WB Sets October 2018 Aquaman Release Date

by Silas Lesnick

Warner Bros. has officially set the Aquaman release date for October 5, 2018.

Warner Bros. has officially set the Aquaman release date for October 5, 2018

There’s good news and bad news today for Aquaman fans. The good news is that Warner Bros. Pictures has officially set an Aquaman release date. The bad news is that Aquaman release date falls a bit later than initially anticipated. Look for the James Wan film to hit regular, 3D and IMAX theaters October 5, 2018. That’s just three months after the July 27, 2018 date that WB had earmarked for a release that was widely assumed to be Aquaman. This October 5 date, too, was previously earmarked for an unspecified DC Comics film. Does that mean that a different DC film will take the July 27 date? Time will tell, so check back for details as they become available.

RELATED: James Wan Says Aquaman Will be a Swashbuckling Action Adventure

Aquaman is set to star Jason Momoa, who made a brief debut as the title character in Batman v Superman, and will follow upcoming DC Cinematic Universe entries Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League Part One and The Flash. Of course, Wan is no stranger to complex continuities having directed films in both the Saw and The Fast and the Furious franchises, but we also asked him about the challenges of building onto a growing cinematic continuity.

Aquaman will also star Amber Heard as Mera, Queen of Atlantis, and Willem Dafoe as advisor Vulko. More cast are expect to be announced shortly as the project is slated to begin production in Australia early next year.

RELATED: James Wan Talks Aquaman and Mera’s Relationship in the Solo Film

Aquaman is the first release to claim that October 5, 2018 date. The July 27 date, meanwhile, also marks the arrival of Paramount Pictures’ Mission: Impossible 6.

How do you feel about the Aquaman release date announcement? What do you think will take that July 27 release date? Share your thoughts in the comment below!

Stake Land II Coming in February

by Chris Alexander

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Vampire apocalypse sequel Stake Land II hits digital and DVD/Blu-ray in February

Stake Land was a modest hit in 2011, a film that riffed on familiar apocalypse themes and Richard Matheson’s novella I Am Legend and won many critics and fans’ hearts. And now the eagerly awaited sequel arrives to push the story and its characters to the next shocking level. Stake Land II, again starring Nick Damici and Connor Paolo, will be available across digital platforms on February 7, 2017. The film will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning February 14, 2017.

Stake Land II is a new adventure set several years after the events in Stake Land, in which mankind must struggle to survive in the wake of a vampire apocalypse. When his home in New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized Brotherhood and its new Vamp leader, Martin finds himself alone in the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor, the legendary vampire hunter Mister, to guide him. Roaming the wilderness of a steadily decaying country, Martin searches for the one man who can help him exact revenge.

Once reunited, Mister and Martin prepare to confront the ravenous Brotherhood and its monstrous overlord. But it’ll take more than the two of them to battle this terrifying new threat, and with the future of humanity hanging in the balance, the stakes are higher than ever before.

Reuniting one of contemporary horror cinema’s most memorable heroic teams,  Stake Land II is an epic exploration of a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by blood-thirsty vamps and social collapse, where only the strongest survive.

The film brings back some of the key cast and creative team behind the post-apocalyptic hit Stake Land. Nick Damici (Hap and Leonard) reprises his role as Mister and is also the screenwriter, while Connor Paolo (Gossip Girl, Revenge) is back as Martin, and director Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are, Cold in July) is back as executive producer. It is the second film from directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen, following their gripping debut, Body. Also starring in Stake Land II are Laura Abramsen (Basic Human Needs), A.C. Peterson (Shooter), Bonnie Dennison (Beneath), Kristina Hughes (Green River) and Steven Williams (TV’s Supernatural).

Amy Schumer to Headline Sony’s Live-Action Barbie Movie

by Max Evry

Amy Schumer to Headline Sony's Live-Action Barbie Movie

Amy Schumer to headline Sony’s live-action Barbie movie

First announced for the big screen in 2014, Sony Pictures EntertainmentMattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation’s upcoming live-action Barbie movie has finally landed a leading lady in Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, Inside Amy Schumer).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Schumer will play a misfit living in a land of perfect Barbies who comes to the real world where her being/looking different turns into an asset. The film is said by the trade to be, “a contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity” in the comedic-fantasy vein of Splash, Enchanted or Big.

