Thursday, June 21, 2018

ABC Officially Orders 10 Episodes of "The Connors," the "Roseanne" Spin-Off Without Roseanne

ABC has officially greenlit "The Connors," the "Roseanne" spin-off series. "The Connors" has been approved for 10 episodes initially:
Following aggressive talks with exec producer Tom Werner, the Disney-owned broadcaster has handed out a 10-episode, straight-to-series order for Roseanne spinoff The Conners (working title). The new take, which will also be a multicamera comedy and premiere in the fall, will follow the Conner family who, after a sudden turn of events, are forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before... 
ABC says the new take will explore issues with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. The series will take over Roseanne's Tuesdays at 8 p.m. time slot.
I assume that Roseanne Connor will be killed off in this series. I just don't see how she would leave the family otherwise. Everyone else except actress Roseanne Barr from the original program will be returning to the program.

I'm definitely torn about Barr being forced from the program. However, she should have known better. And so should ABC when they recommissioned this classic sitcom. Either way, I'll be watching "The Connors" when it returns.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

"Coronation Street" to Feature a Crazy "Weaponize the Social Worker" Moment Next Week Involving Eva, Johnny, & Baby Susie

Remember last month when "Coronation Street" tackled the subject of male suicide and mental health? One of the program's characters, Aidan Connor, committed suicide following months of hidden depression. His family and loved ones have struggled to cope since his death -- and none so much as his father, Johnny.

Johnny has become particularly vile towards his wife, Jenny. She's been walking on eggshells for weeks. He's been abusive since Aidan's suicide, accusing her of being a two-faced liar for acting like she misses Aidan while not really liking him while he was alive. He yells at her. He calls her names. He throws things at her. And he plans to divorce her and launch a new love affair with his old friend Liz.

There's been another story connected to Aidan that's been brewing for months. Aidan was once engaged to a woman named Eva. They broke up and things were pretty toxic between the two of them for a long time. However, she gradually realized that she was pregnant with Aidan's baby after their break-up and planned to have an abortion.

Meanwhile, her sister Toyah and her husband Peter were having a baby with assistance from a surrogate. Unfortunately, the surrogate had a miscarriage and Toyah couldn't bear to tell Peter. She somehow convinced Eva to not have the abortion and to instead give her unborn baby to her and Peter. They hid Eva's pregnancy and pretended that Baby Susie was born from the surrogate.

It was a huge mess, made worse for all of the lies that Toyah and Eva had to invent to cover up for all of their other lies. It seriously would have made more sense for Toyah to tell Peter about the miscarriage and to arrange for a kinship adoption. But what do I know, right?

Wrong. It turns out that I'm pretty right. Eva struggled with giving up Baby Susie even before the birth, but felt guilted into following through with it. Peter eventually found out about the deception and walked out on Toyah. He told Aidan's sister/his ex Carla, who told Johnny and the rest of the family. The Connors confronted Eva and she admitted that Baby Susie is Aidan's daughter.

By this time, Eva was planning on raising Susie. She told Johnny and the others that they were welcome to come see Susie anytime they want. And Johnny seemed grateful -- at first. But he told Carla and Kate at the end of last night's episode that he plans to contact his attorney and gain full custody of Baby Susie. "No granddaughter of mine is going to be raised by that lying bitch!"

Nice, eh?

I was doing some previews this evening. I actually try to avoid "Corrie" spoilers. I'm normally not spoiler adverse. I guess it's the ongoing nature of soap operas that makes me want to avoid "Corrie" spoilers. But I did it tonight -- and I learned that there's going to be a crazy new "call the social worker" moment next week on "Coronation Street!"

Johnny is going to contact a social worker, who of course is going to rush over to investigate Eva and her baby mess. And I can certainly see some concerning elements in this story. Eva was party to a short-live adoption fraud. She has some income, but largely has no income. But she's largely stable and capable of meeting Susie's needs.

Meanwhile, Johnny is wracked with grief. He's struggling with a degenerative disease (MS) and alcoholic tendencies. He's abusive enough to his wife that others are aware of his behavior. And he's in the middle of an affair that's likely to explode outward.

In other words, I really don't see this working out in Johnny's favor. All he'll manage to do is piss off a lot of people and get himself cut out of Baby Susie's life for the foreseeable future.

Anyway, it will make for an interesting story next week.

