Jack Kirby's Eternals are joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here's everything we know so far.
Marvel isn't saying much about the Marvel Phase 4 slate at the moment until after Avengers: Endgame is in the rearview, but they're keeping lots of possibilities open. One of those possibilities is The Eternals, a group of immortal ancient aliens offshoots created by Jack Kirby.
Chloe Zhao (Songs My Brother Taught Me) will direct the Eternals movie. Zhao was apparently at one point under consideration to direct Marvel's Black Widow movie, as well (the job eventually went to Cate Shortland).
Marvel's Eternals Cast and Characters
Salma Hayek is apparently in line for an unknown role, according to THR.
Angelina Jolie has signed on, apparently to play Sersi. Kumail Nanjiani is on board for a mystery role, as well. And speaking of mystery roles, Train to Busan's Ma Dong-seok has joined the cast in an unnamed part (via The Wrap).
Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown was reported for an undisclosed role, but no other details are available.
Eternals Release Date
The Eternals will start rolling cameras in 2019, according to THR.
No release date has yet been announced, but, with production starting this year, you can safely expect that the film is going to be one of the nine untitled Marvel movies currently on the release schedule between 2020 and 2022. Our money is on May 7, 2021, but we could see it in that Nov. 5, 2021 slot, too, although that later one seems like it could be a better fit for Doctor Strange 2, but that's just us speculating for now. Expect all of this to become clear this summer. In the meantime, the full Marvel movie release calendar can be found here.
We expect this will be revealed when Marvel has their big Hall panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday evening.
Marvel's Eternals Story
THR reported that "one aspect to the story involves the love story between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans." When Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr. took on The Eternals in 2006, Sersi was a central character, albeit one who didn't remember her immortal heritage. It's easy to see how that could make for a central character in a movie.
Matthew and Ryan Firpo, whose Black List script Ruin has made waves, will write the screenplay.
We've already seen other Eternals concepts appear on screen in Guardians of the Galaxy, where one of the Celestials had a brief appearance in the first movie. The problem, of course, is that the last time Marvel tried to adapt one of Jack Kirby's more out-there concepts, it was The Inhumans, which was a spectacular failure on TV after floundering around as a potential movie for several years. Of course, it's all about the execution, as Guardians of the Galaxy and its wildly successful sequel both proved.
The next exciting chapter in the My Hero Academia saga will be here before you know it, so here’s the lowdown on what’s to come.
My Hero Academia is one of the more popular anime to emerge in recent years. With three seasons and a feature film under its belt, the series feels like it’s really hitting its groove. Young Izuku Midoriya and his fellow classmates at U.A. High continue to gracefully and believably grow into the next generation of professional heroes. The show’s third season ended in September 2018 and the release of My Hero Academia: Two Heroes has made fans’ wait for new episodes slightly less agonizing. In the meantime, let’s take a look about what we know about My Hero Academia Season 4…
My Hero Academia Season 4 Release Date
The end of last season left little mystery to the show’s future. The closing moments of season three promised fans that a fourth season would follow, it was only a matter of when. My Hero Academia typically releases in the spring, but the show pulled a bit of a surprise on its fans when it announced that season four is pushed to an October 2019 release. We learn that this is more than likely due to the My Hero Academia team putting in extra work on the anime’s film, Two Heroes.
My Hero Academia Season 4 has been confirmed to premiere on Saturday, October 12, 2019 in Japan.
As was the case with the show’s second and third seasons, it stands to reason that My Hero Academia Season 4 will follow suit and deliver another dose of 25 episodes. While no official word has been issued on a date for the show’s dub, it’s likely that a simuldub that’s set three or four weeks behind the subtitled releases will continue, just like in the past. With the show’s success on Adult Swim’s Toonami block, it’d be surprising if Season 4 doesn't air there at some point, especially since Toonami should be caught up at that point. However, it’s possible that Season 4's dub may stream exclusively through Funimation and Hulu due to their recent partnership.
My Hero Academia Season 4 Trailer
Check out the official Season 4 trailer right below!
My Hero Academia Season 4 Story Details
Season three of My Hero Academia ends with the introduction of The Big 3, U.A. High’s most powerful students, with Mirio Togata making a particularly strong impression. Mirio also announces to Midoriya and company that their next major task will be internships with major Pro-Heroes. My Hero Academia’s “Internship Arc” is the series’ longest arc from the manga, so it’s safe to say that it will take up the bulk of season four. Season four will also further the growth of the show’s new, powerful characters from both the hero and villain departments, like All Might’s former sidekick, Nighteye, and new foe, Overhaul (who’s in full form in season four’s brief teaser from Jump Festa). Season four is very much still apart of the larger “Rise of the Villains” saga and that short teaser indicates that Shigaraki and his evil team will continue to gain power and out-maneuver the good guys.
My Hero Academia Season 4 Poster
Check out this Season 4 Poster:
Rest assured that as soon as more information about Season 4 comes to light that we’ll continue to keep you up to date!
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The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero will head a TV series revival of the classic horror anthology movie, Creepshow.
Creepshow is coming back in a big way, this time headed to the realm of peak television!
Shudder, the premium streaming service owned by cable channel AMC, is reviving the Stephen King/George Romero-crafted Creepshow horror anthology film as a television series. Moreover, AMC has tapped talent from its own tent, appointing The Walking Dead executive producer and legendary effects maestro, Greg Nicotero, to serve as director, executive producer, and overall supervisor for the small screen endeavor.
In the latest news, another trio of cast members, David Arquette, Tricia Helfer and Dana Gould, have just been added, and the great Tom Savini is now confirmed to occupy the director's chair for an episode.
Creepshow TV Series Trailer
We expect the first Creepshow TV series trailer to arrive at SDCC 2019 on Friday at 5:45 pm PT. We'll make sure to update this article as soon as we have the footage!
Meanwhile, Creepshow producer Greg Nicotero is living his best life in this teaser that contains some behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the series:
Creepshow TV Series Cast
Musicians Kid Cudi (Scott Mescudi) and Big Boi (Antwan Patton) are joining the cast alongside the non-musician actors Jeffrey Combs, Bruce Davison, and DJ Qualls.
Kid Cudi and Jeffrey Combs will star in "Bad Wolf Down" from writer/director Rob Schrab. Bruce Davison will star in “Night of the Paw,” written by John Esposito. Big Boi will appear in “The Man in the Suitcase” written by Christopher Buehlman and directed by Dave Bruckner. DJ Qualls is set to star in the just-announced "The Finger" from David J. Schow.
Tricia Helfer will star in a story called “Lydia Layne’s Better Half,” in which “a powerful woman denies a promotion to her protege and lover but fails to anticipate the fallout.” The episode was written by John Harrison, based on a story by Harrison and Greg Nicotero, and will be directed by Roxanne Benjamin.
David Arquette will star in "Times Is Tough in Musky Holler," showcasing “a small town whose leaders once ruled through intimidation and now get their comeuppance.” It will also be directed by Harrison, and written by John Skipp and Dori Miller, based on their short story.
Dana Gould will star in "Skincrawlers," described as “a tale about a man who considers a new weight-loss treatment that has unexpected complications.” The script was written by Paul Dini and John Langford, with Roxanne Benjamin set to direct.
Adrienne Barbeau, who appeared in the original Creepshow movie as Billie in "The Crate," has also been cast. Her epsidoe is called “Gray Matter,” a 1973 Stephen King story – published in his 1978 collection, Night Shift – adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi (The Commuter), directed by series showrunner Greg Nicotero.
“Gray Matter” focuses on Doc and Chief, two old-timers in a small, dying town, who brave a storm to check on gluttonous alcoholic Richie after hearing disturbing – some might say monstrous – stories from his terrified son, who was forced to get beer for him at a convenience store.
Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul) and horror royalty in Tobin Bell (the Saw films, Jigsaw) are also onboard the episode.
Creepshow TV Series Episodes
12 segments will make up Creepshow's six-episode first season. That means two segments per episode, keeping true to the anthology structure of the original movie.
The Greg Nicotero-directed Stephen King adaptation, "Gray Matter," recently joined the lineup, which was first announced at the 2019 TCA winter press tour, where it was initially teased as a mystery Stephen King story.
All 12 segments have now been revealed:
- "Gray Matter" by Stephen King
- “By the Silver Waters of Lake Champlain” by Joe Hill (NOS4A2)
- “House of the Head” by Josh Malerman (Bird Box)
- “The Companion” by Joe Lansdale (The Bottoms)
- “The Man in the Suitcase” by Christopher Buehlman (The Lesser Dead)
- “All Hallows Eve” by Bruce Jones (The Hitchhiker)
- “Night of the Paw” by John Esposito (The Walking Dead Webisodes)
- “Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab (Monster House)
- "The Finger" by David J. Schow (The Crow)
- "Lydia Lane's Better Half" by John Harrison
- "Skincrawlers" by Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series) & Stephen Langford (Family Matters)
- "Time is Tough in Musky Holler" by John Skipp and Dori Miller
Creepshow TV Series Release Date
Creepshow doesn't have a release date as of yet. However, the series was scheduled to wrap production the week ending on April 7, in Atlanta, GA.
Creepshow TV Series Creeper
Here's a brand new image of the Creeper!
Nicotero recently celebrated the wrap of the Creepshow pilot episode by providing the first released image from the new series. However, the imagery will be instantly familiar to fans of the original movie, revealing the show’s updated version of the horrific skeletal mascot, the Creeper!
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For the sake of comparison, here's the Creeper from the original 1982 movie...
We will keep you updated here on the Creepshow TV series as the news arrives!
Holy shit! Selena Gomez definitely has bigger/massive boobs now, and they’re popping out of her top like bananas! (Click here)
Lily-Rose Depp’s braless boob popped out of the side of dress! (Click here)
Christina Hendricks busts out her ultra ginormous super cleavage! (Click here)
Game of Throne’s Sophie Turner slips into a sexy/revealing swimsuit! (Click here)
Taylor Swift sure loves showing off her bigger boobs… sweet baby Jesus! (Click here
Jennifer Lawrence’s legs/thighs/curves in skin-tight jeans will make you squirm! (Click here)
Lucy Hale in painfully tight and revealing leggings, oh my! (Click here site NSFW)
Hayden Panettiere is still ridiculously hot and busty! (Click here)
WTF!? Charli XCX has surprisingly massive/awesome boobs in a tiny bikini! (Click here)
Bella Hadid braless and nippy in a sheer top… good lord! (Click here site NSFW)
Eiza Gonzalez busting out her massive braless bosom! (Click here)
Katy Perry flashing her massive cleavage in a kinky costume! (Click here)
Sara Sampaio selfies her insanely sexy 10/10 body! (Click here)
Bella Thorne bootylicious in Jockeys? Yes please! (Click here)
Miley Cyrus busting out her new bootylicious booty like a champ… dayuuuuuuuuumn! (Click here)
Here’s a photo that model/actress/my future ex-wife Emily Ratajkowski just posted on her Instagram featuring her sexy little self soaking in the sun at a beach, and flashing her awesome bootylicious booty in a thong bikini… sweet baby Jesus! Oh yeah, even when this babe isn’t busting out her ginormous super bosom she still manages to make me squirm in my seat. Then again, she’s a banging drool-fest from head to toe, right? Damn right! Alright, enough gushing… enjoy the photo!
Here are a couple of photos that model/actress/Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo just posted on her Instagram featuring her stunning little self ready to rock Miami Swim Week, and wearing a skimpy little swimsuit that’s doing one hell of a drool-inducing job of showing off a ton of her sexy/plentiful/perfect cleavage, and her sexy little legs and thighs… good lord! I’ve give up an appendage to have this peach attend Popoholic Swim Week. It takes place in my parent’s backyard if anyone is interested. Anyone? Hello? Alrighty then, enjoy the sizzling photos!
Here’s a photo that supermodel/super cutie Josephine Skriver just posted on her Instagram featuring her sexy little self hanging out in only her naughty underwear, and showing off her tight little body, and especially her insanely sexy/perfect cleavage, and thanks to a well-positioned pose/mirror/camera, her jaw-dropping little booty as well… sweet Christmas! This totally gets an A+ for effort, eh? And an A+ for inducing an epic drool-fest. Wow. Just… wow. Enjoy, and try not to drool all over yourselves!
Here’s newly single (woohoo!) supermodel Irina Shayk looking like a goddess in the newest issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and inducing a drool-fest by taking her top off… wowzers! Oh yeah, she’s also making Bradley Cooper look like the biggest moron on the entire planet. Alright, enjoy the exclusive hi-res photos and make sure to head over to the Harper’s Bazaar website for more Irina Shayk hotness!
Here’s ultra hot model Kara Del Toro actually working as a model at the Miami Swim Week Chloe Rose Fashion Show, and strutting her sexy stuff in a variety of skimpy swimsuits, and by sexy stuff I mean her killer legs and thighs, and her groovy curves, and her bootylicious booty, and her ginormous/awesome bosom and cleavage… hoochie mama! She should totally work more often! Enjoy the show!
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The Little Mermaid remake is in talks with Harry Styles to play Prince Eric, the young man Ariel saves from a shipwreck.
If you need someone to play a prince so dashing that a teenage girl might be willing to sell her soul to dance with him, it’s easy to see why you’d think of Harry Styles. The former One Direction front man is in early talks, according to Variety, to play Prince Eric in The Little Mermaid remake. This bit of news follows the major internet-breaking revelation that Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel, the aquatic princess with a song in her heart.
Styles is best known for his musical bonafides, including as a solo artist, however he has proven himself on screen already, memorably appearing in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk in 2017. If cast, The Little Mermaid will be his first major acting role since that movie. Prince Eric is of course the fresh faced young hero who, at least in the 1989 original movie, was a lad in his early 20s who is reluctantly in search of a wife due to the pressures of his grandfather. Fortunately for him though, he catches the eye of Ariel, a young mermaid who already is fascinated with life up on the surface. Upon falling hard for the Danish lad, she also is able to save him once a storm capsizes his ship and he nearly drowns. When he wakes up the next day and sees Ariel singing above him, he is likewise immediately smitten… if oblivious from the knowledge that his intended is half-fish.
(Also fun fact: In the original movie, Prince Eric is voiced by Christopher Barnes who would go on to become the definitive Peter Parker voice for many a millennial after playing the character for five seasons on Spider-Man: The Animated Series).
There is a lot of attention riding on Disney’s The Little Mermaid remake, and not just because it cast a woman of color in the role of one of their lily-white princesses (also notably their only redheaded one). Further The Little Mermaid is the last “classic” of the Disney Renaissance that has yet to make the jump to live-action. Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King have all done so. And while critical receptions for all three have been at least somewhat mixed, they’ve also been (or are poised to be) major box office phenomena. Since The Little Mermaid is the Disney movie that set the Renaissance era in motion—and thus all the money Disney is making off it right now—there will be possibly higher expectations to get it right.
For this reason, Disney is turning to well-regarded and familiar hands, including Oscar nominee Rob Marshall as director (Chicago, plus Disney’s recent Into the Woods and Mary Poppins Returns), as well as Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana) who is co-writing new songs for the remake alongside Alan Menken. Howard Ashman, the original co-songwriter who was the creative spark behind much of the beloved ’89 movie, sadly passed away in 1991. Melissa McCarthy has also been cast as the villain Ursula.
The Little Mermaid is scheduled to begin production early next year.
Amazon Prime Day 2019 has had the best deals we've seen compared to any other Prime Day before it, in many cases dropping prices lower even than Black Friday. But it's all finally winding down. Although some small deals may continue, most are set to expire tonight at midnight PST. Fortunately for you, it's not too late to score big savings. Here's a rundown of the absolute best deals of Prime Day that are still available.
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The Volunteers had not beaten Auburn since 2003.
FaceApp. So. The app has gone viral again after first doing so two years ago or so. The effect has gotten better but these apps, like many other one off viral apps, tend to come and go in waves driven by influencer networks or paid promotion. We first covered this particular AI photo editor from a team of Russian developers about two years ago.
It has gone viral again now due to some features that allow you to edit a person’s face to make it appear older or younger. You may remember at one point it had an issue because it enabled what amounted to digital blackface by changing a person from one ethnicity to another.
In this current wave of virality, some new questions are floating about FaceApp. The first is whether it uploads your camera roll in the background. We found no evidence of this and neither did security researcher and Guardian App CEO Will Strafach or researcher Baptiste Robert.
The second is how it allows you to pick photos without giving photo access to the app. You can see a video of this behavior here:
Shouldn’t photo access need to be enabled for this to be possible ? pic.twitter.com/wy45zKn63E
— Karissa Bell (@karissabe) July 16, 2019
While the app does indeed let you pick a single photo without giving it access to your photo library, this is actually 100% allowed by an Apple API introduced in iOS 11. It allows a developer to let a user pick one single photo from a system dialog to let the app work on. You can view documentation here and here.
Because the user has to tap on one photo, this provides something Apple holds dear: user intent. You have explicitly tapped it, so it’s ok to send that one photo. This behavior is actually a net good in my opinion. It allows you to give an app one photo instead of your entire library. It can’t see any of your photos until you tap one. This is far better than committing your entire library to a jokey meme app.
Unfortunately, there is still some cognitive dissonance here, because Apple allows an app to call this API even if a user has set the Photo Access setting to Never in settings. In my opinion, if you have it set to Never, you should have to change that before any photo can enter the app from your library, no matter what inconvenience that causes. Never is not a default, it is an explicit choice and that permanent user intent overrules the one-off user intent of the new photo picker.
I believe that Apple should find a way to rectify this in the future by making it more clear or disallowing if people have explicitly opted out of sharing photos in an app.
One good idea might be the equivalent of the ‘only once’ location option added to the upcoming iOS 13 might be appropriate.
One thing that FaceApp does do, however, is it uploads your photo to the cloud for processing. It does not do on-device processing like Apple’s first party app does and like it enables for third parties through its ML libraries and routines. This is not made clear to the user.
I have asked FaceApp why they don’t alert the user that the photo is processed in the cloud. I’ve also asked them whether they retain the photos.
Given how many screenshots people take of sensitive information like banking and whatnot, photo access is a bigger security risk than ever these days. With a scraper and optical character recognition tech you could automatically turn up a huge amount of info way beyond ‘photos of people’.
So, overall, I think it is important that we think carefully about the safeguards put in place to protect photo archives and the motives and methods of the apps we give access to.
Marvel is bringing Paul Bettany as Vision and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch to Disney+ with a WandaVision TV series.
You think there's a lot of Marvel programming out there now? Just you wait. Even with the unceremonious cancelation of Daredevil, the slightly more ceremonious cancelation of Iron Fist, and the inexcusable cancelation and Jessica Jones and the rest of the Marvel Netflix line (look, I'm not happy about it, either), there will still be plenty of Marvel TV coming your way. Indeed, like a HYDRA, cut of one Marvel TV show and two more shall take its place. Or in this case, one with two leads.
The first batch of Marvel TV shows on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service will include a series following the unlikely pairing of an android and a mutant (?) magic user/probability manipulator, Vision and the Scarlet Witch. Fittingly, Disney revealed that the show will be called WandaVision.
Right now the details about WandaVision are scarce, but it's possible that more will be revealed during the big Marvel Studios panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. We'll update this with new details as they become available.
In the meantime, here's everything we know so far about WandaVision.
Other Disney+ shows include a Tom Hiddleston fronted Loki series (which should be called Tales of Asgard, but is sadly going by Loki) and Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie in a The Falcon and Winter Soldier series. You can see how each of these three shows checks a particular Marvel box, from the sci-fi possibilities of WandaVision to the fantasy elements of Loki (Tales of Asgard, damn it!), and the action/espionage of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.
Vision and Scarlet Witch were a staple of Avengers comics for many years, and even supported a limited series that detailed their domestic bliss. According to an interview Elizabeth Olsen had with Variety, Wandavision will at least be partially set in the 1950s.
“There’s quite a few other comic books that we’re pulling from and it’s going to be Wanda and the Vision, and I think at the Disney+ launch chat, they showed a photo of us in the ’50s,” Olsen told Variety. Could this be an example of Wanda's occasional mental health issues rearing its head, where she is coping with the traumatic death of Vision in Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame by creating a fantasy world/domestic life where he still lives? Could WandaVision be the Marvel Studios equivalent of the completely bonkers and surreal Legion? Time will tell.
WandaVision Release Date
Elizabeth Olsen recently told Variety that WandaVision will shoot in the fall.
Disney+ will launch on November 12, 2019, long after the dust from Avengers: Endgame has settled, and will lead with Star Wars live action series The Mandalorian before we get to one of the Marvel efforts. Don't expect WandaVision until 2020 at the earliest.
More news on the story details as we get them, especially given the fact that Vision didn't actually make it out of Endgame, you know, alive.
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Kim Possible directors find new ways to torture pre-teens in the Emile Hirsch-starring Freaks.
The upcoming film Freaks twists perspectives and ties genres. Shown through the eyes of a 7-year-old girl, the cameras are set low. Co-directed by Kim Possible directors Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky, the film mixes science fiction, horror and suspense to tell the a very personal story of a sad and dysfunctional family, inspired by the filmmakers' own lives.
Freaks stars Emile Hirsch (Alpha Dog, Lords of Dogtown, Into the Wild) as Adam, a distraught single dad who locks his 7-year-old daughter in their house to keep her safe. Chloe is played by Lexy Kolker (Shooter), and she listens to her father's warnings about the dangers outside. That is until the ice cream truck shows up.
You can watch the trailer here:
The truck is driven by Mr. Snowcone, played by Bruce Dern (Coming Home, The Hateful Eight, Nebraska), in his first science ficton role since the 1972 environmental apocalypse film Silent Running. Like the title of that film, he convinces the girl to keep quiet and pick up the pace.
The trailer doesn’t explain what is actually so frightening about what's outside the doors, because the audience sees the world through the child’s eyes. We see news reports about houses being bombed by drones, hear warnings that any freaks running loose are illegal, and abnormals are dangerous and can't be let free. The girl even witnesses an attack. But the peril is hidden.
"Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world, where Abnormals create a constant threat – or so she believes," reads the official synopsis. "When a mysterious stranger offers her a glimpse of what’s really happening outside, Chloe soon finds that while the truth isn’t so simple, the danger is very real."
The press material says Hirsch connected with the script because he was a new father when he read it. Screen legend Dern, whose career spans over sixty years and the father of screen-legend-in-develpment Laura Dern, connected because his first-born child, a daughter, died when she was young.
Freaks debuted at Toronto International Film Festival this year. It won awards at the Brussels, Vancouver and Paris International Film Festivals.
Freaks is set to hit theaters on August 23.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City's Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.
Legendary singer tells a musical story in her own voice in the documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.
Linda Ronstadt has released over 30 studio albums, charted 38 singles, won 10 Grammys, 3 American Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy, and was a nominated for a Tony award for her performance in The Pirates of Penzance before she retired in 2011. Parkinson's disease left her unable to sing. The new documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, explains what a tragedy that is for music. The film premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. It was picked up by Greenwich Entertainment and 1091, which will open the film in September.
"With one of the most memorably stunning voices that has ever hit the airwaves, Linda Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene in her early twenties," reads the official synopsis. "The lead singer of the Stone Poneys, Ronstadt eventually branched out to begin her decades long career as a solo artist, touring the world selling out stadiums and, at one point, setting the record as the highest paid female artist in rock. Most remarkable to this day is her interest in and willingness to jump into new and challenging styles of music, including opera, jazz, and Mexican folk, excelling fantastically with each. Ronstadt has also been an outspoken political advocate for causes such as same-sex marriage and the inhumane treatment of undocumented immigrants, never shying away from fighting for what she believes both on and off the stage."
Ronstadt was born to sing. Her Mexican grandfather led a popular big band. Dolly Parton said Ronstadt could sing anything. As the lead singer of the Stone Poneys, she scored her first hit with the song "Different Drum," written by Mike Nesmith of the Monkees. When her label decided she should be a solo artist they put Glenn Frey and Don Henley of the Eagles in her backing band. Followup classics like "You're No Good," "Blue Bayou," "It's So Easy," "When Will I Be Loved," "Desperado," " and "Hurt So Bad" cemented her reputation.
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice was directed by the Oscar-winning team of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Times Of Harvey Milk, The Celluloid Closet, Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt, Howl, Lovelace). The movie includes interviews with Henley, Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, David Geffen, Cameron Crowe and Peter Asher. The documentary uses deep-cut archival footage, and Ronstadt's "own astute recollections, to celebrate an artist whose desire to do justice to the songs that touched her soul made generations of fans fall in love with her - and with the sound of her voice," according to the press statement.
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice opens in September.
Culture Editor Tony Sokol cut his teeth on the wire services and also wrote and produced New York City's Vampyr Theatre and the rock opera AssassiNation: We Killed JFK. Read more of his work here or find him on Twitter @tsokol.
Don't worry, we'll get to Black Panther 2 soon enough. Here's everything you need to know, from the cast to release date.
Black Panther absolutely destroyed expectations at the box office (it's one of the highest grossing movies of all time), received nearly universally positive reviews, and even landed itself a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars. It's also done really well now that it's out on DVD and Blu-ray, and many are wondering when Marvel will get around to announcing Black Panther 2.
Well, don't you worry, Black Panther 2 is definitely happening.
"Nothing specific to reveal, other than to say we absolutely will do that," Feige told Entertainment Weekly last year. "One of the favorite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two. There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one."
Black Panther 2 Release Date
It's a little early for this, of course, but Marvel currently has plenty of unassigned dates on its release schedule between 2020 and 2022. It's unlikely they'll make us wait more than two years for Black Panther 2, though, and they also have February 12, 2021 on the schedule. That sure sounds like it could be a good fit for Black Panther 2.
In any case, we expect this will be revealed officially on Saturday when Marvel has their big San Diego Comic-Con panel in Hall H. We'll update this as soon as this is confirmed.
Black Panther 2 Director
THR revealed that Ryan Coogler officially signed to write and direct Black Panther 2. No surprise, but still great news!
Black Panther 2 Cast
We expect everyone who survived the first movie (and who survives Avengers: Endgame) to make a return for Black Panther 2. So, of course Chadwick Boseman will make a triumphant return as King T'Challa, Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M'Baku, Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett Ross, and likely many others!
Black Panther 2 Story
There are some hints about what else might be explored in the world of Wakanda as we get closer to a sequel, and some of the mystical elements sound like they might get more time. "There’s that moment where all of the ancestors come behind T’Chaka," Feige told Entertainment Weekly. "We would joke and go, 'I want to see … what’s their story? What’s that story? Who was Bashenga, the first king of Wakanda? Who’s that third to the left, behind T’Chaka? What was their story in Wakanda in 1938? That would be cool.' It all starts as conversations like that. The more audiences want to see these stories, the more opportunities we have to explore different places and time."
Black Panther 2 Villain
As much as we'd love for Michael B. Jordan to return as Killmonger (he was, after all, one of the best villains in the history of the MCU), that doesn't seem very likely at the moment. We can dream, though. As for what villains could appear in Black Panther 2? We have our own ideas about that. You can read about them right here.
The New Mutants will finally see the light of day in 2020. Here's everything you need to know about the movie!
The New Mutants were the first of Marvel's X-Men spinoffs in the comics, dealing with a younger crop of gifted youngsters as the core X-Men cast expanded and aged. So it's natural that we'd eventually get a version of them on screen. The only question has become when. Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) directed this X-Men spinoff, and he has co-written it with Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, Knate Gwaltney. Principal photography wrapped well back in 2017 and the movie seemed all set for its April 13, 2018 release date (which is still indicated by its original and only teaser).
Then in early 2018 it was announced it would be delayed for apparent reshoots that apparently have still not happened. While The New Mutants was then slated to be released in August 2019, the aforementioned reshoots were stalled for reasons that are still not public though many have speculated the Fox-Disney merger further confused things for this movie. Upon the finalization of that acquisition, Disney has announced they would still theatrically release New Mutants... in 2020 and almost two years to the date of its original release window.
New Mutants Release Date
New Mutants will open on April 3, 2020. It looks like this is deifnitely happening, eve nafter the less than ecstatic opening of Dark Phoenix.
New Mutants Trailer
Check out the first trailer for the movie here... It might be some time yet more before we see any new footage...
And check out all these creepy teasers...
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The New Mutants Cast
Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) will play Magik (sister of Colossus) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) will play mutant werewolf Wolfsbane. Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) plays Sam "Cannonball" Guthrie in the film. Blu Hunt (The Originals) has the key role of Danielle Moonstar, a character with telepathic abilities. This is a key role in the "Demon Bear Saga" that the movie is loosely adapting. Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) is Sunspot.
Meanwhile Alice Braga (Queen of the South) will take over the role of Dr. Cecilia Reyes from the previously cast Rosario Dawson. Reyes is a character from Marvel’s X-Men comic book mythos (first appearing in X-Men #65 in 1997) who is not only a mutant, gifted with the ability to create a “psioplasmic bio-field” to protect her body from harm, but serves as a trauma surgeon and sometime-mentor to the younger residents of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, namely the New Mutants team.
New Mutants Story
In 2016, in one of the earliest scoops to break on the movie, ComingSoon described New Mutants as anything other than your typical X-Men movie, or your typical superhero movie at all. Instead, they're going for a "Stephen King meets John Hughes" vibe with horror elements. The earliest New Mutants comics, with moody Bill Sienkiewicz artwork certainly would play into that influence.
Boone then told EW that “We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”
"New Mutants is about these teenagers who are just coming into their powers," 20th Century Fox CEO Stacy Snider told Variety. "It’s like watching mutants go through adolescence and they have no impulse control, so they’re dangerous. The only solution is to put them in a Breakfast Club detention/Cuckoo’s Nest institutional setting. It protects the people on the outside, but it’s strange and combustible inside. The genre is like a haunted-house movie with a bunch of hormonal teenagers."
She added that it's "more like The Shining than 'we’re teenagers let’s save the world.'"
Check out an example of the art from those early stories, and yes, the bear is important...
They've also got a genuine storyboard animatic from the film, revealing that at least one of the antagonists will be the Demon Bear which menaced the team in those same early comics. The Demon Bear is, yes, a bear, but it also feeds on negativity and has immense power of its own, so if this is the menace of the movie, you won't see any buildings coming down.
What we see here seems to supplement the recurring theme of the trailer, which seems to imply that the unbridled mutant psychic abilities of Danielle Moonstar, a.k.a. Mirage (Blue Hunt), will be central to the film’s plot.
With the New Mutants captured in a psych ward, we see team members Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy), Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams), Cannonball (Charlie Heaton) and Sunspot (Henry Zaga) tending to a floored and unconscious Mirage, likely after another torturous psychic experience.
And if it's a hit? Well, apparently Mr. Boone has envisioned this as a trilogy of films, so we'll see if that works out.
Oliver Queen and his crime-fighting crew will return for one final season with Arrow season 8! Here's everything you need to know.
It's been a rough year for Oliver, Felicity, John, and the rest of Team Arrow (what's left of it, anyway), but the crime-fighting crew will push forward for Arrow season 8. The news was confirmed by The CW at this winter's Television Critics Association Press Tour.
“This season, we expanded our primetime schedule to six nights with the addition of Sunday -- which has been an unqualified success for the network, our affiliates and our advertisers," CW president Mark Pedowitz said in a statement. "In addition to growing our schedule across the week, we also continue to add more year-round programming. The early renewal of these signature CW series gives us a head start on laying out the 2019-2020 season, and this is just the beginning,” said Pedowitz.
Arrow Season 8 Cast
One thing is for certain: Emily Bett Rickards won't return.
There will be some unexpected returns during Arrow season 8, though. Colin Donnell will guest star as Tommy Merlyn at some point during the season, and
Josh Segarra will return as Adrian Chase.
“Adrian Chase comes back in a different way than expected,” showrunner/executive producer Beth Schwartz told EW, who first broke the news of the unexpected guest stars. “We’re really excited about that because obviously he’s one of our favorite villains.”
Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim added that while Donnell is indeed back as Tommy Merlyn, he is “not coming back as the Tommy we know.”
As for everyone else and any potential new additions? We'll have to wait and see!
Arrow Season 8 Release Date
Arrow season 8 will premiere on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 9 pm.
Arrow Season 8 Trailer
The new season only just started filming, but don't be surprised if there is some kind of teaser revealed at San Diego Comic-Con during the Arrow panel on Saturday evening. We'll update this if and when the footage arrives.
Arrow Season 8 Story
What Arrow season 8 will have in store for its heroes is anybody's guess at the moment, but we do know that, at the very least, the show will feature some sort of lead up to and deal with the aftershocks of this year's Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event, which promises to shake the Arrowverse to its very core. Life is sure to change for Ollie, especially for an event as famous as DC's very first Crisis. As some of you know, these sorts of multiverse-spanning crossovers are known to claim lives.
Might the life of Green Arrow be on the chopping block? It's very possible, especially considering that Arrow Season 8 has been confirmed as the show's final season. We have more details on what that might mean right here.
Here's the official synopsis for Arrow season 8.
After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the North China Sea. He returned home to Star City, bent on righting the wrongs done by his family and fighting injustice. As the Green Arrow, Oliver successfully saved his city with the help of his team including former soldier John Diggle (David Ramsey), computer-science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards), former protégé Roy Harper (Colton Haynes), street-savvy Rene Ramirez (Rick Gonzalez), metahuman Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy), brilliant inventor Curtis Holt (Echo Kellum) and Earth-2 Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy). In the wake of discovering what his future holds, Oliver will find himself pit against his most challenging battle yet, one that will leave the multiverse hanging in the balance. In Arrow’s final season, Oliver Queen is forced to confront the reality of what it means to be a hero.
We'll keep you updated as we hear more about Arrow season 8. In the meantime, check out our primer on what exactly Crisis on Infinite Earths means for the Arrowverse!
Big MCU news just struck like a bolt of lightning: Taika Waititi is returning to write and direct Thor 4. For the first time, an MCU solo franchise is receiving a fourth installment, and after Thor: Ragnarok eclipsed the previous Thor films in critical and commercial success (93% on RottenTomatoes and $854 million at the global box office), it makes sense that Marvel wants to collaborate with Waititi again. With star Chris Hemsworth reportedly expected to return in the title role, that leaves us with the question: what is Thor 4 even about?
After all, Asgard is destroyed, Loki is dead (again), and by the end of Avengers: Endgame, Thor stated he has no path. Yet given what has happened to Thor over the past several films starting with Ragnarok, perhaps “having no path” is exactly what he needs.
We have a list of the new Hulu movies and shows arriving in August 2019.
Yes, it's a pretty chill slate for Hulu in August. Aside from the usual Into the Dark installment and a couple of documentaries, Hulu is opting not to bring any more of its original heavy hitters up to bat. In the stead of any big ticket originals, Hulu will bring its subscribers another round of compelling movies.
August 1 sees the arrival of pretty much the entire Star Trek film franchise, highlighted by the classic Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Also on August 1 is The Terminator, the Final Destination franchise, and somewhat shockingly: Spider-Man 3. We thought the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse joke well and truly killed Spider-Man 3 but here it is on Hulu again all the same.
Later on in June, Mission: Impossible - Fallout and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will arrive. And that's about it! Keep up with your Veronica Mars and Handmaid's Tale until the next round of originals.
Hulu New Releases: August 2019
Heartland: Complete Season 11(Kew Media)
Pure: Complete Season 2 (WGN)
Unikitty: Complete Season 1B (Cartoon Network)
A Viking Saga: The Darkest Day (2013)
Alien vs. Predator (2004)
American Heart (1993)
Baby Boom (1987)
Big Fish (2003)
The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)
A Very Brady Sequel (1996)
Bulletproof Monk (2003)
Cats & Dogs (2001)
Chinese Box (1997)
The Color Purple (1985)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002)
The Cutting Edge (1992)
The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold (2006)
Dances with Wolves (1990)
Das Boot (1981)
Double Impact (1991)
Down in the Delta (1998)
Eight Men Out (1988)
The Fifth Element (1997)
Final Destination (2000)
Final Destination 2 (2003)
Final Destination 3 (2006)
The Final Destination (2009)
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Furry Vengeance (2010)
Good Advice (2001)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
Indecent Proposal (1993)
Jeepers Creepers 2 (2003)
John Grisham’s The Rainmaker (1997)
Kama Sutra (1997)
Man on a Ledge (2012)
Marley and Me: the Puppy Years (2010)
Meet the Parents (2000)
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007)
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
The Pink Panther (2006)
The Pink Panther 2 (2009)
Rat Race (2001)
Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Snake Eyes (1998)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)
Star Trek VIII: First Contact (1996)
Star Trek IX: Insurrection (1998)
Star Trek: Nemesis (2002)
Step Up (2006)
The Terminator (1984)
The Transporter (2002)
Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
Urban Cowboy (1980)
White Men Can’t Jump (1992)
Into The Dark: School Spirit: Episode 11 Premiere (Hulu Original)
Rick Steves’ Cruising the Mediterranean: Special (PBS)
Anger Management (2003)
The Kleptocrats (2018)
Apollo: Mission to the Moon: Special (National Geographic)
Attack on Titan: Complete Season 3A (Funimation)
Bachelor in Paradise: Season 6 premiere (ABC)
Plus One (2018)
Swan Princess: Kingdom of Music (2017)
The Swan Princess: Kingdom of Music (2019)
The Armstrong Tapes: Special (National Geographic)
Apollo: Back to the Moon: Special (National Geographic)
BH90210: Series Premiere (FOX)
The Beach Bum (2019)
Sharkfest: Special (National Geographic)
Andy Irons: Kissed by Gods (2019)
Own the Sky (2018)
Smoke Signals (1998)
The Actors (2003)
Find Me In Paris: Complete Season 2 (Hulu Original)
The Amazing Johnathan Documentary: Documentary Premiere (Hulu Original)
The Bookshop (2018)
The Layover (2017)
This Way Up: Complete Season 1 (Merman)
A Simple Favor (2018)
Hail, Satan (2019)
Jawline: Documentary Premiere (Hulu Original)
Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
Operation Finale (2018)
Wicked Tuna: Complete Season 5 (National Geographic)
Captain Fantastic (2016)
Mom: Complete Season 6 (CBS)
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2018)
The Son: Complete Season 2 (AMC)
Body at Brighton Rock (2019)
Four of a Kind: Complete Season 1 (TV Tokyo)
Gameface: Complete Season 2 (All3 Media)
Gintama: Complete Season 1 (TV Tokyo)
S.W.A.T.: Complete Season 2 (CBS)
Leaving Hulu - August 31
Along Came a Spider (2001)
American Loser (2007)
American Psycho (2000)
Battle Ground (2013)
Behind Enemy Line (2001)
Blaze You Out (2013)
Body of Evidence (1993)
Brown Sugar (2002)
Cecil B. Demented (2000)
Chuck & Buck (2000)
Cougars, Inc. (2011)
Dante’s Peak (1997)
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
Dysfunktional Family (2003)
Hard Candy (2006)
Independence Day (1996)
Italian for Beginners (2000)
Jennifer 8 (1992)
Kinky Boots (2005)
Less Than Zero (1987)
Lost and Delirious (2001)
Minority Report (2002)
Next Day Air (2009)
Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
Point Break (1991)
Private Parts (1997)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Slow Burn (2000)
Still Waiting (2009)
The Surrogate (1995)
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TNT ordered a Snowpiercer TV series and appointed Orphan Black creator Graeme Manson as showrunner.
Snowpiercer, TNT’s upcoming hour-long television pilot, adapting director Bong Joon-ho's 2013 South Korean dystopian sci-fi film of the same name, will be headlined by an Oscar winner in Jennifer Connelly, who is joined by Hamilton stage standout Daveed Diggs. Plus, Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson directed the pilot (sans upcoming reshoots).
With Snowpiercer’s uniquely stylized dystopian premise, coupled with its overt political themes of class division, there will certainly be much with which to work when it comes to a prospective ongoing television series. TNT has ordered the project to series, although it always seemed likely, as they had backup scripts ready to go when they first ordered the pilot to production. Snowpiercer is a production of Tomorrow Studios via executive producers Mary Adelstein and Becky Clements and Turner’s Studio T.
Snowpiercer TV Show Cast.
Jennifer Connelly (Alita: Battle Angel, A Beautiful Mind) will co-star as a character named Melanie Cavill. A member of the train’s First Class, Melanie is known as the “Voice of the Train,” heard across all cars through a PA system, making daily announcements. While, the idea of front-end First-Classers looking down upon the back-end peasants is par for the course of the established story, it seems that Melanie fields a fascination with the other half; a fascination that may just put her in the orbit of Diggs’s Layton Well during a subsequent upheaval.
Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Blackish) will co-star as Layton Well, a prisoner living in the dregs of the train’s societal steerage in the back end. Described as a “quiet thinker” who spends his days tending to a cage filled with pet rats and sniffing a makeshift drug made from industrial waste called Chronole, Layton becomes an unlikely participant in an upheaval that could see caste clashes on the train.
Rowan Blanchard (The Goldbergs, Girl Meets World) is the latest addition to the cast, reports Deadline. She will play Alexandra, descibed as "a self-assured 17-year-old, wise beyond her years, with mysterious connections to the history of Snowpiercer." Blanchard's deal will reportedly see her onboard Season 1 as a guest star with an option to become a series regular in the event of a Season 2 renewal
The rest of the known cast also contain the following names:
Ido Goldberg, Jaylin Fletcher, Steven Ogg, Shaun Toub, Aleks Paunovic, Mickey Sumner, Alison Wright, Benjamin Haigh, Lena Hall, Aaron Glenane, Kerry O'Malley, Aaron Glenane, Fiona Vroom, Timothy V. Murphy, Happy Anderson and Jonathan Lloyd Walker.
Snowpiercer TV Show Release Date
Snowpiercer was originally on track for an early 2019 release date. However, with this train of a series stuck at it proverbial station with pilot reshoots, a new release date is anyone's guess. We'll update this when we have official confirmation.
Snowpiercer TV Show Details
As of Jan. 25, Snowpiercer has wrapped filming, per actress Lena Hall.
— Lena Hall (@LenaRockerHall) January 25, 2019
It's certainly been a long process for this television adaptation. As chief creative officer of Turner Entertainment and president of TNT, Kevin Reilly, recently explained at the TCAs, via Deadline, of its behind-the-scenes-drama, which, amongst other things, saw showrunner Josh Friedman get replaced by Graeme Manson:
“Quite often when you have a change, it signals that you didn’t really buy into their vision. We had a pilot that was very promising with some creative people behind it, and in that case it was a filmmaker who hadn’t really done TV before, and mounting a series was a different order, and we got on Graeme who was a consummate professional and an incredible partner and has built off of the template that we had with the great cast.”
The Alienist director James Hawes reportedly, via Variety, came aboard to direct reshoots for the Snowpiercer TV pilot back in July 2018. Hawes's previous work includes: Black Mirror, The Mist, Penny Dreadful, Genius, Doctor Who, and Merlin. Hawes will also serve as a co-executive producer on the show.
Hawes took over for Scott Derrickson, who directed the Snowpiercer pilot from a script written by former showrunner Josh Friedman, exited the show two weeks ago amidst creative differences.
"The 72-page Snowpiercer TV pilot script by @Josh_Friedman is the best I’ve ever read," wrote Derrickson on Twitter. "The feature-length pilot I made from that script may be my best work. The new show runner has a radically different vision for the show. I am forgoing my option to direct the extreme reshoots."
Graeme Manson took over as showrunner back in February 2018. Manson, who achieved acclaim as the co-creator/writer/executive-producer of BBC America’s 2013-2017 clone-centric thriller series, Orphan Black, as well the 2006-2008 Canadian comedy series, Rent-a-Goalie, took over the show in February, following Friedman's departure in January. While Friedman was meant to stay on afterwards as showrunner, it appears that the continuing endeavor of the series has exposed a major directional divide – though it was not specified if Friedman’s differences were with TNT or other creative forces. Friedman took to Twitter
"If you're asked to rewrite someone or take over their show it seems like good sense and good karma to reach out to that person first and a) find out what the circumstances of their departure are and b) thank them for doing the work you'll be profiting from," Friedman wrote on Twitter. He continued...