Although Diablo Cody (Juno, Young Adult) was previously attached to write the film, the current screenplay comes from Hilary Winston (The LEGO Ninjago Movie, the Bad Teacher TV series). Schumer and her sister Kim Caramele are expected to rewrite the script, and a director is currently being sought.

From princess to president, mermaid to movie star, Barbie has done it all through her more than 150 careers, she has gained valuable experiences and shown her fans that anything is possible for a modern woman. The toy line launched in 1959, and brings in $2 billion dollars annually. The comedic and contemporary film marks the second collaboration between Sony Pictures and Mattel, which are currently developing a film adaptation of Masters of the Universe, based on Mattel’s popular action figures.

Barbie is being produced by Walter F. Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Amy Pascal.

(Photo Credit: WENN.com)

20 Contenders Advance in the VFX Oscar Race

by CS

20 Contenders Advance in the VFX Oscar Race

20 contenders advance in the VFX Oscar race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 20 films are in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 89th Academy Awards.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

Alice through the Looking Glass
Arrival
The BFG
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Captain America: Civil War
Deadpool
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Independence Day: Resurgence
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Passengers
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad
Sully
Warcraft
X-Men: Apocalypse

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the preliminary shortlist. Later this month, the committee will select the 10 films that will advance to nominations voting.

Nominations for the 89th Oscars will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Into the Badlands Season 2 Photos Reveal Nick Frost and More

by Max Evry

Into the Badlands Season 2 Photos Reveal Nick Frost & More

Into the Badlands Season 2 photos reveal Nick Frost and more

Today, AMC released first look Into the Badlands Season 2 photos from its martial arts drama. The series has scored with critics and fans for its immersive world and the artistry of its elaborate fight sequences. The ten-episode second season will debut in March of 2017. Check out the photos in the gallery below!

Season two of Into the Badlands finds Sunny and M.K. separated and scattered to the wind, each imprisoned in unlikely places. While M.K. struggles to control his powers, Sunny is determined to fight his way back into the Badlands to find his family or die trying. On their journey, Clipper and Colt are assisted by mysterious, new allies whose motivations may be anything but pure. Meanwhile, The Widow continues to consolidate power against the other Barons, while a dark and mysterious threat prepares to exact revenge on them all. Alliances are struck, friendships betrayed, and by season’s end, Sunny and M.K.’s lives will be forever altered with devastating consequences.

The series stars Wu (Tai Chi Zero) as Sunny; Marton Csokas (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) as Quinn; Aramis Knight (The Dark Knight Rises) as M.K.; Oliver Stark (“Luther”) as Ryder; Emily Beecham (28 Weeks Later) as The Widow; Orla Brady (“Dr. Who,” “Fringe”) as Lydia; Sarah Bolger (“Once Upon a Time,” “The Tudors”) as Jade; Ally Ioannides (“Parenthood”) as Tilda; Madeleine Mantock (Edge of Tomorrow) as Veil; Stephen Lang (AvatarDon’t Breathe) as Waldo and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) as Bajie.

Into the Badlands was created by showrunners/executive producers/writers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar and executive produced by Oscar-nominated producers Stacey Sher and Michael Shamberg, director David Dobkin, fight director Stephen Fung and Daniel Wu.

Bryan Fuller Opens Up About Star Trek: Discovery Exit

by Spencer Perry

Bryan Fuller Opens Up About Star Trek Discovery Exit

Bryan Fuller opens up about Star Trek: Discovery exit

A few weeks ago, it was announced that Bryan Fuller would no longer be steering the ship of Star Trek: Discovery, instead focusing on his other projects at hand and leaving Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts to co-showrun the series. Now, speaking with Newsweek, Fuller opened up about his departure, saying:

“Ultimately, with my responsibilities [elsewhere], I could not do what CBS needed to have done in the time they needed it done for Star Trek,” Fuller said. “It felt like it was best for me to focus on landing the plane with American Gods and making sure that was delivered in as elegant and sophisticated a fashion as I could possibly do.”

Fuller further clarified that he has no involvement in the series moving forward.

“I’m not involved in production, or postproduction, so I can only give them the material I’ve given them and hope that it is helpful for them. I’m curious to see what they do with it.”

