Star Wars: The Last Jedi Jumps to $104.8 Million on Friday!

by CS

Star Wars: The Last Jedi jumps to $104.8 million on Friday!

Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm‘s Star Wars: The Last Jedi jumped to an estimated $104.8 million domestically its first day on Friday from 4,232 theaters! It is only the second movie to surpass the $100 million mark in a single day, and it trails just Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which debuted with $119.1 million on its way to a launch of $247.9 million in December of 2015. The Last Jedi is expected to easily clear the $200 million mark its first weekend.

Like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue OneStar Wars: The Last Jedi received an A CinemaScore from audiences, which should mean a healthy road ahead for the film’s box office.

We’ll have more on the film’s domestic and international box office results tomorrow.

You can read our Star Wars: The Last Jedi reviews here and here. You can view all our previous Star Wars: The Last Jedi coverage by clicking here.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson (BrickLooper) and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcoming back cast members Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita 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 newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

The sequel is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

George Clooney, Matt Charman Developing Watergate Limited Series

by Jenna Busch

George Clooney and Matt Charman to develop Watergate limited series for Netflix

George Clooney and Matt Charman to develop Watergate limited series for Netflix

George Clooney (Up in the AirThe Descendants) and Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman are partnering up with Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov to develop an eight-part limited series about Watergate, according to Deadline. The project has reportedly ended up at Netflix.

The series, if it goes through, will be produced by Sonar Entertainment. The site reports that each episode of the Watergate drama would focus on one of the people involved in the scandal that rocked the Presidency, including Attorney General John Mitchell and Nixon counsel John Ehrlichman and will be modeled after the Japanese drama Rashomon.

Clooney and Heslov will serve as executive producers, while Charman will write the script for Watergate. The Watergate scandal took place in the early 1970s after a break-in by five men at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington D.C. The break-in took place on June 17, 1972. The scandal involved President Richard Nixon’s administration trying to cover up its involvement. The scandal led to President Nixon resigning from office.

Smokehouse is currently working on another project, Catch-22 based on the Joesph Heller novel. Clooney is set to star and direct. Catch-22 comes to us from Paramount Television and Anonymous Content.

What do you think about a limited series based on the Watergate scandal? Who would you like to see play the lead roles? We want to hear from you! Leave us your thoughts in the comments below or tweet them to us @ComingSoonnet.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Rob Lowe to Star in Gender-Swapped Remake of The Bad Seed

by Jenna Busch

Rob Lowe set to star in a gender-swapped remake of The Bad Seed

Rob Lowe set to direct and star in a gender-swapped remake of The Bad Seed

Rob Lowe (St. Elmo’s FireCode Black) is set to direct and star in a gender-swapped remake of the Academy Award-nominated 1956 film The Bad Seed for Lifetime, according to Deadline. The film is in negotiations with Warner Bros., which owns the rights to the film.

The gender-swapping in The Bad Seed isn’t the lead role, which will remain female. It’s the gender of the parent, played by 1958 by Nancy Kelly, who received an Academy Award nomination for her role. Patty McCormack also received a nomination for playing Kelly’s daughter in the film. In this version, Lowe will play the father of the young daughter, who is evil. The Bad Seed will be written by Barbara Marshall (Wish Upon). The film was based on the best-selling William Marsh novel, which was developed into a Broadway play.

In the story, a terrible event happens at the young Emma’s (she’s Rhoda in the 1956 film) school and her father (Lowe) has to question everything he knows about Emma. Can he keep her involvement a secret or will he have to stop her from harming others?

The 1956 film was directed by Mervyn LeRoy from an adapted screenplay by John Lee Mahin. Lowe will executive produce The Bad Seed alongside Mark Wolper from The Wolper Organization and Elizabeth Stephen. Casting is currently underway and production is looking at a start in early 2018.

Rob Lowe is known for starring in the TV series The West Wing as well as the CBS drama Code Black. Lowe has also been recurring in the space comedy The Orville. He stars and executive produces The Lowe Files for A&E. He’s known for starring in films like St. Elmo’s FireThe Outsiders and Wayne’s World.

Are you guys interested in a remake of The Bad Seed? Let us know in the comments.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Bill Lawrence Developing Comedy Spaced Out for CBS

by Jenna Busch

Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence to develop comedy Spaced Out at CBS

Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence to develop comedy Spaced Out at CBS

Scrubs creator and Spin City and Cougar Town co-creator Bill Lawrence is developing the comedy Spaced Out at CBS, according to Variety. The show is reportedly a multi-camera ensemble set in the world of commercial space travel. Spaced Out was previously in development as a single camera comedy series at NBC, which was written by Adam Sztykiel and executive produced by Lawrence and Jeff Ingold. This CBS version will be written and executive produced by Lawrence, with Ingold set to executive produce as well. Lawrence and Ingold’s Doozer Productions will produce with Warner Bros. Television.

