Sarah Jeffery to Play Lead Role in The CW’s Charmed Reboot

by Jenna Busch

Shades of Blue's Sarah Jeffery has been cast in the lead role in The CW's Charmed reboot

Shades of Blue’s Sarah Jeffery has been cast in a lead role in The CW’s Charmed reboot

Sarah Jeffery (Shades of Blue) has been cast in a lead role in The CW’s upcoming pilot for their Charmed reboot, according to Deadline. She’ll play the youngest sister Madison in the reboot, joining Melonie Diaz (The Belko Experiment), who is playing another sister, Mel. The cast also includes Ser’Darius Blain who will play the boyfriend of the third sister Macy.

The Charmed reboot was in development last year as a prequel that was set in the 1970s, but this version of the series will take place in the present day. The series is based on a story by Jennie Urman (creator of Jane the Virgin). She will executive produce with Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin (Jane the Virgin writers) who will also pen the script. Brad Silberling (Jane the VirginDynastyReign) will direct. He will also executive produce with Ben Silverman. CBS Television Studios will produce the new Charmed series.

Madison is a college freshman who is trying to get into a sorority. Witchcraft doesn’t exactly help that goal. Sarah Jeffery has been seen as Cristina Santos in the NBC series Shades of Blue. She also appeared in the most recent season of The X-FilesWayward Pines and Across the Lines.

Charmed, launched on the now defunct The WB channel, ran for eight seasons and 178 episodes. It followed the adventures of three Halliwell sisters, Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), who discover that their family is part of a long line of powerful witches. Doherty left the series at the conclusion of the third season. The finale saw Prue die, but it was revealed at the beginning of the fourth season that the Halliwells had a hidden half sister, Paige (Rose McGowan), who joined the headlining cast from then on.

Although Charmed went off the air in 2006, the story has continued in comic book form. Zenescope published two additional Charmed “seasons.” Season Nine ran for 24 issues while Season Ten just concluded this past September at issue 20.

What do you think of Sarah Jeffery joining the cast of the Charmed reboot? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro and More Join Instant Family

by Jenna Busch

Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro, Isabela Moner and Iliza Shlesinger join Instant Family cast

Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro, Isabela Moner and Iliza Shlesinger join Instant Family cast

Octavia Spencer (The Shape of WaterHidden Figures), Tig Notaro (One MississippiIn a World…), Isabela Moner (Transformers: The Last NightNut Job 2: Nutty By Nature) and Iliza Shlesinger (ParadiseForever 31) have joined the cast of the Paramount Pictures comedy Instant Family, according to THR. They’ll join a cast which includes Mark Wahlberg (The FighterBoogie Nights), Rose Byrne (BridesmaidsSpy) and Tom Segura (WorkaholicsGary Unmarried).

When a couple decides to start a family, they are inspired to pursue adoption through the foster care system. They feel like wonderful, altruistic people until they suddenly have three wild kids in their home. Now they must learn to love and parent children who have no interest in being parented in this heartwarming comedy.

Moner will play one of the foster kids. The others will be played by newcomers Gustavo Quiroz and Julianna Gamiz. Instant Family will be directed by Sean Anders (Daddy’s Home) from a script Anders wrote with John Morris. The film will be produced by Anders, Wahlberg and Steve Levinson. Instant Family will begin production next month.

Instant Family will hit theaters on February 15, 2019. Are you guys interested in the film? What do you think of the casting? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Check Out the Short Horror Film Your Filthy Heart

by Max Evry

Check Out the Short Horror Film Your Filthy Heart

Check out the short horror film Your Filthy Heart

Movie journalist-turned-screenwriter Evan Dickson (Totem), of Bloody-Disgusting and Collider fame, has just released his first short horror film titled Your Filthy Heart, a little eight-minute heartstopper in the James Wan vein which you can check out below!

Your Filthy Heart centers on a mysterious box which unleashes a force that causes its victims to be hunted down by their worst regrets. It stars Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Eliza Noland, David Bruckner, Zoe Cooper and Jennifer Kretchmer.

Written and directed by Dickson, who also did additional music, Your Filthy Heart was produced by William Day Frank (Pod, Psychopaths), Jenna Cavelle (Blood Heist) and Katrina Kudlick (Ladyworld).

What did you think of this short? Should Dickson expand it into a feature film? Let us know in the comments below!

