Alphas Only

BiteCon Jeff Davis

Over lunch, creator Jeff Davis held his own panel for attendees that had purchased an Alpha pass for the convention. It started off with a great question about a rumor that had been circulating for quite a while — was Jackson’s story given to Malia since Colton Haynes left the show for Arrow?

“Not correct,” Davis replied. “I always wonder how much of the stories that we can no longer tell you guys actually want to hear because I know it’s a weird subject to broach now because Colton’s no longer on the show, and we did have a plan for that season, for 3A, but we were just never sure he wanted to come back.”

Saying that although bits and pieces of Jackson’s story for season 3 ended up going to Malia, it wasn’t entirely passed on to her. “One of the alphas in the alpha pack had murdered Jackson’s parents,” Davis explained, “and it gives him reason to side with either Derek or Scott in season 3A; to go along with Derek and say, ‘We need to kill the alphas because one of them murdered my family.'”

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BiteCon Jeff Davis

Over lunch, creator Jeff Davis held his own panel for attendees that had purchased an Alpha pass for the convention. It started off with a great question about a rumor that had been circulating for quite a while — was Jackson’s story given to Malia since Colton Haynes left the show for Arrow?

“Not correct,” Davis replied. “I always wonder how much of the stories that we can no longer tell you guys actually want to hear because I know it’s a weird subject to broach now because Colton’s no longer on the show, and we did have a plan for that season, for 3A, but we were just never sure he wanted to come back.”

Saying that although bits and pieces of Jackson’s story for season 3 ended up going to Malia, it wasn’t entirely passed on to her. “One of the alphas in the alpha pack had murdered Jackson’s parents,” Davis explained, “and it gives him reason to side with either Derek or Scott in season 3A; to go along with Derek and say, ‘We need to kill the alphas because one of them murdered my family.'”

And speaking of Malia, she was once again a hot topic. When one fan asked where the idea for Malia came from, Davis responded, “Well, when we first came up with the idea of Malia, we knew we were going to do the kind of asylum episode that was… We wanted it to sort of be the Shining episode where it was a creepy asylum and we would have Stiles go into this terrible place and go through this sort of trial in this asylum episode, and that would be the real sort of confrontation between him and the nogitsune. And we knew we wanted to have someone there for him to bond with, and we were talking about what kind of character would he bond with and would it be interesting to bring this character back from the first two episodes of Malia, the werecoyote.”

After talking about how they come up with the idea to make Malia Peter’s daughter, Davis said, “It was a way to broaden these characters, and we really liked Shelley. It was supposed to be a guest star role, but when we started to see the footage come back of her, we were like, ‘Wow, she’s beautiful, she’s magnetic on screen, and wouldn’t it be interesting if we could build this character?’ And one of the difficulties was, we didn’t know if we were going to be able to get her back for another season. I think I said in another interview there was a certain point where I was like, ‘Guys, are we going to be able to have her? Can she at least do a few guest stars. I feel like we have a story with her and Peter. Are we going to be able to build that?’ And thankfully she signed on, so you’re going to be seeing a lot more of that. And I think she’s going to be a really fun character to play, too. We’re trying to build her some humor, as well. One of the things we’re kind of excited about this season is that we get back to a lot of humor. There’s a bit more adventure this season. It’s not quite as terrifying and dark, although we do have our scary moments.”

Davis also repeated what the writers said earlier about Malia’s new position in Scott’s pack: “It’s going to be awkward for her at first. She is still… The pack, Stiles and Scott, are trying to help integrate her back into society. She’s been living out in the wild, and she has a sort of fight or flight instinct inside her, and she’s actually the toughest one in the pack right now. She’s like kill or be killed. So it’s going to be a little dangerous for the others, and I think it’s going to be awkward at first.”

Though Davis wouldn’t say much about season 4, he did mention that we’d be learning more about Kira’s family history, that Derek’s loft might not survive the season, and Gerard’s story is definitely not over. Oh, and when he was asked about Stiles making Derek the king on the chessboard, Davis said he couldn’t talk about that.

A fan asked about Danny, wondering how long he’d known that Beacon Hills housed supernatural creatures and if that would be explored more in season 4. “I can’t tell you about season 4. No spoilers,” Davis said. “[Danny] was always that character, for me, that was in the shadows, that knew about all this stuff, and was playing the good game. I thought it makes him smart, it makes him… it actually makes him one of the smartest people in Beacon Hills. To not be involved, to stay alive.”