Bill Lawrence is known for creating the medical comedy Scrubs, starring Zach Braff and Donald Faison, which ran for nine seasons. He co-created Cougar Town, which ran for six seasons, three on ABC and three on TBS. It starred Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Busy Phillips, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins, Ian Gomez and Brian Van Holt. Lawrence also co-created Spin City, which starred Heather Locklear, Charlie Sheen and Michael J. Fox. The show ran for six seasons on ABC. He’s also written for FriendsThe Nanny and Boy Meats World. Lawrence served as an executive producer on Undatable and will play the same role on the upcoming series Life Sentence on The CW.

Are you excited to see a comedy set in the world of commercial space travel? Will you watch Spaced Out if it goes to series? What is your favorite Bill Lawrence show? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Willa Fitzgerald Cast in The Goldfinch Movie Adaptation

by Jenna Busch

Willa Fitzgerald cast in the movie adaptation of The Goldfinch

Willa Fitzgerald cast in the movie adaptation of The Goldfinch

Willa Fitzgerald (Little Women) has joined the cast of Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios’ movie adaptation of The Goldfinch, according to Variety. Fitzgerald, who will play the role of Kitsey Barbour, joins Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) who plays Theo in the film, and Aneurin Barnard (Dunkirk) who will play Boris. The Goldfinch will be directed by John Crowley. The film is based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Goldfinch.

Described by the Pulitzer committee as being, “a beautifully written coming-of-age novel… that stimulates the mind and touches the heart,” The Goldfinch is Tartt’s first novel in more than a decade. Published in 2013, it is officially described as follows:

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love–and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

What do you think of the casting for The Goldfinch? Are you interested in the film? Let us know in the comments.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Final Season of Judd Apatow’s Love Gets a Premiere Date from Netflix

by Jenna Busch

The third and final season of Judd Apatow's Love gets a premiere date from Netflix

The third and final season of Judd Apatow’s Love gets a premiere date from Netflix

The third and final season of the Netflix original series Love is set to premiere on March 9, 2018. The show, which was created by Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin, and produced by Legendary, will take its final bow globally when all the episodes are released that day.

Will they? Won’t they? Should they? Season three continues to follow the trials and tribulations of Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) and Gus’s (Paul Rust) romance.

“I am really excited about the third season of Love. I think it is our sweetest, funniest season and ends our story in a beautiful way,” said series co-creator and executive producer Judd Apatow.

“We couldn’t have hoped for better companions to go on this journey of Love with than the incomparable Judd Apatow, Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust, Lesley Arfin and the rest of the fantastic cast and crew who have brought this special series to life. Over three seasons, viewers around the world have laughed, cringed, and cried with Mickey and Gus, and we are excited to share this concluding journey with their fans,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Series.

The first season of Love premiered on the streaming service with ten episodes on February 19, 2016. The second season, consisting of 12 episodes premiered on March 10, 2017. The show also stars Claudia O’Doherty as Bertie Bauer. Guest stars for the series include Will Sasso and Andy Dick, and recurring stars included Charlyne Yi, Milana Vayntrub, Mädchen Amick and Horatio Sanz.

Are you guys excited for Season 3 of Love when it returns to Netflix next year? What did you think of Season 2? Are you sad to see the end of the series? Let us know your thoughts in the comment.

Apple Orders Space Race Drama from Battlestar Galactica Creator

by Spencer Perry

Apple Orders Space Race Drama from Battlestar Galactica Creator

Apple orders Space Race drama from Battlestar Galactic creator

Deadline reports that Ronald D. Moore, who brought back the sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica to television, has developed a new drama that has been given a straight-to-series order by Apple.

Moore co-created the series with Fargo co-executive producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. The series will explore what would have happened if the global space race had never ended. The project hails from Sony Pictures Television and Moore’s Tail Ship Productions.

Space-themed dramas have been a staple of Moore’s career whose other credits include Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, CapricaCarnivàle, and Outlander. His next series is Amazon’s Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, which premieres next month.

Moore’s drama is the third original series ordered by Apple, including a morning show drama starring and executive produced by Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, and a reboot of the Steven Spielberg series Amazing Stories from Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller.

Earlier this year, Apple hired Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht from Sony Television specifically to create original programming for the tech giant. How this original content will be made available to viewers remains to be seen.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

First Look at Hawk and Dove in DC’s Titans!

by Spencer Perry

First Look at Hawk and Dove in DC's Titans!

First look at Hawk and Dove in DC’s Titans!

Following the reveal of Brenton Thwaites as Robin in the upcoming series two weeks ago, DC Entertainment has released a first look at stars Alan Ritchson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) as superhero duo Hawk and Dove! Check it out in the gallery below along with the first photo of Robin! The new Warner Bros. TV series will premiere in 2018 as part of DC’s direct-to-consumer digital service.

