The Spy Who Dumped Me to Face Ant-Man and the Wasp

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The Spy Who Dumped Me to Face Ant-Man and the Wasp

The Spy Who Dumped Me to Face Ant-Man and the Wasp

Lionsgate has scheduled a July 6, 2018 release date for The Spy Who Dumped Me, the action comedy starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon. That’s the same date that Marvel Studios is planning on opening Ant-Man and the Wasp.

In The Spy Who Dumped Me, Audrey (Mila Kunis) and her friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon) are going about their humdrum lives when Audrey’s unassuming ex-boyfriend Drew shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the two friends jump into action when two men are shot dead on their floor, grabbing a top-secret thumb drive and taking off on a hilarious undercover mission to save the world in this high-octane, continent-hopping spy caper.

Susanna Fogel is directing from a script by Fogel and David Iserson. Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are producing.

The title, The Spy Who Dumped Me, is an obvious take on The Spy Who Loved Me, the tenth film in the James Bond series, starring Roger Moore, Curd Jürgens and Barbara Bach. That film’s title, of course, comes from Ian Fleming’s novel “The Spy Who Loved Me,” the tenth book in the series, though the plot was different.

Universal Dates New Robert Zemeckis Movie, Moves Doctor Dolittle

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Universal Dates New Robert Zemeckis Movie, Moves Doctor Dolittle

Universal dates new Robert Zemeckis movie, moves Doctor Dolittle

Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures today announced a release date for the new Robert Zemeckis movie. The film will hit theaters on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, the same date that Disney just moved Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 to.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis (Forrest GumpFlightCast Away) directs Steve Carell in the moving true story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.

The screenplay for the untitled Robert Zemeckis movie was written by Caroline Thompson and Zemeckis, while Oscar-winning producer Steve Starkey (Forrest Gump, Flight) and Jack Rapke (Cast Away, Flight) of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner produce alongside the director. It is executive produced by Jeff Malmberg, who directed the riveting 2010 documentary upon which this film is based, and Jackie Levine.

Universal Pictures also said today that the untitled Doctor Dolittle movie will move from May 24, 2019, to Friday, April 12, 2019. An untitled DisneyToon Studios movie is also scheduled for that new date.

Robert Downey Jr. brings a signature new take on a very particular genius in the untitled Doctor Dolittle movie, a sweeping adventure directed by Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan. Based on the enduring tales imagined by Hugh Lofting, the epic journey will be produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (Alice in WonderlandMaleficent), alongside Susan Downey (Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Judge) for Team Downey. Gaghan wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay from an earlier draft by Tom Shepherd.

Maggie and Supergirl Team Up to Save Alex in New Photos

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Maggie and Supergirl Team Up to Save Alex in New Photos

Maggie and Supergirl team up to save Alex in new photos

Following the promo earlier this week, The CW has released the first batch of photos for the next episode of Supergirl. Check them out in the gallery below!

Titled “Alex” and set to air May 1, the episode is described as follows:

“Alex (Chyler Leigh) is kidnapped and the kidnapper threatens to kill her unless Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) releases a notorious criminal from prison. Supergirl and Maggie (Floriana Lima) have always had different approaches to apprehending criminals but this time they must work together to save Alex. Meanwhile, Rhea (guest star Teri Hatcher) has an interesting proposal for Lena (Katie McGrath).”

Rob Greenlea directed the episode, which was written by Eric Carrasco & Greg Baldwin.

Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist in the title role, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Laura Benanti as Alura Zor-El, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, Chyler Leigh as Alexandra “Alex” Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow “Winn” Schott, Jenna Dewan Tatum as Lucy Lane (sister of Lois), David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, Peter Facinelli as Maxwell Lord, with Dean Cain and Helen Slater. Supergirl season two has also featured recurring roles for Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor, Floriana Lima as Maggie Sawyer, and Lynda Carter, star of the ’70s Wonder Woman series, as the President of the United States.