Des Moines, Iowa: Police Looking for Suspect Following Fight at Gay Bar

The Blazing Saddle is a gay bar in Des Moines, IA. WHO TV Channel 13 out of Des Moines is running a story about an assault that happened at the bar two weeks ago during the Capital City Pride Fest.

Police released a video featuring featuring three individuals. There's a guy wearing a blue shirt. There's a waitress. And there's a guy wearing a black shirt who is off-camera for most of the video.

It appears that "Blue Shirt" is upset with "Black Shirt" over something and he's complaining about him to the waitress. Black Shirt approaches the table and Blue Shirt pulls out his cell phone to video record the other man. Black Shirt (AKA "the identified victim") punches at Blue Shirt.

Which sets Blue Shirt off. He lunges at Black Shirt, throws him to the ground, and punches him six times before pouring a bunch of beer on him. Black Shirt reportedly suffered bruises to his face and a cut to his hand.

Blue Shirt left the building and "is on the loose." He apparently faces assault charges, even through he was responding to Black Shirt's initial assault:
“It’s excessive our opinion is after watching the video is that, that response was way over the top and was extremely excessive to what he was responding to,” Sergeant Paul Parizek said.
Police in Des Moines are asking for people to let them know if they have any information about Blue Shirt. You can watch the video here.

Former Trump Campaign Manager Mocks Story of 10-Year-Old Girl with Down Syndrome Who Was Separated From Mother at US Border Agents

Former Trump 2016 campaign manager and current TV commentator Corey Lewandowski outraged most of humanity for his heartless response to the federal government's current "zero tolerance" immigration practices, which includes pressing criminal charges against all who come to our borders and placing their children in separate caged detainment shelters.

Lewandowski was appearing last night on a Fox News program along with Democratic strategist Zac Petkanas. Petkanas was detailing individual stories of children who'd been forcibly taken from their parents. In a widely circulating clip, Petkanas said, "I read today about a 10-year-old girl with Down Syndrome who was taken from her mother and put in a cage."

Lewandowski then interrupted him with a dismissive "womp womp" sad trombone sound.

Petkanas then exploded, "Did you just say 'womp womp' to a 10-year-old with Down Syndrome begin taken from her mother? How dare you! How dare you! How absolutely dare you, sir!"

Updated later on 06/20/18: Predictably, Corey Lewandowski doesn't give a toss about how people a responding to yesterday's heartless reaction to children who've been detained at America's southern borders and separated from their parents, including a 10-year-old girl with Down Syndrome:
Asked on Fox News on Wednesday if he'd like to apologize, Lewandowski doubled down, asking, "An apology? I owe an apology to the children whose parents are putting them in a position that is forcing them to be separated?"
Lewandowski then ducked and weaved, simultaneously criticizing the parents of this child from crossing the borders into our country and mocking Democratic strategist Zac Perkanas for giving a shit:
“My comment was specifically about Zac trying to politicize the use of children as a political football in this discussion because the law is very clear,” Lewandowski said. “Let’s not make this about politicizing children. Let’s make it about the rules and the laws and Congress has the ability to change that.” 
Lewandowski later said that he was mocking Petkanas and not the young girl. Earlier, he made the false claim on Twitter that the separation of families at the border began under former President Obama, writing, "It's offensive that the MSM doesn't want to talk about the fact that these policies were started under Obama."
President Trump eventually signed an executive order that will still insist on pressing criminal charges against all who cross the borders illegally or who seek asylum at our borders, but will refrain from separating children from their parents. It doesn't appear that any special effort will be made to reconnect children who've already been placed in custody with their parents.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rogue & Gambit to Say "I Do" and Kitty & Colossus to Say "I Don't" in X-MEN GOLD #30!

Remember when we learned that Kitty Pryde proposed to Colossus in X-MEN GOLD #20? And remember how the wedding was scheduled for X-MEN GOLD #30? And you might already know that X-MEN GOLD #30 hit the comic book shops tomorrow. For reasons that are not yet clear to me, Kitty Pryde will cancel their wedding at the very last minute. Apparently, as the result of having a heart-to-heart talk with Magik about having cold feet.

Which is really quite anticlimactic after months and months of drawing out this romance and engagement.

