Elisabeth Moss to Star in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale Series

by Max Evry

Elisabeth Moss to Star in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale Series

Elisabeth Moss to star in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale series

Hulu today announced a straight-to-series order for The Handmaid’s Tale, an ongoing drama series from MGM Television based on the award-winning, best-selling novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. The series will be created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller (“The 100”) with Daniel Wilson (The Handmaid’s Tale, Motion Picture), Fran Sears (“Sophisticated Gents”) and Warren Littlefield (“Fargo”) serving as executive producers. Atwood will serve as Consulting Producer for the series, which will debut its first season on Hulu in 2017.

Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake, Truth, “Mad Men”) is Offred, a Handmaid trying to survive in the male-dominated totalitarian regime of Gilead. Enslaved by a society that values only her fertility, Offred must find a way to survive in this world of oppression and swift, cruel punishments.

Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s influential and acclaimed novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted religious fundamentalism that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids – where anyone could be a spy for Gilead — all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.

“Hulu has established itself as a home for blockbuster television events and what better way to expand our originals offering than with a series based on this acclaimed, best-selling novel,” said Craig Erwich, SVP, Head of Content, Hulu. “Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ was seen as ahead of its time and we look forward to bringing it to life on our platform.”

“I am thrilled that MGM and Hulu are developing ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ as a series, and extra thrilled that the very talented Elisabeth Moss will be playing the central character. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is more relevant now than when it was written, and I am sure the series will be watched with great interest. I have read the first two scripts and they are excellent; I can hardly wait to see the finished episodes,” said Atwood.

“’The Handmaid’s Tale’ is a project that we have been committed to bringing to life as its story remains as powerful today as it did when Margaret first published her novel,” said Mark Burnett, President, Television and Digital Group, MGM and Steve Stark, President, Television Development and Production, MGM. “’Handmaid’s Tale’ has won multiple awards inspiring a film, a graphic novel, an opera, a ballet and finally, for the first time, a compellingly immersive drama series that has found the perfect home at Hulu and its star in Elisabeth Moss.”

The Handmaid’s Tale is produced by MGM Television and marks the first collaboration for an original series between Hulu and MGM. The series will go into production later this year and will premiere on Hulu in 2017.

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Shinobi Movie in Development with SEGA and Producer Marc Platt

by Max Evry

Shinobi Movie in Development with SEGA and Producer Marc Platt

Shinobi movie in development With SEGA and producer Marc Platt

Producer Marc Platt, through his production banner Marc Platt Productions, is partnering with Stories International, Inc., the production arm and joint venture of renowned video game brand SEGA Group and Hakuhodo DY Group, to develop and produce the film adaptation of SEGA’s iconic video game franchise, Shinobi.

Marc Platt and Adam Siegel will produce alongside Stories President and CEO, Tomoya Suzuki.

Marc Platt’s productions include the films Bridge of Spies, Into the Woods, Drive, Wanted, Legally Blonde, Rachel Getting Married and Scott Pilgrim vs The World; the television event “Grease Live! (FOX) and “Empire Falls” (HBO) for which Marc Platt won the Golden Globe for Best Miniseries; and Broadway’s blockbuster musical “Wicked.”

Stories is producing multiple film, television and digital projects based on SEGA intellectual properties, including the beloved game franchises Shinobi, Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Virtua Fighter and Crazy Taxi, and is in the process of partnering with the major studios, producers and filmmakers to co-develop adaptations of these properties as English-language feature films, television and digital series for worldwide release.

Platt explains, “We love the Shinobi games and believe that the world of ninjas has never been properly explored onscreen. We now have the opportunity to do just that. With Shinobi, we hope to make a film that honors the essence of the games and brings this fascinating world to life for moviegoing audiences.”

Suzuki adds, “Marc, Adam and the team at Marc Platt Productions are the perfect partners to bring the beloved SEGA character Joe Musashi and the Shinobi game franchise to the big screen. We are thrilled to work with them.”

Tomoya Suzuki and Stories International, Inc. are repped by CAA. Evan J. Cholfin at Stories will oversee the project as a development executive.