Titans also stars Anna Diop (24: Legacy) as Koriand’r/Starfire, Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) as Dick Grayson/Robin, Teagan Croft (Home and Away) as Raven, and Lindsey Gort as Police Detective Amy Rohrbach.

The Hawk and Dove suits were designed by renowned costume designer Laura Jean Shannon, whose credits include Black Lightning, Iron Man and The Jungle Book, among others.

Titans comes from executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. In the action-packed series, Dick Grayson emerges from the shadows to become the leader of a fearless band of new heroes, including StarfireRaven and many others. Fans can expect Titans to be a dramatic, live-action adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book teams ever.

Hawk and Dove will be recurring roles in the series with the potential to become regulars in Season 2, and maybe even a Hawk and Dove spinoff later on. Hawk and Dove were introduced in 1968 as Hank and Don Hall, but in the late 1980s, Don was killed off. Dawn Granger was introduced as the new Dove. The two could summon their powers from the Lords of Order and the Lords of Chaos by saying their names. Hawk has super strength, speed and stamina and Dove has magical and tactical abilities.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Opens to $45 Million at Thursday Previews

by CS

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens to $45 million at Thursday previews

Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm‘s Star Wars: The Last Jedi earned an estimated $45 million at Thursday evening previews, which marks the second-highest domestic preview gross of all time, coming in +55% ahead of Rogue One ($29 million) and -21% behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($57 million). IMAX previews grossed an estimated $5.3 million, in line with Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Thursday opening record of $5.37 million.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi began its international rollout on December 13 in 14 material markets, followed by an additional 34 material markets on December 14, opening #1 in each (except Turkey and Korea) and bringing its two-day international total to an estimated $60.8 million and a global total of $105.8 million. In addition to its North American debut, Star Wars: The Last Jedi adds Japan and Spain today for a day-and-date release across all territories except China, where it opens on January 5.

The international territories highlights include:
UK $10.2M
Germany $6.1M
France $6.0M
Australia $5.6M
Brazil $2.5M
Sweden $2.4M
Italy $2.3M
Mexico $2.1M
Denmark $1.7M
Russia $1.6M
Norway $1.5M
Other $18.8M
Total $60.8M

You can read our Star Wars: The Last Jedi reviews here and here. You can view all our previous Star Wars: The Last Jedi coverage by clicking here.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson (BrickLooper) and continues the storylines introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, welcoming back cast members Mark Hamill, the late Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita 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 newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

The sequel is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.

Amazon January 2018 Movie and TV Titles Announced

by Spencer Perry

Amazon January 2018 Movie and TV Titles Announced

Amazon January 2018 Movie and TV titles announced

Amazon has announced the movie and TV titles coming to Amazon Prime Video and Amazon Channels in January. The Amazon January 2018 line-up brings two highly-anticipated Amazon Original Series and one Amazon Original special exclusively for Prime members to stream or download at no additional cost to their membership:

The 2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish: The Amazon Original special is presented by Funny or Die, and will be hosted by Will Ferrell as Cord Hosenbeck and Molly Shannon as Tish Cattigan. The special will be available to stream live starting at 8am PT, and features entertaining commentary from Will and Molly as hosts of the 2018 Rose Parade. The special will be available in HDR on compatible HDR devices. (Jan.1)

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams S1: The Amazon Original Series is based on short stories from Philip K. Dick, which explores humanity in set from 5 to 5000 years in the future and questions what it means to be human in unique and fantastical worlds. The series will be available in HDR on compatible HDR devices. (Jan.12)

Just Add Magic S2b: The Amazon Original Series continues into part two and follows Kelly, Hannah and Darbie as they race to identify who is cursing the town and destroying all of the magical spices and erasing everyone’s memories of magic. The series will be available in HDR on compatible HDR devices. (Jan.19)

You can read the full release list below!

TV in January – Available for Streaming on Amazon Prime

AVAILABLE JANUARY 1

Doctor Who season 10
The 2018 Rose Parade Hosted by Cord & Tish (Amazon Original)

AVAILABLE JANUARY 6

Grimm season 6

AVAILABLE JANUARY 9

Tennison season 1

AVAILABLE JANUARY 12

Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams (Amazon Original) season 1

AVAILABLE JANUARY 16

My Mother & Other Strangers

AVAILABLE JANUARY 19

Just Add Magic (Amazon Original)  season 2

AVAILABLE JANUARY 30

Grantchester season 3
Remember Me

Movies in January – Available for Streaming on Amazon Prime

AVAILABLE JANUARY 1

All is Lost
American Ninja
Assassination
Avenging Force
Babel
Baby Mama’s Club
Black Rain
Brothers
Burning Blue
But I’m a Cheerleader
Capote
Coming Soon
Cool World
Cross Bronx
Dangerous Curves
Drop Dead Sexy
Evolution
Flawless
Freedom Writers
Hamlet
Highway
Horsemen
Hustle & Flow
Invaders from Mars
Love and Death
Love Story
Murphy’s Law
Platoon Leader
Pretty Bird
Primitive
Requiem for a Dream
Reservoir Dogs
Revenge of the Ninja
Revolutionary Road
Richard the Lionheart
Show of Force
Six Degrees of Separation
Step Into Liquid
Street Smart
The Perfect Weapon
The Presidio
The Wraith
Thelma & Louise
Uncommon Valor
Words and Pictures
Zodiac