Comedic Legend Tommy Maitland (Mike Myers) to Host The Gong Show

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Comedic Legend Tommy Maitland (Mike Myers) to Host The Gong Show

Comedic legend Tommy Maitland (Mike Myers) to host The Gong Show

British comedic legend Tommy Maitland (played by Mike Myers in disguise) has been announced to host ABC’s irreverent talent show competition The Gong Show, which premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10:00 p.m. EDT. The show is executive produced by actor/comedian Will Arnett. Every episode will celebrate unusually talented and unique performers on a primetime stage. A revolving panel of judges featuring Hollywood’s hottest stars praise, critique and gong contestants in one of TV’s all-time great variety shows.

“When Will Arnett came to me and asked me to host ‘The Gong Show,’ I said, ‘I’m honoured at the request, but I’m retired,’” said Tommy Maitland. “Then he told me how much I was being paid, in U.S. dollars, and I said, ‘I’m still honoured, but no longer retired.’”

“I have been a fan of Tommy Maitland for years, and I think he is one of the most iconic British comics out there, along the lines of Benny Hill and Ricky Gervais,” said Robert Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night Programming, ABC Entertainment. “I think this show is a great vehicle to introduce Tommy to an American audience, and those who are familiar with the original ‘The Gong Show’ and its host Chuck Barris will be pleased with Tommy, who will bring the show into the 21st century with a bang!”

“When Will Arnett brought Tommy Maitland to Sony, we immediately understood why he felt Tommy would be the perfect host for our beloved ‘Gong Show,’” said Holly Jacobs, executive vice president, Reality and Syndication Programming for Sony Pictures Television. “He’s oozing with charm, wit and charisma, and I am certain that viewers will fall madly in love with him!”

“I’ve been a huge fan of Tommy since I first saw his stand-up in the U.K. while traveling as a teenager. He was so funny and original. I had the good fortune to cross paths with Tommy a few years ago and ever since we’ve talked about working together,” said Will Arnett. “I tried for years to come up with a vehicle that was suitable to expose his immense talent on a bigger stage, and ‘The Gong Show’ is the perfect fit.”

Born on July 7, 1944, Thomas Winston Maitland (his middle name is a tribute to Winston Churchill) grew up in Neasden, GLC, Borough of Brent, where his father was an actuary and in the Merchant Marine and his mother was in the RAF. After a failed stint as a pipe fitter’s apprentice, Tommy joined the British Army at the tender age of 15. He later joined the Entertainment National Service Association (ENSA), where he got to know some of the U.K.’s biggest comedians. He played the ukulele, told jokes and drummed (though he drummed badly), and he ended up hosting the show – a talent he would later be known for. He was voted ENSA Entertainer of the Year, for which he was given a guarantee to appear on British radio. He later worked as an announcer for the British radio show, “The Whosey Whats,” and got small roles in the Carry On films – either as the over-anxious compart at a men’s club or the strict union pipe fitter. He also appeared in the TV series, The Lord Mayor, as the cheeky mayor of a mythical town in East Anglia who struck it rich because they sat atop an oil field.

In 1973, Tommy wrote a book about his time in the British Army fighting the Mau Maus called The Mau Maus are Revolting, and he also worked at a Butlin’s Holiday Camp at the same time, for two seasons, in Anglesea, Wales and Brighton.

Hugely popular in Italy, he made four of his 11 films there. Two of the four were Spaghetti Westerns, where he played the fastidious banker, and the other two were James Bond knockoffs – You Only Live Once, To Be Honest and From Russia, Luv. At the same time, Tommy continued to work the working men’s clubs across England, where he received top dollar as an emcee.

In 1976, Tommy starred in He Wore a Dustman’s Hat, about an upper-class London gent who discovers that his dad (Tommy Maitland) is a garbage worker for the council in Hackney. This show played on Canadian TV at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings. Will Arnett saw this show in syndication on Canadian TV in 1980 and thought that Tommy was a comedic genius. Later that year, Tommy bought an estate in Kent called Serendipity, which he found by accident. Serendipity was a mega-celebrity hangout where people could escape, party, do or be anything they wanted to be, free from judgment and the prying eyes of the paparazzi.

In the ‘80s, Tommy hosted the British game show Tell You What, a charades-based adventure game. He later hosted an Australian game show called Dingo’s Got the Baby, in which one contestant would be the dingo and another the baby, and a chase would ensue. In 1990 he returned to England for a series of one-hour specials, called You’ve Still Got No Proof.