Previously scheduled for January 2017, the new Star Trek series was already delayed until next May to accommodate additional development. Only three members of the series’ cast have been announced including Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, with Doug Jones as Lt. Saru, a Starfleet Science Officer and a new alien species to the Star Trek universe, and Anthony Rapp as Lt. Stamets, an astromycologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer. Production on Star Trek: Discovery is set to take place in Toronto.

New Spider-Man: Homecoming Details: Spidey Gets a Ditko Upgrade

by Spencer Perry

New Spider-Man: Homecoming Details: Spidey Gets a Ditko Upgrade

New Spider-Man: Homecoming Details: Spidey gets a Ditko upgrade

Sony Pictures held a brief panel at Comic Con Experience 2016 in São Paulo, Brazil where a clip from Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming was screened. Though we don’t have the clip itself, Marvel’s own Ryan Penagos recapped the clip on Twitter, revealing a special upgrade to Spider-Man’s suit from the film inspired by artist Steve Ditko’s original costume design!

Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland as the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man along with Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Michael Keaton as The Vulture, Zendaya as Michelle, Logan Marshall-Green as a secondary villain, and Kenneth Choi as Peter’s high school Principal. The film also features Donald Glover, Martin Starr, Michael Barbieri, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Angourie Rice, Jacob Batalon, Tyne Daly, and Bokeem Woodbine. The film was written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, composer Michael Giacchino will score the film.

Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: Homecoming will debut July 7, 2017.

Handmaid’s Tale Photos Give You a First Look at the Series

by Max Evry

Handmaid's Tale Photos Give You a First Look at the Series

Handmaid’s Tale photos give you a first look at the series

Hulu has released the first The Handmaid’s Tale photos, providing you with a good look at the series based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood. The 10-episode first season launches in April, 2017. Check out the photos in the gallery below!

The drama series 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 fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) 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.

Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Max Minghella, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd and O-T Fagbenle star in the show.

The Handmaid’s Tale comes to Hulu from MGM Television and is created, executive produced and written by Bruce Miller. Executive produced by Warren Littlefield, Daniel Wilson and Fran Sears, and Ilene Chaiken. MGM will serve as the international distributor for the series.

RIP Don Calfa

by Chris Alexander

RIP Don Calfa

Beloved Return of the Living Dead star Don Calfa passes away

A few weeks ago, I was catching up with a film I had never seen by a director I very much liked. That movie was Blake Edwards’ 10 and as much as I enjoyed the picture, my greatest thrill was to see the awesome Don Calfa hilariously bookend the movie as Dudley Moore’s perverted swinger neighbor. The man was an effortlessly-gifted comedian and the kind of actor whose briefest appearances in movies draw your focus and energy directly to him.

I say was in the past tense because we have just learned that Mr. Calfa has passed, just weeks shy of his 77th birthday.

Pop culture junkies will remember the New York-born Don Calfa from his many appearances in TV and film (including a memorable turn in TV’s Barney Miller and several roles in The Streets of San Francisco) and of course, who could forget his work in the morbid slap-stiff comedy Weekend at Bernies. But horror and cult film fans will of course love him best as Ernie Kaltenbrunner in Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 black comedy horror masterpiece The Return of the Living Dead. Calfa’s bug-eyed, pipe-smoking, vaguely fascist mortician is part of the film’s soul and comedy core, bouncing as it does so expertly off the energy of his co-stars Clu Gulager, James Karen and Thom Matthews. Don Calfa’s deadpan reactions to the unthinkable milk many laughs and then, when the tone of the film turns serious, his sense of defeat and terror are what anchor the picture in humanity.

Calfa loved his fans and was by all accounts as funny and charming in life as he was on screen. He will be missed and his art will live forever in his extensive and diverse body of work, ‘Night Ernie…


 

Captain Cold Returns in the Legends of Tomorrow 2.08 Promo

by CS

Captain Cold Returns in the Legends of Tomorrow 2.08 Promo

Captain Cold returns in the Legends of Tomorrow 2.08 promo

The CW‘s four-night crossover event wrapped up last night with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and now we have a promo for the show’s next episode. Watch as Captain Cold returns in “The Chicago Way,” which is Episode 2.08 and airing on Thursday, December 8. The episode is described as follows:

“When a new Time Aberration is discovered by the Legends, they find themselves headed to 1927 Chicago. The Legends quickly realize that they have been set up by Eobard Thawne (guest star Matt Letscher), Damien Darhk (guest star Neal McDonough) and the newest member of the Legion of Doom, Malcolm Merlyn (guest start John Barrowman). While everyone is trying to help fix what they think is the mission, Jax (Franz Drameh) encourages a reluctant Stein (Victor Garber) to share his secret with the other Legends. Stein is taken captive and Sara (Caity Lotz) must make the tough choice of either stopping the Legion of Doom or saving Stein. Meanwhile, Rory (Dominic Purcell) gets an unexpected visitor and is not sure how to handle it. Brandon Routh, Nick Zano and Maisie Richardson-Sellers also star. Ralph Hemecker directed the episode written by Sarah Nicole Jones & Ray Utarnachitt (#208).”

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow stars Arthur Darvill as Rip Hunter, Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/The ATOM, Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, Victor Garber and Franz Drameh as Professor Martin Stein & Jefferson “Jax” Jackson/Firestorm, and Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave; with the Justice Society of America including Sarah Grey as Stargirl, Kwesi Ameyaw as Dr. Mid-Nite, Patrick J. Adams as Hourman, Dan Payne as Obsidian (with Lance Henriksen providing the voice), Maisie Richardson-Sellers as Amaya Jiwe/Vixen, and Matthew MacCaull as Commander Steel.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Phil Klemmer, Chris Fedak and Sarah Schechter.

Watch an Exclusive Clip from Sexy Chiller Siren

by Chris Alexander

Watch an Exclusive Clip from Sexy Chiller Siren

Erotic horror flick Siren is in theaters on Friday

Getting married is a terrifying proposition. The very idea of it, adhering your soul to another organism for life and being expected to adhere to a set of rules that are near impossible to abide by is scary enough. But director Gregg Bishop’s new shocker Siren amplifies those real-life anxieties and re-frames them with some real deal horror.

Siren is based on a short film by David Bruckner & Nicholas Tecosky and is written by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski. Bishop directs. The movie stars Chase Williamson, Justin Welborn, Michael Aaron Milligan, Hayes Mercure, Randy McDowell and Hannah Fierman (who we admit we’re more than a bit in love with). Siren is from Chiller Films and opens theatrically today with VOD, Digital HD and DVD on December 6th.

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Here’s the official synopsis: Siren is a horror-thriller about Jonah, an apprehensive groom-to-be whose bachelor party turns into a nightmare when he frees a seemingly innocent victimized girl locked up in a supernatural sex club. Her ruthless handler and proprietor of the sex club will stop at nothing to re-capture his prize. Jonah struggles to rescue the girl only to discover it is he who needs to be rescued as he comes to the realization that she is a dangerous fabled predator who has chosen him as her mate.

We got our claws on an exclusive clip from the movie below. Say “I Do,” press the triangle and watch it!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Broadway Debut Planned

by Silas Lesnick

Are you read for a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Broadway debut? Pottermore has just revealed that plans are underway to bring the production stateside.

A Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Broadway run is being planned

America is about to be CursedPottermore revealed today that plans are officially underway for a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Broadway run. Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender are now in talks to open the show at NYC’s Lyric Theatre in the spring of 2018.

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“The moment we opened in the West End, the inevitable question was ‘when are you going to Broadway?'” Friedman tells Pottermore. So we brought the creative team to New York in September this year to look at many of the beautiful theatres in New York city.”

With multi-million dollar funding in place from the Ambassador Theatre Group, the Cursed Child Broadway debut has plans to completely transform the Lyric Theater into an environment designed specifically for the play. The new Lyric design is being overseen by production designer Christine Jonees director John Tiffany, will decrease the number of seats at the Lyric (from 1,900 to 1,500) and will wholly renovate the building, right down to an elaborate front of house.

“Having a large and spacious atmospheric front of house lobby area was as crucial to us as the space inside,” Friedman continues. “We know the moment people walk through the door, the experience begins.”

It may be some time before fans of J.K. Rowling‘s Wizarding World get their first peek at exactly what the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Broadway run will entail, but check back for further details as soon as they become available.