Captain America Grosses $38.7 Million Internationally in Two Days

by CS

Captain America Grosses $38.7 Million Internationally in Two Days

Captain America grosses $38.7 million internationally in two days

While North American moviegoers will have to wait until the evening of May 5th, Captain America grosses from international markets are already starting to come in. Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War opened yesterday in an additional 15 international markets spread across all three regions to take the total number opened to date to 30 territories. The film, which has earned $38.7 million in two days, continues to place at #1 in all markets while pacing on par with Avengers: Age of Ultron in the same suite of markets. “Age of Ultron stands as the highest-grossing superhero movie internationally, with $946 million.

Here are the international highlights:

Korea $7.7M
France $3.7M
Brazil $2.7M
Philippines $2.6M
Taiwan $2.4M
Australia $2.3M
Hong Kong $2.0M
Germany $1.9M
Thailand $1.9M
Malaysia $1.1M
Other markets $10.4M
Total $38.7M

Captain America: Civil War continues rolling out this weekend and will be open in 63% of the international marketplace by Sunday. Today sees further openings in Spain, the UK, Japan and Mexico along with Iceland, Venezuela, Paraguay and Ecuador. It will then be open in all key territories except for Italy, Russia, China and Argentina that all open next weekend.

Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

The film features the return of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, this time joined by Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye and Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine.

Sebastian Stan is also back as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier alongside Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter / Agent 13, Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow / Crossbones, William Hurt as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, and Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man.

Captain America: Civil War was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.

New Star Trek Beyond Photos Show Off New Uniforms, Aliens

by Spencer Perry

New Star Trek Beyond Photos Show off New Uniforms, Aliens

New Star Trek Beyond photos show off new uniforms, Aliens

Paramount Pictures has released new Star Trek Beyond photos (via Check Magazine) featuring fresh looks at the crew’s new costumes and the aliens to be found in the sequel. Check them out below!

The new Star Trek Beyond trailer is set to debut at the first-ever fan event on May 20 in celebration of the series’ milestone 50th Anniversary. The one-time only special event, taking place at the historic Paramount Pictures studio lot, will include the premiere of the new Star Trek Beyond trailer, an exclusive first-look of never before seen footage from the upcoming film, a Q&A with Lin and the cast and crew, special guests appearances, and other surprises. The Q&A will be streamed via Facebook Live.

Opening July 22, 2016 from Paramount Pictures and Skydance, Star Trek Beyond is a Bad Robot, Sneaky Shark, Perfect Storm Entertainment production. The film stars John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba.

Directed by Lin, the third film in the franchise series is produced by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, Lindsey Weber, and Lin; and executive produced by Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Tommy Harper. Based upon Star Trek created by Gene Roddenberry, the screenplay is written by Pegg & Doug Jung.

The Star Wars News Roundup for April 29, 2016

by Scott Chitwood

The Star Wars News Roundup for April 29, 2016

Star Wars news for the week of April 29, 2016

The purpose of this roundup is to put all the Star Wars news from the week of April 29, 2016 in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars developments to the latest toys. And maybe you’ll even share with them something that they might have missed.

Let’s get to it!


Rogue One News and Rumors

LEGO Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer 2016 | LEGO Animation | TwinToo Bricks


Episode VIII News and Rumors

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Behind the Scenes in Ireland Star Wars: Force for Change – Your Chance To Win Tickets to Celebration and Meet Mark Hamill


The Force Awakens News and Rumors


Television News and Rumors

Short Two: The Trouble With Rathtars Short Three: Hunting For Han Short Four: Rey Strikes Back


Around The Web


Comics


Books


Attractions

New Star Wars Land footage – Disney’s Awaken Summer Media Event


Collecting

Welcome to Annville Texas in New Preacher Photos

by Spencer Perry

Welcome to Annville, Texas in New Preacher Photos

Welcome to Annville Texas in new Preacher photos

AMC has released two new Preacher photos from the upcoming premiere of the cult comic book adaptation, showing off the citizens of Annville Texas. Check them out in the gallery below! Preacher is set to debut on Sunday, May 22nd at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.