You should buy that person a nice meal or a bottle of alcohol if they're up for it. Your money was earmarked for them at one time. And more than likely, what may be a good job for you was a passion project for them. Put another way: if you were to take over a show I'd originated and worked on for two years and didn't reach out to me before taking the job you're either an idiot, a coward, or a vichy motherfucker.
The outgoing Friedman came into his Snowpiercer tenure with television work under his belt such as NBC’s late pirate drama, Crossbones, along with other adapted series such as Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the halted adaptation of comic book series Locke & Key (to which Derrickson is attached).
Snowpiercer TV Show Story
2013’s Snowpiercer, directed by Bong Joon Ho, adapting the French comic book Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Jean-Marc Rochette and Benjamin Legrand, seemed like an odd foreign film detour for Marvel Cinematic Universe Captain America Chris Evans. Yet, with a limited U.S. theatrical release, the South Korean film managed to achieve respectable box office numbers with $86.8 million USD worldwide. ($4.5 million from the U.S. release.) Moreover, the breadth of its critical acclaim in the States widened by way of DVD/Blu-ray, VOD and premium cable airings.
The Snowpiercer mythology depicts a society living in the aftermath of a catastrophic climate engineering experiment that left the Earth engulfed in an ice age, relegating the remnants of humanity to live on a massive experimental locomotive – the titular Snowpiercer – powered by its own perpetual motion, rounding a circumnavigational track. Thus, TNT Snowpiercer pilot is set seven years after the events of the 2013 film, which ended in a major act of back-end sedition with the derailment of the train by way of an explosion-triggered avalanche. That, however, was only a temporary setback for the Snowpiercer. However, as its class divisions remain prevalent, seeds of a revolution are sowed and people like Daveed Diggs's introverted prisoner Layton Well are swept in its force.
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Westworld Season 3 is to be "a whole new world." And now we know it won't look like the past two seasons.
Violent delights may have violent ends, but Westworld’s enticements are in no danger of being cut off from their source, even after an aborted robo-apocalypse in the park of dreams turned it into a nightmare. Which is happy news for us, cowboy. Westworld Season 3 was confirmed early during the second season's run. And we're getting intriguing new teases about it to this day, including news that it will be joining its other HBO genre brethern at SDCC 2019.
HBO has announced that Westworld, as well as Watchmen and His Dark Materials, are joining Game of Thrones in the coveted Hall H cavern. In the case of Westworld, it will panel in Hall H on July 20 at 1:15pm. This will follow an autograph signing session earlier that day. In attendance for the robo-show will be creators and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as stars Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, and Tessa Thompson.
Westworld Season 3 Release Date
Westworld Season 3 is currently filming, and HBO has confirmed it will arrive at some point in 2020.
Westworld Season 3 Trailer
Right before the Game of Thrones Season 8 finale aired, HBO revealed the first Westworld Season 3 trailer, set to Pink Floyd's "Brain Damage." If you didn't notice, we're no longer in Sweetwater, Toto.
Westworld Season 3 Cast
The most internet waves-making casting for season 3 has been of course Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul getting cast as a series regular. Offering the chance to help lead a "repilot" for season 3, Paul plays a disillusioned malcontent living in this show's version of the future. Perhaps this is why we know he's a thief in his world, but he might become something more when he catches the eye of Dolores.
Lena Waithe (The Chi) will appear in Westworld Season 3. It's unknown what role she will be playing but it's expected to involve the incoming conflict between robots/hosts and humanity. French actor Vincent Cassel (Irreversible, Black Swan, Ocean's Thirteen) is also cast in an unknown role that is credited for all 10 episodes.
With the fate of so many of the main cast members' characters up in the air come the end of Season 2, Westworld could do a major reset in Season 3. Either way, Paul is credited with appearing in all 10 episodes of season 3. And of course Evan Rachel Wood, Tessa Thompson, Thandie Newton, and Jeffrey Wright will all play major roles. Also, perhaps to your surprise given the second season ending, Ed Harris' Man in Black will also be returning, as will Katja Herbers as his daughter (or at least a replica of her since, well, you know....).
Scott Mescudi and Marshawn Lynch also have key roles.
Westworld Season 3 Story
As you've already gathered from the Westworld Season 3 trailer, we are in a "whole new world." This is hardly a surprise though since Westworld showrunners Joy and Jonathan Nolan sat down with The Hollywood Reporter back during the end of the second season to say that season 3 would offer the opportunity to explore the perspective of a species with a nigh-immortal lifespan. At that point, characters can start thinking about things in the span of eons as opposed to years.
"I think it's a radical shift," Nolan said. "What's compelling and appealing about these characters is that they're not human. As we said in the show, humans are bound by the same loops the hosts are, in some ways even smaller. You couldn't expect human characters to withstand and survive the kind of story that we're telling. The hosts have a different version of mortality, a different outlook. I think clearly with Dolores, as she's laid out, there is a longer view here, a larger set of goals. They're existential. They span eons."
This ties in with our previous theories about season 3 potentially expanding its timelines to include events hundreds, if not thousands, of years in the future. This was hinted at during the post-credits scene of the season 2 finale. Joy likewise calls season 3 an opportunity to "repilot" the series, and that includes the new direction taken by Tessa Thompson's character.
In the season 2 finale, Thompson's Charlotte Hale was killed with extreme prejudice by Dolores, who had then assumed her visage. Yet by the end of season 2, Dolores is back in a model based on her original body, and the Charlotte Hale clone played by Thompson was a mystery character. Joy also touched on what that could look like in season 3.
Says Joy, "So we always knew that we were going to do this reveal and let her expand into this new role. We have a very diabolical arc for her planned out. Part of the fun for the character will be self-realization. She will be realizing the things we know about who she is."
And if you're wondering whether Westworld is going to go full Lost on us, Joy also sought to nix that notion in a more recent interview:
“We have an ending in mind; we’ve had it from the pilot. It’s very emotional, I think. I can’t tell you exactly when that ending will come… but I think for every season what we try to do is tell a chapter of the story that gives you closure and then opens a door to a new chapter…The overarching question of the series is, what will become of this new lifeform? So I feel it would be irresponsible to not have an end goal in mind.”
James Cameron and Tim Miller's Terminator reboot is coming in November 2019. Here's everything you need to know.
Terminator: Dark Fate is the next installment in the time-traveling cyborg franchise, and it's not what you were expecting.
Franchise creator James Cameron has recruited Deadpool director Tim Miller "to direct a reboot, a conclusion" to the Terminator franchise, with Cameron acting as a "godfather." This is a loaded term, which hopefully is code for creative consultant as much as executive producer.
What we do know is that the previous franchise installment, Terminator Genisys has been terminated from the timeline (sorry), as has the two films and television series before that. Terminator: Dark Fate acts as a true continuation (and ending?) of the story that was started by the first two films in 1984 and 1991. And if that wasn't any clearer, the fact that it features the return of Linda Hamilton to the role of Sarah Connor marks this as the true sucessor of those masterful classics.
You're also about to hear a lot more about Terminator: Dark Fate with San Diego Comic-Con 2019 right around the corner. In fact, the film is on the cover of Den of Geek's Special Edition SDCC issue this year...
Terminator: Dark Fate script was written by David Goyer, Justin Rhodes, Josh Friedman, and Billy Ray. Meanwhile Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, Tim Miller, John Kelly, and Edward Cheng serve as executive producers.
Terminator: Dark Fate Trailer
The first trailer for Terminator: Dark Fate is here, and it's exciting!
And check out this featurette, where they discuss how this is a direct continuation of the story from Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Terminator: Dark Fate Release Date
Terminator: Dark Fate is set to open on Nov. 1, 2019.
Terminator: Dark Fate Story
Here's the official synopsis:
Linda Hamilton (Sarah Connor) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (T-800) return in their iconic roles in Terminator: Dark Fate, directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and produced by visionary filmmaker James Cameron and David Ellison. Following the events of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator: Dark Fate also stars Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Gabriel Luna, and Diego Boneta..
Terminator: Dark Fate Cast
Linda Hamilton reprises her role as iconic badass Sarah Connor. This is already off to a better start than how her character's fate was previously portrayed in the film franchise where it was stated in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines that she was supposed to have succumbed to an aggressive form of leukemia.
Mackenzie Davis of The Martian and Blade Runner 2049 fame -- plus the best episode of Black Mirror ever -- will play Grace, a cyborg who is part machine and part human hybrid.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is back! (Like you didn't know?)
Natalia Reyes (Sticks and Stones, 2091) is Dani Ramos.
Gabriel Luna (Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider on Agents of SHIELD, Wicked City) will play a Terminator.
Diego Boneto (Monster Party, Before I Fall) also has a currently unnamed role.
Termiantor Dark Fate Director
Termiantor: Dark Fate is the second film from director Tim Miller and his first since helming the original Deadpool movie. As the filmmaker who stood by that project for seven years, resulting in a film the fans loved, he comes in with Comic-Con bonafides to this project. He previously was second unit director on Thor: The Dark World and the creative director on the much loved opening titles sequence to David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in 2011.
Oh boy, it's been over 20 years and the infamous "would Jack have fit on that board at the end of Titanic" debate is making its rounds on the internet once again!
During an MTV News interview with the cast of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Leonardo DiCaprio was asked if he thought that Jack could've indeed fit on the board at the end of the movie, to which he simply replied "no comment." (But come on, we all know what that means.)
Director James Cameron claims the reason Jack didn't get on the board with Rose was because of buoyancy, and not the issue of having enough room. Honestly, we're calling BS here - why didn't they both get on the damn thing and test it out first!?
Anyway, before we get too heated over this age-old debate, please enjoy some memes and reaction tweets!
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The Orville Season 3 will boldly continue on Fox. Here is everything we know about The Orville Season 3.
Through two seasons, The Orville is the little Star Trek homage that could. Like its (unofficial) Trek forefathers, The Orville has built up a small but formidable fanbase. Fox has rewarded that fanbase by ordering The Orville Season 3.
According to the venerable TV Series Finale, The Orville Season 2 averaged around 3.16 million viewers per episode, with its rating in the coveted 18-49 demographic being a rough .75. Those numbers are down 40% and 27% respectively from the show's first season. As is often the case in these things, however, those numbers don't tell the whole story. It's rare for any network show to gain viewers in its second season nowadays. Shows often hit a peak early on and start gradually losing viewers. Nevertheless, they were strong enough to give the network enough faith to make sure The Orville was renewed for a third season.
The fanbase for the sci-fi dramedy is certainly dedicated. Just take a look at the comment section on any of our The Orville Season 2 coverage to get a sense of that. Not only that but at this year's Winter 2019 TCA press tour, The Orville was at front and center of Fox's montage of upcoming dramas (settling for once and for all that The Orville is now seen as more of a drama despite its comedy beginnings).
Like many finales in the modern TV landscape, The Orville Season 2 finale could have served as both a fitting season or series end. There was a conclusive finish to the show's brief time travel arc and should the show get a third season, it will likely get right back to the story of The Orville and its diverse crew. Thankfully, it wasn't, and their adventures will continue.
The Orville Season 3 Release Date
Since Fox hasn't announced its 2019-2020 schedule yet, it's not clear when The Orville season 3 premiere will happen. The first season arrived in the traditional September premiere window, while season two was held for midseason and didn't arrive until nearly January. Considering that this is an intricate, expensive show to produce, The Orville season 3 might be a better fit for midseason.
The Orville Season 3 Cast
The Orville was created by Family Guy’s Seth McFarlane, who also stars in the show alongside Adrianna Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, and many others. The Orville Season 2 saw the departure of Halston Sage from the cast, potentially opening up a new spot for another crewmember when The Orville Season 3 comes around.
We'll keep you updated with all the relevant The Orville Season 3 news as it pops up.
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Check out the full list of Emmy Award 2019 nominations here. It's a good year for dragons, assassins, and nuclear meltdowns.
As someone on an HBO show once said: "The king stay the king." After briefly losing its title in 2018 as the network to receive the most Emmy nominations, HBO is back at the 2019 Emmys with a vengeance.
HBO leads all content providers in 2019 with an astounding and record-breaking 137 total nominations. That number is, of course, buoyed by the equally astonishing 32 nominations garnered for Game of Thrones' final season. HBO's numbers are the most eye popping but there are some other surprises throughout this year's nominations.
Schitt's Creek and Fleabag are unlikely but still welcome introductions to the Emmys with both garnering multiple nominations including nods for Outstanding Comedy Series. Last year's Outstanding Comedy winner The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel will welcome stiff competition in what is possibly the most competitive category of any this year.
All in all, it should be a fun time at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles this year. The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will air at 8 p.m. ET on September 22, 2019.
Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Killing Eve (BBC America)
This Is Us (NBC)
Outstanding Comedy Series
The Good Place (NBC)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
Russian Doll (Netflix)
Schitt's Creek (Pop)
Outstanding Limited Series
Escape at Dannemora (Showtime)
Sharp Objects (HBO)
When They See Us (Netflix)
Outstanding Television Movie
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)
Brexit: The Uncivil War (HBO)
Deadwood: The Movie (HBO)
King Lear (Amazon)
My Dinner With Herve (HBO)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Sterling K. Brown (This Is Us)
Kit Harington (Game of Thrones)
Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul)
Billy Porter (Pose)
Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)
Jodie Comer (Killing Eve)
Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)
Laura Linney (Ozark)
Mandy Moore (This Is Us)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Don Cheadle (Black Monday)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Eugene Levy (Schitt's Creek)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate (Dead to Me)
Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)
Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll)
Catherine O'Hara (Schitt's Creek)
Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Television Movie
Mahershala Ali (True Detective)
Benicio Del Toro (Escape at Dannemora)
Hugh Grant (A Very English Scandal)
Jared Harris (Chernobyl)
Jharrel Jerome (When They See Us)
Sam Rockwell (Fosse/Verdon)
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Television Movie
Amy Adams (Sharp Objects)
Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora)
Joey King (The Act)
Niecy Nash (When They See Us)
Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)
Aunjanue Ellis (When They See Us)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones)
Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul)
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul)
Michael Kelly (House of Cards)
Chris Sullivan (This Is Us)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones)
Julia Garner (Ozark)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve)
Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones)
Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method)
Anthony Carrigan (Barry)
Tony Hale (Veep)
Stephen Root (Barry)
Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Henry Winkler (Barry)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Anna Chlumsky (Veep)
Olivia Colman (Fleabag)
Sian Clifford (Fleabag)
Betty Gilpin (GLOW)
Sarah Goldberg (Barry)
Marin Hinkle (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie
Asante Blackk (When They See Us)
Paul Dano (Escape At Dannemora)
John Leguizamo (When They See Us)
Stellan Skarsgård (Chernobyl)
Ben Whishaw (A Very English Scandal)
Michael K. Williams (When They See Us)
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie
Patricia Arquette (The Act)
Marsha Stephanie Blake (When They See Us)
Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects)
Vera Farmiga (When They See Us)
Margaret Qualley (Fosse/Verdon)
Emily Watson (Chernobyl)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Michael Angarano (This Is Us)
Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)
Michael McKean (Better Call Saul)
Kumail Nanjiani (The Twilight Zone)
Glynn Turman (How To Get Away With Murder)
Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid's Tale)
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black)
Cherry Jones (The Handmaid's Tale)
Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Apocalypse)
Phylicia Rashad (This Is Us)
Cicely Tyson (How To Get Away With Murder)
Carice van Houten (Game of Thrones)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Matt Damon (Saturday Night Live)
Robert De Niro (Saturday Night Live)
Luke Kirby (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Peter MacNicol (Veep)
John Mulaney (Saturday Night Live)
Adam Sandler (Saturday Night Live)
Rufus Sewell (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Jane Lynch (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Sandra Oh (Saturday Night Live)
Maya Rudolph (The Good Place)
Kristin Scott Thomas (Fleabag)
Fiona Shaw (Fleabag)
Emma Thompson (Saturday Night Live)
Outstanding Competition Program
The Amazing Race (CBS)
American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
Nailed It (Netflix)
RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
Top Chef (Bravo)
The Voice (NBC)
Outstanding Variety Talk Show
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah (Comedy Central)
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee (TBS)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (CBS)
Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
At Home With Amy Sedaris (truTV)
Documentary Now! (IFC)
Drunk History (Comedy Central)
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman (Hulu)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)
Who Is America? (Showtime)
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
Game of Thrones “The Last Of The Starks”
Game of Thrones “The Long Night”
Game of Thrones “The Iron Throne”
Killing Eve “Desperate Times”
The Handmaid’s Tale “Holly”
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Better Call Saul “Winner”
Bodyguard “Episode 1”
Game of Thrones “The Iron Throne”
Killing Eve “Nice And Neat”
Succession “Nobody Is Ever Missing”
The Handmaid’s Tale “Holly”
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Barry “The Audition”
Fleabag “Episode 1”
The Big Bang Theory “Stockholm Syndrome”
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “All Alone”
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel “We’re Going To The Catskills!”
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Fleabag “Episode 1”
PEN15 “Anna Ishii-Peters”
Russian Doll “Nothing In This World Is Easy”
Russian Doll “A Warm Body”
The Good Place “Janet(s)”
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
A Very English Scandal
Escape At Dannemora
Fosse/Verdon “Who’s Got The Pain”
When They See Us
Outstanding Animated Program
Big Mouth “The Planned Parenthood Show”
Bob’s Burgers “Just One Of The Boyz 4 Now For Now”
BoJack Horseman “Free Churro”
Come Along With Me (Adventure Time)
The Simpsons “Mad About The Toy”
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program
Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games)
RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race)
Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (Making It)
James Corden (The World’s Best)
Marie Kondo (Tidying Up With Marie Kondo)
Outstanding Structured Reality Program
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
Who Do You Think You Are?
Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
Born This Way
Life Below Zero
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked
Somebody Feed Phil
United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell
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Stranger Things’ David Harbour plays Frankenstein-as-monster in Netflix’s bizarre yet entertaining mockumentary.
Who knew that David Harbour, currently enjoying a career high as Stranger Things’ gruff sheriff Jim Hopper, had such a knack for absurdist comedy? Or that “David Harbour III” (a fictionalized version of himself) had a dark family legacy bound up in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the theatah!
Watching Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein, Netflix’s odd half-hour mockumentary about a made-for-TV play that ended in tragedy, feels like watching a friend’s weird indie show, or—perhaps more universal—your friend showing you something random-but-mesmerizing like “Too Many Cooks” on YouTube. After emerging from the rabbit hole, you’re entertained, to be sure, but you also wonder What the hell did I just watch?
In this case, the answer would seem to be: a send-up of the made-for-TV play and other acting-centric TV programming like Inside the Actors Studio, in the style of Documentary Now!, by way of Serial. Written by Arrested Development’s John Levenstein, it follows Harbour as he sorts through archival footage of his father, David Harbour Jr., a celebrated actor of stage and screen. While he enjoyed fame in title roles like The Crying Detective, it was when he took on the truly ambitious role of Frankenstein (but is it the doctor or the monster?) that his career plummeted.
Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein is both the name of the mockumentary and of its subject, the televised play in which an aspiring female scientist journeys to a remote island to meet Dr. Frankenstein and his creation, unwittingly revealing several layers of deception in the lab. It’s part living-room play in a period piece home, complete with howling madwoman mother in the attic and Harbour as the monster grunting his way through the basement. Or is he?
Just as you start to get engrossed in the play-within-a-doc’s plot, one of the actors clumsily sidesteps the camera while eyeing it the entire time, or blurts out a hamfisted line about Chekhov’s gun. And that’s where the true brilliance lies, in having talented actors like Kate Berlant and Alfred Molina play so convincingly at being awful actors. While my own knowledge of the history and relative quality of televised plays is limited, I could tell that I was being let in on a long-running joke about the awkwardness of fitting the stage into the parameters of the screen. Like when you catch a meme online and only just understand it; you wouldn’t be able to riff on the joke yourself, but you still laugh.
Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein is filled with as many random references as, say, an actor’s trunk full of props—some so out of left field that it’s sheer luck to catch it. For instance, a friend just happened to show me Orson Welles’ disastrous champagne commercial for the first time recently, which no doubt inspired the bizarre “London, U.S.A.” interstitials. Not knowing the source doesn’t detract from the experience, but it makes it immeasurably more amusing.
It’s not all a laughing matter, however. Interspersed with footage from the show is Harbour’s present-day investigation into his father’s fall from grace, from recreating his father’s office to confiding in family friend and David Harbour Jr.’s agent to hiring a dramaturg to do some digging. It’s all very deadpan, the guest actors dryly describing a supposedly larger-than-life star, because the stakes are high to no one but Harbour himself. It’s almost as if he is acting in an entirely different documentary than everyone around him—which is reflected in his father’s performances in Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein, carrying the play on his shoulders among a coterie of amateurs.
It must be said that Harbour takes on an impressive array of roles, from his present fictionalized self to his father to Frankenstein-as-monster to the creature himself. (“And that’show I got into Juilliard!” gets funnier every time.) It would not be surprising if Harbour went the route of Adam Scott or Fred Armisen and made this a recurring thing, showing up in future mockumentaries in entirely different roles, as he seems to be having so much fun with it.
There’s even brief, surprising pathos, as the mockumentary makes a sharp, late-stage turn into murder mystery (seriously, with mere minutes to go), building to a commentary about artists as monstrous figures. But by then, it’s so muddled that it’s unclear if this is what David Harbour III thinks, or the real Harbour, or Levenstein writing it.
It’s just too short. Part of the fun of Chekhov’s gun is stretching out the time between its introduction and its inevitable firing. When it goes off half-cocked, the audience barely gets enough time to savor the tension of its presence. I could have watched the entirety of the Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein play rather than intercut between that and Harbour’s attempts at playing Sarah Koenig.