Will you make an effort to check out the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Broadway run? Have you been lucky enough to catch the show in London’s West End yourself? Let us know in the comments below!

Justice Smith Boards Jurassic World Sequel

by Silas Lesnick

Justice Smith is set to join the cast of the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel.

Justice Smith is the latest addition to the Jurassic Park sequel

The cast of director JA Bayona‘s Jurassic World sequel continues to expand today with the addition of Justice Smith. Smith, best known for headlining Netflix‘s The Get Down will, according to a story today at The Hollywood Reporter, play a scientist in the 2018 release.

RELATED: J.A. Bayona Says Jurassic World 2 Will Surprise You

Bayona, whose latest, A Monster Calls, opens later this month, will direct the Jurassic World sequel from a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. Justice Smith will join a cast that includes returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard alongside Toby Jones and Rafe Spall. Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg will produce the film, which is scheduled for a release on June 22, 2018.

Trevorrow previously revealed the quote from the original Jurassic Park that inspired their idea for the sequel, which comes from Sam Neil’s Alan Grant: “Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?”

“Every story is different and you need to find the depth of every story and try to express it on the screen,” Bayona recently told CS. “The ‘Jurassic World’ sequel is a more collaborative filmmaker experience, not only with Colin Trevorrow, but also with Steven [Spielberg] and with Frank Marshall. It’s their baby as much as it is mine. It’s about sharing views and working together to bring the story to life. But, at the same time, the way I face telling a story is to find something very personal. I think there will be plenty of myself also in the film.”

RELATED: A Monster Calls Heads to Award Season

Justice Smith also well known for playing the role of Radar in the big-screen adaptation of John Green‘s Paper Towns.

Cameras are expected to roll on the Jurassic World sequel in March.

(Photo Credit: Derrick Salters / WENN.com)

Watch The Game Awards 2016 Live Stream!

by CS

Watch The Game Awards 2016 Live Stream!

Watch The Game Awards 2016 Live Stream!

Tune in live to watch The Game Awards 2016 on December 1st from anywhere in the world. Live coverage begins at 9:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM PT. The entire program will be available to watch in the player below.

The Game Awards 2016 will feature performances by Run the Jewels, the soundtrack of DOOM, Rae Sremmurd, plus world premieres including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Prey and The Walking Dead: A New Frontier.

The Game Awards, created by Geoff Keighley, is an annual awards ceremony to honor outstanding artistic, technical and gameplay achievements in the video game industry. Spanning console, mobile and PC gaming, as well as eSports, The Game Awards is the first of a new breed of award shows, built from the ground up exclusively for global digital and streaming platforms.

The Game Awards 2016 is guided by an advisory board that includes the executive leadership teams from Activision (Eric Hirshberg, CEO), AMD (Dr. Lisa Su, CEO), Electronic Arts (Peter Moore, CCO), Microsoft (Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox), Nintendo of America (Reggie Fils-Aime, President), Rockstar Games, Sony Interactive Entertainment (Shawn Layden, Chairman, SIE Worldwide Studios), Telltale Games (Steve Allison, SVP Publishing), Ubisoft (Yves Guillemot, CEO), Valve and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (David Haddad, President). The advisory board is not involved in the selection of nominees or winners, and learns of the winners at the same time of the public, live at the Awards ceremony.

Sam Worthington Cast in Discovery Channel’s Manifesto

by Max Evry

Sam Worthington Cast in Discovery Channel's Manifesto

Sam Worthington cast in Discovery Channel’s Manifesto

Discovery Channel announced today that Sam Worthington (Hacksaw Ridge, Avatar) has been cast in its upcoming scripted series Manifesto, set to air next year. Produced with Lionsgate and Trigger Street Productions, the series will tell the story of how the FBI brought down Ted Kaczynski (played by Paul Bettany), also known as the “Unabomber,” one of the most infamous criminal masterminds in the world. Worthington will portray FBI Agent Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald, one of the most decorated profilers in the history of the Bureau, whose radical new approach to intelligence gathering ultimately took Kaczynski down. This series will feature Worthington’s first major leading role on U.S. television.

Deadline is also reporting that Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider, “Game of Thrones”) is also in negotiations to play Tabby, a street agent who partners with Worthington’s Fitzgerald.