AVAILABLE JANUARY 5

The Devil’s Double

AVAILABLE JANUARY 7

A Ghost Story

AVAILABLE JANUARY 17

The Midwife

AVAILABLE JANUARY 31

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

TV in January – Available for Streaming on Amazon Channels

AVAILABLE JANUARY 23

The Alienist (Turner)

Movies in January – Available for Streaming on Amazon Video

AVAILABLE JANUARY 2

Geostorm

TV in January– Available for Streaming on Amazon Channels

AVAILABLE JANUARY 7

The CHI season 1 (Showtime)

AVAILABLE JANUARY 14

Divorce season 2 (HBO)
Crashing season 2 (HBO)

AVAILABLE JANUARY 15

Victoria season 2 (PBS Masterpiece)
Detectorists season 3 (Acorn TV)

AVAILABLE JANUARY 19

High Maintenance season 2 (HBO)

AVAILABLE JANUARY 21

Counterpart season 1 (STARZ)

AVAILABLE JANUARY 28

Shameless season 8 (Showtime)

Movies in January– Available for Streaming on Amazon Channels

AVAILABLE JANUARY 1

Harry Potter series (HBO)

AVAILABLE JANUARY 19

Bill Maher

9 Foreign Language Films Advance in the Oscar Race

by Jenna Busch

Nine films in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards advance to the next round

Nine films in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards advance to the next round

Today, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 90th Academy Awards. 92 films had originally been considered in the Foreign Language Film category.

The Foreign Language Films advancing to the next round are:

Chile, A Fantastic Woman, Sebastián Lelio, director;

Germany, In the Fade, Fatih Akin, director

Hungary, On Body and Soul, Ildikó Enyedi, director

Israel, Foxtrot, Samuel Maoz, director

Lebanon, The Insult, Ziad Doueiri, director

Russia, Loveless, Andrey Zvyagintsev, director

Senegal, Félicité, Alain Gomis, director

South Africa, The Wound, John Trengove, director

Sweden, The Square, Ruben Östlund, director

Foreign Language Film nominations for 2017 are determined in two phases.

The Phase I committee, consisting of Los Angeles-based Academy members, screened the original submissions in the category between mid-October and December 11. The group’s top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Executive Committee, constitute the shortlist.

Academy members eligible to participate in the Nominations round of voting in New York, London, Los Angeles and, for the first time, the San Francisco Bay Area, will screen the nine shortlisted films in theaters over a three-day period from Friday, January 12, through Sunday, January 14, with three films screening each day. Additionally, international members (who live outside of the U.K.) will be invited to opt-in to stream the nine shortlisted films on the Academy’s member site. Members must see all nine films before casting their ballots.

Nominations for the 90th Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Which foreign language film are you most interested in? Let us know in the comments.

The IT Crowd Remake at NBC with Original Creator Graham Linehan

by Jenna Busch

NBC is remaking The IT Crowd with original creator Graham Linehan

NBC is remaking The IT Crowd with original creator Graham Linehan

NBC is developing a remake of the British sitcom The IT Crowd, according to Variety. The British series ran for four seasons on Channel 4 and stars Chris O’Dowd, Richard Ayoade, Katherine Parkinson, and Matt Berry. The show was written and created by Graham Linehan, who is on board to write and executive produce the American version of the show. Patrick Daly and John Rolph will executive produce with Universal Television producing the series.

The IT Crowd followed the IT department employees of the fictional Reynholm Industries, as well as the bosses. The series premiered on Channel 4 on February 3, 2006 and ran for four, six-episode seasons. A fifth season was in the works, but didn’t happen. A special single episode aired on September 27, 2013 to conclude the series. It has since become a cult hit.

This isn’t the first time NBC has worked on an American version of The IT Crowd. A pilot starring Joel McHale,  Jessica St. Clair, Rock Carroll and Richard Ayoade from the original British series was produced. A full series was ordered, but it was never produced. In October 2014, a new version was reportedly in the works, produced by Bill Lawrence, but that never went anywhere either. There was a German version of the show as well, called Das iTeam – Die Jungs an der Maus (The iTeam – The Boys at the Mouse), though it was canceled after the second episode.

In addition to The IT Crowd, Linehan is known for creating series like MotherlandFather Ted, Count Arthur Strong, and Big Train.