Tommy retired at the age of 55 but was still doing ENSA gigs. He loves comedy, so he often went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to watch young comics. Will Arnett, who was doing stand-up at one of the festivals, approached and befriended him. Desperately wanting to work with Tommy, Arnett tried for years to come up with a gig that was suitable for his immense talent and The Gong Show was the perfect match.

To follow Tommy on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, go to @MrTommyMaitland.

The Gong Show will be produced by Den of Thieves, Electric Avenue Productions and Principato Young Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and will be taped in front of a live audience. The Gong Show is executive produced by Will Arnett, Evan Prager, Jesse Ignjatovic, Conrad Green, Peter Principato and Marc Forman. Jared Morell, Jordan Barrow and David Bohnert will co-executive produce.

New Valerian Poster Featuring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne and Rihanna

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New Valerian Poster Featuring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne and Rihanna

New Valerian poster featuring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne and Rihanna

STX Entertainment has debuted the new Valerian poster, which you can view in the gallery below!

Based on the classic European graphic novel series, “Valerian and Laureline,” (specifically the sixth book, “Ambassador of the Shadows”), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as the title characters, special operatives for the government of the human territories and charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner, blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

RELATED: The New Trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

Written and directed by Luc Besson and produced by Virginie Besson-Silla, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets also stars Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu.

A EuropaCorp production, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens in theaters on July 21, 2017.

Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert Reunite for Roseanne Revival

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Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert Reunite for Roseanne Revival

Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert reunite for Roseanne Revival

Deadline is reporting that an eight-episode revival of Roseanne is in the works with series stars Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert all set to reprise their roles from the ’90s sitcom. In addition, Laurie Metcalf and others from the program (including The Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki) are in negotiations to return.

A bidding war has reportedly begun for the revival, with the likes of ABC (Roseanne‘s original broadcast network) and Netflix attempting to secure the revival. Netflix has gotten in the market of revived sitcoms with both Fuller House and a new version of One Day at a Time.

Roseanne originally premiered in 1998 and ran for nine seasons and 222 episodes, raking up seventeen Emmy nominations and four wins. What makes this revival news so bizarre, however, is the conclusion of the original Roseanne series retconned the entire show to a book Barr’s character had been writing, changing all of the bad things in her life “for the story.” The episode quickly became one of the most bizarre and controversial series finales in television.

The topic of a reunion for the series recently came up on Gilbert’s own series The Talk when star John Goodman appeared to promote Kong: Skull Island. When asked if he would be interested in the prospect of doing more, he replied: “Oh, hell yes… if we could get everyone together.”

Barr herself mused on what a “reunion show” of the series would look like in a blog post on her website back in 2009, saying: “DJ gets published; Darlene meets a woman and they have a test tube baby; Roseanne and Jackie open the first medical marijuana dispensary in lanford illinois, and pay off the mortgage before the house is foreclosed on; Mom sells a painting for ten grand; and most importantly, Dan shows up alive after faking his death.”

Are you looking forward to the Roseanne revivial? Let us know in the comments below.

Paramount Television and Anonymous Option Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles

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Paramount Television and Anonymous Option Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles

Paramount Television and Anonymous option Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have optioned the rights to 11 books from acclaimed author Anne Rice’s best-selling series, The Vampire Chronicles. Christopher Rice, four-time New York Times best-selling author and recipient of the Lambda Literary Award, will pen the series and serve as executive producer alongside Anne Rice, and Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Steve Golin.

“It is undeniable that Anne Rice has created the paradigm against which all vampire stories are measured. The rich and vast world she has created with ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ is unmatched and sophisticated with 90’s gothic undertones that will be perfectly suited to captivate audiences,” said Amy Powell, President, Paramount TV. “The series is full of compelling characters led by Lestat, arguably one of the greatest original characters, literary or otherwise. We are thrilled to collaborate with Anne, Christopher and the team at Anonymous Content on this epic series.”

“Together with our partners at Paramount Television, we are embarking on a fantastic journey with Anne and Christopher Rice to bring Anne’s unparalleled imagination to television at the moment when the medium is experiencing a global apex in the demand for the most outstanding, exciting and heightened premium dramatic programming,” says Anonymous Content’s David Kanter. “‘The Vampire Chronicles,’ in its entirety, is not only a phenomenally complex universe of story-telling, it is also a world-wide readership whose connections to the books and their author are deep and abiding. It is a tremendous responsibility to help bring the books to television, and we are thrilled to have this opportunity.”