That said, the main benefit of its brevity is that you can fit in multiple viewings without breaking a sweat—something wholeheartedly recommended. Everything lands better on the second watch, from the actors’ awkward blocking to the dramatic beats in the Joey Vallejo mystery. In that way, you can treat Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein like an episode of Documentary Now!, plopping your friends down on the couch for a mere half hour and going down your own personal rabbit hole.
Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein is available on Netflix now.
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Tomorrow is World Emoji Day. Why is there a World Emoji Day? No idea! But it’s tomorrow!
To recognize the day, Apple and Google have both shed some light on their plans regarding new emoji coming to their operating systems in the coming months. Both companies are adding around 60 new emoji in all, from cutesie stuff like sloths and otters to important icons of representation.
First up, both companies are overhauling their handholding couple emojis so that your emoji people can hold hands with whomever you please, regardless of gender or skin tone.
Google also notes that, as of Android Q, any Emoji that doesn’t have a gender specified in its Unicode documentation — emoji like ‘police officer’ or ‘person getting haircut’ and 51 others — will now default to a “gender ambiguous design”. You’ll be able to press-and-hold an emoji to select a “male” or “female” presentation, if you’d prefer.
Apple says the new emoji will hit iOS “this fall”, while Google says they’ll arrive with the release of Android Q later this year.
Both platforms will also be getting a ton of new accessibility-focused emoji. Apple proposed these early last year, with the Unicode Consortium (the group that determines the official emoji set) giving its stamp of approval in February of this year.
There’s a service dog:
People using two different kinds of wheelchairs:
A prosthetic arm and prosthetic leg:
Ear with hearing aid, and the ASL sign for ‘deaf’:
And a person with a white cane:
There’s also a ton of other new stuff being added in, from animals to axes. There’s sloths:
And orangutans, otters, and skunks:
There’s a bunch of new clothing, including saris, swim shorts, and safety vests.
And, finally, an emoji that I am honestly kinda shocked wasn’t already in there: the yawning smiley.
I fully expect to see that last one used sarcastically across Slack and Twitter at least 43x a day. If you want to see the full list of things coming in 2019, you can find it over on Emojipedia.
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FX will be bringing us Mayans MC Season 2, and a recently shared teaser from creator Kurt Sutter has us all revved up.
The Mayans will live to ride another day! Sons of Anarchy spinoff series Mayans MC will get a second season on FX. Just like Sons of Anarchy, Mayans was an early performer in the ratings, making a second order of episodes a safe bet for FX. So now all you fans can rest easy, because Mayans MC Season 2 is definitely happening.
"Mayans MC is performing fantastically, proving to be a breakout first season,” Nick Grad, president original programming at FX Networks and FX Productions, said in a statement when the Mayans MC Season 2 renewal was announced in October. "The series premiered as the highest rated cable series this year and continues to sustain a committed fan base, reflecting the talent and drive of creators Kurt Sutter and Elgin James. We couldn't be more excited to take this ride to a second season."
Mayans MC Season 2 Trailer
Here is an action-packed first look at Mayans MC Season 2.
Mayans MC Season 2 Release Date
Mayans MC Season 2 is now officially scheduled to hit the pavement on FX on Tuesday, September 3 at 10 p.m.
Mayans MC Season 2 Details
Sons of Anarchy creator and Mayans MC co-creator Kurt Sutter recently shared a teaser video on his Instagram page to stoke excitement for Mayans MC Season 2. In the short teaser video, Mayans star J.D. Pardo, in character as EZ Reyes, can be seen riding his motorcycle down a two-lane highway. Check out the short clip below, and stay tuned for further Mayans MC news.
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As Sutter would further laud in the previously-quoted renewal announcement, “The Mayans MC mythology sprung from the womb of Sons of Anarchy, but anyone who has taken the time to watch, knows it has become its own mythical creature."
Fellow creator James concluded, “It still feels like a dream that Kurt took a shot on me, and that every day I get to learn from him and work with our brilliant writers, cast and crew who pour their hearts, blood and sweat into bringing Mayans MC to life. I'm also grateful to FX, Fox 21 and FXP for their support and faith in me."
Beginning September 4, Mayans, which stars J. D. Pardo and Edward James Olmos, was the highest-rated new cable series of 2018, averaging 8.2 million viewers across all platforms. Mayans is also the highest rated Tuesday-night series on all of cable or broadcast among the coveted men 18-34 and men 18-49 demographics.
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The live-action Akira movie was finally moving forward with Taika Waititi directing... until it wasn't.
Akira, the epochal 1988 manga-adapted anime feature, remains the gold standard when it comes to slick, stylish cyberpunk stories. However, Hollywood’s quest to adapt the Japanese pop culture phenomenon as a live-action movie has been defined by several starts and stops that go back to 2002, when Warner Bros. first acquired the rights. Unfortunately, the latest development on the project will sound like a familiar tale. The Akira movie has been put on hold indefinitely!
Warner’s latest – formerly auspicious – attempt for a Akira live-action effort saw the multi-faceted Thor: Ragnarok helmer, Taika Waititi, set to occupy the director’s chair. However, in a development that, in the very least, will delight fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s wackier side, Waititi has agreed to return to direct the yet-to-be-titled Thor 4, taking him away from his Akira directorial duties, reports Variety. Indeed, the trade report claims that there had been creative disagreements between Waititi and Warner Bros. over the adaptation’s direction, which may have clinched his decision to instead revisit the God of Thunder.
So, there you have it. Yet another film iteration of Akira has likely just bitten the dust, destined to be a footnote in a future news story about some new version’s forebearers. Regardless, we still have this handy-dandy news hub, which has all the pertinent information about this now-nixed Akira movie. Feel free to check it out and wonder what could have been.
Akira Movie Release Date
Akira was (with the operative word being "was,") scheduled to arrive on May 21, 2021.
The date would have put the live-action adaptation against some heavy genre competition, going head-to-head with Lionsgate’s just-announced John Wick: Chapter 4. – Just don’t lay a finger on his dog!
Akira Movie Details
Akira tells the story of rival gangs and psychic warfare in a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo (which is to be reimagined as New Manhattan in the proposed Americanized version); a mythology that amalgamates future-set sci-fi with quasi-scientific mysticism to become a stunning, heavily-influential end product. One of the most recent nixed configurations for Akira, back in March 2017, had Jordan Peele on the project as a frontrunner to direct, coming off buzz generated from his directorial breakthrough, Get Out, but that went by the wayside as well.
Long before that, Warner’s the live-action film endeavors have languished in development hell for almost decades. Directors like George Miller, Christopher Nolan, Justin Lin, the Hughes Brothers and Jaume Collet-Serra have been involved at point or another, with Leonardo DiCaprio remaining a longtime supporter of the project, via his Appian Way shingle. Indeed, production almost got underway in Vancouver years back with a cast that included either Dane DeHaan and Michael Pitt in the lead role of Tetsuo, Garrett Hedlund, Kristin Stewart, Ken Watanabe and Helena Bonham Carter.
Now we’ll see if the colorful kiwi-bred stylings of Taika Waititi can finally get this project to the screen in a way that’s faithful to the original manga. Of course, he’s extremely busy these days. After achieving mainstream, Marvel-made, success from 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok, Waititi – who tends to write and direct – has amassed quite the backlog, starting with October’s World War II comedy-drama, Jojo Rabbit, which will be followed by television work in the Star Wars universe on Disney+ series The Mandalorian, followed by the pilot episode for Apple’s Time Bandits revival series. On top of that, he’s currently overseeing FX’s season-renewed American serialized adaptation of his vampire-roommates comedy movie, What We Do in the Shadows.
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The Emmys marked the final season of Game of Thrones with 32 nominations, including many first-time nods for the cast.
It seems the backlash against Game of Thrones has not reached Emmy voters yet this year. Indeed, HBO’s groundbreaking fantasy show, and cultural phenomenon, was highly celebrated for its final season when it received an eye-popping 32 Emmy nominations from the Television Academy ahead of the 71st Annual Emmy Awards presentation.
Game of Thrones, which turned into an Emmy darling during its later seasons, accrued nods for Best Outstanding Series, Best Directing for three of is episodes (including the darkly lit “The Long Night”), and Best Writing for “The Iron Throne,” the final episode of the series. It also received nominations that might be less controversial with social media critics for much of its cast. Emilia Clarke received a well-deserved nomination for her fabulous portrayal of a tragic fall over six brief episodes in the Leading Actress category—her characters of Daenerys Targaryen has previously been categorized as “supporting” when she was nominated for seasons 3, 5, and 6—and Kit Harington also was bumped to the leading category for his second Emmy nomination for the series.
Much of the remaining cast filled the supporting sections. Lena Headey, Gwendoline Christie, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams dominated the Supporting Actress category (it is Christie and Turner’s first Emmy nominations), while Alfie Allen, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Peter Dinklage all received Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category (it is Allen’s first Emmy nomination).
The Emmy love for the final season of the most popular series of the decade is not really a surprise. Game of Thrones defied conventions when Peter Dinklage won an Emmy for the show’s very first season, and it was also nominated for Best Writing that year, despite conventional wisdom suggesting its drama trappings doomed it to awards irrelevancy. While maybe for that reason the show’s earliest (and honestly best) seasons did not win Best Outstanding Drama Series, it has claimed that top prize in every year it qualified for since season 5 in 2015.
This celebration of the final season comes not only after a very divisive final season, but after a booming cottage industry of clickbait videos and articles offering to explain why the final season ruined the series (and/or how it was always ruined since going off the books in season 6… or since the very start). This vocal criticism is loud, but it should be noted may not reflect even a majority of viewers, which according to the THR/Morning Consult more than 60 percent of viewers at least somewhat liked the finale. Further Game of Thrones was a cultural phenomenon in television that feels like the end of its era. Personally, I think there will always be new water cooler shows (eventually), but their viewing pools will grow smaller, just as Game of Thrones’ impressive 19.3 million live viewers (and more than 45 million total viewers) for its series finale pales in comparison to MASH’s 106 million live viewers for its series in finale in 1983. That sitcom is now viewed as the end of broadcast networks’ dominance before the advent of cable, and Game of Thrones’ finale could very well be the end of premium cable’s unquestionable domination of at least prestige drama in the 21st century as streaming begins to bloom. (Netflix and Beyoncé’s Homecoming took six Emmy nominations unto itself).
With that said, the final season of Game of Thrones might be disappointing, but I personally think hyperbole and exaggeration has overstated its problems. This was always the ending, and even it stumbled quite a bit getting there, it had some satisfaction… which might extend to the Emmy stage.
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Nickelodeon's Rocko's Modern Life revival is now landing on Netflix with a set release date.
It's been two years since we first learned about the Rocko's Modern Life revival. Now the film is heading to Netflix and finally has an official release date. Titled Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling, the film is set to release on August 9th, 2019.
The film picks up where the original series left off (Rocko and his friends mistakenly blasted off into space). Rocko's ran from 1993-1996 with 52 episodes over four seasons. Series creator Joe Murray will serve as executive producer of the (for now) one-off revival. You can read our behind-the-scenes feature story on the revival here.
"I'm very happy to be rejoining Rocko and my friends from O-Town again,” said Murray in a press release when the film was announced. “What I have found by bringing these characters back is that it's not so much about nostalgia, but a sense that they still feel relevant and fresh to me, and after twenty years, they can't wait to comment on modern life in the 21st century. They still have a lot to say."
The follies of Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt were always the happy medium between the grotesque visual humor of Ren and Stimpy and the story-driven Rugrats. With the network looking to mine its library to capitalize off the successful of its ‘90’s programming block, “The Splat,” Rocko is yet another Nickelodeon property to get a revival in some way. Nick reimagined the classic game show Legends of the Hidden Temple with a TV film, made a Hey Arnold! TV film, and is rebooting All That and Rugrats for a new generation.
Here's everything we know about the Rocko's revival...
Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling Trailers
Check out the first sneak peek of the new TV special, titled Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling, below:
Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling Cast
Original voice actors Carlos Alazraqui (Rocko), Tom Kenny (Heffer), Doug Lawrence (Filbert) and Charlie Adler (Mr. Big Head and Mrs. Big Head) will reprise their roles. We'll also see the return of Linda Wallem (Nurse Jackie, executive producer) as Aunt Gretchen and Dr. Hutchinson, Jill Talley (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Nosey, and Joe Murray as Ralph. New cast members include Steve Little (Adventure Time) as Cowboy and Cosmo Segurson (Chowder) as Pillow Salesman.
Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling Plot
Here's the synopsis:
Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling brings the characters back to Earth after being lost in outer space since 1996. Rocko has trouble accepting this 21st century modern life, while Heffer and Filburt embrace every aspect of new technology, social media and the endless diversity of food trucks. Rocko whole-heartedly believes that his nostalgia for the past can save him from the tortures of the modern world.
Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling Release Date
The long-awaited film finally hits Netflix on August 9th, 2019.
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Babylon, the developing would-be film from Oscar-winning La La Land director Damien Chazelle, is already making plenty of industry waves as he currently considers would-be studios for the project. Moreover, the project’s value has just increased significantly with the latest report, which indicates that the film could facilitate a reunion between the director and the co-star of his Oscar-earning effort in Emma Stone. Additionally, a subsequent update reveals that Brad Pitt is also in the mix.
With La La Land distributor Lionsgate reportedly a front-runner for Chazelle’s next written/directorial turn, Babylon, it appears that Emma Stone – whose performance in the former earned a Best Lead Actress Oscar win in 2017 – is circling the starring role in the new film, leading what will become a large ensemble of high-profile names, according to Deadline. The trade's report would later bear the addendum that megastar Brad Pitt was also eyeing a role in the film, though details are still sparse.
Interestingly, Babylon – unlike La La Land – will not be a musical, instead set to manifest as a big-budgeted prestige period picture set in Hollywood during the 1920s; a golden-yet-transitional period for the film industry as the twilight of the silent film era gave way to the soundtrack-bearing dominance of “talkies.” Sources describe the project’s plot to Variety, painting the picture of an R-rated elegiac look back at the Roaring Twenties film industry era in question, taking a similar approach as Quentin Tarantino’s 1969-set Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (in which Brad Pitt co-stars,) by providing a mix of fact-based and fictional characters, putting them through the lens of nostalgic caricature, creating a fabled landscape with its backdrop.
Chazelle will be joined on Babylon by producers in Olivia Hamilton, Matt Plouffe and Marc Platt. Having become the youngest Best Director Oscar winner for La La Land – an accolade achieved off the back of a 2015 Best Adapted Screenplay nod for Whiplash – Chazelle followed up last year by reuniting with that film’s other co-star, Ryan Gosling, in Neil Armstrong biopic First Man. His work on Babylon will be preceded by his current project, Netflix musical TV series The Eddy, which has yet to reveal its release date.
Would-be star Stone followed up her La La Land Oscar win with a duo of high-profile films in Battle of the Sexes and The Favourite (for which she would earn a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nod), moving on to variety of projects like Netflix TV series Maniac, and returned to one of her breakout roles in the October-scheduled sequel, Zombieland: Double Tap. Her prospective starring role in Chazelle’s new film would arrive by way of performances in now-developing films such as her starring effort in Disney’s Cruella, and horror-comedy The Menu.
Prospective co-star Pitt, who’s earned performance Oscar nominations himself – in 2012 for Moneyball, 2009 for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and 1996 for Twelve Monkeys – and has a shared Oscar victory as part of 2014 Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, would be coming into Babylon off the aforementioned Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (which hits on July 26,) and director James Gray’s space drama, Ad Astra (which hits on September 20).
We’ll keep you updated on Damien Chazelle’s Babylon as the news arrives.
*This article was first published on July 15, 2019 and has been updated with new information.
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Mike Fleiss, the creator of The Bachelor, is deep in his own real life drama, RadarOnline.com has learned after his wife, former Miss America Laura Kaeppeler, accused him of violently attacking her at the couple’s Hawaii home after demanding she get an abortion.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Kaeppler filed an emergency domestic violence restraining order claiming that on July 4, “While we were at our house in Kauai, Mike demanded that I get an abortion. Our son Ben was in the house, seated in another room nearby. Mike told me, ‘If you have an abortion, then we can just go back to the way we were.'”
Kaeppler who claims she is 10 weeks pregnant with the coupl
e’s second child, says she has security photos that back her up.
But Fleiss fired back, according to court documents, claiming that his estranged wife actually attacked him, and not the other way around. He also claims she has now disappeared with their son.
According to the documents, the dispute dates back to Father’s Day, when Kaeppeler revealed she was pregnant with their second child. Fleiss claims that he and Kaeppeler had agreed not to have another kid, and believed she was on birth control. When he questioned her, he says she told him it was not always effective.
But Fleiss claims on July 3, he learned Kaeppeler lied and was never even on birth control. Concerned that if Kaeppeler lied about being on birth control, she might be lying about other things, he asked her to see her phone. That, he claims, led to the fight.
Check out the security images of Kaeppeler’s alleged bruises and learn more about the conflicting accounts in this Radar gallery.
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Taika Waititi will write and direct Thor 4 for Marvel.
Who needs the Asgardians of the Galaxy when you can have Thor 4? While Captain America and Iron Man saw their stories brought to a close in Avengers: Endgame, there seemed to be plenty of opportunities for new stories with the God of Thunder, and Marvel Studios will take full advantage of it, tapping Taika Waititi, who shaped the delightful Thor: Ragnarok, to make Thor 4 a reality.
Waititi had been set to direct a live action adaptation of Akira for Warner Bros, but that project has been put on hold indefinitely because of "script development concerns" according to THR. Apparently the plan is to keep Waititi on board for Akira, but in the meantime, he's got room in his schedule for Thor 4.
The news of Thor 4 comes as something of a surprise just a few days before Marvel's big Hall H panel at SDCC 2019. Marvel's Phase Four slate, long shrouded in mystery, is expected to be revealed at the big show, with dates and cast likely on the menu for projects like Black Widow, Eternals, Shang Chi, Black Panther 2, Doctor Strange 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and more. But this is the first official word there has been on Thor 4, making the "strongest Avenger" the first of Marvel's solo heroes to get a fourth film all to himself.
Thor 4 Cast
Chris Hemsworth, of course, is expected to return as Thor, and Tessa Thompson had better return as Valkyrie.
Thor 4 Release Date
Marvel currently has release dates reserved through July 2022, which seems like the earliest we could possibly see Thor 4. You can check out Marvel's release schedule right here.
We'll update this as more information becomes available.
After Gotham and Krypton, get ready for...Pennyworth, a Batman prequel focusing on Alfred.
Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, the masterminds behind Batman prequel, Gotham, are staying in the DC Universe a little longer. And EPIX will be the well-kept home for Pennyworth, a series about the youth of future Wayne butler Alfred Pennyworth, to apply his trade.
No, wait, come back. There's a rather cool hook to this, as Pennyworth, which arrives as a 10-episode TV series period piece, is set in London in the 1960s. Here's the official Pennyworth synopsis:
"[Pennyworth] follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier in his 20s who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire Thomas Wayne, who's not yet Bruce's father, in 1960’s London."
There have been several trailers showcasing Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon) in London during the swinging '60s and his newfound friendship with Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge). You can watch both of 'em below.
Pennyworth Release Date
Pennyworth is set to premiere on EPIX on Sunday, July 28 at 9 pm ET/PT.
Pennyworth will be headlined by Jack Bannon (The Imitation Game, Ripper Street), who, of course, is playing Alfred Pennyworth. As for what we can expect from young Alfred? The official character description reads: "Alfred Pennyworth is a boyishly handsome, cheerful, charming, clever young man from London. Honest, open-faced and witty; you'd never take him for an SAS killer. Alfred doesn't know how to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become. He's a man on the make, who doesn't know what to make of himself yet."
Ben Aldridge (Fleabag, Skinny Dip) has been cast as Thomas Wayne, described as "a young, fresh-faced billionaire hailing from the east coast of the United States. Confident and extremely disciplined, this young aristocrat meets an unlikely business partner in Alfred Pennyworth."
Emma Corrin of The Crown fame will play Esmé, a modern woman living her fab life in the '60s when she catches Alfred's eye. This may prove bad for health, however judging by her being kidnapped in the trailer.
Ian Puleston-Davies (Tin Star) and Dorothy Atkinson (Mr. Turner, Topsy Turvy) will, meanwihle, play Alfred's parents, one of whom is (wait for it)... a butler.
Polly Walker has joined Pennyworth to play the recurring role of Peggy Sykes, sister of show villainess Bet Sykes (Paloma Faith). The character, a sensible matriarch to a family of maniacs, is referred to as “one of Lancashire’s busiest and most successful dominatrixes.” She is further described as “fiercely loyal, endlessly resourceful, and lives by her own strange but rigorous moral code.” She of course worked with Bruno Heller on Rome.
Jason Flemyng will play Lord Harwood. His character is a villain on the series, described in a statement as an “upper class Englishman; he's cultured, urbane, brilliant and supremely sure of himself." It goes on to say, "his sadistic, cruel nature has a veneer of charm.” He joins a burgeoning rogues gallery that already includes the recently-cast Bet Sykes (Paloma Faith).
Paloma Faith is set as a series regular. She will play Bet Sykes, an antagonistic character described as “a spirited, sadistic and sharp-tongued villain." Faith is best known for her status as a pop star in the UK, where she has accumulated several industry awards. She’s fielded acting roles in TV and film sporadically, notably 2015 TV movie Peter and Wendy, 2009 horror thriller Dread, 2009 fantasy comedy The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
Additional cast members include Ryan Fletcher (Outlander) and Hainsley Lloyd Bennett (Eastenders), and Emma Paetz (Gentleman Jack).
It should be noted that this isn't a prequel to Gotham, and doesn't exist in that universe.
“As genuine fans of these classic DC characters, as well as the incredibly talented Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon, we couldn’t be more excited to make EPIX the home of this series," EPIX President Michael Wright said in a statement when the project was first announced back in May. "We can’t wait to work with Bruno and Danny - along with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner, Brett Paul and the team at Warner Horizon - on this fantastic origin story.”
“Michael and his colleagues have created the perfect venue for original storytelling, and all of us working on Pennyworth are thrilled to be on the EPIX slate,” added Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon.