What do you guys think of the idea of an American version of The IT Crowd? Did you watch the original series? Who would you like to see cast in the show? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

The Russo Brothers Nab The Electric State for IT’s Muschietti

by Jenna Busch

The Russo brothers nab the rights to The Electric State for IT's Muschietti

The Russo brothers nab the rights to The Electric State for IT’s Muschietti

The Russo Brothers Studio has just won the rights to the illustrated novel The Electric State from author Simon Stålenhag, according to DeadlineIT director Andy Muschietti is currently in negotiations to direct and to produce with Barbara Muschietti. Joe and Anthony Russo are set to produce as well, with Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder, with Russo Brothers Studio production head Mike Larocca as executive producer. The Electric State has reportedly been a hot property with a number of studios and directors looking to be a part of the project.

The Electric State will be adapted by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who wrote Captain America: The Winter SoldierCaptain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel, all of which were directed by the Russo brothers. Stålenhag will also executive produce.

The book, which was the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, is described this way: “In late 1997, a runaway teenager and her yellow toy robot travel west through a strange USA, where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside heaped together with the discarded trash of a high tech consumerist society in decline. As their car approaches the edge of the continent, the world outside the window seems to be unraveling ever faster as if somewhere beyond the horizon, the hollow core of civilization has finally caved in.” 

Stålenhag is known for his work on Tales from the Loop and Things From the Flood.

The Russo brothers told the site, “The opportunity to partner with inspirational talents like Simon, Andy, Chris and Steve is exactly the reason we started our company. We can’t wait to help this team create something special.”

The Kickstarter site explains Stålenhag’s vision: “His highly imaginative images and stories depicting illusive sci-fi phenomena in mundane, hyper-realistic Scandinavian landscapes have made Stålenhag one of the most sought-after visual storytellers in the world.

“Now, Stålenhag turns his unique vision to America in a new narrative artbook: The Electric State. With your support, these amazing images will turn into a top-quality narrative artbook, truly doing justice to the extreme attention to detail and quality of Stålenhag’s work.”

Are you interested in The Electric State? Let us know in the comments.

Global Road Entertainment Acquires Suspense Thriller The Silence

by Jenna Busch

Global Road Entertainment acquires the rights to The Silence starring Stanley Tucci and Miranda Otto

Global Road Entertainment acquires the rights to The Silence starring Stanley Tucci and Miranda Otto

Global Road Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to the suspense thriller The Silence. The film is based on the novel by New York Times best-selling author Tim Lebbon (Star Wars: Into The Void, The Cabin in the Woods), with plans to release it in 2018. The announcement was made today by Rob Friedman, Chairman and CEO of Global Road Entertainment.

Directed by John Leonetti (Annabelle), The Silence stars Stanley Tucci (The Lovely BonesSpotlight), Miranda Otto (Showtime’s HomelandAnnabelle: Creation), Kiernan Shipka (AMC’s Mad Men) and John Corbett (HBO’s Sex and the City), and is produced by Robert Kulzer (Resident Evil franchise), Alexandra Milchan (Wolf of Wall Street) and Scott Lambert (AMC’s The Terror), with Constantin CEO Martin Moszkowicz (Resident Evil franchise) serving as executive producer.

The Silence is the story of a family struggling to survive in a world terrorized by a deadly, primeval species who have bred for decades in the pitch darkness of a vast underground cave system, hunting only with their acute hearing. As the family seeks refuge in a remote haven where they can wait out the invasion, they start to wonder what kind of world will remain when they’re ready to emerge.

“The Silence complements our original production slate as we ramp up towards eventually releasing approximately 15 films per year,” said Friedman. “The underlying source material for the film combined with the finished product delivered by the filmmakers offers a compelling, visceral experience for audiences worldwide.”

Kulzer added, “We are thrilled to be in business with Rob Friedman and the amazing team he has assembled at Global Road Entertainment.”

Are you guys interested in The Silence? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Warner Bros. Announces DC in D.C. Event, Will Premiere Black Lightning

by Spencer Perry

Warner Bros. Announces DC in D.C. Event, Will Premiere Black Lightning

Warner Bros. announces DC in D.C. event, will premiere Black Lightning

Warner Bros. Television Group, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have announced they will team up together for “DC in D.C.,”a new pop culture event that brings together the worlds of entertainment and public service to illuminate the story of America and current issues through the lens of comics and Super Heroes.

Set to take place in our nation’s capital during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend (Friday, January 12, and Saturday, January 13, 2018), at the Newseum, the event will culminate with the world premiere screening of the upcoming DC series Black Lightning in the Warner Bros. Theater at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, with a party to follow at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“DC in D.C.” brings together stars and producers from Warner Bros. Television’s DCTV series, as well as comic book writers and artists from DC Entertainment, who will join invited guests from politics, government service, entertainment, business, academia and more. The event will explore the intersection of comic books, culture, entertainment and enlightenment through a series of panel discussions open to the public. Additionally, “DC in D.C.” will present the premiere screening of the DC Universe animated movie Batman: Gotham By Gaslight (for ages 18+) at the Newseum.