“I’m thrilled beyond words to be working with Paramount TV and Anonymous Content –known for extraordinary cutting edge series such as ‘True Detective,’ ‘Quarry,’ and ‘The Knick,'” said Anne Rice. “In this unique golden age of television, I couldn’t ask for a finer or more passionate team to help bring my beloved vampire hero, Lestat, alive in a series of the highest quality. This is a dream come true, both for me and for Christopher and for the fans who have been asking to see the Brat Prince in this medium for years.”

Christopher Rice added, “The first great day for me on this project was when my mother asked me to partner with her on it. The second, is the announcement of this thrilling partnership with Paramount Television and Anonymous Content. For decades now fans of ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ have been clamoring for a long-form television adaptation of this galaxy of content. Just a glance at the libraries of these two innovative, groundbreaking companies makes clear why they’re perfectly suited to granting this wish. Add to that their passion and enthusiasm for the long term vision Mom and I share for this series, and we’re confident this exciting deal will result in many excellent things for Lestat in the universe of television.”

Anne Rice is a New York Times best-selling author of over 30 novels. Her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976 and has become one of bestselling novels worldwide and was the basis for the internationally acclaimed 1994 motion picture, Interview with the Vampire, starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst and Antonio Banderas.

Showtime Reveals Episodes and Ray Donovan Premiere Dates

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Showtime Reveals Episodes and Ray Donovan Premiere Dates

Showtime reveals Episodes and Ray Donovan premiere dates

Showtime has announced the premiere date for two of its series today with season five of Ray Donovan set to debut Sunday, August 6 at 9 PM on the channel and the fifth and final season of Episodes set to debut Sunday, August 20 at 10 PM ET. Episodes will have a world premiere screening at the Tribeca Film Festival this Sunday, April 30, followed by a Q&A panel with creators David Crane, Jeffrey Klarik and series star Matt LeBlanc.

The new season of Ray Donovan finds Ray (two-time Emmy nominee Liev Schreiber) turning his attention back to Hollywood and his celebrity fixer firm. Meanwhile, Mickey (Oscar winner Jon Voight) is overjoyed to at last be welcomed into Ray’s home and swears to finally mend his criminal ways. Joining the series in a season-long arc is Oscar winner and four-time Emmy-nominated actress Susan Sarandon as legendary media mogul “Samantha Winslow,” who sets Ray against her own fixers in fear they may know too much. Additional season five guest stars include Brian White (Chicago Fire), Adina Porter (American Horror Story), Rhys Coiro (Entourage), Lili Simmons (Hawaii Five-0), Tara Buck (True Blood), C. Thomas Howell (Criminal Minds) and Dominique Columbus (Sickhouse). The cast also includes Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan, Dash Mihok, Steven Bauer, Katherine Moennig, Pooch Hall, Kerris Dorsey and Devon Bagby. A SHOWTIME production, Ray Donovan is executive produced by David Hollander, Mark Gordon, Bryan Zuriff and Lou Fusaro, and was created by Ann Biderman.

At the start of the final season of Episodes, several months have passed and the game show is now a runaway hit. Unfortunately for Matt, this means he is now only thought of as a game show host, his years as an actor completely forgotten. Sean (Stephen Mangan) and Beverly (Tamsin Greig) are equally miserable. Sean’s loathsome ex-partner is now in charge of their new show, The Opposite of Us, and Sean and Beverly must now endure his utter lack of humor or talent as they watch him slowly destroy their show. The cast also includes John Pankow, Kathleen Rose Perkins and Mircea Monroe. Episodes is created and executive produced by award-winning writing partners David Crane (Friends) & Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You). Klarik directed the entire final season. The series is also executive produced by Jimmy Mulville through his Hat Trick production company.

The Star Trek: Discovery Cast Grows!

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The Star Trek: Discovery Cast Grows!

The Star Trek: Discovery cast grows!

CBS announced today new additions to the Star Trek: Discovery cast!

Shazad Latif will star as “Lieutenant Tyler,” a Starfleet officer in the Federation. Latif is known for his role as Dr. Henry Jekyll in the television series Penny Dreadful. Latif was originally announced in the role of “Kol,” now played by Kenneth Mitchell.