But fans of weddings relax. Rogue and Gambit will decide to take advantage of the decorations and clergy and gathered friends and get a free wedding. That's right, Gambit will impulsively propose to Rogue and she will accept. Their newlywed adventures will then play out in a new ongoing comic book series titled MR. AND MRS. X, featuring writing by Kelly Thompson and artwork by Oscar Bazaldua.

Monday, June 18, 2018

"Roseanne" Spin-Off Featuring Sara Gilbert in the Works

Word on the street is that "Roseanne" might be cancelled due to Roseanne Barr's troublesome racist and nasty tweets, but a spin-off of the popular sitcom starring Sara Gilbert and minus Barr is likely going to happen:
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Roseanne Barr has agreed in principle to walk away from the characters she helped create in order to allow Roseanne’s cast and crew to pursue a spinoff in the wake of the show’s May cancellation due to her racist tweets. 
ABC and producer Carsey-Werner are insisting that Barr not participate financially or creatively in the proposed spinoff, which is said to revolve around the character played by Sara Gilbert. Other Roseanne writer-producers and castmembers, including John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf, are said to be tentatively on board (they would receive the same fees as previously negotiated for the second season of the Roseanne revival, which was ABC’s top-rated program this season). 
But since Barr would be entitled to substantial fees and backend on any spinoff of Roseanne (the original series was created by Matt Williams, but it is also credited as being "based upon a character created by Barr”), she must waive those rights before any such show could proceed. With Barr having tentatively agreed to do so, now the negotiation is over what, if any, one-time payment she should receive as “go-away money,” as one source puts it. 
It's not clear how the "Roseanne" spin-off could continue with everyone else, but Barr. Especially since Roseanne Connor is such a powerful force within the family. I've heard one suggestion that Roseanne Connor could be killed off as a result of complications from her knee surgery. Which would certainly make it easier for Darlene to spend time with Dan and Jackie and the others without Rosie pushing her nose into everything.

Personally, I hold out hope that enough time will pass that Roseanne Barr can rehab herself and get folded back into the cast. I know that I'm a minority there. I just find the Connor family very compelling and I can't imagine the show -- or the family -- moving forward in a cohesive way without her.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Pride Sermon 2018 at Faith UCC in Iowa City

I go to Faith UCC in Iowa City. I’ve been part of that church for about 21 years. My husband Mark have gotten married there (twice), we raised our kids there, we’ve been Sunday school teachers there, and we’ve served in a variety of capacities there, including me serving two terms as Council secretary.

Faith UCC does this thing called shared ministry, where the pastor gets the week off every month and one of the members is responsible for organizing worship. I tend to get assigned to things during June for Pride Month. Which was today.

I thought I would share today’s sermon, which is a bit of basic Biblical defense when it comes to reconciling my identity as a Christian gay man who’s married and who’s active in the church. I could’ve gone longer and there is likely a part 2 (or 3) in me:
It’s Pride Weekend. Most of you know that Faith UCC has been an Open & Affirming Church for 26 years. If I’m not mistaken, we became the first UCC church in Iowa to go through that discernment process. I was not a member of the church back then. It would be another five years before I became involved with the church. I know that we subsequently ended up calling our first openly gay clergyperson to be our pastor about two years later. I know that commitment ceremonies were held at our church as a result of this vote. We later called our first partnered lesbian pastor to the church. And we’ve continued to nurture involvement by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans people within our church pretty much anywhere and everywhere that they felt called to serve without hassle. 

I think that’s important for us to hear. I belong to various online communities, including an organization called Q Christian Fellowship (formerly called Gay Christian Network). It is not uncommon for people to share stories there about being ostracized in their church communities for coming out as LGBTQ people. And I’m not talking about people coping with stories of past traumas. I’m talking about now. Literally last week. Pastors and church members who’ve come out or gotten outed and who’ve now lost their careers – over even their ability to serve coffee during the fellowship hour, or sing in the choir.

And it’s not just gay people like me. Just yesterday at Pride, Mark and I were approached by a young woman with a goal of ordination who recently found herself rejected by some very dear friends for being an ally to the LGBTQ community. She officiated at a same-sex wedding. Her friends warned her that they would cast her out and she told them that she had studied scripture on her own and felt justified with her decision to do the wedding. And now her friends have completely shunned her.