RELATED: We Take Confession from the Preacher Cast

Preacher is a supernatural, twisted and darkly comedic drama that follows a West Texas preacher named Jesse Custer, who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that causes him to develop a highly unusual power. Jesse, his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip and an Irish vagabond named Cassidy come together and when they do, they are thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.

The series stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Ruth Negga as Tulip, Lucy Griffiths as Emily, W. Earl Brown as Sherriff Root, Anatol Yusef as DeBlanc, Tom Brooke as Fiore, Derek Wilson as Donnie Schenck and Ian Colletti as Eugene/Arseface.

More Photos from the Fast 8 Set in Cuba!

by Spencer Perry

More Photos from the Fast 8 Set in Cuba!

More photos from the Fast 8 Set in Cuba!

Production continues on Universal Pictures‘ upcoming sequel Fast 8 and we’ve got new photos from the Cuba set of the film featuring some vintage cars in the streets of Havannah! Check them out below along with a new video from star Vin Diesel.

F. Gary Gray is directing the April 14, 2017 release, which is planned to launch a new trilogy of films. Fast 8 will be followed by a ninth film to be released April 19, 2019 and a tenth film planned to hit theaters April 2, 2021. Fast and Furious 89 and 10 aren’t the only films new that Universal has planned for the franchise, either. It was recently revealed that plans are underway for both Fast and Furious spinoffs and prequels.

The cast is confirmed to include franchise regulars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black reprising their roles as street racers-turned-international criminals-turned-super-secret agents. Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson and Kurt Russell are expected to return as well. Charlize Theron is confirmed to play the villain, with Kristofer Hivju as one of her henchmen. Scott Eastwood will be playing a protégé of Russell’s Mr. Nobody.

Principal photography for Fast 8 is planned to take place in New York, Atlanta, Georgia and Iceland. Reports also suggest that the previously-unexplored Russia could be utilized as well.

 

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Team Cap vs Team Iron Man in New Civil War Posters, Plus New Black Panther Clip

by Spencer Perry

Team Cap vs Team Iron Man in New Civil War Posters, Plus New Black Panther Clip

New Black Panther clip released online

Marvel Studios has released a new clip from the upcoming Captain America: Civil War featuring Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther in a brawl with Winter Soldier. Check it out in the player below and take a look at the Team Cap and Team Iron Man posters in the gallery!

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

The film is set to feature the return of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, this time joined by Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye and Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine.

Sebastian Stan will also be back as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier alongside Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter / Agent 13, Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow / Crossbones, William Hurt as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, and Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, Captain America: Civil War will debut in theaters on May 6, 2016. 

Zootopia Blu-ray and DVD Arriving on June 7

by Max Evry

Zootopia Blu-ray and DVD Arriving on June 7

Zootopia Blu-ray and DVD arriving on June 7

Walt Disney Animation Studios‘ comedy-adventure Zootopia has broken records worldwide, earning more than $910 million at the global box office to date. When the runaway hit arrives home on Digital HD, Blu-ray, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand (does not include bonus) platforms June 7, 2016, viewers will not only be able to enjoy the vibrant world of Zootopia and reunite with their favorite characters, but also discover more about the evolution of this extraordinary tale through in-depth bonus offerings. Click here to pre-order your copy of the Zootopia Blu-ray!

The best reviewed movie of 2016, critics and audiences around the world have fallen in love with the wonderfully innovative animal metropolis of Zootopia and the comedic chemistry of rookie rabbit officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) and scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). It’s been called one of the best buddy cop comedies in years! Thankfully, there’s more-much more.

Features include candid conversations with filmmakers and artists behind Zootopia, an alternate opening, never-before-seen characters and deleted scenes and a sneak peek at some of the hidden Easter Eggs that make reference to Disney Animation’s most beloved films and characters.

Directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore and co-directed by Jared Bush, Zootopia takes place in the animal-filled city of the same name, as it follows optimistic Officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin). She discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery.