Rekha Sharma will star as “Commander Landry,” the security officer of the Starship Discovery. Sharma’s television credits include Battlestar Galactica and The 100.

Kenneth Mitchell will star as “Kol,” a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire. Mitchell’s television credits include the fan-favorite Jericho on CBS, The Astronaut Wives Club and Frequency.

Clare McConnell will star as “Dennas,” a leader in the Klingon Empire. McConnell’s film credits include Dim the Fluorescents, slated for release this fall.

Damon Runyan will star as “Ujilli,” a leader in the Klingon Empire. Runyan’s television credits include Suits, Supernatural and Gangland Undercover.

They will join a Star Trek: Discovery cast that includes Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca, Sonequa Martin-Green as Lieutenant Commander Rainsford, Doug Jones as science officer Saru, Anthony Rapp as fellow science officer Stamets, Terry Serpico as Starfleet admiral Anderson, Maulik Pancholy as chief medical officer Nambue, Sam Vartholomeos as junior Starfleet officer Connor, Mary Wiseman as Cadet Tilly, James Frain as Sarek, astrophysicist and father of Spock, Chris Obi as Klingon leader T’Kuvma, Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, a Klingon commander, Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd, and Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou.

Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns to television 50 years after it first premiered with Star Trek: Discovery. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. The series will premiere on the CBS Television Network with all subsequent episodes available on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service, and will be distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV.

Star Trek: Discovery is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers.

Bryan Singer Reveals Stan Lee Will Cameo in FOX’s Gifted

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Bryan Singer Reveals Stan Lee Will Cameo in FOX's Gifted

Bryan Singer reveals Stan Lee will cameo in FOX’s Gifted

Production is officially underway for FOX‘s upcoming series Gifted and four-time X-Men film director Bryan Singer has revealed on Instagram that none other than Stan Lee will cameo in the pilot episode of the X-Men series. This marks the third time Lee has appeared in a Singer-directed project, first appearing in 2000’s X-Men and last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse.

RELATED: FOX’s X-Men Series is Titled Gifted

The Gifted series stars Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White, Sean Teale, Blair Redford, with Jamie Chung as the mutant Blink, and Natalie Alyn Lind as the mutant Polaris.

Produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, the series will focus on two ordinary parents (Moyer and Acker) who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.

Writer Matt Nix (Burn Notice) will executive produce and showrun the series.

“Developing a Marvel property has been a top priority for the network–and we are so pleased with how Matt Nix has led us into this thrilling universe,” Fox Entertainment president David Madden said back in July when the show was announced. “There’s comic book adventure, emotional and complicated relationships, and a rich, existing mythology from which to draw. With the brilliant production crew behind this project, it has all the makings of a big, fun and exciting new series.”

The Arrow Cave is on Lock Down in New Arrow Photos

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The Arrow Cave is on Lock Down in New Arrow Photos

The Arrow cave is on lock down in new Arrow photos

The CW has released the first batch of photos for next week’s episode of Arrow with Oliver and Felicity trapped in the Arrow cave and their teammates trying to get them out. Check them out in the gallery below!

RELATED: Oliver and Felicity are Trapped in the Arrow Episode 5.20 Promo

Titled “Underneath,” the episode is officially described as follows:

“Things get intense when Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) are trapped in the bunker together. Meanwhile, Lyla (guest star Audrey Marie Andreson) and Diggle (David Ramsey) deal with their martial issues.”

Wendey Stanzler directed the episode, which was written by Wendy Mericle & Beth Schwartz. “Underneath” is set to air Wednesday, May 3 on The CW.

Arrow stars Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen, David Ramsey as John Diggle, Willa Holland as Thea Queen, Emily Bett Rickards as Felicity Smoak, John Barrowman as Malcom Merlyn, with Paul Blackthorne as Detective Lance. The series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg and Sarah Schechter.

Akiva Goldsman to Direct Firestarter Remake for Universal and Blumhouse

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Akiva Goldsman to Direct Firestarter Remake for Universal and Blumhouse

Akiva Goldsman to direct Firestarter remake for Universal and Blumhouse

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions are gearing up to remake a classic Stephen King tale as Jason Blum himself announced at the Overlook Film Festival they’ll be remaking the Stephen King novel Firestarter. Filmmaker Akiva Goldsman, who recently directed the film Stephanie for Blumhouse, will direct the Firestarter remake from a script by Scott Teems.