When asked specifically if Danny knew before Scott got bit, he said, “I think probably.”

As a fun tidbit to end the panel, when asked about spinoffs, Davis relayed a story about a spinoff they had been thinking about doing previously. “There was a plan to do a show called Beacon Hills, and it would’ve been about young Derek and the Hales,” Davis said, causing the crowd to gasp. “I thought I talked about this! And Christian Taylor, who was tasked with coming up with a lot of the ideas. And what you hear in the episode ‘Visionary’ when they talk about Beacon Hills, they describe it as a much darker place and a much more dangerous place. And we had a bunch of ideas about that, about what to do and how to broaden the world a little bit of Beacon Hills, and make it a kind of… we talked about it as kind of Gotham City before Batman came in. It was dangerous and terrible and frightening. And if you weren’t a supernatural creature, you could be picked off at any time, which is of course the Beacon Hills present day.”

Boss Lacrosse Bros

BiteCon Boss Lacrosse Bros Keahu Sinqua

The last panel of the day was entitled Boss Lacrosse Bros. Seeing as all four members on the panel Tyler Posey, Keahu Kahuanui, Sinqua Walls, and Arden Cho are teammates or former teammates of the Beacon Hills lacrosse team.

Yes, ladies and gentleman. If you hadn’t heard before the panel reveal, you may have been scratching your head a bit as to why exactly this group was put together. But we can assure you that when the BiteCon staff were assembling their panel line ups, they were quite aware that Kira would be joining the all boys lacrosse team in season 4 of Teen Wolf. And apparently this is going to be an incredible season in general if we go off of anything Tyler Posey had to say during the event.

When the lead actor on the show was asked what he considered his best scene to shoot was, Posey responded that his favorite was one we hadn’t actually seen yet, teasing, “Yeah we’ve had some really cool stuff this season. It’s like the coolest stuff we’ve shot.” Cho chimed in to relieve a bit of our curiosity by giving us some clues as to what the favorite scenes were, so we would know when they came across our screen, “So you guys know when you see it – One, Lakehouse… And then the desert?” Double checking with her co-star that she was on the right track.

Season 4 talk wasn’t the only item up for discussion at the panel though. Plenty of reflecting on past seasons and characters was done as well. For instance, when a fan asked Walls how he would have liked Boyd’s storyline to have played out if he had stayed on show, the actor shared one of his personal desires, “I was actually just saying in the greenroom that I would have loved if we’d had a prom episode – Like an actual prom episode and after all the craziness Erica and Boyd would go to prom together.” You can imagine the heartfelt groans of sadness and longing that erupted from the audience.

Luckily though there was room for laughter and fun at the panel as well. After being asked when exactly he thought Danny had figured out what was going on in Beacon Hills, Kahuanui responded, “I think he figured it out a long, long, long time ago. And was like I’M NOT TOUCHING THAT!” Which of course Posey was quick to point out that he did indeed “touch that”. Prompting Kahuanui to revel in the lude behavior by responding “BUT I DID! More than once!”

Come back tomorrow to find out what happened on day three! If you’d like to see more pictures and hear more stories from our time on set and at BiteCon, be sure to follow the NATWP Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram accounts, as well as keep an eye on our podcast page. You can also read the day one recap here.

All photos are copyright of Tiffany Chien.

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Legion M president Jeff Annison introduces the first fan-owned entertainment company

"Opening the gates to Hollywood" with fandom-powered entertainment production.

2:12 pm EDT, August 24, 2016

Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

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Hypable speaks to co-founder Jeff Annison about Legion M’s goals, fan engagement, and potential impact on the entertainment industry.

An exciting new project launched over the summer: Legion M, the world’s first fan-owned entertainment company.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Hype Podcast sat down with co-founder and company president Jeff Annison, in order to learn more about the ambitious startup that promises to give fans more creative control of entertainment production.

The full interview is available to download here or via iTunes, or you can stream it below:

In the interview, Annison explains the mission of Legion M, which is to bring fans directly into the production process. Says Annison, “For the first time in history, we are architected to be built from the ground up to be owned by fans.”

With a ‘Legion’ of fan investors behind them, Annison believes that Legion M’s approach to selecting and developing projects will be very different from anything else we’ve seen in Hollywood.