Worthington currently stars as Captain Glover in Mel Gibson’s critically-acclaimed Hacksaw Ridge. Most notably, he starred as Jake Sully in James Cameron’s Avatar and as Marcus Wright in Terminator Salvation. He also has had major roles in such high-profile films as Clash of the Titans, The Debt, Texas Killing Fields, Man on a Ledge and Wrath of the Titans. Worthington also provided the voice for the Call of Duty: Black Ops video games.

Manifesto is from Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti’s Trigger Street and writer Andrew Sodroski, who topped Hollywood’s famed Black List for screenplays in 2013 with “Holland, Michigan.” Emmy Award-winning television producer and director Greg Yaitanes (Quarry, Banshee) will executive produce, direct and serve as showrunner.

The series is part of the push to add a select number of high-end scripted projects to Discovery’s line-up under the leadership of Rich Ross, Group President of Discovery, Animal Planet and Science Channel. Ross recruited producer John Goldwyn to drive the scripted initiative. Goldwyn also served as executive producer for Discovery’s Harley and the Davidsons, which delivered more than 4.4 million viewers for Discovery this past September and became the most watched single-network cable miniseries in 3.5 years .

Manifesto will trace how Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald challenged the “old school” ways with his radical new approach to intelligence gathering. Fitzgerald had training as a profiler, but it was his focus on linguistics that became vital to breaking the case. He believed that the key to unlocking the true identity of the Unabomber would be found in the language of The Manifesto, a detailed account of some of Kaczynski’s plots.

Manifesto is produced with Lionsgate and Trigger Street Productions. Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, Troy Searer and Greg Yaitanes are Executive Producers. John Goldwyn will serve as Executive Producer on behalf of Discovery. Jim Fitzgerald will serve as Consulting Producer.

(Photo Credit: WENN.com)

22 Jump Street Scribe to Direct 21 Jump Street Spinoff

by Silas Lesnick

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The female driven 21 Jump Street spinoff appears to have found a director in Rodney Rothman

It appears that a director has emerged for Sony Pictures‘ upcoming 21 Jump Street spin-off. Deadline reports that Rodney Rothman, who wrote 22 Jump Street and who has also turned in the most recent draft of the new film’s screenplay, is being eyed by the studio to helm the planned female driven feature.

RELATED: Jonah Hill on the Potential Crossover Feature, MIB 23

There’s still no word yet on whether this 21 Jump Street spinoff project will follow new characters or will instead turn the spotlight to the existing team of the barely-named undercover officers Fugazy and Jr. Jr. They were played by Dakota Johnson and Rye Rye in the 2012 original.

It is believed that this 21 Jump Street spinoff film is being developed in tandem with a more direct franchise sequel. While leading man Jonah Hill recently said that the proposed 21 Jump Street / Men in Black crossover was “unlikely” to actually happen, today’s report claims that MIB 23 remains in active development at Sony. Rothman is also responsible for that film’s screenplay and previous reports suggest that James Bobbin (Muppets Most Wanted, Alice Through the Looking Glass) will direct.

“Yes, it’s very early stages, obviously,” Bobin told CS last year at the Alice junket, “but I’ve always loved the ‘Men in Black’ world. Channing [Tatum] and Jonah [Hill] in ’21 Jump Street’ are just so funny. Those guys and their world makes me laugh every time I think about it. That’s always a good sign for a film.”

Previous writers on the planned female driven 21 Jump Street spinoff include Lizzie and Wendy Molyneux of Bob’s Burgers fame along with the previously-announced Lucia Aniello and Paul Downs (Broad City).

How do you feel about Rothman directing the 21 Jump Street spinoff? Would you rather the storyline follow Fugazy and Jr. Jr. or would you like to see brand new 21 Jump Street character? Let us know in the comments below!

J.K. Simmons in First Photos from Starz Series Counterpart

by Max Evry

J.K. Simmons in First Photos From Starz Series Counterpart

J.K. Simmons in first photos from Starz series Counterpart

The Starz Original series Counterpart began production on the 10-episode first season of the spy thriller starring J.K. Simmons from MRC (Media Rights Capital), Gilbert Films, and Anonymous Content. Filming has commenced in Los Angeles and will continue in additional locations across the U.S. and Europe in 2017. Check out the first photos from the show in the gallery below!

The espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist stars Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, The Accountant, Juno), Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Hyde Park on Hudson, Manhattan) and Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything, Jane Eyre, Manhattan). Academy Award nominee Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game, Passengers) directed the first episode.

Counterpart is the story of ‘Howard Silk’ (J.K. Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic agency, who discovers that the agency he works for is really guarding a crossing into a parallel dimension. Through Howard and his “Counterpart” on the other side, the show will navigate themes of identity, what ifs, and lost love. Starz ordered two seasons of 10 episodes each of Counterpart in 2015.

Joining the previously announced cast is Ulrich Thomsen, taking over for Michael Nyqvist, who had to depart the series due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, as the hardened Director of Counterintelligence at Howard’s agency and a strange mix of philosopher and spy, ‘Aldrich’ (previously ‘Chekhov’). Thomsen has an impressive body of work spanning two decades, including roles on the popular television series The Blacklist and Banshee.

Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Hyde Park on Hudson, “Manhattan”) stars as ‘Emily Burton Silk,’ Howard’s wife, a mysterious woman whose secrets become the centerpiece of the first season’s story. Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything, Jane Eyre, Manhattan) plays the role of ‘Peter Quayle,’ an upper-crust director at Howard’s agency, whose carefully calibrated career slowly begins to unravel as he sinks deeper into the world of espionage and double lives. Nazanin Boniadi (HomelandBen-Hur, Hotel Mumbai) plays ‘Clare,’ an enigmatic young woman of curious origin. Nicholas Pinnock (Captain America: The First Avenger, Marcella, A.D. The Bible Continues), plays ‘Ian Shaw,’ an aggressive operative and watchdog whose job is to ensure an uneasy peace between both dimensions. Sara Serraiocco (Salvo, Cloro, Worldly Girl), portrays ‘Baldwin’ a mysterious assassin whose life takes on a new purpose when she is exposed to the other side.

Norwegian-born director Morten Tyldum is best known for his Oscar-nominated work on The Imitation Game (2014), as well as for Headhunters (2011), and Buddy (2003). Tyldum also directed Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in the upcoming space epic Passengers, scheduled for a Christmas 2016 release.

Created and written by Justin Marks (The Jungle Book), Counterpart is executive produced by Tyldum and Marks with Amy Berg (Da Vinci’s Demons), Gary Gilbert (La La Land) with Gilbert Films, Jordan Horowitz (La La Land), Keith Redmon (The Revenant) and Bard Dorros (Spotlight) with Anonymous Content. Simmons also serves as a producer.

Sons of Anarchy Spin-Off Mayans MC Coming from FX

by Max Evry

Sons of Anarchy Spin-Off Mayans MC Coming From FX

Sons of Anarchy Spin-Off Mayans MC Coming From FX

For seven seasons, Kurt Sutter’s award-winning Sons of Anarchy was the highest-rated ongoing drama series in FX history. Now, Sutter returns to that world with Mayans MC, a drama series pilot for FX and the next chapter in the SOA saga, which he co-wrote with producing partner Elgin James. Sutter will direct the pilot episode of the Sons of Anarchy spin-off and serve as Executive Producer, with James serving as Co-Executive Producer. The pilot is being produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions, with production scheduled to begin in March.

Mayans MC is set in a post Jax Teller world, where EZ Reyes, a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the Cali/Mexi border, struggles with his desire for vengeance against the cartel, and his need for respect from the women he loves.

The Mayans were recurring and pivotal players in Sons of Anarchy throughout the show’s seven-year run.

Kurt Sutter is the creator, writer, producer, director and actor behind the hit FX television show Sons of Anarchy. He is also the creator, writer, and producer of The Bastard Executioner and worked as a writer, producer, director, and actor on The Shield. Sutter made his feature film debut Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams, written by Sutter and directed by Antoine Fuqua; The Weinstein Company released the film in July 2015. Sutter recently announced a new comic book collaboration with award-winning BOOM! Studios. Kurt previously partnered with BOOM! to create a Sons of Anarchy comic book as well as the original series “Lucas Stand” about a veteran turned hit man for Hell. Their newest collaboration, “Sisters of Sorrow,” centers on victims of abuse who spin their pain into vengeance through the cover of vigilante nuns. NBC Universo, the modern entertainment and sports cable channel for Latinos, announced this week that it has added Sons of Anarchy en Español to its upcoming 2017 slate.