Originally published by Stephen King in 1981, Firestarter focuses on a young girl named Charlie McGee, who inherited pyrokinetic powers from her parents after they’d been given a low-grade hallucinogen called “Lot Six” while at college. Now the government is trying to capture young Charlie and harness her powerful firestarting skills as a weapon.

Previously adapted into a film by Mark Lester in 1984, the original Firestarter movie is notable for being just the third movie that Drew Barrymore appeared in (two years after E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial). The film also featured an ensemble cast, including David Keith, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, and Art Carney.

Goldsman previously won an Academy Award for his adapted screenplay of A Beautiful Mind. He made his directorial debut in 2014 with Winter’s Tale but recently headed up Paramount’s writer’s room for the Transformers franchise (which director Michael Bay says they’re developing 14 Transformers stories from). This also isn’t the first time Goldsman has worked in the realm of Stephen King, as he rewrote the script and is credited as a producer on the upcoming The Dark Tower film.

James Cromwell Reveals His Jurassic World 2 Character Ties Into the Original Film

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James Cromwell Reveals His Jurassic World 2 Character Ties into the Original Film

James Cromwell reveals his Jurassic World 2 character ties into the original film

Following the reveal that Jeff Goldblum will return for the Jurassic World sequel, another connection to the original Jurassic Park in the upcoming film has been revealed. While being interviewed by Larry King, actor James Cromwell revealed some details about his Jurassic World 2 character in the sequel, saying:

“The character Richard Attenborough played, I’m his partner Benjamin Lockwood. We developed the technology of being able to clone the genes, and so I’m trying to deal with the blow back from what we have done.”

Based on the events of Jurassic World, it sounds like Cromwell’s Lockwood will have a bone to pick with B.D. Wong’s Dr. Wu, who helped create the Indominus Rex that essentially destroyed the fully-functional park.

The upcoming film also stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard alongside Toby Jones, Daniella PinedaJustice Smith and Rafe Spall. Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg are returning to produce the film, which has JA Bayona (When a Monster Calls, The Impossible) in the director’s chair.

The Jurassic World sequel is set for release on June 22, 2018.

(Photo credit: Getty Images)

Emma Watson Would Love to Do a Beauty and the Beast Sequel

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Emma Watson Would Love to Do a Beauty and the Beast Sequel

Emma Watson would love to do a Beauty and the Beast sequel

As if Walt Disney Pictures needed any more incentive now that the movie has earned $1.1 billion on a $160 million budget, Emma Watson says she would love to do a Beauty and the Beast sequel.

Talking with Access Hollywood at the premiere for The Circle, which co-stars Tom Hanks and opens in theaters today, Watson said: “I always thought that Belle would become a teacher and she would run the library in the castle and open it up to the village. This was where I was going.”

What do you think? Do you have any ideas for a Beauty and the Beast sequel? Could it be something like the animated Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Directed by Bill Condon, Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Josh Gad as Lefou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, and Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts.

You can watch Emma Watson talking about the potential Beauty and the Beast sequel in the player below.

Brooklyn! See ’80s Fave Remote Control at the Alamo!

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Brooklyn! See '80s Fave Remote Control at the Alamo!

Classic ’80s sci-fi romp Remote Control screens in 35mm at the Alamo Drafthouse in Brooklyn with  director Jeff Lieberman in attendance

If you’re in the New York area on May 15th at 7 p.m. and want to see something really weird and cool, get thine arse to the Alamo Drafthouse Brooklyn (445 Albee Square West)  and buckle in for a movie that will make your eyeballs spin (and in some cases…roll!). Eccentric NYC filmmaker Jeff Lieberman (Squirm, Just Before Dawn) will be at the theater screening his rare and deeply strange 1988 sci-fi satire Remote Control, a rare 35mm film presentation.