Scheduled participants include:

  • The stars of Black Lightning — Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, Damon Gupton and James Remar — along with executive producers Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil/
  • Executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, upcoming Titans) plus television series stars Caity Lotz (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow), Candice Patton (The Flash), Danielle Panabaker (The Flash), J.W. Cortes (Gotham), Russell Tovey (Freedom Fighters: The Ray) and others to be announced.
  • DC comic book writers and artists such as DC Entertainment’s Jim Lee, Julie Benson, Shawna Benson, Shea Fontana, Agnes Garbowska, Tom King, Steve Orlando, Alice Randall, Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley, Mark Russell, Mariko Tamakiand DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns, the best-selling author of Rebirth and Doomsday Clock.

You can find the full schedule for the DC in D.C. event below

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 — NEWSEUM

6:30–9:15 p.m. Batman: Gotham By Gaslight Premiere Screening (For Mature Audiences 18+ Years of Age) — Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment provide a new take on Batman as a steampunk Dark Knight hunts Jack the Ripper through the shadows of turn of the century Gotham City in this all-new animated feature available from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment January 23, 2018, on Digital and February 6, 2018, on Blu-ray and DVD. The premiere event is for mature audiences 18 years of age or older, will kick off with a cocktail reception and will be followed with a Q&A session with the film’s voice cast and producers. Newseum Theatre

Inspired by the landmark one-shot Elseworlds tale by Brian Augustyn and Mike Mignola,Batman: Gotham By Gaslight takes place at the turn of the century as America’s continued industrial revolution is to be showcased at a World’s Fair hosted by Gotham City. But while the world prepares to witness the glittery glory of Gotham’s technological advances, there is a killer loose in the city’s darkest shadows. Preying on the city’s women, this killer is as precise as he is cruel. As Police Commissioner James Gordon (Scott Patterson – Gilmore Girls) tries to calm the fears of Gotham’s citizens regarding the butcher called Jack the Ripper, the masked vigilante Batman (Bruce Greenwood – American Crime Story) indulges in his own detective work — with the help of confident, capable Selina Kyle (Jennifer Carpenter – Dexter) — to stop the Ripper’s murderous spree. Witness a world in flames as the notorious serial killer’s controlled savagery meets the calculated stealth of the Dark Knight. Sam Register, Bruce Timm (Batman: The Killing Joke), Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan are executive producers.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 — NEWSEUM

10:00–10:45 a.m. The Art of the Matter: From Sketch to Screen — Just how do our favorite DC Super Heroes fly from the page to the screen? This behind-the-scenes look at the creative process provides an “origin story” of how some of DC’s greatest Super Heroes on the page have evolved into some of TV’s hottest Super Heroes on screens all over the world. Join executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, upcoming Titans), DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns (Arrow, The Flash, Titans) and others as they trace the explosion of DC’s heroes — from ink panels to television and film screens worldwide. Additional panelists to be announced. Newseum

11:00–11:45 a.m. The Many Shades of Heroism: DC Heroes Through the African-American Lens — 2018 will not only bring Black Lightning, a new African-American DC Super Hero to television screens (40 years after the electrifying hero was created), but also a new DC comic book from Oscar®-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and more exciting storytelling featuring African-American characters. In this panel, Black Lightning star Cress Williams and executive producers Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil will join the acclaimed John Ridley, author and comic book writer Alice Randall (The Wind Done Gone, Earth M), and Black Girl Nerds Editor-in-Chief Jamie Broadnax as they look beyond the super suit to the African-American men and women who are heroes to their community. Black Lightning premieres Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 9/8c on The CW. Follow Black Lightningon Twitter at @blacklightning. Additional panelists to be announced. Newseum

12:00 p.m.–12:45 p.m. Wonder Women — DC and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman took charge of screens in an unprecedented way last summer, toppling the cinematic patriarchy and paving the way for even more super women. DC has been flexing its power with female heroes on television screens for years, including kickass characters on Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, Gotham and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Join DC’s Legends of Tomorrow star Caity Lotz, The Flash stars Candice Patton and Danielle Panabaker, Berlanti Productions PresidentSarah Schechter (Arrow, Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, upcoming Titans) plus DC writers and artists Julie Benson (Batgirl and the Birds of Prey),Shawna Benson (Batgirl and the Birds of Prey), Shea Fontana (Wonder Woman, DC Super Heroes), Agnes Garbowska (DC Super Hero Girls) and Mariko Tamaki (Supergirl: Being Super) for this super-powered panel. Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will rotate through The CW’s Monday 8/7c time period in 2018, offering fans 23 consecutive weeks of original episodes. Supergirl returns January 15 for four original episodes, after which DC’s Legends of Tomorrow runs from February 12–April 9. Supergirl then resumes April 16–June 18.Additional panelists to be announced. Newseum