My point is that it’s easy here. It’s easy to come to Faith UCC as a gay person. You don’t have to spend much time reconciling your faith and sexuality to others. You don’t have to explain to anyone how you can be both an LGBTQ person and a person of faith. You have the right to date as a gay man, or to marry as a lesbian, or commit yourself to a life of singledom if you choose. You don’t have to hide, or worry that the wrong person will find out. You don’t have to worry about your pastor or the Council calling you in and putting you on church-probation for making the same life choices as anyone else – except that the other intimate person in your life is of your own gender as opposed to the other.

Because it’s easy, I think that it’s equally easy to avoid talking about why it’s okay scripturally for me to be married to Mark. The truth is that I don’t spend a lot of time anymore dissecting scripture as a Christian who’s been out as a gay man since right around the time that this church came out as open and affirming.

But the questions continue, usually from LGBTQ teens who’ve grown up in anti-gay churches and who are terrified about becoming those who will not inherit the kingdom of God. Or adults who struggle with reconciliation. Or even those who don’t feel comfortable having their understanding of traditional scripture challenged. I encounter these questions, and challenges, a lot. Usually, I ignore the questions. But I do think that it’s necessary to engage the questions from time to time.

So I want to spend some time today briefly breaking down each of the scriptures that are typically used against people like me in an attempt to provide a bit of counter-balance to the prevalent beliefs. 

Genesis 19: Sodom and Gomorrah Destroyed: We all know the story. God sent two angels to Sodom to investigate stories of evil coming out of Sodom and her sister city. They were greeted by Lot and his wife and their daughters. After they were taken into their home, all of Sodom’s men surrounded Lot’s home and issued their demands: “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” Lot immediately offered his daughters in place of the visiting angels, but the men of Sodom were terribly insistent and attacked the visitors. The angels acted and Sodom was destroyed, minus Lot and his two daughters.

We’re told that America is a modern-day Sodom & Gomorrah, collectively doomed because sodomy laws are technically unconstitutional now. Collectively doomed because same-sex couples can now obtain marriage licenses, or even get married in certain churches. Collectively doomed because gay couples can adopt children, or because trans women can urinate at Target, or receive some legal protections from harm. And as we learned from the story of Sodom & Gomorrah, the righteous were swept away just as easily by God’s wrath as the evil.

But here’s the deal. Sodom was doomed before those two angels ever entered the city gates. People conveniently ignore Genesis 18:16-33, where Abraham spends a lot of time bargaining with God to save the Sodomites. It didn’t help that men of Sodom attacked the visitors and tried violating them and humiliating them through gang-rape. But attempted gang-rape isn’t the sin of Sodom. It’s a symptom of a much larger problem.

What did Ezekiel 16 tell us about the sin of Sodom? “She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.” I do worry that we are indeed in a modern-day Sodom & Gomorrah, but not because of gay marriage or because of homosexual ordination. Income inequality; the whittling away of America’s safety net; the privatization of our prisons and roads and schools; the way that we treat those who enter our country – both legally and illegally… To me, those are all signs of the modern-day Sodom & Gomorrah.

Leviticus 18:22: “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman. It is an abomination.” Or alternatively Leviticus 20:13. Abomination is a horrible word and it sounds awful. It essentially means that something is ritually unclean. There are other abominations out there in the Bible: wearing cloth made of mixed fiber, eating pork, or having sex with a menstruating woman. There’s a parody website out there called GodHatesShrimp.Com: “Pinch the tail; suck the head, burn in hell.” I find that page a lot of fun. Bluntly put, both Jesus and Paul rejected all of those moral codes. Christ’s sacrifice redeemed us. We’re no longer under those purity codes. That’s not to say that there can’t be evil that comes from how we express relationships – sexual or otherwise, same-sex or otherwise. But I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about my salvation because of Leviticus.

Romans 1:26-27: “For this reason God gave them up to degrading passions. Their women exchanged natural intercourse for unnatural, and in the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons due penalty for their error.” Which sounds like a horrible condemnation of same-sex relationships. Except that people never point out Romans 1:18-24, where he’s talking about people rejecting God and turning to “images resembling human beings or birds or four-footed animals or reptiles.” And how their hearts became impure and their bodies were used to exchange a truth about God for a lie and how they worshipped the creature rather than the Creator. Paul is writing to the people of Rome in this book. He’s talking about pagan religious cults who worshipped idols instead of God. It was not uncommon for these cults to involve sex among priestesses and other temple prostitutes.