Other characters and the actors who voice them include Shakira as Gazelle, Octavia Spencer is Mrs. Otterson, J.K. Simmons is Mayor Leodore Lionhearted, Tommy Chong is Yax the Yak (“a most enlightened, laid-back bovine”), Nate Torrence is Benjamin Clawhauser, Jenny Slate is Assistant Mayor Bellwether (“a sweet sheep with a little voice and a lot of wool”), Alan Tudyk is Duke Weaselton (“a small-time weasel crook with a big-time mouth”), Raymond Persi is Flash (“the fastest sloth working at Zootopia’s DMV — the Department of Mammal Vehicles”) and Bonny Hunt and Don Lake are the voices of Judy Hopps’ mother and father, Bonnie and Stu (“a carrot farmer from Bunnyburrow”).

20th Century Fox Won’t Present in San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H This Year

by Spencer Perry

20th Century Fox Won't Showcase in San Diego Comic-Con's Hall H This Year

20th Century Fox won’t present in San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H this year

A recent trend for San Diego Comic-Con has seen major movie studios opt out of bringing a song-and-dance to the event’s Hall H, and now another one has decided not to present as well. TheWrap brings word that 20th Century Fox will not make a presentation in Hall H this year amid concerns of piracy.

According to the site, the studio feels it can’t combat potential piracy of the exclusive footage being shown and has decided to not show any. Last year, footage from the studio’s presentation leaked online just days after and Warner Bros. Pictures even released the Suicide Squad Comic-Con Reel shortly after that was leaked as well.

This makes for a surprising turn of events given that the studio has a number of high-profile properties set to debut in the coming year. Assassin’s Creed will be released at the end of the year, with Wolverine 3, War for the Planet of the Apes, and Alien: Covenant all set to debut next year from the studio, plus the likes of Deadpool 2 and The New Mutants also in development. In lieu of footage being screened, announcements on any of these projects could have been made, but seemingly won’t.

Though a major presentation from the studio is off the table, they will likely still attend the convention in some capacity with a booth on the convention floor and promotions for some of their upcoming films.

TheWrap adds that Walt Disney Studios may also be considering skipping the convention, though a rep from Disney denied the claim. The Disney-owned Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm could opt out however, as Star Wars Celebration will kick-off in Europe the week before the convention and Marvel previously proved that if they build it, people will come.

What do you think of the revelation that Fox will be skipping San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H? Let us know in the comments below.

Punisher Spin-Off Officially Ordered at Netflix!

by Spencer Perry

Punisher Spin-Off Officially Ordered at Netflix!

Punisher spin-Off pfficially ordered at Netflix!

Earlier this year, it was reported that Netflix was developing a Punisher spin-off, set to focus on Jon Bernthal’s gun-toting vigilante from Marvel’s Daredevil Season 2. The report was met with caution from Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, but now Marvel and Netflix have made it official!

Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as Frank Castle in the series with Hannibal executive producer Steve Lightfoot set to serve as the series’ showrunner. 

“We want to thank the fans who are clamoring for more of Jon’s stunning and powerful performance as Frank Castle from ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’” said Executive Producer/Head of Marvel Television, Jeph Loeb. “Now combined with Showrunner Steve Lightfoot’s compelling writing, we’re thrilled to bring ‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ to Netflix.”

“Jon hooked our global audience with his performance as Frank Castle from the moment he stepped on screen in ‘Marvel’s Daredevil,’ and we are looking forward to seeing more of him in this role under the vision of Steve Lightfoot,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.

“For me, the complexity and unpredictability of Frank Castle make him an incredibly compelling character and I couldn’t be more excited to dive into his world,” said Executive Producer and Showrunner, Steve Lightfoot. “After watching Jon’s performance in ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ I could not be more excited to be working with him to further develop and progress the story of this anti-hero in a show of his own.”

The collaboration between Marvel Entertainment and Netflix has already produced two seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil and the very well-received first season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones, of which a second season has also been ordered. Marvel’s Luke Cage will premiere on the streaming service this September with Marvel’s Iron Fist currently in production and the culminating event, Marvel’s The Defenders, set to begin production at the end of the year. It’s unclear when The Punisher spin-off series would begin production or premiere, though it’s likely that it will arrive after The Defenders mini-series.

What do you think of The Punisher news? Sound off in the comments below!

