. Some may even say the “Extreme” team from the spinoff cartoons from the nineties. Almost none would mention the all-female version from the 2016 reboot. The son of the original films’ director can understand the polarization caused by the remake on account of a present-day culture conflict, and has announced a sequel “returning to form”.
Entertainment Weekly has it that Jason Reitman, son of Ivan Reitman who directed the first two “Ghostbusters” films, announced that he will be working on a fourth movie that wills serve as an actual sequel to the originals rather than following up on the recent cinematic reboot. The younger Reitman recalls how he had visited the set of the 1984 film at age six, and made mention of his desire to make a new film that all fans would like.
“This is the next chapter in the original franchise,” says Reitman. “It is not a reboot. What happened in the ‘80s happened in the ‘80s, and this is set in the present day.” Sony Pictures has set a possible premiere date for this movie in 2020, with Jason Reitman set to both write and direct. Shooting could begin a just few months into 2019. “This is very early, and I want the film to unwrap like a present,” Reitman adds. “We have a lot of wonderful surprises and new characters for the audience to meet.”
Approaching a “Ghostbusters” sequel as a distant sequel to the originals is a sensible direction, especially considering that one of the four actors who played the eighties team of proton-packing paranormal investigators, Harold “Egon Spengler” Ramis, passed away in 2014. That was also the reason why the 2016 film directed by Paul Feig had to be a remake, though some of the surviving main cast members did play cameo roles.
Jason Reitman was deeply into the “Ghostbusters” franchise mythos from childhood. In addition to visiting the set, he played an extra with his sister and mother in a scene cut out from the first movie. In “Ghostbusters II” he had a speaking cameo as a birthday boy that dissed the Busters during a birthday party. Upon becoming a director in his father’s footsteps he directed some TV series episodes like from “The Office” on NBC, and films such as “Up in the Air” and “Juno”.
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Fans of technological advancements in the future, or at least of the time travel-themed “Back to the Future” film series, have long been fascinated with one scene from the second movie of the trilogy. Michael J. Fox’s Marty McFly has travelled to the then-future year of 2015 and, to blend in, has put on futuristic clothing including a jacket that can dry itself…and a pair of sweet power-lace high-top sneakers. It was a Nike (fictional) product placement that the shoemaking company spent some effort making into reality, with some prototypes and also limited-edition runs. Soon, the latest iteration of this cool “future” concept will debut.
The Verge has it that Nike will soon make available for preorder their newest take on the quest for a true and practical self-lacing sports shoes, ahead of its going on sale next month. This is the Nike HyperAdapt BB, a series of sneakers that has been optimized for playing basketball. Still, describing these electronic Bluetooth-enable shoes as “self-lacing” comes across as seemingly old-fashioned, considering that compared to its immediate predecessor the HyperAdapt 1.0, the BB has apparently no laces at all. Actually, the lace cable is under the shoes’ exterior but its mechanism goes beyond what one thinks of traditional shoelaces in “manual” sneakers.
How the Nike HyperAdapt BB works is one of the smartest applications of tech on footwear without actually making it smart as a smartphone. Having the lacing mechanisms tighten up once you stick your feet inside the shoes is sweet enough. But how about having the same mechanisms automatically adjust by loosening or re-tightening the fit automatically on your feet while you are on the court, to compensate for foot swelling as you move around? Nike feels confident that the HyperAdapt BB basic design will make more feasible general mass-production of these auto-lacing athletic shoes.
Nike’s determination to make self-lacing sneakers and develop the tech that would go into them stemmed of course from their product placement in “Back to the Future II” which premiered in 1989. The fictional AirMag shoes in the film were conceptualized by then-designer Tinker Hatfield, who has since become VP of design and special projects for Nike. Nike worked on de-fictionalizing the Mag, with versions released in 2011 and 2016 before moving on to the HyperAdapt 1.0 in 2017. Actor Michael J. Fox appreciated the developments, as self-lacing footwear would be a boon to him and other Parkinson’s disease sufferers.
The new Nike HyperAdapt BB’s will see some real action this Wednesday, January 16 in the NBA when Boston Celtic Jayson Tatum test-wears a pair for his team’s home game against the Toronto Raptors. It will go on sale February 17, at Nike stores and online, retail price at $350.
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