Where usually creators will struggle to make their content stand out from the crowd, “bringing the audience into the process [of creating entertainment], we’ve already got a built-in audience,” Annison explains. “If you can have the audience of content be invested in content, it gives that content a competitive advantage.”

One of the key ways in which Legion M hopes to influence the creative industry is by opening the door for more diverse projects.

As Hollywood is so revenue-driven, oftentimes the ‘risk’ of letting a movie’s lead character be a woman, a person of color and/or a member of the LGBT community is simply considered too great. But Legion M, being owned by fans, has the opportunity to tip the scales. Because if the investors want more diversity and new kinds of stories, that’s exactly what they’re going to get.

“The reason that there are so many superhero movies and reboots and remakes… Hollywood’s figured out the formula. You pick something with an established fanbase, and if you make the movie you know it’s less risky because you know those people are gonna come see the next Superman movie,” says Annison. “Whereas if it’s an unknown story, you just don’t know. So we believe when you make the audience part of the process, these fans that are part of our studio … if you’ve got an audience that’s baked into it, that gives you so much more creative leeway.”

In practice, this means that Legion M, “could come up with a completely new and novel story that’s never been tried before, and know that it’s gonna have some success” — which means that it’d actually get produced, unlike many original ideas that come to Hollywood to die.

Further, fan owners of Legion M can experience unprecedented involvement with the creative process. Not only are they involved with selecting and developing projects, but, “our promise to our investors is that we’re gonna take you along for the ride. When we film a movie, we wanna live-stream from the set. When we have project opportunities, we wanna put them in front of you. We give the Legion a voice.”

To start with, Legion M is partnering with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich’s Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, which created Robot Chicken. Annison explains that they still have “dozens” of projects that networks have rejected, and Legion M is working on bringing some of them to life.

In terms of representation, Legion M doesn’t necessarily want to commit to a quota of diversity. Instead, where they expect to be able to influence Hollywood is at the “table” where these decisions are made — and, “because we’re owned by such a broad, diverse group of people, we’ve got a better shot than anybody else at being able to affect that change.”

As Annison explains: “Fans have the ultimate power. Our money is what makes this whole thing spin around. When we combine and come together, we’ve got all the power.”

Read more about Legion M and how to get involved on their website.

As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

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As we approach the Captain America: Civil War Blu-Ray release date, a new deleted scene from the film has been released.

And it’s a Civil War deleted scene that is sure to please Stucky fans.

In the clip, Bucky quickly comes to the defense of bae (a.k.a. Cap) when War Machine briefly takes him down. Bucky gets back at Rhodey by throwing Cap’s iconic shield at him, and as the shield boomerangs back, Steve Rogers catches it. Take THAT, War Machine! #TeamCap

Watch below:

The movie’s airport scene was easily one of the most delightful moments of the film, so we’re loving this extra dose of Stucky brilliance.

Need more? The Captain America Blu-ray, with a release date set for September 13, includes the following special features:

  1. United We Stand, Divided We Fall – The Making of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 & Part 2 – As the tension mounts, sides are chosen and lines drawn. Learn more about the characters on each side—from Captain America and Iron Man to the latest recruits. In this complete behind-the-scenes look at a landmark in the Marvel saga, we’ll examine their stories through exclusive footage and interviews and discover just what went into selecting the Super Hero teams, filming the epic action sequences and introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU.
  2. Captain America: The Road to Civil War – Explore the First Avenger’s fascinating evolution from loyal soldier to seasoned, conflicted hero who questions authority.
  3. Iron Man: The Road to Civil War – From Gulmira to Sokovia, delve into the development and evolution of one of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  4. Gag Reel – Break the tension of this high-stakes conflict with some hilarious outtakes featuring the lighter side of your favorite Super Heroes.
  5. Deleted & Extended Scenes – Check out never-before-seen footage that didn’t make the final cut of Captain America: Civil War.
  6. Audio Commentary – Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely deliver scene-by-scene insight and explain the storytelling challenges they faced creating the third installment of the Captain America franchise.
  7. Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange – Exclusive Sneak Peek – Go behind and beyond the scenes as Doctor Strange makes his journey to the big screen.

The Digital HD version of Civil War will be released on September 2.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

guardians-of-the-galaxy-2-concept-art

In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017