Homeless as a teenager, Elgin James was a fixture in Boston’s hardcore punk scene, helping found a multi-ethnic national street gang that targeted neo-Nazi skinheads and drug dealers. After spending a decade and a half in the gang, James left Boston for Los Angeles where he was shepherded by the Sundance Institute Feature Film program. James’ directorial debut, Little Birds, starring Juno Temple & Leslie Mann, premiered in competition at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. A few months later James began serving a prison sentence for a past gang-related charge of federal extortion. Little Birds was released in 2012 by Millennium Entertainment and the film won a National Board of Review award, James was named one of Variety’s “Ten Directors to Watch” and to IonCinema’s list of “The American New Wave 25.” On the film side, James is slated to direct A Million Little Pieces for John Wells and Plan B Entertainment, and is developing a film on the troubled life of actress Jean Seberg for Electric City entertainment, adapted from the biography “Breathless.”

A New Poster is Filled with LEGO Batman Movie Characters

by Silas Lesnick

Check out a new poster filled with LEGO Batman characters!

Can you name all the LEGO Batman Movie characters featured on the new poster?

Warner Bros. Pictures has just released, via iTunes, a new The LEGO Batman Movie poster that’s jam-packed with DC Comics LEGO minifigs. Check out the full design in the gallery viewer below. Can you name all the LEGO Batman Movie characters featured on the poster?

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Will Arnett reprises his role of Batman from The LEGO Movie as the voice of the titular Dark Knight, alongside Michael Cera as Robin the boy wonder, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Mariah Carey as Gotham’s mayor and Zach Galifianakis as The Joker.

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – LEGO Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure: The LEGO Batman Movie. But there are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if he wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, Batman may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

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Chris McKay is directing The LEGO Batman Movie from a script by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter creator Seth Grahame-Smith (who will direct The Flash for Warner Bros. Pictures). Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who directed The LEGO Movie, are producing the film along with Dan Lin.

The LEGO Batman Movie will open in theaters on February 10, 2017. The LEGO cinematic universe will then expand again later in 2017 with the release of The LEGO Ninjago Movie. Catch it on the big screen September 22, 2017.

Which of these LEGO Batman Movie characters has your favorite minifig design? Let us know in the comments below!

Sigourney Weaver Talks Avatar Sequels, Teases Defenders Villain

by Spencer Perry

Sigourney Weaver Talks Avatar Sequels, Teases Defenders Villain

Sigourney Weaver talks Avatar sequels, teases Defenders villain

Sigourney Weaver has been a staple of genre and fan-favorite movies for decades, and she’s not finished yet. Weaver is slated to return for the upcoming Avatar sequels, which she says are more amazing than the first film from 2009.

“In my opinion, the three scripts I’ve read so far are many times more amazing than the first one in terms of their scope,” Weaver told Variety. “(James Cameron) did a lot of the heavy lifting in the first movie, establishing the family and the relationships and the world, and now he really gets to play.”

She’s also slated to break into the world of superheroes by playing the main villain of the upcoming Marvel’s The Defenders on Netflix. Weaver was tight-lipped about her role but did offer a tease for it, saying:

“I can’t say much, because they might kill me. I think everyone I work for might kill me if I tell you anything. But I have the most delicious character. She’s really smart, and she’s very in charge.”

Earlier this year, it was revealed that the first Avatar sequel is expected to hit theaters in December 2018 and would be followed by three more films in December 2020, December 2022, and December 2023. Confirmed to feature the return of cast members Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Stephen Lang and Sigourney Weaver, the Avatar sequels will be produced by Cameron and Jon Landau through their Lightstorm Entertainment. The sequels are written by Cameron along with Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, and Shane Salerno.

Marvel’s The Defenders is now in production and will feature Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Krysten RItter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, and Finn Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist. In addition, Elden Henson will be reprising as Foggy Nelson along with Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Simone Missick as Misty Knight. Eka Darville as Malcolm, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, Scott Glenn as Stick, Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Elodie Yung as Elektra, and Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple. It has been hinted that Jon Bernthal’s The Punisher will return for the series as well, but that remains unconfirmed. The series will premiere in 2017.

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