In other words, Paul wasn’t talking about God giving up gay people to unnatural urgings. He was using pagan sex cults in that culture and the fall-out from such practices as an example to build a case in Romans chapter 2 against judgmental Jews. Which I won’t get into today, but Romans 1:26-27 clearly wasn’t speaking out against same-sex relationships. It just wasn’t.

I promised Mark that I wouldn’t run too long. (Can I get an amen, Mark?) I want to throw out a handful of ideas that explore the idea of reconciling one’s Christian faith and homosexual sexual orientation, as well as same-sex marriage within a Christian mindset.

First, how do I reconcile Christian faith with a same-sex sexual orientation? I actually look at this pretty simply. One doesn’t become a Christian because she or he became sexually active with someone of the opposite gender. One doesn’t not become a Christian because s/he became sexually active with someone of the same gender. One becomes a Christian when s/he accepts Christ’s love and forgiveness: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

Do I believe that LGBTQ Christians have free reign to engage in any form of sexual hedonism imaginable? No. Do I believe in marriage equality for LGBTQ Christians? Yes. Do I believe that this is contradicted by the Bible? No. But ultimately, all of those questions are extraneous to the issue of my faith in Christ and in God. I’m a Christian because I have offered my life to Christ and sought his redemption.

And then for same-sex marriage, I would point out: 1 Corinthians 7:8-9: “Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”

Straight people meet their need for emotional and physical intimacy by marrying each other. But this doesn’t work for gay people, under traditional Christian belief. We are either placed in the position of becoming unevenly yoked to heterosexual spouses where neither partner is ultimately satisfied or we’re placed in a situation where we must live a life of celibacy, whether or not we are suited for it or interested in it.

This is an instance where my admittedly non-literal reading of the scripture has lead me to understand that gay couples, like straight couples, should be encouraged to marry if it is determined that they aren’t suited for celibacy. Some people of all sexual orientations are suited for celibacy. I know both gay and straight people who have voluntarily accepted a life of celibacy because they felt that God called that for them. But it is not healthy to universally enforce a celibate lifestyle of people who are not called to that lifestyle, whether they are gay or straight. Celibacy works best as a gift, not a tax.

Hopefully, this provides some insight into how I respond to the scriptures that are tossed out routinely at me as a gay Christian; as well as some basic thoughts on how I think about scripture in a way that isn’t traditionally used to support LGBTQ Christian, or families.
The sermon was well received, and it would’ve been nice to explore some other areas where I re-frame scripture. But I felt good overall with today’s service.

Incidentally, one of the things that I love best about organizing worship is getting to pick out the hymns for the week. I usually pick out a song that reminds me of my time in the Methodist Church. This week, I chose “God Will Take Care of You.” It’s one of my favorites.

But I also found this great hymn book at our church – and I use “hymn book” in the loosest way possible – in the form of The Genesis Songbook: Songs for Getting It All Together. It’s from 1973 and it so wonderfully captures the 70s. I went with hymn #69, “If I Had a Hammer.” It was difficult for us to sing with the piano. Two many aging hippies with memories of Peter, Paul & Mary. So we ended up singing it without music and had so much fun!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Logic Sings "1-800-273-8255" for Mental Health Awareness & Suicide Prevention

Did you hear "1-800-273-8255" at the 2017 VMAs by Logic, Alessia Cara, and Khalid? Suicide has been such an ongoing source of discussion over the past few weeks. It's disappointing that this performance about suicide prevention was broadcast nearly a year ago and it totally slipped past me.

Here's what Logic had to say about it during the 2017 VMAs:
I just want to take a moment right now to thank you all for giving me a platform to talk about something the mainstream media doesn't want to talk about. Mental health, anxiety, suicide, depression, and so much more that I talk about on this album. From racism, discrimination, sexism, domestic violence, sexual assault and so much more. I don't give a dame if you're black, white, or any color in between. I don't care if you're Christian, you're Muslim, you're gay, you're straight. I am here to fight for your equality. Because I believe that we're all born equal, but we're not treated equally. That is why we must fight for the equality of every man, woman, and child regardless of race, religion, creed, and sexual orientation. So I say here and now, if you believe in this message and my message of peace, love, and positivity and equality for all, then I demand that you rise to your feet and applaud not only for yourselves, but for the foundation that we're laying for our children. 