AMC to Provide Screenings of A Wrinkle in Time for Children in Need

by Ghezal Amiri

AMC to Provide Free Screenings of A Wrinkle in Time for Children in Need

AMC to provide screenings of A Wrinkle in Time for children in need

AMC Theatres announced today that they will be teaming up with Color of Change to provide screenings of A Wrinkle in Time for those who deserve it the most. The theater chain and online racial justice organization have announced the “Give A Child The Universe” initiative. It will encourage individual and group benefactors to purchase and donate tickets to the movie, enabling underprivileged children to see the film at a matinee showing at their local AMC Theatres location beginning on March 9th.

Using the donations, Color of Change will distribute tickets to a passionate network of local partners, schools and community-based organizations, allowing children to enjoy this highly-anticipated title regardless of economic challenges. Executive director of Color of Change, Rashad Robinson expressed the importance of allowing youths, particularly those of color, the opportunity to watch the upcoming Ava DuVernay-directed film:

“Ava DuVernay has set out to change the rules in Hollywood for people of color and women. By casting a black teenage actress Storm Reid as the heroine at the center of this story, the filmmakers and the studio send a powerful message to millions of young people who will see someone like them embracing their individuality and strength to save the world. We are pleased to partner with AMC to ensure that as many young people as possible, regardless of economic and financial hardships, can see this groundbreaking film.”

Nikkole Denson-Randolph, vice president of special content for AMC, also released a statement echoing Robinson’s excitement at the team up and ultimate message of the film:

“The Wrinkle in Time story is one that children from all backgrounds and walks of life can identify with and draw inspiration from, and we are thrilled to celebrate this film in a meaningful way, through the vision of Ava DuVernay and in partnership with Color of Change.”

Based on the children’s book by Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Storm Reid, Zach Galifianakis, Chris Pine, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mindy Kaling. Co-director of 2013’s Frozen, Jennifer Lee, penned the screenplay.

A Wrinkle in Time releases on March 9, 2018. A new TV spot has also released for the fantastical adaptation which can be viewed below.

Exclusive: Francis Lawrence Talks Battlestar Galactica Movie & More!

by Max Evry

Exclusive: Francis Lawrence Talks Battlestar Galactica Movie & More!

Francis Lawrence talks Battlestar Galactica movie & More!

In mid-2016, it was revealed that Universal Pictures had hired Hunger Games franchise director Francis Lawrence to helm a big-screen version of Battlestar Galactica, based on the original 1978 television series created by Glen A. Larson. Today, ComingSoon.net got to have an exclusive chat with Lawrence for his upcoming spy thriller Red Sparrow, and we discussed his plans for the iconic property, his childhood connection to it, as well as his failed Sgt. Rock concept and how he would do Constantine different today.

Battlestar Galactica began with the 1978 television series, which chronicled the adventures of space-faring vessel centuries in the future. At the end of a millenia-long conflict with a robotic race known as the Cylons, the last surviving warship, the Galactica, leads a convoy of hundreds of human vessels in search of a mythic planet called Earth.

The first Battlestar Galactica series was followed by a brief sequel/spinoff series, Galactica: 1980, two years later. The franchise is arguably best known today, however, as a rebooted television version that premiered in 2004. That series, created by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, was followed by a short-lived prequel series, Caprica, in 2010 and a webseries, Blood & Chrome, in 2012. It is believed that the new Battlestar Galactica movie, which is being produced by Bluegrass Films, will again reboot the franchise.

ComingSoon.net: Is “Battlestar” still looming?

Francis Lawrence: Yeah, I’m working on that, that’s something I’m developing. I’m working on that with Lisa Joy, who is one of the creators of “Westworld.” The original series was actually one of the first sets that I ever went on. I remember being a kid and loving that show and they were filming near my house and my mom took me down there and I got to try on a Cylon helmet.

CS: So it does have a personal connection for you.

Lawrence: Absolutely, 100%. I loved that show as a kid. I loved the Ron Moore show too.

CS: The Ron Moore show had its own visual identity. The original show recruited Ralph McQuarrie and John Dykstra and all these people from “Star Wars” and were trying to, for lack of a better word, harness that feeling. Obviously you’re going to give it your own spin, but are there going to be visual nods to the original series.

Lawrence: Oh of course! There will definitely be visual nods. We’re all fans of both series so there will definitely be nods, but for it to be worth doing for us we have to have our own take on it. Without getting into too much detail, there is thematic kind of stuff to make it relevant today. What makes something interesting to do is if there’s a relevance to the world we live in now.

CS: There have been a million films where people have tried to do big space battles since “Star Wars,” but it’s very hard to capture that lightning in a bottle again. It has to be about something more.

Lawrence: Exactly. I also think it has to be about more than the A.I. of it all, as well. That’s an element, but I think we’ve found something else to say with it too, which I think is pretty cool.