2:00–2:45 p.m. The Pride of DC: The Art of LGBTQ Inclusion — On December 8, history was made with the debut of Freedom Fighters: The Ray, a new animated series on CW Seed, the digital channel of The CW Network, that features the first gay Super Hero to lead a show. The series is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Animation and Blue Ribbon Content, the digital studio of the Warner Bros. Television Group. Join The Rayexecutive producer Greg Berlanti and voice star Russell Tovey for a wide-ranging discussion with DC writers Marguerite Bennett (Batwoman), Steve Orlando (Midnighter and Apollo) and Mark Russell (Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles) about inclusion for LGBTQ characters. Watch Freedom Fighters: The Ray here: www.cwseed.com/freedom-fighters-the-ray.Additional panelists to be announced. Newseum

3:00–3:45 p.m. The Aftermath: Battle & Trauma in Comics — DC’s Batman author and former CIA counter-terrorism operations officer Tom King takes on Jack Kirby’s Mister Miracle in a new monthly comic book which focuses on a Super Hero who grapples with post-traumatic stress disorder, an issue not often seen in comics and tragically overlooked in the real world. King will be joined by Gotham recurring guest star J.W. Cortes (a 13-year Marine combat veteran and a police officer with New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority), additional comic book writer/artists and thought leaders for a candid conversation about the lasting effects of battlefield trauma. Additional panelists to be announced. Newseum

6:30–8:15 p.m. Black Lightning Sneak Peek Screening — Cress Williams (Hart of Dixie, Friday Night Lights) stars as the title character in Black Lightning, a new television series based on the first African-American DC Super Hero to have his own stand-alone comic title. The series debuts Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 9/8c on The CW, but fans can get a sneak peek during this public screening at the Newseum, preceded by a reception. In addition to Williams, China Anne McClain (House of Payne), Nafessa Williams (Twin Peaks), Christine Adams (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Marvin “Krondon” Jones III (Harry’s Law), Damon Gupton (Bates Motel, Criminal Minds) and James Remar (Gotham, Sex and the City) star. Based on the characters from DC, Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Salim & Mara Brock Akil (Being Mary Jane, The Game, Girlfriends), and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl). The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden. Newseum

48 Hrs. Remake Coming from Good Time Directors

by Spencer Perry

48 Hrs. Remake Coming from Good Time Directors

48 Hrs. remake coming from Good Time directors

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that a 48 Hrs. remake is in the works at Paramount Pictures with Good Time directors Ben and Joshua Safdie set to direct. Joshua Safdie will co-write the script with their frequent collaborator Ronald Bronstein and also comedian Jerrod Carmichael.

Chernin Entertainment (War for the Planet of the ApesHidden Figures) will produce the film alongside the Safdie’s producers, Oscar Boyson and Sebastian Bear-McClard.

The original 48 Hrs. was released in 1982 and directed by legendary filmmaker Walter Hill. It stars Nick Nolte and was the feature film debut of comedian Eddie Murphy. The pair starred as a cop and felon who form an unlikely partnership to capture a pair of killers on the run, and a pricey pay day along the way wouldn’t hurt. It’s credited with kick starting the “buddy cop” genre. A sequel, Another 48 Hrs., was released in 1990.

The Safdie brothers filmography includes The Pleasure of Being Robbed, Daddy Longlegs, Lenny Cooke, Heaven Knows What, and their most recent effort, Good Time. The Robert Pattinson-starring film premiered at the Cannes FIlm Festival earlier this year to critical acclaim. It was recently nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards.

Are you looking forward to this 48 Hrs. remake? Let us know in the comments below!

John Wick Director Adapting Comic Series Kill or Be Killed

by Spencer Perry

John Wick Director Adapting Comic Series Kill or Be Killed

John Wick director adapting comic series Kill or Be Killed

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that John Wick director Chad Stahelski is set to make the leap to comic book movies with an adaptation of the Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips series Kill or Be Killed for Columbia Pictures. He will re-team with his producer from John Wick, Basil Iwanyk, with Dan Casey set to pen the script.

A deconstruction of vigilante comics and stories, Kill or Be Killed tells the twisted story of a young man who attempts suicide only to be rescued from death by a demon who demands he continue killing for him in order to stay alive. As he is forced to kill bad people, he struggles to keep his secret as it slowly ruins his life and the lives of his friends and loved ones.

The comic book series was nominated for four Eisner Awards, including Best Continuing Series, Best Writer, Best Cover Artist, and Best Coloring.