Penelope Cruz Plans Layover

by Silas Lesnick

Penelope Cruz will headline the drama Layover. 

Penelope Cruz will headline Toni Kalem’s upcoming drama, Layover

Academy Award winner Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Volver), is set to star in the drama Layover from writer and director Toni Kalem (A Slipping Down Life, The Sopranos), it was announced today by producers Animus Films’ Jim Young (Lovelace, The Man Who Knew Infinity) and Serena Films’ Tatiana Kelly (The Words, Life of a King). Penelope Cruz will also produce Layover alongside Young and Kelly with Fortitude International’s Nadine de Barros (Drunk Parents, Vincent n Roxxy) and Robert Barnum (Drunk Parents, Elvis & Nixon) serving as executive producers. Fortitude International is financing the project, currently in pre-production.  

Layover adapts the novel of the same name by best-selling author Lisa Zeidner. It tells the story of Claire Newbold, a successful traveling saleswoman, who decides to go on the lam from her life. A master of reinvention, Claire’s fierce, funny and falling apart. She develops elaborate scams for sneaking into hotel rooms, alone or with a guest, and a passion for swimming in their pools. A road movie of sorts, Layover follows this inventive and atypical heroine who goes off the deep end, and has to find her way back to shore. 

“Toni Kalem’s beautifully layered adaptation of Lisa Zeidner’s acclaimed book is a provocative blend of humor and heartbreak,” says Kelly. “With the addition of the incomparable Penelope Cruz to our team, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase such strong female talent both in front of and behind the camera.”

“We are looking forward to working with the outstanding Penelope Cruz on this film both on screen and behind the scenes,” adds de Barros. “Toni is the perfect match to direct this project and bring a strong woman’s perspective to this personal and enthralling story of escape and self-discovery.”

Fortitude International is handling foreign rights and will present the project to buyers in Cannes

(Photo Credit: Oscar Gonzalez / WENN.com)

Rian Johnson Shares More Star Wars: Episode VIII Set Photos!

by Silas Lesnick

Rian Johnson offers another look at the Episode VIII set.

Rian Johnson has just shared a pair of new behind the scenes images as production on Star Wars: Episode VIII hits the halfway mark!

As production continues on the highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VIII, director Rian Johnson is back on Tumblr with two new behind-the-scenes images from production! Check them both out in the gallery viewer below alongside Rian Johnson’s previously-released photos.

“‘Good. Bad. I’m the guy with the microfiber sham,'” Rian Johnson writes, paraphrasing Bruce Campbell’s Army of Darkness line. “I can’t believe we’re halfway through the shoot. (We’re halfway through the shoot!)”

Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is written and directed by Rian Johnson and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcomes back cast members Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John BoyegaLupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New cast members will include Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Academy Award nominee Laura Dern, and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

Star Wars: Episode VIII is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski. Joining the production crew will be some of the industry’s top talent, including Steve Yedlin (Director of Photography), Bob Ducsay (Editor), Rick Heinrichs (Production Designer), Peter Swords King (Hair and Make-Up Designer), and Mary Vernieu (US Casting Director). They will be joining returning crew members Pippa Anderson (Co-Producer, VP Post Production), Neal Scanlan (Creature & Droid FX Creative Supervisor), Michael Kaplan (Costume Designer), Jamie Wilkinson (Prop Master), Chris Corbould (SFX Supervisor), Rob Inch (Stunt Coordinator), Ben Morris (VFX Supervisor), and Nina Gold (UK Casting Director).

Star Wars: Episode VIII is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.

DC Universe Exhibit Joins WB Studio Tour

by Silas Lesnick

Pieces of the Suicide Squad set join the Warner Bros. tour as DC Universe: The Exhibit.