CS: I wanted to talk about Constantine for a minute, just because I was thinking back on it and it seems almost like a comic book movie without a country, in that it sort of had one foot in and one foot out of the source material. If you could shoot that movie again would you go harder R, make John blonde? What other ways do you think you could push that movie now that audiences are more immersed in comic book iconography?

Lawrence: Wow. It’s a tricky question. Now I’ve made seven movies, that was my first. I think there’s definite story issues, I would change some things there. I would definitely give it more levity, things like that. It’s tricky because if I’m starting from scratch I would have had him, like in the material, be blonde and English. Right? I wasn’t the first one hired on the movie, so it’s a whole different thing, but it’s tricky because I love Keanu and I think he did a great job in the movie and all of that, but it’s a tough tough thing. I think the biggest things I would change are in the story, I think it gets too bogged down in supernatural gobbledygook at the end of the movie. If I’d known we were getting an R I would have really made an R-rated movie. We followed all the PG-13 rules, but still got an R so it’s not really an R. That’s what I would suggest.

CS: Since I saw the film, I’ve always wondered if you were referencing the artist Zdzisław Beksiński?

Lawrence: Oh yeah, 100%! I definitely had one of his books, and that was a bit of the inspiration — we ended up doing something a little different — for when you go to hell and there’s some of that weird growth? That was definitely influenced by Beksiński.

CS: I just love his stuff. Whenever anybody asks me, “Do you know any scary artists?” I’m like, “That guy.” (laughs)

Lawrence: (laughs) Yeah that stuff is very cool. That’s such a blast from the past to hear that name, because it’s such a long time ago now.

CS: Are you still attached to “Sgt. Rock”?

Lawrence: No, not for a long time.

CS:  I talked about that project with Joel Silver years ago, it seems like a tough nut to crack.

Lawrence: It is. My take on it… and I think they were just trying to figure out the whole DC thing, and clearly they’re still trying to figure it out. They were just putting the group together when we were doing that. What I wanted to do was a near-future war film, not an actual World War II thing. A near-future type film with World War II film tropes. We started developing it, but then they ended up holding it back to keep it for after they regrouped for the other new DC stuff.

How do you feel about a Battlestar Galactica movie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Tim Blake Nelson Joins Gerard Butler in Angel Has Fallen

by Ghezal Amiri

Tim Blake Nelson Joins Gerard Butler in Angel Has Fallen

Tim Blake Nelson joins Gerard Butler in Angel Has Fallen

Deadline reports that Tim Blake Nelson is set to join Gerard Butler in Angel Has Fallen. The film is the third installment of the Olympus Has Fallen franchise following 2016’s London Has Fallen and stars Butler as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning and Morgan Freeman as President Trumbull. The upcoming installment follows Banning who is framed for the attempted assassination of President and must elude his own agency and the FBI as he tries to uncover the real threat.”  Butler is also set to produce with Alan Siegel, John Thompson, Matt O’Toole, Les Weldon, and Yariv Lerner.

Details of Nelson’s character have not been released. He will star alongside the supporting cast, including Jada Pinkett Smith (Girls Trip), Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs), and Sapir Azulay (The Angel). It is being directed by Ric Roman Waugh (Snitch). The franchise clearly has a devoted fan base as the first film Olympus Has Fallen, directed by Antoine Fuqua, earned $170 million worldwide at the box office on a $70 million budget. London Has Fallen released three years following Olympus and managed to have a reported $60 million budget. It went on to earn over $200 million at the worldwide box office, which illustrates the love many audiences feel for these films.

Nelson is best known for his work alongside George Clooney in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Syriana. He recently appeared in the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and the Anthony Mandler-directed drama Monster, which screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Angel Has Fallen has no release date as of yet.

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Netflix and Constantin Start Production on Polar

by CS

Netflix and Constantin Start Production on Polar

Netflix and Constantin start production on Polar

Netflix and Constantin Film today announced the start of production of Polar, a Constantin Film/Bolt Pictures co-production, in association with Dark Horse Entertainment. Polar is based on the Dark Horse action noir graphic novel Polar: Came From the Cold by Victor Santos.

Starring in Polar are Mads Mikkelsen (Doctor Strange, Rogue One), Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers, Beastly), Katheryn Winnick (Vikings), and Matt Lucas (Alice in Wonderland, Doctor Who, Little Britain).

In Polar, the world’s top assassin, Duncan Vizla, aka The Black Kaiser, is settling into retirement when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he finds himself back in the game going head to head with an army of younger, faster, ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to have him silenced.