Brubaker’s comic book work has served as the basis for many television and film projects, such as Marvel Studios’ Captain America: The Winter Soldier being based on his re-introduction of Bucky Barnes as the brain-washed villain and Fox’s Gotham being partially inspired by his Gotham Central series for DC. In addition, his spy thriller series Velvet is in development as a television series for The Paramount Network,

James Gunn to Produce an Untitled Horror Feature with The H Collective

by CS

James Gunn to Produce an Untitled Horror Feature with The H Collective

James Gunn to produce an untitled horror feature with The H Collective

James Gunn has signed on to produce an untitled horror feature with The H Collective. Written by James’ brother Brian and cousin Mark Gunn, James will produce the project in between writing the highly-anticipated feature Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and starting production. Gunn’s longtime collaborator David Yarovesky will direct. The H Collective will fully finance the project and will produce alongside Gunn and his shingle, Troll Court Entertainment. Brian and Mark Gunn, Dan Clifton and The H Collective’s Nic Crawley will executive produce.

The project is expected to go into production in the spring of 2018 and brings Gunn back to his horror roots.

The Gunn family is no stranger to working together. James and Brian collaborated on the popular web parody series, “PG PORN,” which has garnered over 100 million hits, their brother Sean Gunn stars as Kraglin in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise and has been in almost all of James’ films and Brian and Mark work as a writing pair, having written Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. The trio is also writing and developing the new Starsky & Hutch series for Amazon.

Yarovesky directed the 2016 theatrical release The Hive. His many music videos, including “Guardians Inferno” for Marvel Studios, have been viewed over 50 million times.

Launched in June, and with offices in Los Angeles, The H Collective is a global film finance, production, marketing and distribution company that is producing a diversified slate of four high-quality films per year. The company established production deals with prominent producers such as Mark Johnson, Joe Roth, and Sid Ganis on a roster of films that encompass Family/Comedy, Action/Adventure, Horror/Genre and Prestige fare. The deal marks the latest step in The H Collective’s expansion, which recently began principal photography on their first feature, The Parts You Lose, directed by Christopher Cantwell and starring Aaron Paul. After having recently made key executive hires, the company is also working on a fourth installment of the xXx franchise.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Frontier Season 3 Given the Green Light by Netflix

by CS

Frontier Season 3 Given the Green Light by Netflix

Frontier Season 3 given the green light by Netflix

Netflix has given the green light to Frontier Season 3! Jason Momoa (Justice League, upcoming Aquaman) will return in the third season, which will include six episodes and premiere in 2018.

The show features Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones), Landon Liboiron (Hemlock Grove) and Alun Armstrong (New Tricks, Braveheart), Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey, Sons of Anarchy), Jessica Matten (A Red Girl’s Reasoning), Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle) and Katie McGrath (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword).

Momoa stars as Declan Harp, a part-Irish, part-native American outlaw campaigning to breach the fur trade.

The series is a Netflix original in association with Discovery Canada. The series airs on Discovery Canada in Canada and streams on Netflix worldwide.

Frontier is co-created by Rob and Peter Blackie, and produced by Take The Shot Productions and ASAP Entertainment, in association with Discovery Canada. Edwina Follows is Executive Producer for Discovery. For Take The Shot Productions, Alex Patrick, John Vatcher, Rob Blackie, Peter Blackie, Sherry White, Allan Hawco, Perry Chafe, and Michael Levine are Executive Producers. For ASAP Entertainment, Brad Peyton and Jeff Fierson are Executive Producers.

Catherine Keener is Joining Jim Carrey in Showtime’s Kidding

by CS

Catherine Keener is Joining Jim Carrey in Showtime's Kidding

Catherine Keener is joining Jim Carrey in Showtime’s Kidding

Showtime has announced that Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Catherine Keener (Get Out) has been cast as a series regular in the upcoming Showtime half-hour comedy Kidding. The series stars Golden Globe winner Jim Carrey in his first series regular role in more than two decades and reunites him with Oscar winner Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), who will direct the project.

Keener will play Deirdre, who thanklessly builds all the puppets on the hit children’s show hosted by Jeff (Carrey) while never being allowed to voice them. She struggles to take the simple lessons preached by Jeff and apply them to the darker complications of actual parenting.

In Kidding, Carrey plays Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, an icon of children’s television, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him – who also anchors a multimillion dollar branding empire. But when this beloved personality’s family – wife, two sons, sister and father – begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: A kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

With a 10-episode first-season order for Kidding, Carrey will executive produce with Gondry, Emmy nominee Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Jim Garavente (Bad Words), Raffi Adlan (The Green Hornet) and Michael Aguilar (I’m Dying Up Here). Kidding was created by Dave Holstein (Weeds, Raising Hope), who wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner.

In addition to Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress honoring her performances in Being John Malkovich and Capote, Keener received an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination for her lead role in An American Crime. She earned three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role – for Being John Malkovich, Capote and Into the Wild – and shared additional SAG Award nominations with the casts of each of those films, as well as this year for Get Out. Keener has also received three Film Independent Spirit Award female lead nominations for Johnny Suede, Walking and Talking and Lovely and Amazing, along with two other noms (for the Robert Altman Award) with the ensembles of Synecdoche, New York and Please Give. Additional memorable performances by Keener include Show Me a Hero, Begin Again, Enough Said, Cyrus, Friends With Money and The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)