Remote Control celebrates the heyday of video stores and pre-dates the Ring films in its tale of an evil VHS. It’s a stylish and loving send up of old sci-fi, with a cast of eccentric characters played by Kevin Dillon (Entourage), Jennifer Tilly (Bride of Chucky, the upcoming Cult of Chucky), and Deborah Goodrich (Goodrich will also be in attendance at the show). Remote Control is begging for a reboot in these times of “instant watch,” but for now, you’ll have to settle for a revisit to the days of browsing tapes and getting freaked out. And hey! You don’t even have to rewind the tape!

Jeff Lieberman’s forty-year career in the motion picture and television industries extends over a wide variety of productions. He has garnered numerous awards including the Emmy, CableACE, three Cine Golden Eagles, Chicago Film Festival Golden Hugo, and Gold medals at the Atlanta and Revena Film Festivals. His feature films have screened as official selections at the London, Edinburgh, and Tribeca Film Festivals as well as numerous fantasy film festivals around the world. And then he made Squirm in 1976 and the rest is history.

Remote Control tickets are available for purchase via the Alamo Drafthouse website. See you at the show!

Jess Franco’s Slaves Comes Uncut to DVD

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Jess Franco's Slaves Comes Uncut to DVD

Jess Franco’s rare and controversial erotic thriller Slaves is coming to DVD fully uncut and totally remastered

Out of all the pictures Spanish exploitation maverick Jess Franco and Swiss producer Erwin C. Dietrich released, 1977’s Slaves is perhaps the rarest and most sought after. The film (also known as Swedish Nympho Slaves and Die Sklavinnen) stars Franco’s wife and muse, the inimitable Lina Romay (Marquise De Sade) in a rare villainous role as Madame Arminda, the owner a notorious high-end brothel called The Pagoda, who oversees the kidnapping and sexual torture and humiliation of a young society girl (Martine Stedil, Barbed Wire Dolls). When the girl’s father pays the ransom but doesn’t get his daughter back, he and his nasty manservant (played by Franco himself!) raid The Pagoda and enslave Arminda, subjecting her to untold indignities while trying to find out what happened to his child.

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As with all Franco/Dietrich productions, Slaves packs a sleazy wallop but its grimy doses of sex and violence are juxtaposed by rich production values, gorgeous cinematography by Peter Baumgartner and lush music by Walter Baumgartner. Filled with a enough female nudity to fill 10 films and bolstered by Romay’s intense performance, Slaves is classic piece of Franco-philia that needs to be seen and is presented here totally uncut (in its original German language with English subtitles) and digitally remastered from Dietrich’s own negative.

Slaves will be available on Special Edition DVD on May 23rd from Full Moon.

Matthew Ross’ Siberia Movie Begins Production

by Silas Lesnick

Keanu Reeves' Siberia movie is now filming. Are you planning to check out the Siberia movie?

Production has officially begun on Matthew Ross’ Siberia movie, starring Keanu Reeves

Production is officially underway on director Matthew Ross’ Siberia movie. The romantic thriller arrives from the Frank & Lola helmer and stars Keanu Reeves (John Wick), Pasha Lychnikoff (Shameless), Ana Ularu (Inferno) and Molly Ringwald (Riverdale).

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Shooting on location in Winnipeg, Canada and St Petersburg, Russia, the Siberia movie follows Lucas (Reeves), an American diamond merchant, who travels to Russia to sell rare blue diamonds of questionable origin. As the deal begins to collapse, he falls into an obsessive relationship with Katya (Ularu), a Russian cafe owner, in a small Siberian town. As their passion builds, so does the treacherous world of the diamond trade from which he is unable to extricate himself. Both collide as the American man desperately looks for escape in a world with no exit.

Lychnikoff will play Boris Volkov, chief antagonist to Reeves’ character.

The Siberia movie was written by Academy Award nominee Scott B. Smith (A Simple Plan) and is based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel. The film is produced by Hamel and Reeves of Company Films and Gabriela Bacher of Summerstorm/Film House Germany who had developed the material together; and Braden Aftergood and David Hansen. Cassian Elwes of Mars Town helped arrange the financing and is executive producing along with Wayne Godfrey and Robert Jones of The Fyzz and Simon Williams of Ingenious. Also serving as executive producers are Christian Angermayer and Klemens Hallmann of Film House Germany, Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros of Zeal, and Phyllis Laing and Jeff Beesley of Buffalo Gals.