Next month, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood will add a DC Universe Exhibit, including Suicide Squad sets and props

Set to opening May 24, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood and DC Entertainment will reveal the newest star attraction on the Warner Bros. lot with a new DC Universe exhibit. As part of the newest addition to the Tour, guests will be able to explore authentic Suicide Squad props and costumes, two months prior to the film’s debut in theaters. Highlights of the interactive experience include Harley Quinn (portrayed on-screen by Margot Robbie) in the original jail cell set at Belle Reve prison as well as Batcave props from Ben Affleck’s first outing as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which has garnered more than $854 million to date at the worldwide box office. The exhibit pays homage to the origins of DC Comics, including all seven Super Heroes of the Justice League, exclusively at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. This addition follows last summer’s grand opening of the interactive “Stage 48: Script to Screen,” which anchors the three-hour Studio Tour. At the Tour, guests explore the real sets and soundstages where some of the greatest names in entertainment have made history.

“Since 1934, DC Comics has built a legacy of creating the world’s greatest Super Heroes and Super-Villains,” says Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood’s Executive Director, Danny Kahn. “DC Universe: The Exhibit gives you the chance to explore the world of these characters from their first comic book appearance, to our latest feature blockbusters.”

Guests at the DC Universe exhibit will be able to journey into Harley Quinn’s actual cell, lit dramatically and dressed with barbed wire, chain link fencing, iron bars and yellow caution tape. Inside the cell, guests can snap the perfect Belle Reve prisoner selfie.

The DC Universe exhibit also showcases Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice through an interactive experience, paying homage to Superman and Batman. Guests will have the opportunity to get up close to Kryptonite, Superman’s sole weakness. Inserting their hands into a pair of gloves, inside a case holding the element, they will mirror Lex Luthor (played in the film by Jesse Eisenberg) and his kryptonite case. Additionally, guests can use a voice modulator to alter their pitch to imitate Batman’s, just as Alfred (Jeremy Irons) demonstrates in the film. See striking Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman costumes, as well as the authentic costumes of Lois, Clark, Alfred, and Bruce Wayne, original Batcave set pieces, and much more.

Will you visit this new DC Universe Exhibit? Let us know in the comments below!

Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider Reboot!

by Spencer Perry

Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider Reboot!

Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider reboot!

Despite previous reports pointing toward Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Daisy Ridley as a potential candidate, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) has signed on to play Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot.

Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave) will direct the film which has a script by Transformers 5 scribe Geneva Robertson-Dworet. Warner Bros. is set to distribute the film with MGM. They will produce the feature with GK Films.

The original Tomb Raider game was published in 1996 by the London-based video game company Eidos and became one of the most successful video games of the time. A reboot of the series, telling the origin of Lara Croft, was released in 2013 and sold over 5 million copies. The most recent game, titled Rise of the Tomb Raider, is available now for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

Paramount Pictures previously made two movies about the daredevil archaeologist on a series of global missions. The films, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, starred Angelina Jolie and grossed a combined $432 million at the worldwide box office.

(Photo Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com)

IM Global Boards Muscle Shoals Series

by Silas Lesnick

The Muscle Shoals series will take a look at the life of Rick Hall.

The Muscle Shoals series will be based on Rick Hall’s autobiography

IM Global Television President Mark Stern announced today that the studio has closed a deal with Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski’s Infinitum Nihil, Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Produced, and Joshua D. Maurer and Alixandre Witlin’s City Entertainment to serve as the studio on the upcoming Muscle Shoals series based on Rick Hall’s autobiography “The Man From Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame.”

The Muscle Shoals series is inspired by the true-life roller-coaster story of legendary record producer, songwriter, publisher and musician Rick Hall, founder of the modern day “Muscle Shoals Sound,” and his extraordinary career establishing FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Muscle Shoals became the epicenter for recording some of the most iconic songs in history under the vision and inspiration of the Grammy Trustees Award-winner Hall. Some of the legendary musicians from an all-star list of artists who created beloved and popular hit music classics at FAME include Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Etta James, Percy Sledge, Otis Redding, Clarence Carter, and Arthur Alexander.

“Muscle Shoals is an important story that transcends music,” says Virgin Produced CEO Jason Felts. “We are pleased that this incredible project has found the right partner in Mark Stern and IM Global who share our passion and commitment. This moving story about Rick Hall, the pioneering artists and the ‘Muscle Shoals’ sound that still resonates today, taps into Virgin’s music origins and possesses the makings of a great limited series.”