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Mountain Monsters season 4 brings hillbilly hauntings and Appalachian folklore to Travel Channel.
Mountain Monsters ended season 3 with a cliffhanger, and the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS) team is taking a leap. The cult-classic series is jumping to its new home on Travel Channel for season 4, which will premiere with a two-hour special on Aug. 21 at 9 pm.
“After leaving season three with such an intense cliffhanger, we knew we had to broadcast this season on a larger platform, bringing this incredibly popular show from Destination America to a new home at Travel Channel for our AIMS-obsessed fans,” Matthew Butler, general manager of Travel Channel and Destination America, said in a statement.
The Travel Channel series will pick up right where it left off, with the self-proclaimed “hillbilly hunters" entangled in the backwoods of the Dark Forest. Trapper, Buck, Huckleberry, Jeff, Willy, and Wild Bill, the original team of investigators are all returning to the show.
"Viewers are really invested in the AIMS team and its investigations," Butler said. "We are elated to finally share what truly happened in the Dark Forest, while catapulting the squad into a whole new set of intense hunts, thrilling twists, and hillbilly hilarity.”
Later in the premiere episode, the clock will fast-forward 18 months to when the group reunites, visibly shaken, but still determined to finish their initial quest. "Picking up at the exact moment last season left off, the AIMS members are on a race to flee the Dark Forest before it tears the team apart," reads the official synopsis of "The Dark Forest Revealed."
"After a heart-wrenching health update from Team Leader Trapper, the team members set out to finally get the answers eluding them. How did that skull get up Jeff’s nose? What secrets does the Dark Forest really hold? They realize they must head back and find an old barn that holds the key to all of the answers they so desperately need. But is the team finally ready for the truth?"
Deep in the Appalachian Mountains, "creatures both legendary and terrifying lurk among the shadows, evading capture at every turn," reads the Travel Channel press release. The team treks through the depths of Appalachia’s mountain forests, searching for "creatures of mythical origins, determined to track down proof these monsters still roam this region today."
The additional nine, one-hour episodes of the season will air on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. The AIMS team will chase seven other monsters which are rooted in the region's folklore. The monsters may be connected to the Cherokee legend Spearfinger, a creature with skin made of stone and a sharp finger which looks like an obsidian knife.
"With trapping Spearfinger as its final goal, the team must first look for the Waya Woman, the Cherokee Devil, the Raven Mocker, the Silver Giant, the Cherokee Death Cat, and the Coyote King," reads the press statement. "Each monster is more treacherous than the last, and the team members must rely on their trust in one another, expert knowledge of the terrain and the bond of their brotherhood to sustain the hunt. The grueling work, terrifying encounters and daunting setbacks that come with hunting monsters only inspires the team members to push forward knowing that if they stay together as a unit, they are sure to solve the mysteries of the mountains."
Before the new episodes air, Travel Channel will encore the season 3 finale. The new season will run from Aug. 21 through Sept. 25. The final four hours air starting on Oct. 30.
"After a shocking revelation in the Dark Forest, the AIMS Team members are back doing what they do best, hunting monsters, as they begin an all-new epic adventure to get to the bottom of a brand-new mystery," according to the official synopsis of the episode “The Waya Woman Of Jackson County,” which airs on Aug. 28. "The first stop is Jackson County, West Virginia, as the team heads after a monstrous wolf creature known as the Waya Woman. This 7-foot-tall being roams the cornfields of Jackson County and the team must build a trap strong enough to contain this beast and also be placed deep in the cornfields. Dead chickens, creepy altars, and Wild Bill’s high school nickname are all on full display in this incredible episode."
In “The Secret of the Blue House," the AIMS team continues its search for the truth surrounding the legendary Waya Woman. "At the heart of this mystery sits an old, abandoned blue house with a terrifying history," according to the synopsis. "Not only have two families been killed here under suspicious circumstances, but their deaths are believed to be tied to the Waya Woman herself. The team finds out that only way to get answers is to simultaneously try out two rituals, which bring about face-to-face encounters they could have never prepared for." The episode airs on Sept. 4.
On Sept.11, “The Silver Giant of Boone County” goes after a massive bear creature which is reputed to be over ten feet tall when it stands on its hind legs. The behemoth has a silver streak running down its back. "Due to his love of anything bear-related, Wild Bill decides to step up his game and mimic Jeff as the team researcher," according to the synopsis. "Obsessed with science and 'scat samples,' Wild Bill is in full researcher mode as the team creates its largest trap to date. But the team members soon learn the Silver Giant may not be the only mysterious creature in the hills of Boone County."
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Netflix has wrapped production of The Witcher season 1. Series star Henry Cavill made the announcement on Instagram, saying "Season 1 of The Witcher has finally come to an end,” he wrote in the caption. “And although I’m pulling a face here it has been an incredible journey!"
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Season 1 of The Witcher has finally come to an end. And although I'm pulling a face here it has been an incredible journey! The cast and crew worked tirelessly throughout, everyone pitched in and brought their A game to set and I couldn't be more proud of you all. Speaking of my immediate team. Jacqui, Ailbhe and Leah are consummate professionals who worked extraordinary hours to bring the Witcher to life, they were non stop improving adjusting and evolving Geralt throughout. Thank you ladies for making this journey a good one. All of those 3 am wake ups were worth it! #GeraltofRivia #TheWitcher #Season1
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The series is based on author Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher books and not directly related to the CD Projekt Red video game franchise aside from the similarities that the two naturally share.
"I'm thrilled that Netflix will be doing an adaptation of my stories," said Sapkowski. "...staying true to the source material and themes that I have spent over 30 years writing. I'm excited about our efforts together as well as the team assembled to shepherd these characters to life."
While The Witcher games do take some liberties with the source material, this series should feature quite a few familiar faces and storylines. Here's everything else we know about the show:
The Witcher Release Date
The Witcher TV series will arrive in the final three months of 2019, according to Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.
The Witcher Photos
The latest official image from The Witcher gives us our first glimpse of Henry Cavill's Geralt riding on the back of his signature steed, Roach. While Geralt gives that name to all of his horses, the imagery of him on Roach (well, one of them, anyway,) is, nevertheless, an iconic part of the game series.
Netflix has released some more photos from the production of The Witcher which focuses on the series' primary characters. This first one gives us a better look at Henry Cavill as Geralt.
Next, we see what Anya Cholatra looks like as Yennefer.
Freya Allan certainly looks the part as Ciri:
Here are some quick headshots of three of the show's main characters:
Finally, we have the first official poster for the upcoming series:
The Witcher Cast
Netflix has revealed many more members of The Witcher cast and even revealed the first photo of Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia. Take a look!
Looking good, Henry (freeze frame thumbs up)! As for the rest of the cast, here are some of the principal players:
Henry Cavill - Geralt of Rivia
Freya Allan - Ciri
Anya Chalotra - Yennefer
Jodhi May - Calanthe
Björn Hlynur Haraldsson - Eist
Adam Levy - Mousesack
MyAnna Buring - Tissaia
Mimi Ndiweni - Fringilla
Therica Wilson-Read - Sabrina
Millie Brady - Renfri
Eamon Farren - Cahir
Joey Batey - Jaskier
Lars Mikkelsen - Stregobor
Royce Pierreson - Istredd
Maciej Musia - Sir Lazlo
Wilson Radjou-Pujalte - Dara
Anna Shaffer - Triss
Rebecca Benson - Marilka
Shane Attwooll - Nohorn
Luke Neal - Vyr
Matthew Neal - Nimir
Tobi Bamtefa - Danek
Sonny Serkis - Martin
Roderick Hill - Fletcher
Inge Beckmann - Aridea
Charlotte O’Leary - Tiffania
Natasha Culzac - Toruviel
Amit Shah - Torque
Tom Canton - Filavandrel
The Witcher Story
Here's the synopsis from Netflix:
"The witcher, Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world where people often prove more wicked than beasts."
The Witcher Episodes
Netflix's adaptation of The Witcher will reportedly start with an eight-episode first season. Showrunner Lauren S. Hissrich confirmed the eight-episode first season on Twitter while addressing concerns that eight episodes aren't enough. Hissrich stated that the smaller season allowed the team to produce "tight, action-packed" episodes that were free of lagging story moments. She also explained that the decision was not representative of any lack of faith in the series or any other financial concerns.
The episodes will each be about an hour long - though Hissrich claims there might be a little variation in each episode's runtime.
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BBC One is producing a TV adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, from the former producers of Doctor Who.
BBC One is teaming up with HBO, New Line, and former Doctor Who producers Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter to make an initial eight-part series adaptation of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, perhaps better known by The Golden Compass (Northern Lights, in the U.K.), The Subtle Knife, and the Amber Spyglass.
The His Dark Materials TV show will see its first two episodes directed by Les Miserables' Tom Hooper from scripts by The Cursed Child/Star Wars IX writer Jack Thorne. The cast includes James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as Logan's Dafne Keene starring in the central role of Lyra.
Pullman previously lauded the project stating, “I’m delighted that the production is under way, and I’m looking forward immensely to seeing how it looks. Bad Wolf [the production company partnered with New Line] has assembled a wonderful cast and I’m sure every HDM reader is as keen as I am to see it all coming together.”
His Dark Materials TV Show Trailer
The intensely dramatic first teaser trailer for His Dark Materials has arrived.
Here's a brief teaser from February, which provided the first look at the His Dark Materials TV show. Famous people galore!
His Dark Materials TV Show Release Date
While there is no official release date yet for the His Dark Materials TV show, it is expected to air on BBC One in the UK and HBO in the U.S. sometime in late 2019.
Production on Season 1 officially wrapped back in December. The show made the official announcement via its Twitter page, with this adorable tweet...
— His Dark Materials (@darkmaterials) December 14, 2018
Here's a bonus tweet from Bad Wolf saying goodbye to Lin-Manuel Miranda on his final day of filming for Season 1...
We are sad to announce that today is @Lin_Manuel's final day on Series 1 of @HDMat_official!
He flies back to the US tomorrow and will be sorely missed by all of us! Please join us in sending him your love, and make sure to check the skies tomorrow for a large balloon...%uD83C%uDF88
— Bad Wolf (@BadWolf_TV) October 9, 2018
His Dark Materials TV Show Cast
James McAvoy will play Lord Asriel, the cutthroat explorer and uncle to Lyra, with The Affair's Ruth Wilson as Marisa Coulter, Asriel's former lover and a glamorous adventurer who invites Lyra along on her adventures. The Wire's Clarke Peters has been cast as the master who raised Lyra at Oxford's Jordan College.
It had previously been announced (via Deadline) that Logan star Dafne Keen will star as Lyra in the TV adaptation, with Lin-Manuel Miranda cast as Texan aeronaut Lee Scoresby.
Ariyon Bakare (Life, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) will play Lord Boreal, the character who serves as an antagonist in the novels. In his claim to infamy, Boreal inveigles Lyra (Ruth Wilson) with the illusion of safety from pursuers, subsequently stealing her alethiometer (a compass-type device used to discern the truth). Tellingly, his daemon is a lavishly decorated serpent with an emerald head and black eyes surrounded by gold rims.
Georgina Campbell will play journalist Adele Starminster. Campbell, who co-stars on Syfy’s renewed DC prequel TV series Krypton as Lyta-Zod, has also notably appeared on Netflix's Black Mirror in the episode, “Hang the DJ,” and on the third and final season of ITV’s Broadchurch. She was also recently seen on the big screen in director Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Ian Gelder will play Librarian Scholar Charles. Gelder is best known for his role on HBO Game of Thrones as Kevan Lannister, having also banked a recent run on Crackle’s Snatch TV series, as well as EastEnders and Ripper Street. He also fielded a notable run back in 2009 on Doctor Who spinoff Torchwood, as well as a film role in the 2009 Vatican drama, Pope Joan. Ruta Gedmintas has been cast (The Strain) as Serafina Pekkala.
Rounding out the cast are actors set to play the nomadic boat-dwelling Gyptians, who take Lyra (Ruth Wilson) into the North…
Anne-Marie Duff (Shameless) as Ma Costa.
James Cosmo (Game of Thrones – Jeor f***ing Mormont!) as Farder Coram.
Lucien Msamati (Game of Thrones – Salladhor Saan) as John Faa.
Geoff Bell (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as Jack Verhoeven.
Simon Manyonda (Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories) as Benjamin de Ruyter.
Mat Fraser (American Horror Story) as Raymond van Geritt.
His Dark Materials TV Show Episodes
His Dark Materials was initially given a an 8-episode inaugural season, Deadline soon reported that His Dark Materials Season 2 has already been ordered. Indeed, the second season will manifest within another 8-episode frame.
The Season 2 news is no big surprise, since Wales online reported about a multi-season deal, shaping the series to comprehensively cover the entirety of Pullman's story, explaining, "The deal will see forty episodes shot across five series." Sounds great to us.
In addition to Hooper, Season 1 directors include (via Deadline): Dawn Shadforth (Episode 3), Otto Bathhurst (Episodes 4 & 5), Euros Lyn (Episode 6), and Jamie Childs (Episodes 7 & 8).
His Dark Materials Plot
Here's the official His Dark Materials synopsis from the BBC...
His Dark Materials is one of the supreme works of imaginative fiction for both children and adults published in the 20th century. Northern Lights [The Golden Compass, in the U.S.] introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.
In The Subtle Knife she is joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds and leads to a thrilling conclusion in The Amber Spyglass.
His Dark Materials writer Jack Thorne spoke to Radio Times in April 2017 about whether or not there will be major changes from the book, saying this is "not something I can tell you about yet." The narrative room a TV show gives the story as compared to the feature film would allow more of the source material to be presented. (Notably, the feature film changed the ending of the first book. It was a terrible decision, completely gutting the thematic power of the book.)
I mean, the most important thing is being loyal to the books, and trying to tell those books as well as we possibly can,” he said ... The advantage of television is we can slow down. In the film and on stage they had so much plot to get through, so much plot to churn through, whereas we’ve got the luxury of having time to get to know [lead character] Lyra, and spend time in her world.
@D_a_n10000 Not yet, I'm afraid. Things are moving steadily and well, but it's a very big project and needs a great deal of planning.
— Philip Pullman (@PhilipPullman) October 3, 2016
Thorne released a statement on what drew him to the adaptation that certainly gives fans of the book hope that the trilogy will be adapted in a way that capture the imagination and darkness of the stories better than the 2007 New Line effort did:
It is such an honor and a privilege to be given this opportunity to delve into Philip Pullman's world. What I always loved about Bad Wolf's intentions with this project was the notion of sounding every note. The His Dark Materials trilogy are vast and glorious books full of beautiful characters and I'm going to work as hard as I can to try and do justice to them.
Pullman's trilogy, comprising The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, takes place in a universe of "daemons," polar-bear warriors, witches, magical instruments, and theological philosophy. It's previously been adapted for film, radio and theatre, but this will be the first TV version of the world of its singular hero, Lyra Belacqua.
Philip Pullman had this to say:
In recent years we've seen how long stories on television, whether adaptations (Game of Thrones) or original (The Sopranos, The Wire), can reach depths of characterization and heights of suspense by taking the time for events to make their proper impact and for consequences to unravel. And the sheer talent now working in the world of long-form television is formidable.
For all those reasons I'm delighted at the prospect of a television version of His Dark Materials. I’m especially pleased at the involvement of Jane Tranter, whose experience, imagination, and drive are second to none. As for the BBC, it has no stronger supporter than me. I couldn't be more pleased with this news.
We'll keep this hub updated with all the new information on the His Dark Materials TV show as it becomes available.
The CW is cooking up a small screen seial revival of the Nancy Drew franchise.
Nancy Drew is CW-bound! The latest TV series version, which stars newcomer Kennedy McMann, is the culmination of years of attempts to revive the venerable literary franchise focused on the eponymous young female detective, which launched back in 1930. The creation of publisher Edward Stratemeyer, the books have passed through the hands of myriad writers and has seen several adaptations.
While Warner just released the film, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, starring It actress Sophia Lillis, its TV arm has its own plans. The effort to revive Nancy Drew for TV most recently manifested with a project eyed by NBC after CBS passed on a Sarah Shahi-starring pilot. The CW pilot is run by a sizable team of writers/executive producers consisting of Noga Landau, Melinda Hsu Taylor, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, joined by co-executive producer Lis Rowinski. Larry Teng (The Walking Dead, Supergirl) will direct and executive produce the pilot.
Nancy Drew CW Release Date
Nancy Drew will premiere on Wednesday, October 9th at 9pm ET with an encore presentation on Monday, October 14th at 9pm ET.
Nancy Drew CW Trailer
We've got some chilling and beautiful first looks at the upcoming Nancy Drew TV series, which looks like it is taking many of its cues from The CW's uber popular Riverdale. Check out the trailer...
And here's a first-look scene from the pilot...
Here's a sneak-peek poster of the show, complete with tagline: "Small town, big mystery."
Nancy Drew CW Cast
Scott Wolf will play the role of Nancy’s father, Carson Drew, replacing the previously-cast Freddie Prinze Jr., reports THR. The character is described as "an attorney who has become estranged from his daughter after the death of his wife. His relationship with Nancy is thrown into disarray when the sleuth's murder investigation reveals secrets from his past."
The recasting with Wolf was the result of an amicable split between Prinze and the producers, who reportedly wanted to head in a different direction with the character. Yet, it maintains The CW’s stratagem of casting ‘90s era teen idols for parent roles, best exemplified by Riverdale’s parent cast of Molly Ringwald, Skeet Ulrich and the late Luke Perry.
Wolf became a household name off the success of the 1994-2000 Fox drama, Party of Five – a vehicle that provided more than its share of household name endowments. However, he came into that series off a TV run on Saved by the Bell and a co-starring role as Billy Lee – with Mark Dacascos’s Jimmy Lee – in the infamous 1993 video game movie flop, Double Dragon. His post-Party CV consists of TV runs on shows like Spin City, Everwood, The Nine, ABC’s V reboot, NCIS, Perception and, most recently, the NBC medical ensemble drama, The Night Shift.
Pamela Sue Martin, television’s original Nancy Drew, is set to appear on The CW’s rebooted series, reported Deadline. She will play Harriet Grosset, who’s described as “a small-town psychic who offers her talents to help Nancy investigate a murder — and ends up delivering an otherworldly clue that neither of them bargained for." As the report observes, the name, Harriet Grosset, seems to be a kind of homage to the franchise’s literary history, referencing key contributing author Harriet Adams and first book series publishers Grosset & Dunlap. Should Martin's character resonate in the pilot, then it's possible that this could become a recurring role.
Martin, known for her role in 1972's The Poseidon Adventure, became an instant household name in January 1977 with the launch of ABC’s franchise-combining detective series, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, in which her portrayal of Nancy Drew shared the spotlight with Shaun Cassidy as Joe Hardy and Parker Stevenson as Frank Hardy.
However, the show's success would be short-lived, since Martin quit the series midway in Season 2 over her reduced role, leading to Nancy Drew getting recast with Janet Louise Johnson; a move that led to the character getting dropped in the show's third-and-final season, retitled The Hardy Boys. In what seemed to be a parting middle finger to the producers of the family-friendly series, Martin subsequently posed for Playboy in a 1978 issue, provocatively gracing the cover in a Nancy Drew-evoking getup. While she co-starred with Robert Conrad in the 1979 Depression-era gangster film, The Lady in Red, and fielded a 1981-1984 run on Dynasty, she would essentially withdraw from show business, barring the occasional TV guest spot, notably on That ‘70s Show and The L Word.
Here’s the rest of The CW’s Nancy Drew cast:
Kennedy McMann (see title image,) will star as Nancy Drew. It’s quite a coup for her burgeoning career, since her only two existing credits consist of TV guest roles, respectively in episodes of Law & Order: SVU and Gone.
McMann is joined by Leah Lewis (Charmed), Maddison Jaizani (Into the Badlands), Tunji Kasim (Cold Feet) and Alex Saxon (The Fix).
The would-be series is a production of companies CBS Television Studios and Fake Empire.
We’ll keep you updated here on The CW’s Nancy Drew as things develop!
Buckle up, Supernatural fans! The long-running CW drama is renewed for a 15th and FINAL season.
The CW announced in January that Supernatural has been confirmed for a Season 15. The Winchesters aren't going to live forever, though. The network confirmed that season 15 will be the final season for the long-running genre series.
Executive Producers Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb said in a statement: “Firstly, we would like to thank all the people who have been involved with the show both in front of and behind the camera. For us it has been an experience of a lifetime. The support we have had from both Warner Bros Television and The CW has been incredible. We'd like to give special thanks to Jensen, Jared and Misha for making this journey so special. It is now most important to us to give these characters that we love the send off they deserve.”
Star Jensen Ackles made the announcement on Twitter:
Well, it%u2019s official. One more round for the Winchester brothers. Though nothing ever really ends in Supernatural...does it? %uD83D%uDE09 https://t.co/zaZHJX4H9L
— Jensen Ackles (@JensenAckles) March 22, 2019
The season will contain 20 episodes. Believe it or not, Supernatural is the longest-running genre series in American broadcast television history. The series is the last remaining vestiage of The WB network, which merged with UPN in 2006 to create The CW.
Supernatural Season 15 Trailer
We've yet to get a trailer yet for Supernatural Season 15, but Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins did release this video message to the fans following the big announcement...
Supernatural Season 15 Cast
It's a bit early in the game for Supernatural Season 15 casting announcements, but you can bet your life that Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki will be returning for the final run. We'd also expect Misha Collins (as Castiel) to be back in the fold. But what about Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who returned for the series' 300th episode?
No word on whether we can count on one more apperance from Papa Winchester, but Morgan had this to say on Twitter about the final season being announced:
One more twit for the day, it’s late. I just want to say to all of @cw_spn family... that was one hell of a run. I hope this last year is enough time to wrap up a story that deserves only the best. My love to cast, crew and fans. @JensenAckles and @jarpad ya done us proud Xojd
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) March 26, 2019
Here's to hoping we get to see him back on the show one more time.