1-800-273-8255 is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

You can listen to the song here.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Governor Reynolds Tells Press that Same-Sex Marriage Is Settled -- And Then Suggests That It Would Be More Settled If Iowans Voted For or Against Gay Marriage!

Gov. Kim Reynolds was in Pella, IA, discussing employment and and apprenticeship programs yesterday. Somebody asked her about this coming weekend's Republican Party of Iowa's state convention, where GOP leaders and members plan to vote for two anti-gay marriage planks within the convention's platform:
The first says: "We believe that traditional two parent (one male and one female), marriage-based families are the foundation to a stable, enduring, and healthy civilization. Therefore, public policy must always be pro-family in nature, encouraging marital and family commitment, and support of the parental rights and responsibilities." The second says: "We encourage the repeal of any laws allowing marriage that is not between one natural man and one natural woman."
Gov. Reynolds told the press that the issue of same-sex marriage is settled and that she is not obligated to follow through with the Iowa GOP's anti-gay marriage platform:
When asked to explain her stance on same-sex marriage, Reynolds replied, "I think that's been determined," a reference to the state and federal court rulings on the issue. When pressed again on the question, she said that people have traditional views on what they believe marriage consists of, and they have every right to have those views, but that the issue has been decided by the courts.
Which is a relief because it's been nine years since Iowa became a marriage equality state. I don't understand that why Iowa Republicans are so hellbent on fighting against marriages and families that have been part of this state for nearly a decade.

But Reynolds kept talking...
Reynolds also said that a vote of the people on the issue would stop "this back and forth" debate over the matter. She did not say when or how that vote should take place.
That's right. She suggested that it might smooth things over if everyone got together and voted on whether or not Iowa's same-sex married couples should be able to maintain our marriages. And if the vote goes against us? Well, then I guess married couples like Husband Mark and I will graciously allow our marriages to get involuntarily annulled.

Right? Definitely wrong...

Reynolds' press secretary later clarified that "The governor believes that this issue is settled."

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Lea Thompson Expresses Interest in Pitching "Howard the Duck" Remake!

Two years ago yesterday, I wrote about my love for the 1980's movie, "Howard the Duck." That movie was Marvel Comics' first attempts at translating one of its characters onto the big screen -- and it failed. Badly. But I loved it.

"Howard the Duck" starred actress Lea Thompson (AKA Beverly Switzler) and she's just like me: she loved "Howard the Duck!" And apparently she really wants to see Howard makes his flying leap from cameos in "Guardians of the Galaxy" to his own motion picture reboot:
Writer Kevin Tall: On the topic of Cherry Bomb, do you ever fake consider an imaginary reunion with your fictional band? 
Lea Thompson: [Laughs] That would be awesome. You know, ‘Howard the Duck’ is so beloved, for being so maligned. I go to conventions, I go to do ‘Back to the Future’ panels with Michael Fox and Chris Lloyd and Tom Wilson. I sit there and I meet the fans, and a good one-third of them say ‘I am the only person who liked ‘Howard the Duck.” It’s hilarious. And then they keep making new Blu-rays for it. I just wish that ‘Howard the Duck’… 
I love Howard the Duck, the person. I love the duck. I loved the duck in the movie; maybe I took my part too far and now I still love the duck. I wish that he had his due because I don’t think they had the technology to do ‘Howard the Duck’ well. So I hope that Marvel does do another ‘Howard the Duck,’ and does him proud... 
KT: Speaking of ‘Howard the Duck,’ I know you lent your lovely likeness to the comic a couple of years ago, but since he, Howard himself is breaking back into the Marvel Universe in a few cameos, are we going to see Lea Thompson going there any time soon? 
LT: Oh my god, from your lips to God’s ears. I don’t know. To tell you the actual truth, I am going to Marvel to pitch ‘Howard the Duck,’ a new movie. 
KT: Really? 
LT: Uh-huh. 
KT: Wow. 
LT: In like three weeks. I want to direct the ‘Howard the Duck’ remake [laughs]. Why not dream big, right? 
KT: Absolutely! 
LT: I’m into it.
I totally get that Thompson was joking around in this interview, but I'd really like to see this "Howard the Duck" remake happen. Maybe he could team-up with Scarlet Witch and Man-Thing? I think it has some real potential...