The film will be directed by renowned Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund, whose last film Lords of Chaos recently premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Åkerlund has made his mark with his distinctive storytelling and visually driven signature style that often pushes the boundaries of the status quo. He is an internationally-awarded director of feature films, documentaries, concert films, music videos, commercials, and stage shows, working with high profile artists such as The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Madonna, U2, Rammstein, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, and Beyonce to name a few. Åkerlund made his feature debut with the cult classic SPUN, starring Jason Schwartzman, Mickey Rourke and the late Brittany Murphy. He received Emmy and Grammy nominations for his work on Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade. He’s won Grammys for his music films for Paul McCartney’s Live Kisses, Madonna: The Confessions Tour Live From London, and Madonna: Ray of Light.

Written by Jayson Rothwell (Silent Night), the film is produced by Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer (Resident Evil franchise), Jeremy Bolt (Resident Evil franchise, Death Race), and Hartley Gorenstein (Room). The executive producers include Constantin Film’s Martin Moszkowicz, Mads Mikkelsen, and Dark Horse Entertainment’s Keith Goldberg and Mike Richardson.

The Netflix Film is currently shooting in Toronto and is slated for release on Netflix in 2019, excluding Canada, Germany, and China where Constantin Film will be handling distribution.

Disney Channel Greenlights Two Original Series, Amphibia and The Owl House

by Ghezal Amiri

Disney Channel Greenlights Two Original Series, Amphibia and The Owl House

Disney Channel greenlights two original series, Amphibia and The Owl House

Disney Channel has ordered two brand new original animated series for their cable network. Eric Coleman, senior vice president of Original Programming and general manager for Disney Television Animation revealed both shows are set to explore imaginative new worlds complete with fantastical elements and memorable characters.

Amphibia is a comedy series that chronicles the adventures of 13-year-old, self-centered Anne Boonchuy who is magically transported to the fictitious world of Amphibia, a rural marshland full of frog-people. With the help of an excitable young frog named Sprig, Anne will transform into a hero and discover the first true friendship of her life. The series is from Annie Award-winning director Matt Braly (Gravity Falls) who will also executive produce.

The Owl House is a horror-comedy series that follows Luz, a self-assured teenage human girl who accidentally stumbles upon a portal to the Demon Realm where she befriends a rebellious witch, Eda, and an adorably tiny warrior, King. Despite not having magical abilities, Luz pursues her dream of becoming a witch by serving as Eda’s apprentice at the Owl House and ultimately finds a new family in an unlikely setting. The series is from Dana Terrace, one of Variety’s “10 Animators to Watch” whose credits include Disney’s DuckTales and Gravity Falls. Terrace will also serve as executive producer.

Coleman expressed Disney’s excitement on working with Braly and Terrace on their respective series, stating “Matt and Dana each bring a unique sensibility to their shows unlike anything else on TV right now.”

Both series are set to premiere sometime in 2019.

Are you looking forward to Amphibia and/or The Owl House? Let us know in the comments below.

Music Video, New Song from Frozen: The Broadway Musical

by Joseph Berida

Music Video, New Song from Frozen: The Broadway Musical

Music video, new song from Frozen: The Broadway Musical

Disney Theatrical Productions has released a music video for a brand new song from Frozen: The Broadway Musical titled “Monster.” The song was written just for the Broadway show, so consider this a sneak preview of the “hottest snow on Broadway”! Watch and listen to the video in the player below.

Performing this powerful pop ballad is Broadway star Caissie Levy, who plays the lead character Elsa in this theatrical production. Backing vocals are provided by John Riddle, Adam Perry, Noah J. Ricketts and Donald Jones, Jr., all of whom are in the musical as well.

Frozen: The Broadway Musical is is the timeless tale of two sisters, pulled apart by a mysterious secret. Both are searching for love. They just don’t know where to find it.

The musical also stars Patti Murin (Anna), Jelani Alladin (Kristoff), Greg Hildreth (Olaf), John Riddle (Hans), Robert Creighton (Weselton), Kevin Del Aguila (Oaken), Timothy Hughes (Pabbie), Andrew Pirozzi (Sven), Audrey Bennett (Young Anna), Mattea Conforti (Young Anna), Brooklyn Nelson (Young Elsa), Ayla Schwartz (Young Elsa), Alyssa Fox (Elsa Standby), Aisha Jackson (Anna Standby) and Adam Jepsen (Sven Standby).

Music and lyrics are done by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The story is based on the Disney animated movie written by Jennifer Lee. Michael Grandage is the director.

Frozen: The Broadway Musical is in previews at the St. James Theatre on Broadway.