“Muscle Shoals is an extraordinary story in which, through adversity, some of the world’s most amazing music was created,” adds Christi Dembrowski, President of Infinitum Nihil. “It is perfectly suited for Infinitum as it combine’s Johnny’s love of music and its history and our company’s creative mission to tell these stories. We are excited to be working with such a great group in bringing Rick’s stories of Muscle Shoals to life.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to be in business with this auspicious group of producers on such an incredible project,” says Stern. “Rick Hall and his small Alabama recording studio fundamentally transformed the music industry. His personal and professional journey and the incredible talent he worked with is a compelling story that will make a great television series.”

“Muscle Shoals is the spiritual breeding ground for some of the most iconic songs recorded in American history,” says IM Global Music President David Schulhof. “The songs recorded at FAME Studios would later be embraced and recorded by artists around the world for generations to come. We’re proud to share this epic journey and expect an incredible soundtrack to accompany this story.”

IM Global Television plans to work with partner company IM Global Music to make the songs themselves a focal point of the series.

Does the Muscle Shoals series sound like something you’d watch? Let us know in the comments below!

Paul Rudd to Star in WWII-era Biopic The Catcher Was A Spy

by Max Evry

Paul Rudd to star in WWII-era Biopic The Catcher Was A Spy

Paul Rudd to star in WWII-era biopic The Catcher Was A Spy

Deadline is reporting that Paul Rudd (Ant-Man, This is 40) is set to headline the World War II thriller The Catcher Was a Spy in a role originally earmarked for George Clooney. 

The film is based on the life of Moe Berg, an Ivy Leaguer who spoke twelve languages and spent 15 years as an average baseball player for teams like the Chicago White Sox and the Washington Senators. Thing is, that whole time he was moonlighting as a spy for the OSS who helped America get the edge on the Germans during the race for the Atomic Bomb. 

Screenwriter Robert Rodat (Saving Private RyanThor: The Dark World) adapted Nicholas Dawidoff’s bestselling book, with Ben Lewin (The Sessions) set to direct. Kevin Frakes and Mark Fasano of PalmStar Media are producing and financing The Catcher Was a Spy alongside Animus Films’ Jim Young and Tatiana Kelly of Serena Films, and Michael Bederman.

Rudd will reprise his role of Scott Lang/Ant-Man in next week’s Captain America: Civil War.

(Photo Credit: WENN.com)

Mads Mikkelsen Reveals His Rogue One Role

by Silas Lesnick

Mads Mikkelsen reveals his Rogue One role.

Mads Mikkelsen says that he plays Jyn Erso’s father in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

We’re less than eight months away from the big screen release of Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and, par for the course when it comes to news from a galaxy far, far away, a lot of specific details about the film are still shrouded in mystery. That shroud does get slightly pulled back today, however. Star Mads Mikkelsen was a guest on Sky News this morning and he revealed his character’s connection to Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso.

“Felicity plays a young, strong woman,” says Mads Mikkelsen, “And I play her father.”

Search your feelings. You know this to be true. You can also check out the original video in the player at the bottom of this page.

Rogue One tells the story of resistance fighters who have united to steal plans to the dreaded Death Star. Felicity Jones and Mads Mikklesen are joined in the cast by Diego Luna (Milk, Killing Them Softly), Ben Mendelsohn (BloodlineMississippi Grind), Donnie Yen (Ip Man, Blade II), Jiang Wen (Let the Bullets Fly, Devils on the Doorstep), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland), Alan Tudyk (Firefly) who plays a performance-capture character in the film, and Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Four Lions).

John Knoll, the Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor who currently serves as chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic, is executive producing the film along with Simon Emanuel (The Dark Knight RisesFast & Furious 6) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds). Kathleen Kennedy and Tony To (“Band of Brothers,” “The Pacific”) are on board to produce with John Swartz (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) attached to co-produce. It was also recently confirmed that Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest HotelThe King’s Speech) will be providing the score.

Directed by Gareth Edwards, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set for release on December 16, 2016.

(Photo Credit: Daniel Deme / WENN.com)

Deadshot: Will Smith on Building His Suicide Squad Antihero

by Silas Lesnick

Will Smith talks Deadshot in Suicide Squad!