Does Siberia sound like a project you’re going to want to check out on the big screen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Wag the Dog Series Heads to HBO

by Silas Lesnick

A Wag the Dog is headed to HBO. Will you watch a Wag the Dog series?

A Wag the Dog series, based on the 1997 feature film. is headed to HBO

Having found massive success with their small-screen take on Michael Crichton’s 1973 Westworld, HBO is developing a television adapting a very different feature film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a Wag the Dog series is on the way, based on the 1997 feature film directed by Barry Levinson. Levinson will return to the direct the Wag the Dog series with Robert De Niro, who headlined the film opposite Dustin Hoffman, set to serve as executive producer.

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According to the trade, HBO is officially describing their concept for the Wag the Dog series as follows:

“[Wag the Dog is] an ode to the classic film, but moving the weapons of mass distraction beyond politics and into business, entertainment, and yes, non-profits. In the 21st Century with the tools of social media at their hands, nothing is off limits to a small group of operators when it comes to manufacturing reality. Fake news is so yesterday.”

The original film was loosely based on the 1993 novel American Hero by Larry Beinhart. The film version stars De Niro as a political spin doctor who, in attempt to get the right candidate elected President, hires a film producer (Hoffman) to fake a war with Albania. The original novel was quite different, however, and imagined George Bush Sr. faking the Gulf War.

Draft Day scribe Rajiv Joseph is scripting the Wag the Dog series and is also set to serve as executive producer alongside De Niro, Levinson, Tom Fontana, Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh and Jason Sosnoff, the original film’s screenwriter. David Brock is set to serve as a consultant.

Does a Wag the Dog series sound like a show you’ll want to check out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Michael Mann to Co-Write Heat Prequel Novel with Reed Farrel Coleman

by Spencer Perry

Michael Mann to Co-Write Heat Prequel Novel with Reed Farrel Coleman

Michael Mann to co-write Heat prequel novel with Reed Farrel Coleman

Mark this under news you didn’t quite expect to ever be reading, but filmmaker Michael Mann has announced he will team up with four-time Edgar Award-nominated author Reed Farrel Coleman to co-write a prequel novel for his landmark crime film Heat. The book will be published in 2018 under the Michael Mann imprint at William Morrow/HarperCollins.

Mann wrote, directed and produced the 1995 film, which starred Al Pacino and Robert De Niro as a police officer and major criminal caught in a game of pursuit with each other. The film makes references to past scores that De Niro’s character accomplished and major criminals that Pacino’s character hunted, and the novel will explore both of these story elements while expanding the world of Heat, its characters, and their criminal ambitions.

Heat celebrated its twentieth anniversary last year, and was the subject of a number of laudatory tributes and retrospectives, including one at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences moderated by Christopher Nolan. On May 9, 2017, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the Director’s Definitive Edition of Heat, including an all-new restoration overseen by Mann, on Blu-ray and DVD.

The film, which featured a sizable ensemble cast that also included Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Ashley Judd, Ted Levine, Dennis Haysbert, William Fichtner, Natalie Portman, Tom Noonan, Hank Azaria, Danny Trejo, Henry Rollins, and Jeremy Piven, brought in over $187 million at the global box office upon release.

King Arthur Movie Gallery: More Than 40 New Stills

by Silas Lesnick

Check out our newly updated King Arthur movie gallery. We've got more than 40 news tills in the King Arthur movie gallery.

We’ve updated our King Arthur movie gallery with more than 40 new stills!

With the Warner Bros. Pictures release just two weeks away, the studio has brought online more than 40 new King Arthur movie stills. Check them all out in the gallery viewer below!

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Acclaimed filmmaker Guy Ritchie (Snatch, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) brings his dynamic style to the epic fantasy action adventure King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Starring Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, The Lost City of Z) in the title role, the film is an iconoclastic take on the classic Excalibur myth, tracing Arthur’s journey from the streets to the throne. When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur’s uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy… whether he likes it or not.

Also starring Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Djimon Hounsou (Furious 7), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), and Eric Bana (Deliver Us From Evil), the new King Arthur movie was written by Joby Harold and Guy Ritchie & Lionel Wigram.

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Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, some suggestive content and brief strong language, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword arrives in theaters on May 12.

Are you planning to check out the new King Arthur movie on the big screen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!