Supernatural Season 15 Release Date
Supernatural Season 15 will premiere on Thursday, October 10th at 8pm ET, followed by the Season 2 premiere of Legacies at 9pm ET.
Supernatural Season 15 Plot
Supernatural has a lot of loose ends to tie up, and we're not just talking about from that Supernatural Season 14 finale (Jack!). With more than a decade of storytelling to conclude, how will showrunner Andrew Dabb go about it?
Dabb told Entertainment Weekly: “God was not kidding when he said it was the end of this story. And by the end of this story, it means the end of the world. The question of what that looks like, the question of how Sam and Dean deal with that, I think those are the big things that we’re going to explore going into season 15.”
Make it so! Patrick Stewart is returning to the world of Star Trek for a brand new series simply titled "Picard."
CBS All-Access has much more Star Trek on the way, including a new series you might not have expected. Star Trek: Picard will continue the adventures of one of the most beloved captains in the entire Starfleet.
#StarTrek: Picard will stream exclusively on @CBSAllAccess in the United States, on Amazon #PrimeVideo in more than 200 countries and territories and in Canada on Bell Media%u2019s @SpaceChannel and OTT service @CraveCanada. @StarTrekCBS @primevideouk https://t.co/f3mVPY449M pic.twitter.com/iDrmtDiQLg
— Star Trek (@StarTrek) May 15, 2019
As you've probably heard, the new series starring Patrick Stewart will "tell the next chapter in Picard's life." The announcement was made simultaneously on official Trek and Patrick Stewart social media channels, as well as at the massive Star Trek Vegas convention, last year.
We now know it will have something to do with the destruction of the Romulan Empire, and that two veteran Star Trek directors will be stepping behind the camera to launch the series. If that's not enough to get you excited, there's also this great poster that introduces Picard's new dog!
Here's everything else we know so far about the new series...
Star Trek Picard Series Trailer
We have a teaser trailer for the Picard series, and it goes hard on the vineyard imagery. (Yes, I would visit a vineyard set up in the style of Picard's, if you were wondering, CBS.)
In the teaser trailer, we see ominous clouds looming in the distance, implying that the peace and quiet of Picard's vineyard sanctuary is being threatened. The teaser trailer suggests that Picard came here to rest after serving Starfleet for a very long time, but there seems to be a point at which he can no longer ignore whatever dangers the galaxy is now facing.
Check it out and see for yourself...
The most intriguing aspect of this trailer is in the clues that something terrible happened to make Picard leave Starfleet.
"Fifteen years ago, today, you led us out of the darkness. You commanded the greatest rescue armada in history. Then, the unimaginable. What did that cost you? Your faith? Your faith in us? Your faith in yourself? Tell us: why did you leave Starfleet, Admiral?"
What happened to make Picard leave Starfleet?
Star Trek Picard Series Cast
Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), and Isa Briones (American Crime Story: Versace) have all been cast as series regulars in the new Picard-centric TV series. While we don't yet know anything about their respective characters, the quality of this casting—Pill in particular is a veteran actress who tends to choose interesting projects—implies something about the quality of the scripts.
Evan Evagora has been cast as a regular for the Picard series, reports Deadline, though nothing was revealed about his character. Evagora, a newcomer Melbourne-born actor of maternal Maori and paternal Cyprian descent, is the youngest of seven siblings. His only existing CV entry is an uncredited role in the Australian Foxtel series, Secret City (which stars Fringe’s Anna Torv), but he's already lined up a role in director Jeff Wadlow’s Fantasy Island reboot movie. Thusly, this regular role on the Picard series is quite a coup for an actor who, technically, hasn’t been in anything.
Santiago Cabrera, will co-star, though character details were not confirmed. Cabrera, a Venezuelan-born actor, first blipped the geek radar back in 2006 as an inaugural cast member of NBC superhero drama Heroes, in which he played drug-addicted artist Isaac Mendez, whose superpower allowed him to put future events to canvas. He recently fielded TV runs on Salvation, Big Little Lies and The Musketeers, as well a run as Lancelot on Merlin. He also appeared in the 2017 franchise sequel film, Transformers: The Last Knight.
Michelle Hurd, will co-star, though character details were similarly unconfirmed. Hurd, a New York City-born actress, has been nigh omnipresent on television, recently as sadistically maternal villainess Shepherd on Blindspot, with runs on Hawaii Five-0, Lethal Weapon, Ash vs Evil Dead and Daredevil (as DA Samantha Reyes, a role she introduced in a one-off on Jessica Jones). Of course, her TV lineage spans further back in time, with runs on shows such as The Glades, 90210 (2011), Gossip Girl, ER and Law & Order: SVU.
Regarding the mystery of their characters, Deadline reports that Cabrera will play "the pilot of Picard’s ship who also is a skillful thief" and that Hurd is playing "a former intelligence officer who is a brilliant analyst with a terrific memory that has not been affected by her drug and alcohol abuse."
...Taking that tidbit with the recently reported character breakdowns, we might be able to deduce the following:
Cabrera might be playing Lawrence, described as "a handsome man in his 30’s of any ethnicity. . . who has a dodgy moral compass. He’s the pilot of the ship Picard takes on his mission. Being a capable (and enthusiastic) thief, his loyalties are questionable."
Hurd might be playing Alana, described as "a female in her mid-40s to mid-50s and is of any ethnicity. She’s a brilliant analyst and has a great memory despite abusing drugs and alcohol. Often times she gets irritated with her own vulnerability and is certain of herself, even when she’s wrong. A former intelligence officer, she sees conspiracies everywhere. Her professional and personal losses weigh heavily on her."
Star Trek Picard Series Release Date
CBS All Access VP of Content Julie McNamara announced some juicy tidbits during CBS' TCA presentation. Among them, the news that the Picard-centric Star Trek series should premiere by the end of this year. In other words: We're getting a new Star Trek series in 2019!
Speaking more generally about the host of new Star Trek series in development at CBS, McNamara said: "Each show must stand on its own. Both in terms of quality and bringing new points of view to the table." She added: "These shows will only debut when the visions and executions feels right for the world."
Star Trek Picard Series Episodes & Story
The Picard series will take place 18 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, with Picard having apparently left his life as a Starfleet Admiral 15 years prior to the start of the new series. Star Trek: Picard will presumably see how Picard is pulled back into Starfleet's orbit.
Recently, Stewart spoke to Yahoo about the series, saying it will be like "a 10-hour movie," suggesting that the series will run for 10 episodes.
Word of a return to Star Trek: The Next Generation first surfaced last year, in conjunction with the announcement of several other new Trek projects, including a brand new animated series and a Starfleet Academy show. Since then, CBS has also announced a Michelle Yeoh-starring series.
Stewart issued a more lengthy statement via Instagram, which we reproduce in full here:
"I will always be very proud to have been a part of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course. It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over.
During these past years, it has been humbling to hear stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership. I feel I'm ready to return to him for the same reason – to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times. I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more."
We'll keep this article updated with news as we hear it.
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Gabe Yocum used to run the direct sales department at Double Take, the comic book line of Take2 Interactive that was run by Bill Jemas. He’ll have been there when Bill Jemas fell out with Ken Levine so the original plan to publish comics in a shared gaming universe of X-Com, Civilisation and Bioshock fell apart, necessiting graig the public domain Night Of the Living Dead and doing that instead. He’ll have been there when Hot Topic sent palettes of the comics back, unopened because they discovered a drugs reference in one of the comics. And he was there when it all ended.
But it seems he has not been deterred. And, ahead of San Diego Comic-Con, Bill Jemas’ new comics publisher Artists, Writers and Artisans, Inc has announced the hiring of Gabe Yocum as their Director of Sales.
Yocum, who has been running sales for ReedPop’s Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo for two years has a long background in dealing with the direct market, having spent time as the Purchasing Manager at Midtown Comics and running direct market sales efforts at Double Take. Yocum will focus on both direct market and book market sales for the publisher whose first titles are scheduled for release in February 2020.
“Working in the direct market again is incredibly exciting – when you get out there and visit comic shops and get a chance to see the passion that these retailers have distilled down into 500 or 1000 or even 10,000 square feet of ink and paper you can’t help but be in awe”, Yocum gushed. “We are a well-funded creative studio, an anomaly in comics, and I intend to take full advantage of that in my efforts to treat retailers as true partners. Plainly, I plan on spending money at retail. Our goal is to equip retailers with quality content from incredibly talented, well known creators, the best terms in the industry, bar none, and perhaps most importantly, direct participation in AWA’s publishing plans.”
Yocum will also head up AWA’s fan convention appearances. “If I’ve learned anything in my incredible 2 years at ReedPop, it’s that conventions are where to find new fans, so we will be hitting the road to introduce AWA’s offerings to fans far and wide”.
Artists Writers & Artisans is a comic book and digital media publisher, owned and operated by creators, founded by Marvel alumni Bill Jemas and Axel Alonso, along with Jon Miller, the former CEO of News Corp. Fully funded by James Murdoch and Lightspeed Venture Partners, AWA has some of the biggest names in comics and film, such as J. Michael Straczynski, Reggie Hudlin, Garth Ennis, and Frank Cho.
And Bill Jemas, of course
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CBS All Access is all-in for Star Trek: Discovery Season 3.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 is happening!
CBS All Access, which brought the iconic Star Trek sci-fi franchise back to its original small screen medium, ordered a third season halfway through Season 2's airing. And, with everything that went down in the Season 2 finale, we're so eager to find out what is next for the crew of the USS Discovery.
Here's everything we know about it so far...
Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 at SDCC 2019
Star Trek: Discovery will be part of the big Star Trek presentation in Hall H at Comic-Con this Saturday starting at 11:30am. CBS will also be presenting Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Discovery.
Star Trek: Discovery cast scheduled to appear includes Sonequa Martin-Green, with executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise and Heather Kadin also appearing. Series guest star Tig Notaro (Chief Engineer Reno) will moderate the conversation again this year.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 Release Date
The first half of Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 premiered in September 2017, with the second half coming back from hiatus in January 2018. Season 2 premiered in January 2019.
We would pencil Star Trek: Discovery's third season premiere for January 2020, but we'll keep you updated with any official news. With the Picard TV series set to premiere sometime this year, Discovery's premiere pattern could change.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 Story
We're expecting to learn more about Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 at SDCC, but according to a report from Discussing Film (via We Got This Covered), CBS is looking for an actor to play the role of a 16-year-old non-binary character named ADIRA. This would be a pretty cool addition to the cast. Hopefully, we'll get confirmation at SDCC.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 Cast
The series has already demonstrated that the Captain’s Chair of the U.S.S. Discovery doesn’t seem to stay warm for long, given what happened to Jason Isaacs’s Captain Lorca at the end of Season 1 and the news that Captain Pike will not be returning for Season 3 (along with Ethan Peck and Rebecca Romijn).
With the Discovery jumping 950 years into the future in the Season 2 finale with only some of its series regular cast, and several Star Trek spin-off shows in the works, you better believe its Season 3 cast might look a bit different.
Who can you expect to return in Season 3? Let me answer that question with another question: Who was on board the Discovery when it jumped into the future?
That would be: Cmdr. Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), Cmdr. Saru (Doug Jones), Lt. Cmdr. Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp), Ensign Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman), Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz), Cmdr. Nhan (Rachael Ancheril), Lt. Nilsson (Sara Mitich), Lt. Keyla Detmer (Emily Coutts), Lt. Gen Rhys (Patrick Kwok-Choon), Lt. Joann Owosekun (Oyin Oladejo), Lt. R.A. Bryce (Ronnie Rowe), Philippa Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh), and Jett Reno (Tig Notaro).
Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 Showrunners
Interestingly, the third season of Star Trek: Discovery will manifest under the purview of an amended creative staff, with current showrunner Alex Kurtzman set to be joined in that capacity by Michelle Paradise. As Kurtzman explains in a statement of his new partner:
“Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of ‘Trek.’ Her grasp of character and story detail, her drive and her focus have already become essential in ensuring the ‘Trek’ legacy, and her fresh perspective always keeps us looking forward. I’m proud to say Michelle and I are officially running STAR TREK: DISCOVERY together.”
Paradise’s arrival marks yet another major shakeup in the Star Trek: Discovery creative team, which notably experienced a tectonic shift after co-creator and showrunner, Bryan Fuller, departed the series after Season 1. After his replacements, Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg, exited, the series returned under Kurtzman for Season 2, restructured from much of Fuller's previous grandiose (and seriously expensive,) concepts.
As Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content, CBS All Access, chimes in on the renewal:
“The massive success of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’s second season launch exceeded our expectations in both driving subscriber growth and generating a phenomenal response from ‘Star Trek’ fans. With Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise at the helm, we look forward to continuing STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’s journey, growing the ‘Star Trek’ franchise on CBS All Access and bringing fans new ‘Star Trek’ stories for many years to come.”
Edward Zwick reflects on the legacy of Glory 30 years later, and how the film's meaning evolved even while making it.
A single tear fleeing from the cheek of Denzel Washington proved to be among the most powerful weapons on a set filled with them during Glory’s production. It was a spontaneous improvisation that Washington has long admitted was unplanned—a natural reaction to living the moment where his character, Pvt. Trip, is being whipped for an unfair charge of desertion—yet it’s perfectly apiece with the natural agony and virtue inherent in that Civil War movie. And 30 years later, it is still an unforgettable experience for director Edward Zwick as well.
“I think it’s a very interesting thing that you’re seeing there: you’re seeing his rage, but you’re also seeing his humiliation,” Zwick says during a phone interview while looking back on what was then only his second theatrical film. “He let that happen, and I saw it happening as I was behind the camera and I just kept shooting. I waited to give the dolly grip that little moment to then push in as I saw it happening, and the result is that moment.”
When we catch up with the filmmaker, it’s fortuitously the day before the Fourth July. While we are also chatting in anticipation of Glory returning to theaters for a pair of Fathom Events screenings at the end of the month, the legacy of Zwick’s depiction of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment extends well beyond a 30th anniversary showcase. As a film both about the shared sacrifice of the men of the 54th and the work they left undone after rushing into a South Carolinian fort one July evening 156 years ago, Glory is a distinctly American story—one so compelling that it has become part of the common curriculum in U.S. history classes across the nation. Yet its iconic shape was not always so clear during the making.
A project birthed by screenwriter Kevin Jarre happening upon a memorial to the 54th in the Boston Common (one that Zwick notes he passed by countlessly while attending Harvard), the initial version of Glory that was shot is not wholly the one celebrated today. Always the story of how the first black regiment in the Union Army had to fight for every inch of respect they were due, Glory is also the story of Robert Gould Shaw, the wealthy son of abolitionists who was only 25 when he agreed to be colonel of the first black regiment—and 26 when he and more than half of the 54th fell in the sands around Fort Wagner. Shaw’s letters and papers remain one of the best resources for historians about the regiment who brought the morality of the Union cause to the fore—but they are far from the only entry point into this sacrifice.
Hence a filmmaking experience that Zwick describes as humbling, as he again and again saw the film’s narrative transform and ultimately transcend, with it becoming as much a parallel between the officers and their men as it was the tale of one young colonel’s last full measure. While Matthew Broderick was at the height of his stardom when he signed on to play Shaw, Zwick was adamant about preventing Glory from being a film that extolled the heroics of white characters at the expense of those of color (in modern parlance, a “white savior movie”), and this led to moments of unexpected grace like Washington’s tear as more scenes among four black soldiers in a tent were added… and an entire introduction to Shaw’s youth and his domestic life was removed.
“It was the juxtaposition of his story and the story of those men in the tent,” Zwick says about the core of Glory. “Initially, they allowed me to make it because Matthew Broderick, who had been Ferris Bueller, was willing to play Robert Gould Shaw. And there was pressure put on me in the beginning to write and shoot a lot of things about him and his backstory at Brook Farm, the utopian community, growing up with Harriet Beecher Stowe and [Ralph Waldo] Emerson. And I did, I shot that stuff.”
He continues, “[But] the minute I shot the first scene with those four guys in the tent, it was very clear to me that the movie’s beating heart was there as well, if not more there. And that then led me to begin to chase that part of the movie. Matthew understood that too, by the way. It became about the juxtaposition of these two stories and how they resonated together.”
Zwick recalls several studio executives were initially appalled when he revealed he’d cut “the first two reels,” but by then a preview audience had already been awestruck by the grandeur the movie. Indeed, throughout our discussion with Zwick, the director describes a creative kismet so strong that that it could lead to prophetic fallacy. From the way Washington’s Trip and Broderick’s Shaw ultimately roll into each other in their shared ending of a mass grave—a shot that Zwick says was the first take—to being able to bring the Harlem Boys Choir to Hollywood to record James Horner’s ethereal music (which also attracted an audience that included Steven Spielberg and Sidney Pollack), Glory remains the rare Civil War film that crystallizes what that war was about and why its history should be studied through a broader lens.
Our full interview is below.
Thirty years later, what first comes back to you now when you think of Glory?
Edward Zwick: When you've made a certain number of movies, the movies tend to mark your life in different ways. You remember the relationships, the process, the ages of your children, the state of your marriage, the sense of place, where you worked. I can’t help but have very vivid memories of all of that.
Obviously it certainly changed the landscape for me about the kind of movies I was then allowed to make. It was particularly humbling in a certain way, because I found myself in the service of something that I increasingly became aware was much larger than I was, because this story had a gravitas and a weight that just revealed itself again and again in different scenes, in the performances—I mean as I worked with some of those historians or some of those reenactors, and as people came from all over as men, doctors, and professors, and lawyers, and military guys came to want to be part of it. They became this very amazing core of specially trained extras living in tents and doing what they did because they believed in the story, and what it meant to them. It began to dawn on me just what I had somehow found my way into.
Which was, that a lot of these guys, and I’m not even yet talking about Morgan [Freeman] and Jihmi [Kennedy], and Andre [Braugher] and Denzel, that they were in a certain kind of rapture. They heard music and voices and things that I could only imagine. So it was a lot about, in certain ways, getting the fuck out of the way.
What was the view of Civil War films at that point in Hollywood when you were reading about this movie?
That’s a really interesting point. I mean there had been a really crummy miniseries, North and South, that I remember seeing on TV. I’m not sure what other Civil War stories—obviously we all knew John Huston and The Red Badge of Courage, but [they had not been made] in a very long time.
To me, it was just one of those curiosities. I had gone to school in Boston and I had passed by the Augustus Saint-Gaudens memorial all the time, and I had actually gone to Harvard and seen some of his letters there. There was some familiarity to me about its reality, its authenticity, as opposed to just being a kind of myth, if you will.
So as I began to do the work, which is to say read source material and read Shaw’s letters, and go to the places—we started even a year before where I got the studio to give me a little bit of money and we went to the reenactment. I guess it was 1989. I guess that was the 125th anniversary of the battle where they had about 20,000 men on that field. And a couple of those images are in the beginning of the movie. But to get a feel for what that was, was just totally irreplaceable.
It’s interesting because generally when we think about the Civil War on screen, I feel like there tends to be a certain romanticization, specifically of the South. Could you talk about how you wanted to differentiate it even while using reenactors. I believe you shot the opening scene on the Gettysburg battlefield?
Yeah, we did. The funny thing is that I chose as the production designer Norman Garwood, who’s an Englishman who had done Brazil, and there was Freddie Francis, who was British, who had won an Oscar and worked with all these great directors before. I wanted to do a movie based on what we learned as we did the research, as opposed to making a movie based on other movies.
I felt that there was something to be found in the authenticity of the tactics and in the uniforms and in the weaponry, and in the black powder, and that we could do something that would have that feel of authenticity rather than the cliché. So we began the way you would begin with any movie. We began with research.
The film is informed by a variety of sources in your research, and I know among them were Shaw’s letters. So how important was it to keep him as a lead character for you, but not necessarily allow this to become a common white savior narrative?
In this case, it was certainly the true story. And to me, it was the juxtaposition of his story and the story of those men in the tent. I will say though that what it taught me is the movie tells you what it wants to be. And the movie was made—initially they allowed me to make it because Matthew Broderick, who had been Ferris Bueller, was willing to play Robert Gould Shaw. And there was pressure put on me in the beginning to write and shoot a lot of things about him and his backstory at Brook Farm, the utopian community, growing up with Harriet Beecher Stowe and Emerson. And I did, I shot that stuff.
And the minute I shot the first scene with those four guys in the tent, it was very clear to me that the movie’s beating heart was there as well, if not more there. And that then led me to begin to chase that part of the movie. Matthew understood that too, by the way. It became about the juxtaposition of these two stories and how they resonated together. But it was just very clear that those guys, that that story, was going to rise up, and if I was really smart, I would let it. And that’s what happened.
When I showed the movie to the studio the first time, I had cut the first two reels which had all that stuff about young Robert Gould Shaw, and they were shocked and maybe even appalled, except we did it at a preview and it played so well that they kind of went, “Oh, I guess that’s the movie that we’re making.”
Is that normal in the process for you? Do you usually find movies in the editing suite?
This isn’t only editing; this was even as we we’re doing it. This was writing more scenes and understanding how to shoot them. I think a movie is an organic thing if you let it be. If the collaboration, not just of you, but your [director of photography] and your designers, the contributions of the actors, everybody’s writing that story with you. I could never make an all CG movie or where you’re over-determining and pre-vizing every shot. I would not only be bored but I would also be inhibiting it from having the breath of life that I look for.
Even in certain action scenes, if you can get to real time and real scale, the camera’s going to see things that you could never imagine. Things happen with the trick of real people and the X-factor of real life that totally then gives you that feeling that you want to have. So I’d like to think my process, even as writing but also as rehearsing, and then in shooting, and then again in the editing, is to try to be soulful to a certain degree and willing to allow something to emerge that wants to emerge.
To take it back to that tent, how did you develop those four soldiers? They are obviously fictional characters, but what were you drawing on to make them have an authenticity?
I was drawing off of the fact that the 54th Massachusetts was not a monolith. It was made up, like many of the men that came to be in this movie, who came to take part in it, some of them were free black men, many of them, some were runaway slaves; one was a doctor; one was a shoemaker; three were barbers; they were salesmen and sailors; there was those who were deeply religious; there were those who were there for vengeance. I wanted to give a sense that it was not in any way a predictable or a monolithic presentation of who those men were.