Will Smith talks Suicide Squad, working with David Ayer and what made him take the Deadshot role

As Warner Bros. Pictures continues to expand its big screen DC Comics universe, fans are anxiously awaiting the arrival of David Ayer‘s Suicide Squad this August. Among the stars signing on for the supervillain ensemble is Will Smith as Deadshot. Deadshot, who debuted in the comics as a Batman villain more than 65 years ago, is making his first cinematic appearance in the ensemble. That, Smith tells ComingSoon.net, is precisely what drew him to the Deadshot character.

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“It’s a character that hasn’t really been explored in cinema,” Smith explains. “I get to design it and be a part of creating the first round of Deadshot in the history of cinema… It’s a really great opportunity to work with a really great ensemble. It was perfectly cast. It’s an insane group of super actor villains.”

Deadshot isn’t Will Smith’s first comic book movie, however. The Men in Black franchise was itself based on a relatively obscure comic book series published by Aircel starting in 1980. While not based on a comic itself, Hancock nevertheless offered Smith as an original cinematic superhero. Despite having a history with comic book films, however, Smith says he grew up somewhat distanced from comics.

“As a child, my brother was really into it,” he explains. “I was sort of banned from his comic books. It was sort of sacred land. But probably in the last three or four years, I started getting into it. I started paying attention a bit more. It was a little bit of a benefit coming from the outside and getting exposed to it because I got to do a deep dive over a six or seven month period, taking them all in and reading them back to back. It felt like it gave me a little more freedom to create in my mind rather than being trapped in your childhood images.”

After Suicide Squad, Smith has plans to immediately reteam with Ayer for Bright, an End of Watch-style thriller set in a contemporary world of orcs and magic wands.

“It’s David Ayer’s tonal quality,” says Smith of what he gets from the creative partnership. “It’s how he thinks and how he moves and how he sees the world.”

It’s also Ayer that Smith trusts to find a way to balance Suicide Squad against the rapidly =0expanding big screen DCU.

“These kinds of movies are a different breed,” he says. “The huge, gigantic tentpoles that are designed to be global behemoths. I wanted to do something like that with David Ayer, who is a director that cares only about character. Every single aspect and detail of the character playing into that gigantic box for me is what makes this one really special.”

Suicide Squad also stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as the Joker, Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flagg, Jai Courtney as Captain Boomerang, Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, Karen Fukuhara as Katana, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Jay Hernandez as El DIablo, Adam Beach as Slipknot and Viola Davis as Amanda Waller. There’s also mystery roles for Ike Barinholtz, Scott Eastwood, Raymond Olubowale, Alex Meraz, Jim Parrack, and Common.

Are you looking forward to Will Smith’s take on Deadshot? Let us know in the comments below!

Sci-Fi Short Miles Gets Feature Film from Open Road & David Goyer

by Max Evry

Sci-Fi Short Miles Gets Feature Film From Open Road & David Goyer

Sci-fi short Miles gets feature film from Open Road & David Goyer

Lakeshore Entertainment and Open Road Films are partnering to co-produce and co-finance Miles, the feature film to be directed by Oliver Daly, based on his original short which started a bidding war amongst producers last year. It was won by David S. Goyer and his Phantom Four Films, who then developed the script with Daly. Check out the original short below!

Miles is the story of a teenage boy whose life is forever altered by a chance encounter with cutting edge military technology. 18-year-old Miles is searching for a way out of his small California town. But when he stumbles upon M.A.X., an escaped prototype of an advanced robot, he finds himself in an unlikely friendship, and the target of a massive manhunt that puts him and everyone he cares about in danger. Miles is a movie about growing up, finding first love, and what lies beyond the boundaries of humanity and technology.

“’Miles’ is a wildly innovative project with a top notch filmmaking team behind it. We are thrilled to partner with Lakeshore, David Goyer and everyone at Phantom Four to bring this movie to audiences around the country,” stated Open Road Films CEO, Tom Ortenberg.

The film will be produced by Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi with Phantom Four’s David S. Goyer and Kevin Turen. Miles is currently casting with principal photography to begin late summer for an anticipated 2017 release.

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