… Even just the iconography of a black man in a Union uniform, it carried this power and this surprise that was all its own. And then to put them on a beach, the place where it took place, which was the least predictable place, the most placid, beautiful, bucolic place you could imagine, also that carries a power. So things were multiplied in that way.
From what I’ve read, the 54th was primarily closer to Andre’s Thomas, men who were born free in the north. Was it a conscious choice of trying to explore as much of the black American experience as possible by making three of the members in the tent former slaves?
I think it’s really two. I think the Morgan Freeman character, he’s more of a professional. He’s a gravedigger, but he was actually a free man. So it was more half and half. But still, yes, I think really that was as one does, an opportunity to have it be a prism where you see a lot of different facets of an experience, and inevitably that is a way to talk about some of the other issues through the supporting characters.
On Denzel, how did you view Trip’s part in this film and how he contrasted next to Broderick’s Shaw?
I think each of those men had a certain reluctance. Each of those men had a complexity, and I think as the movie goes on, you tend to sort of juxtapose them one with the other. They never speak except that one moment when they have that very disjointed and unsuccessful conversation when they sort of meet out there by that pond. And yet, because of the strength and the focus of the movie, you feel the parallel of their lives that are leading to that same place, which is to that common grave. And of course that becomes metaphorical about the joining of those agendas as they were in that moment.
It’s hard to underestimate what emancipation meant, but Frederick Douglass, who became the real architect of the 54th Massachusetts, literally gave his sons to the regiment, believing that this was going to be the thing that would forever smash slavery and would forever create this watershed from which there will be no turning back. So it was important, I think, to talk about slavery as well.
Is it true during the scene where Denzel’s character is whipped that the single tear in his eye was unplanned and his natural reaction?
It’s funny, Denzel just got the Life Achievement Award at AFI the other night. It was like a week or so ago, and he was asked in an interview to talk about it and he said something very beautiful. He said, “Look, we were shooting that scene just a block away from where slaves had been held in the docks of Savannah, and I did not know what I was going to do or feel on that scene and I just gave it up to God. I just let myself be there and see what would happen.”
I think it’s a very interesting thing that you’re seeing there: you’re seeing his rage, but you’re also seeing his humiliation. Another actor, as he felt that happening, he might not allow that. And yet, [Denzel] knew knew that both of those things were real and were organic, and were happening. He let that happen, and I saw it happening as I was behind the camera and I just kept shooting. I waited to give the dolly grip that little moment to then push in as I saw it happening, and the result is that moment.
How gratifying is it to see a young actor bring something like that?
Well, it’s the best. It’s what I was saying before about being open to the spontaneity of what happens. The great ones always make you look better. They always find ways to do things that you never could have imagined, or they reveal to you what you intended and you didn’t even know you intended. And I’ve been lucky enough that I've had that experience multiple times with Denzel, with [Leonardo] DiCaprio, or Brad Pitt, and gosh, Matt Damon. Those people, there’s a reason that they become who they become, and it’s not just an accident or physiognomy. It’s because they have these kind of stomach-brains, these kind of sense of intuition, and an openness to allow a thing to take place that they may not necessarily be able to articulate or want to articulate. But when it happens, it’s the best day in your life as a director.
You mentioned earlier that the whole movie is building to that amazing final image of the men in the mass grave. Could you talk about what it was like to shoot it on the day?
I’ve shot scenes of some intensity like that since, but—we got there very early, and the day was gray, and there were those amazing gulls that were there in the sky, and the sun was kept sort of filtered. Had it been a bright blue snappy day, it wouldn’t have had the same feeling. It was like a prophetic fallacy, because it was that kind of scene that the weather was that way.
There were a lot of things in the movie that went that way. I guess that even the coincidence of how they threw Denzel into that grave and threw Matthew in, as they fell and the way they fell, was the kind of kismet that somehow allows movies to become bigger than they are. Things happen because they’re intended to happen, even though you could never have planned them. That was that kind of moment. It was very sobering, there were men lying out there who had been working for weeks and weeks and weeks, and it wasn’t pleasant to lie in that sand like that. Some of them were wearing breathing equipment, they were lying there in the water, but it was the right way to end the movie.
What take was that? The one that ended up in the final film.
I can’t talk about Glory without also bringing up the score.
Could you talk about the process of bringing in the Boys Choir of Harlem and how that came about?
From the very beginning, James Horner and I, we wanted the sound of boys voices. And I really only knew of English boy chorale, the wonderful boy sopranos, because I felt it was the sound of innocence, and he and I really wanted from the beginning. It was then Freddie Fields, who was the producer, who I guess knew of the Harlem Boys Choir, I had never heard them, and he said, “I want you to listen to this.” And well, it was one of those, again one of those accidents.
There was no question that the minute we heard them that we had to go beg the studio for more money because we were in post-production, and we had gone a little bit over budget and we wanted to bring 85 boys to MGM and sit there and record in that studio. But it became a great moment. It’s not just that we were going to take them all to Disneyland, but they sat there in that great old MGM room with a 100-piece orchestra and them.
The word got around town, and all of a sudden at one point we’re recording, I looked back and there was Steven Spielberg in the back of the room because he had heard [they were there] and he wanted to hear it and see it. Then Sidney Pollack, who had been a kind of mentor to me, all of a sudden he was stopping by. People, they got a feel for it.
A lot of times as a director, you’re back there in the booth with the recording engineers and the conductor or composer, but in this case James was conducting, and I just went out and sat next to him in that room, and heard it. That was the moment. Whatever we had done before, I think we temped in some more Morricone and some other music, but that was the moment when I really felt that I had a movie that might actually come together.
So you and James always wanted to bring this ethereal quality? Because, it’s such beautiful music, even in images as horrific as men dying in war.
Yeah, that was always the intention.
You seem drawn to stories about America's past, including in movies you produce. Very recently I really enjoyed Woman Walks Ahead. Why do you think it’s important to study the past while looking at our future?
Because, for better or worse, it's becoming part of the permanent record. The fewer books that people read, the less good the history is taught in schools, the obligation of the filmmaker talking about that becomes even greater, I think. Listen, we’re in a moment in our history right now where a lot of people are actually learning about the Constitution for the first time because it’s being trashed.
I think to actually try to learn those lessons of the past to keep that alive is every bit as important as listening to Rachel Maddow. I think that it’s an essential thing to do. So that I’ve been able to do it a little bit has been one of the great pleasures.
Glory returns to theaters on July 21 and July 24, almost 156 years to the day of the gallant rush on Fort Wagner.
Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss star in this adaptation of Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle's The Kitchen.
With The Kitchen, Andrea Berloff makes her directorial debut for Warner Bros. and New Line. Berloff has previously found success penning screenplays for Straight Outta Compton and World Trade Center, but this is the first time she's stepped behind the camera, and what a project she's chosen to break in (and out) with.
It's hard to imagine how anyone could go wrong with this feature film, given the source material. The Kitchen is an incredible 2015 comic book series from Vertigo by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle, with the story revolving around three mob wives - Kath, Raven, and Angie - who take over their imprisoned husbands' organized crime business back in the scorching '70s. It turns out they're really, really good at running rackets. Maybe too good.
In the movie version of The Kitchen, this trio of female "goodfellas" are played by Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip) and Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), with Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) appearing as Gabriel O’Malley, a Vietnam vet-turned-hitman who proves to be very supportive of the ladies' new venture.
The Kitchen Trailer
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The Kitchen Release Date
The Kitchen will be released on August 9.
Here's the official synopsis for the film:
New York City, 1978. The 20 blocks of pawnshops, porn palaces and dive bars between 8th Avenue and the Hudson River owned by the Irish mafia and known as Hell’s Kitchen was never the easiest place to live. Or the safest. But for mob wives Kathy, Ruby and Claire--played by Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss--things are about to take a radical, dramatic turn. When their husbands are sent to prison by the FBI the women take business into their own hands, running the rackets and taking out the competition…literally. Now they own the neighborhood.
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After a heated court hearing, a judge ruled to extend The Real Housewives of Orange County star Gina Kirschenheiter’s temporary restraining order against her estranged husband following his domestic violence arrest — but troubled Matt did receive some good news at the tense July 16 court hearing, RadarOnline.com can exclusively report.
With Gina’s support, Matt can now visit with his three young children in a supervised setting. (In June, a judge ruled the 35-year-old dad could not see Nicholas, 7, Sienna, 5, or Luca, 4, in any circumstance under the order.)
Gina’s attorney, Tracey Lundquist, said the mom of three still intends to ask for the permanent restraining order, but she agreed to allow Matt to see the kids under the supervision of the paternal grandparents, as well as the paternal aunt and uncle.
Matt’s attorney, Haylee Rosen, said Matt also went to New York after Gina agreed to the supervised visitation, but the kids and Gina, 35, are still in New York.
Matt is asking for unsupervised visits, Rosen said.
“After the Petitioner took the children to New York, we entered into this agreement,” Rosen stated in the hearing. “My client then went to New York so he could be closer to his children. We don’t know specifically when she’s coming back. They had family arrangements to all come back in July 27. She is staying in New York. He wants to submit visitation for the kids, unmonitored [in New York]. If she’s coming back to California when and what specific visitation, and then we could continue this hearing out.”
Rosen added, “There is nothing in her paperwork that indicates professional monitoring for the children is necessary. My client has never been arrested, let alone convicted of anything. He has no DUIs. I think the mother doesn’t have a driver’s license anymore. He’s a great and devoted father to his children, whether it’s here in California or New York.”
Lundquist said Gina is “okay” with maintaining the supervised visitation. “She’s fine with his sister monitoring the visits.”
Rosen said Matt has agreed to stay at his parents’ home so he can be with the kids during the supervised visits, but it has been difficult with the monitoring requirement because of everyone’s busy schedules.
“They are stuck in the house which is difficult … they have their own lives, and that’s problematic,” Rosen told the judge.
While Matt, donning a gray suit, was in the Orange County, California courtroom, Gina was not present.
The judge admonished Lundquist, and said Gina has to be present in court.
Lundquist later asked the judge to continue the temporary restraining order until the next hearing, to which Judge Palafox replied, “Your client should be here if she wanted a restraining order.”
“Right, I understand, and I will fall on that sword,” Lundquist replied. “I thought we had an agreement to continue and I thought it would just be the attorneys this morning.”
Lundquist added Gina hasn’t interfered with the visitation agreement, but added, “I’m being told there are some issues with the grandparents, but my client doesn’t have any issues with the aunt and uncle.”
“Your client isn’t here to testify to what those issues are,” the judge told Lundquist. “She already agreed to it before, so if you want me to make a change, you need to produce evidence. Otherwise, I will keep the order consistent with what the parties previously agreed.”
The judge then said the temporary restraining order will remain until the next hearing on August 14.
Also, Matt’s monitored visitations will continue, but he will get kids during alternating weeks.
Since Gina is still in New York with the kids, she will have them from July 14 to 21, and then Matt will have the monitored visits from July 21 to July 28, and alternating weeks after that until they all come back for the hearing next month.
“My client will go wherever those kids are,” Rosen told the judge.
The only time Matt spoke during the hearing was when the judge asked how far his parents live from where Gina is staying in New York.
Matt replied his parents live in Long Island, and Gina’s parents are staying about an hour and a half away in Westchester, which he said is about 80 miles.
The judge then ordered the exchanges should take place at each family’s residence.
As Radar previously reported, Gina accused Matt of hitting, choking and dragging his wife across the driveway in a terrifying June 22 incident.
He was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence, though he has not yet been charged with a crime.
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Archie and the gang are coming back to The CW for Riverdale season 4! Here's everything we know from release date to plot details.
Riverdale Season 4 is happening!
This is great news for fans of quirky, unpredictable, and always entertaining TV. Perhaps more so than any other show on TV, Riverdale is very comfortable in its own skin; season three was a weird and wonderful experience, with episodes like "The Midnight Club" flashback installment and the noir experiment pushing the creative parameters of the show... and, wonderfully, sticking the landing each time.
Based on characters from Archie Comics, Riverdale debuted in January 2017 and was a hit out of the gate for the network. The series’ stature only grew when the series hit Netflix after season one, leading to a ratings bump in season two and continuing to find new fans through streaming and live watching.
With over 75 years of comic material to draw influence from, Riverdale can theoretically run for a long time. And we're hoping to enjoy the milkshakes and murders for many more seasons!
Riverdale was just one of a host of shows renewed by The CW for the 2019-2020 season: including Charmed, Legacies, Arrow, Black Lightning, Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, The Flash, Riverdale, Supergirl, and Supernatural. The network also recently confirmed a Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene show.
Here's everything we know so far about Riverdale Season 4...
Riverdale Season 4 Release Date
Riverdale Season 4 will premiere on Wednesday, October 9th at 8pm ET, followed by the series premiere of Nancy Drew at 9pm ET.
Riverdale Season 4 Cast
While nothing official has been confirmed, series stars KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Casey Cott and Madelaine Petsch are all expected to return for Riverdale Season 4.
Ashleigh Murray, who plays Josie, will be leaving Riverdale to star on spinoff Katy Keene. And, of course, Luke Perry (Fred), who died unexpectedly in March, will not be returning for Season 4.
Deadline has also confirmed that Wyatt Nash, aka Charles, an FBI agent investigating The Farm and Alice and FP's long lost son, will be back for Season 4.
Riverdale Season 4 Trailer
No trailer has been released yet for Riverdale Season 4, but we'll be sure to update this article when it drops.
Riverdale Season 4 Plot
The series has reinvented itself each season -- learning from the mistakes it made along the way (i.e. letting the Black Hood storyline drag on so long) and generally being unafraid to lean into weird storylines. No doubt Charles will play a huge role in Season 4, as he not only investigates The Farm and Edgar Evernever, but also makes things complicated in the Cooper and Jones families.
Another probable Season 4 plot? An explanation for the absence of Fred Andrews. The unexpected death of Luke Perry was not addressed in Season 3. Creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told Entertainment Tonight of the lack of explanation:
When Luke had passed, we had already pretty much plotted out the end of this season and written the end of this season. Rather than try to squeeze something in and potentially not get it right, we thought, let’s take a beat and let’s figure out really what would be the best way to honor Luke and to honor the character of Fred and let’s do it at the top of season four. Luckily, Molly [Ringwald] was already slated to come, so we kind of just reflected and wanted to give ourselves the time to do those things right.
Presumably, Riverdale Season 4 will deal with the death of Fred Andrews.
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Nominations for the Summer 2019 Awards span four categories: Best Kids Section, Best Free Comic Book Day Event, Best Online Ad Campaign, and Best Movie Themed Display. Winners in each category receive $250 credit from Diamond.
Here are the nominations for the Best Online Ad Campaign Section.
Packrat Comics – Hilliard, OH
It was a cold January afternoon and we just finished doing pulls at Packrat. It was that time of the year where we go through and remove any of the delinquent customers. While every store has their own risk tolerance for these types of accounts, we tend to make sure we do a quarterly cleaning. After this particular deletion, and seeing so many online discussions about how digital comics would hurt the retailer, we thought we’d offer a different perspective. It’s those pull customers who suddenly become ghosts in your shop, leaving you with comics you ordered just for them. We thought we would simply share the idea that having the retailer tie up money in product your forgot hurts the retailer more than buying a digital version. We also planned on promoting the post as an ad on Facebook to get our locals into the shop and pick up more comics. We weren’t prepared for what happened next. Thousands of comments, likes, shares and articles were written from that simple post. We quickly removed the boost option from the post as it wasn’t necessary. We even had a podcaster come in from out of town to talk about it. We heard from retailers around the world that shared the post and had the same positive feedback – delinquent customers picking up their comics or lost customers returning to just buy a few things.
Famous Faces & Funnies – West Melbourne, FL
It’s hard to pin down just one online advertisement that has been successful for Famous Faces. Most of our advertising is done online, and we pride ourselves on a thoughtful and frequent online presence. To be honest, the best online advertising we’ve done has been promoting the fact that we purchase toys, action figures, and Funko Pops. We use simple, colorful graphics to get the message across to those scrolling through Facebook and then we supply all the details in the body of the advertisement. The colorful square graphics are eye catching, and can easily be changed up for seasonal looks (we have a horror themed one we run in September and October). They also conform to Facebook’s advertising standards, so we never have to waste time adjusting them. We’ve also used the same images on Instagram and Google, which not only saves time by not having to adjust them for each platform, but gives our store a nice uniform look across social media platforms.
No one else locally really purchases collections, or if they do, they certainly don’t advertise it well. So us running colorful, informative advertisements really allowed us to get ahead of the competition. We keep the same posts running, and just adjust the target audience and the budget as we need to. We run the advertisements for a minimal budget per day (less than $5) and then put more money on them for one or two day runs every few months or when we think it’ll benefit getting a great collection in (Christmas, before Free Comic Book Day, MegaCon, etc).
The response to the advertisement has been overwhelmingly positive and we’ve bought hundreds of collections since we started running the ads. The few minutes it took to make the images set the ad parameters, and check it once it was running have definitely paid off and allowed us to get a lot of unique collectibles on the shelf and into customers hands!
Korka Comics – Pembroke Pines, FL
This year for Free Comic Book Day, we were fortunate to also have it fall on Star Wars Day, May the 4th. With that said we really wanted to take advantage of this by utilizing the Star Wars brand to help promote our Free Comic Day. We did so by aggressively putting out daily ads for a week and a half leading up to Free Comic Day on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and our website.
The theme was to take famous quotes from the original Star Wars trilogy and change out key words to instead promote Free Comic Day. For example, Admiral Ackbar’s famous “It’s a trap!” line was changed to “It’s a free comic!”. This dialogue was represented over the image from the movie where he said that through a comic bubble.
We used secondary images to highlight different sales that we were going to hold for the day. Those images had the space background and the copy was in the same font and color used in the end credits for all the Star Wars movies to keep the overall theme consistent.
The ad campaign was promoted across all three of our stores in the South Florida region and was met with huge success. The creative play on words and use of the Star Wars brand really gave both laughs and appreciation by our customers and fans. The 2019 Free Comic Day has been our most successful to date and we feel the online ad campaign we did had a lot to do with that achievement.
Pulp 716 – North Tonawanda, NY
“That’s Not My Name Monday”
Every Monday we do a social media campaign that usually gets over 500 interactions/comments/shares on our combined Facebook & Instagram pages.
We pick a handful of names, if your name is listed, you win whatever we’re offering that day. If that’s not your name, they say “that’s not my name” and we use that list next week.
People tag their friends if they see their names, hundreds of people comment, and best of all- the winners almost always bring friends and they all have a great time and spend money.
1) Everytime someone comments, it shows up in their feed
2) Our followers grow by around 50 each week after the promo (7,000 new followers this year on all our accounts combined )
3) The winners bring friends and they spend money
4) People tag their friends, they advertise for us
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The LeBron James-starring Space Jam sequel is officially happening with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler producing.
Space Jam 2 is happening. Really! Honestly! Truly! It’s happening this time.
The Hollywood Reporter says that the long-rumored Space Jam 2 starring LeBron James is officially a-go at Warner Bros., thanks to the addition of a prominent producer. Black Panther director Ryan Coogler will produce the untitled Space Jam sequel.
Space Jam 2 News
Malcolm D. Lee is stepping onto the Space Jam 2 court as its new director, replacing Terrence Nance, reports Deadline. Lee has helmed prominent comedies, with recent offerings like Night School, Girls Trip and Barbershop: The Next Cut, as well as horror offering Scary Movie 5 and, years earlier, Undercover Brother and The Best Man.
Terrence Nance (coincidentally also the surname of current Cleveland Cavalier, Larry Nance Jr.), creator of HBO’s experimental series, Random Acts of Flyness, made an amicable exit as director, according to the report, due to the oft-cited reason of creative difference with the studio and the producers.
Space Jam 2 Cast
Don Cheadle has joined the cast of Space Jam 2 in an undisclosed role, according to THR. You last saw him in the epic Avengers: Endgame, in which he reprised the role of War Machine, whose Phase 4 future in the MCU has yet to be revealed. At least Cheadle has Space Jam now!
According to Variety, Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery) is set to play Lebron James's wife in the film. In reality, James is married to his high school sweetheart, Savannah.
Space Jam 2 Release Date
In another bit of compelling evidence that Space Jam 2 is a real thing that's happening, the movie now has a release date!
— SpringHill Ent. (@SpringHillEnt) February 22, 2019
That hilariously low-effort Photoshop from the official Spring Hill Entertainment Twitter account aside, it would appear that the Space Jam 2 official release date is July 16, 2021. That will debut right after LeBron James' last season with the Lakers (unless he picks up his 2021-2022 player option). Just in case you're curious.
Space Jam 2 Details
The GOAT has produced several shows and documentaries for HBO and took his voice acting talents to animated Yeti comedy Smallfoot last year. James has long been interested in show business and, as the heir apparent to Michael Jordan, it only seemed like the natural conclusion that he would spearhead a Space Jam sequel.
Still, progress on the potential sequel was slow. Getting the very, very, very in-demand Coogler signed on could have been the deciding factor. The Space Jam sequel will be the first project for Coogler following Black Panther’s enormous success. Coogler previously directed Fruitvale Station and Creed. Creed II premiered in 2018 and was be directed by newcomer Steven Caple Jr.
Cameron Boyce Funeral Details: Death Certificate Reveals He Will Be Laid To Rest At Forest Lawn Cemetery
We have some ideas whether Season 6 of Steven Universe is happening on Cartoon Network.
So... is Steven Universe Season 6 happening? "Change Your Mind" seemed like it could have easily been the finale of the show, although there are still a few lingering questions about just what the heck the Diamonds shot off into space to do. That and, you know, everyone in Beach City learning about the Diamonds.
That episode also ended with a teaser for Steven Universe: The Movie (which you can read more about here), including the release date. Does that mean there won't be a Steven Universe season 6? Is the movie the end of the show? Could there be a season 6 between now and the movie?
Well Polygon got a response from Cartoon Network! They said, "the television movie is not the end of Steven Universe. There is more Steven to come!”
Steven Universe Season 6 Release Date
Right now all we know is that Steven Universe: The Movie will be released sometime in the fall of 2019. If season 6 happens at all, it could be before or after that. We just don't know right now but hopefully we learn more at San Diego Comic Con this year!
Steven Universe Season 6 Story
This wasn't the first we heard about the series possibly continuing. In an episode of the Steven Universe podcast discussing the "Change Your Mind" finale, show creator Rebecca Sugar and former executive producer Ian Jones-Quartey hinted at what could be coming next. In relation to the episode itself, Jones-Quartey commented, "'Change Your Mind; isn't the end of the Steven Universe franchise but, "'Change Your Mind' is the end to this particular story that we started writing back in 2011."
Sugar went on to describe how the Steven character has broken down all the "supposed to's" in his life and, "he doesn't have to be what other people want or expect him to be, that's what he needed to find." This lead to both Sugar and Jones-Quartey discussing what will be happening next for the series, albeit it in very vague terms.
Ian Jones-Quartey: I don't think it's a spoiler to say that this specific arc of Steven, 'Change Your Mind' definitively makes a definitive statement on Steven and who he is and what he thinks he is. And how he feels about it. And moving forward from now, it's going to be different.
Rebecca Sugar: Everything will be different.
Ian Jones-Quartey: Everything will be different. I really hope that if you're the kind of person who is waiting to watch like more stuff, is that you don't think of the break between "Change Your Mind" and what comes next, as like, you're waiting for more of THIS show, because this version of it is done, there's going to be more, but it's going to be different and it's going to be something new. There's a lot more to do. But, we're not coming back here, because Steven has really figured something out about himself. So this part of the story, you know, that's it.
There's a lot to unpack there, but suffice it to say it sounds like we're in for way more adventures than just Steven Universe: The Movie. Jones Quartey specifically there's "going to be more" to the show, although it'll be different from what we've seen before. He also mentioned it'll be "new." That could mean a lot of things but we suspect it's that the series may shift focus from this journey Steven has been on for the show and maybe explore different parts of himself or even the wider universe of the show.
It's really hard to say but with all this talk it sounds like Season 6 of Steven Universe is more likely than not.
Previously a vague comment from Cartoon Network's Instagram seemed to hint we could be seeing more seasons after season 5.
Now obviously this could be a confirmation of Steven Universe Season 6 or the "more to come" could simply mean the Season 5 episodes that began airing in December.
Steven Universe Season 6 Cast
Pearl actress Deedee Magno Hall also posted a photo from a recording session that seemed to include season 6 production numbers, which you can find below.
— Deedee Magno Hall (@DeedeeMagnoHall) February 16, 2017
Unless something dramatic happens in Steven Universe: The Movie, we should be seeing the full cast returning if season 6 happens. Keep checking back to Den of Geek for all things Steven Universe season 6. We'll update this article as we learn more! Don't forget to check out our list of the essential Steven Universe episodes!
She-Ra season 3 will arrive later this year, and will be adding an Oscar winning actress to the cast!
For the honor of Grayskull! Rejoice, She-Ra fans! After a shortened second season Netflix won't be taking long to give us more adventures of the Princess Alliance. The third season of She-Ra is coming sooner than you think with some major star power in tow.
She-Ra Season 3 Release Date
Thanks to a press release from Netflix we learned that season three of She-Ra will debut on August 2, 2019. That isn't too long to wait, She-Ra fans! We've also got a new poster for the season as well.
She-Ra Season 3 Cast
We've also learned that She-Ra season 3 will be introducing a character very familiar to fans of classic She-Ra, Huntara! She's described in the press release as, "the imposing de facto leader of the Crimson Waste who reluctantly helps Adora, Glimmer and Bow on a quest."
She'll be portrayed by none other than Oscar winning actress Geena Davis, famous for her roles in The Accidental Tourist (which netted her the Oscar), Thelma & Louise, and many others.
An Oscar winning actress playing a classic She-Ra character? That's beyond beautiful. We can't wait to see how she figures into the wider universe of the series. We just can't wait for the show to come back in August!
She-Ra Season 3 Episodes
No word on how many episodes the season will be but if we had to guess? It'll probably be six episodes. DreamWorks has produced thirteen episode seasons in the past and Netflix has then split them up into two seasons. With season two being seven episodes it stands to reason season three will be six. Once we find out for sure we'll let you know!
Make sure to stay tuned to Den of Geek for all things She-Ra! What are you most looking forward to in She-Ra season 3? Let us know in the comments!
Steven Universe will be getting his own movie and we know when it's coming out.
It's Steven's universe and we're all just living in it.
After the climatic end to Steven Universe Season 5, we learned that we will be getting a Steven Universe Movie and, today, the official account released the news that that movie will, in fact, be a musical.
Steven Universe: The Movie Trailer
While we don't have any footage of the movie yet we do have the announcement that the movie will be a musical, including a good chunk of who will be featured.
There's also a behind-the-scenes video teasing Steven actually having a neck in this movie. Plus we learn it's set two years after season five where Steven is now 16.
Steven Universe: The Movie Poster
We've also got a poster for the film which gives us a clearer look at the villain.
It's also great to see the characters are sporting their new looks from the end of the previous season.
Steven Universe: The Movie Release Date
At the end of "Change Your Mind", special we learned that Steven Universe: The Movie will air in the fall of 2019. No specific date was given. The original trailer from SDCC was also shown, just with the "Coming This Fall" added to the end.
That's sweet! A nice little heart gem. With Steven Universe Season 5 just wrapping up and the future of the series unclear, Steven Universe: The Movie has the chance to be a super-sized series finale, though no one on the panel mentioned that possibility. EW first reported the news.
Steven Universe The Movie will also be released on DVD later this year, and the soundtrack will receive both a digital and physical release.
Steven Universe: The Movie Cast
Series creator Rebecca Sugar and stars Zach Callison, Estelle, Michaela Dietz, Shelby Rabara, and Deedee Magno Hall were all on hand at Comic-Con last year to discuss the series and debut the trailer.
Steven Universe: The Movie Soundtrack
According to Deadline, the Steven Universe: The Movie soundtrack will include original songs by Rebecca Sugar in collaboration with: Chance The Rapper, Estelle, Gallant, Aimee Mann, aivi & surasshu, Jeff Liu, James Fauntleroy, Macie Stewart, Mike Krol, Jeff Ball, Grant Henry, and Julian “Zorsy” Sanchez.
You can expect performances by: Estelle (as Garnet), Patti LuPone (as Yellow Diamond), Uzo Aduba (as Bismuth), Christine Ebersole (as White Diamond), Lisa Hannigan (as Blue Diamond), Zach Callison (as title character Steven Universe), Deedee Magno Hall (as Pearl), Michaela Dietz (as Amethyst), Tom Scharpling (as Greg Universe), Shelby Rabara (as Peridot), Erica Luttrell (as Sapphire), Charlyne Yi (as Ruby), Grace Rolek (as Connie Maheswaran), Jennifer Paz (as Lapis Lazuli), Kate Micucci (as Sadie), Matthew Moy (as Lars), and Toks Olagundoye (as Nanefua Pizza).
Steven Universe: The Movie Story
Steven Universe tells the coming-of-age story of young boy Steven Universe (voiced by Callison). Steven lives with magical humanoid aliens called Gems, Pearl, Garnet, and Amethyst. Together Steven and the Gems go on adventures and work to save the Gems' world. Sugar previously work on Adventure Time and her show now rivals Adventure Time for Cartoon Network's most popular and important.
Steven Universe recently depicted the first ever same-sex proposal and wedding on a children's cartoon in its excellent season 5 finale "Reunion."
44 pages should be enough for someone to tell if they like a comic book or not. It’s two whole issues worth. Well, Bleeding Cool is giving you, just before San Diego kicks off, the first 44 pages of’ Chris Jaymes and Resonant artist Aléjandro Aragon‘s forthcoming historical graphic novel, Sons of Chaos from IDW, published tomorrow.
Sons of Chaos is about the Greek war for independence, fought against the Ottoman Empire in 1812. It’s a painted, over-sized panoramic side-ways format original graphic novel, in the publishing style of Frank Miller‘s 300.
Fancy reading the rest of the graphic novel? Go to your comic shop tomorrow…
SONS OF CHAOS HC GN
(W) Chris Jaymes (A) Alejandro Aragon
Oversized, panoramic graphic novel Sons of Chaos, exposes the quiet agenda of the Ottoman Empire’s most brutal dictator, and his fascination with a young Greek boy that led to a war that would define the Western World.
An immersion into the moments we never see, and the self-serving motivations that convince a nation that violence is warranted, and that war is necessary.
In honor of the 200 Year anniversary of the Greek War for Independence, Sons of Chaos presents the story of 1821 through the eyes of Marcos Botsaris, the son of a respected Greek leader taken prisoner as a child and raised within the dungeons of history’s most infamous Ottoman Pasha, known as the “Napoleon of the East”– Ali Pasha of Ioannina. Over the next ten years, the bond formed between them would define history.
The Greek War for Independence was a conflict that quietly influenced the entire world and participants ranged from the London Stock Exchange to celebrities such as Lord Byron, as well as average impassioned Americans willing to transport themselves across the Atlantic to fight alongside the Greeks.
This conflict was the pinnacle of what we now know as the Romantic Period and yet, it’s a war that few know ever existed outside of the Greek and Turkish cultures; a war that stimulated the fall of the Ottoman Empire and shaped Western Civilization as we now know it, and in a sense is being fought today under a different heading amongst today’s political world leaders.
Hundreds of years of Ottoman rule gave the Greeks a reason to fight. Marcos Botsaris gave them a leader.
In Shops: Jul 17, 2019
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Fear not, The Dragon Prince fans! The fantasy series will be back on Netflix.
After the big finale of season two The Dragon Prince fans were left breathless. What's coming next? The main group of character is split up. More dragons! An evil(?) sparkly elf man! Fear not fans, at Wondercon 2019 we learned that a season three of the popular Netflix series is happening.
The Dragon Prince Season 3 Release Date
Sadly we don't know when, only that it's "coming soon". Hopefully we'll learn more at San Diego Comic Con this year where The Dragon Prince will be having a panel!
The Dragon Prince Season 3 Trailer
We don't have a trailer for the third season yet but hopefully San Diego Comic Con provides us with one! Still, we've at least we have some nice promotional art at The Dragon Prince panel which can be be found below.
That is an adorable shot of Zym. Hopefully in season three he'll get a chance to be around more dragons. That would certainly open up the lore of the series.
The Dragon Prince Season 3 Cast
Right now it looks like all of The Dragon Prince cast will be back for the third season! If there any new characters though we can't wait to find out who they'll be voiced by.
Sadly we don't know how many episodes season three of The Dragon Prince will have but hopefully it's at least the nine we got in season two. The more of these characters we get? The better!
The Dragon Prince was created by Aaron Ehasz, head writer on Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Justin Richmond.
Stay tuned to Den of Geek for all things The Dragon Prince! What are you most looking to in season three? Who's your favorite character? What plotline are you most excited to see them tackle? Personally, we hope for more Human!Rayla jokes. They give us so much life.
If for some reason you haven't given The Dragon Prince a chance, you really should. It's well worth it.
They're back! Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reunite for Terminator: Dark Fate, and we've got the inside story.
If there is any film franchise potentially in need of hitting the reset button, it’s the Terminator series. Launched back in 1984 with The Terminator, a low-budget cult classic sci-fi thriller, and continued in 1991 with Terminator 2: Judgment Day, one of the most spectacular and groundbreaking action blockbusters of all time, the franchise sent itself down several different and twisting narrative roads over the course of three more movies and an acclaimed but short-lived TV show.
But now a new film, Terminator: Dark Fate (out Nov. 1), is taking a different tack. The story threads pursued in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation, and Terminator Genisys have been jettisoned in favor of a direct sequel to writer/director James Cameron’s first two films. The contorted continuity that plagued the later entries is, appropriately for a tale about the future, a thing of the past.
What makes this instantly compelling is the return of two key personnel who have been long missing: Cameron, who reacquired the rights to his signature franchise and decided to take an active role in conceiving the story and producing the film, and Linda Hamilton, who played Sarah Connor in the original two movies and returns as the series’ heart and soul for the first time in 28 years.
Of course, the iconic star of the series, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is back as well, while the movie introduces a fresh cast including Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049), Gabriel Luna (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Natalia Reyes. The director is Tim Miller, who made his directorial debut in 2016 with Deadpool after working for years as a visual effects specialist.
Miller came on board after meeting producer David Ellison, who was behind the previous attempt to reboot the franchise with Terminator Genisys. “Even despite Genisys not playing as well as expected, he didn’t want to give up,” says Miller. “He still wanted to take another bite of the apple and he thought I might be a good candidate to help because The Terminator was a very formative movie for me. I have a great affection for the franchise and really wanted to see it come back in a big way.”
It was Hamilton’s return as Sarah Connor—who in the original movie was the target of the first Terminator played by Schwarzenegger—that most drew Miller toward Dark Fate. “For me, it was never the story of John Connor, it was always the story of Sarah Connor, and nobody could play that character like Linda could,” he says. “So if Linda would ever come back to check on her again, that would be the best of all possible worlds. And that is, of course, what happened.”
Hamilton explains why she decided to once again return to the Terminator universe and Sarah Connor’s seemingly endless battle to stop the onslaught of an ominous future.
“The fact that so many years have passed for the character of Sarah Connor intrigued me,” Hamilton says via email. “Certainly, events have marked her. I wanted to explore that… who is she NOW?”
The actress says that she was “extremely hesitant” to return at first. “The first two films had such a complete arc for the character, and I only wanted to participate in this project if there was something new and challenging to play,” she says, adding that Sarah is in a dark place when we meet her in the new film. “She is a wild thing still, but her mission has changed. The years have not treated her kindly. She is bitter, near-broken, and very much alone.”
Regarding Hamilton’s absence from the saga for all these years, Miller muses, “I think that she felt like she said what she needed to say about that character and revisiting the well in some lesser form was not of interest to her. I wouldn’t say it took a little convincing because I honestly think that she wouldn’t have engaged in the conversation if she didn’t want to or didn’t have some hope that it would work out. Linda is very decisive, and all the factors aligned for her that now was the time to do it.”
For Schwarzenegger, it seemed like no time had passed at all when he reunited with his old sparring partner. “[Linda]’s always fun to work with and she’s just as intense now as she was when we did Terminator 2. She’s very adamant about the way she handles the weapons, the action, and all that.”
The legendary actor adds, “She’s a very strong woman and I think that one thing that always comes up is that, in all of these movies, the women are always kind of the leaders and they have the strong upper hand and are very heroic. Cameron writes that very well. Feminine but also hard, it’s a great combination.”
If Schwarzenegger was impressed by Hamilton even after working with her before, the newcomers to the cast were even more awed. “She really resonates a type of cool toughness and is incredible to be around,” says Mackenzie Davis. “But she’s also the sweetest woman and so full of love. She does have this warrior’s exterior, and I imagine being in these movies has really shaped part of her. She’s tough and cool and she does seem like she could survive in the apocalypse but she’s also extremely loving. I got to work with her pretty much every single day for six months, and it was such a lovely experience.”
While plot details remain as secretive as Cyberdyne’s research and development wing, the story revolves around a woman named Dani Ramos (Reyes), who becomes the target of a new liquid metal Terminator (Luna) sent from the future to kill her for reasons yet to be revealed. Dani falls under the protection of an android/human hybrid known as Grace (Davis) and ultimately is aided by both Sarah and the T-800 (Schwarzenegger) in her quest to stay alive.
Davis says her enigmatic character is a noble warrior. “It was intimidating to play her. It’s a very athletic role and one I never really thought I would play or, if I did play it, not execute. I think she’s an interesting addition to the Terminator canon. She is working in service of the future and that’s a cool sort of mantle to carry.”
Davis’ character is described by Miller as an “augment”—a human who has been “enhanced” to fight the machines more effectively. “Mackenzie is a revelation and what a badass she is,” says Miller. “She's faster than normal. She's stronger than normal. You give her a set of futuristic weapons, and she is a force to be reckoned with. [Augments] are the shock troops in the future war. But they feel pain. They feel emotion. It’s a messy process; it’s imperfect; it’s not shiny and clean, but she’s fucking tough as nails.”
As for Dani, the woman that Grace and Sarah are determined to protect, Miller says, “Natalia is just wonderful all around. She brings a lot of emotion to this movie. The idea with Dani is you want to have this person, like with Sarah Connor, who comes from a background you would never expect someone to come from to then become one of the most important people in the future. I don’t want to tell you what Dani becomes, but I will tell you that she’s very much akin to the way Linda handled [the first movie].”
From what we can ascertain of the story based on the relatively small amount of footage we’ve seen, Davis, Hamilton, Reyes, and Schwarzenegger must square off against Luna’s Rev-9, an advanced Terminator that consists of a traditional solid endoskeleton surrounded by a "skin" of mimetic poly-alloy. What makes this machine especially dangerous is its ability to separate these two components into two fully autonomous Terminator units.
“It's essentially a T-800 and a T-1000 together,” says Miller, who notes that he wanted to keep the film’s action and visual effects on the same gritty level as the first two films. “I think that the DNA of Terminator is very grounded. It’s not space battles… I didn’t want to make a Terminator that was so powerful that you can’t fight it off with guns. I didn’t want to make a Terminator that could shoot ray blasts out of its hands or turn things into molten lava. All of that stuff, while visually spectacular, just doesn’t feel like a Terminator movie. We tried very hard to make Gabriel as formidable as possible while also keeping him and the action grounded.”
While much of that is no doubt achieved through CG, Luna says he marveled at the amount of work done on the set in-camera, and tells us that he had to get himself into top shape for the physical action scenes that are still part of the framework of any Terminator film: “Arnold laid the template and then Robert [Patrick] was this other version,” says the actor. “I wanted to be the perfect hybrid of that. The powers of the character kind of lent itself to that anyway—to be the perfect hybrid between the T-800 and the T-1000. So I gained 14 pounds of muscle and I had never done that before.”
Luna also earned the respect and approval of the man who laid the groundwork for every Terminator since 1984. “He’s a hard-working guy and takes the role seriously because he’s young and very agile and in good physical condition,” Schwarzenegger says about the new cyborg on the scene. “He was willing to train really hard to build his body and do all the stuff that he needed to do.” Schwarzenegger adds that he pushed himself in the gym as well to get back into T-800 form: “I trained my ass off for the film. When you get to my age, you have to train twice as much to get the same result as you did 20 years ago.”
Even though Luna is literally half Schwarzenegger’s age, he said he had to up his own workout game once the celebrated action star showed up on the set. “If I wasn't inspired already, which I already was, his encouragement, his knowledge, and everything he could share with me just left a super strong imprint and became part of my life,” says Luna. “Now it’s just what it’s all about. The training hurts in the beginning, but you keep on going and eventually it stops hurting.”
As for the T-800 himself, Schwarzenegger suggests the cyborg is pretty much the same T-800 you saw in the other movies, but Miller hints at something a little different: “This version of Arnold is something that Jim has been thinking about for a long time,” teases the director. “I think it’s a really great way for him to come back to the franchise. I understood the other movies and the way they handled him, but I didn’t want to do that again. I really thought that the way to do something unique for this film was to have Arnold’s backstory and the way he interacts with the rest of the characters be something we hadn’t seen from that character before… but I also think it has the expected amount of Arnold kicking ass.”
“Arnold kicking ass” was a cornerstone of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day with the latter film in particular setting a benchmark for action, stunts, and spectacular set-pieces that almost every high-stakes action movie since has aimed to match or exceed. “I would say [this movie] is huge action-wise,” says Schwarzenegger, who certainly knows his way around the genre. “I was very satisfied with the ideas and the big action that this movie has. It’s really wild.”
But Miller maintains that the standard set by the franchise itself did not put any undue pressure on Terminator: Dark Fate. “It’s pretty hard to raise the bar on things like Avengers: Endgame or Avatar, or things like that,” he explains. “Everybody likes a good spectacle but I think it doesn’t have quite the same impact as it did when you saw that first liquid metal man in Terminator 2. I like action and I like spectacle, but I’m not like, ‘Oh my God, I have to do something I’ve never seen before.’”
It was not about staging the biggest, most over-the-top action scenes possible for the filmmaker, but creating sequences that advanced the characters and story: “That is one of the big things I learned about working with Jim Cameron. Here’s a guy who approaches it from character first and then does an action scene, and the action scenes always seem to support the character so well. That’s one of the things I love best about his movies.”
Although Terminator: Dark Fate essentially plays out as if the three films after Terminator 2 don’t exist, Miller insists that the new movie stays true to the continuity and canon established in the first two movies.
“I don't feel like I'm changing the mythology,” he says. “I think it’s a continuation of the cause and effect that [James Cameron] set up in the other Terminator movies—which is simply if you make a change in the past, it will change the future. So you have to expect that what happened before, or the history that Sarah had been told of the future, was going to change. I don’t look at it as changing mythology. I look at it as the natural outcome of the set of rules that Jim established in the first two movies.”
As for how this movie picks up the story where it left off at the end of Terminator 2, one of the stars of both is clear about it. It was Hamilton whose Sarah Connor memorably said, “the unknown future rolls toward us” at the end of the second film. Now Hamilton explains, “This film is a direct sequel to Judgment Day, but many years have passed. The story and timeline track very well.”
Perhaps the most exciting thing, however, is the anticipation of seeing Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger once again fighting together for that unknown future. “One day I had them both looking down the sights of long guns aimed at me,” says Gabriel Luna. “And I'm looking at both of them, thinking, ‘Holy fuck, this is a Terminator movie you’re in right now.’ To be part of the continuation of that story that I watched with my jaw on the floor when I was 12 years old is just indescribable.”
Terminator: Dark Fate is out November 1.
This story comes from the Den of Geek Special Edition Magazine.
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