Legend of Zelda Wins D.I.C.E. Awards’ Game of the Year

by Joseph Berida

Legend of Zelda Wins D.I.C.E. Awards' Game of the Year

Legend of Zelda wins D.I.C.E. Awards’ Game of the Year

Nintendo continues to collect awards for its highly-acclaimed action adventure game The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as the latest entry in the storied franchise took home the top prizes at the 21st D.I.C.E. Awards, including Game of the Year. The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), the non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of the interactive arts representing its 33,000+ membership base, held the annual ceremony yesterday, honoring the best video games of 2017.

Throughout the 24 award categories, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was the most decorated title of the night, receiving four awards. Indie run-and-gun action game Cuphead won three for its classic cartoon aesthetics. Horizon Zero DawnLone Echo/Echo ArenaPLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS and Snipperclips each earned two awards.

Other big winners were Fire Emblem Heroes for Mobile Game of the Year, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for Racing Game of the Year, Injustice 2 for Fighting Game of the Year, FIFA 18 for Sports Game of the Year, NieR: Automata for Role-Playing Game of the Year, and Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle for Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year.

Genyo Takeda, Special Corporate Advisor at Nintendo, was the seventh recipient of the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Takeda was crucial to the development of the Nintendo 64, GameCube and Wii consoles, playing an important role in the direction of the video games hardware industry.

The complete list of winners includes:

Game of the Year

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Outstanding Achievement in Game Design

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Immersive Reality Technical Achievement

Lone Echo/Echo Arena

Publisher: Oculus Studios
Developer: Ready At Dawn

Immersive Reality Game of the Year

Lone Echo/Echo Arena

Publisher: Oculus Studios
Developer: Ready At Dawn

Mobile Game of the Year

Fire Emblem Heroes

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS and Nintendo

Handheld Game of the Year

Metroid: Samus Returns

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: MercurySteam and Nintendo

D.I.C.E. Sprite Award

Snipperclips

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: SFB Games

Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS

Publisher: Bluehole
Developer: PUBG Corporation

Strategy/Simulation Game of the Year

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle

Publisher: Ubisoft Entertainment
Developer: Ubisoft Milan and Ubisoft Paris

Sports Game of the Year

FIFA 18

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: Electronic Arts

Role-Playing Game of the Year

NierR: Automata

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: PlatinumGames

Racing Game of the Year

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Fighting Game of the Year

Injustice 2

Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Developer: NetherRealm Studios

Family Game of the Year

Snipperclips

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: SFB Games

Adventure Game of the Year

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Action Game of the Year

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS

Publisher: Bluehole
Developer: PUBG Corporation

Outstanding Technical Achievement

Horizon Zero Dawn

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Guerrilla Games

Outstanding Achievement in Story

Horizon Zero Dawn

Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Developer: Guerrilla Games

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design

Super Mario Odyssey

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo

Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition

Cuphead

Publisher: StudioMDHR
Developer: StudioMDHR

Outstanding Achievement in Character

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Senua

Publisher: Ninja Theory
Developer: Ninja Theory

Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction

Cuphead

Publisher: StudioMDHR
Developer: StudioMDHR

Outstanding Achievement in Animation

Cuphead

Publisher: StudioMDHR
Developer: StudioMDHR

Roy Harper Returns in All-New Arrow Photos

by Spencer Perry

Roy Harper Returns in All-New Arrow Photos

Roy Harper returns in all-new Arrow photos

Before the show returns in less than a week, The CW has gone ahead and released the first photos for the following episode of Arrow, which features the return of Colton Haynes as Roy Harper! Check them out in the gallery below!

The series is on hiatus until March 1, at which point the episode “Collision Course” will premiere. The following episode is titled “Doppelganger” and is set to air Thursday, March 8. It’s officially described as follows:

“ROY HARPER RETURNS – Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Thea (Willa Holland) are shocked to hear that Roy Harper (guest star Colton Haynes) is back in Star City. However, when they discover the circumstances of Roy’s return, Oliver and Thea realize that Roy is in trouble and jump in to save him. Black Siren (Katie Cassidy) makes a shocking decision.”

Kristin Windell directed the episode, which features a story by Christos Gage & Ruth Fletcher Gage and teleplay by Speed Weed.

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. Manu Bennett is back as Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, and his son, Joe Wilson, will be played by Liam Hall. Juliana Harkavy is playing Dinah Drake, David Nykl portrays Anatoly Knyazev, Michael Emerson is playing the big bad, Cayden James.

Based on the DC characters, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Wendy Mericle and Sarah Schechter. Arrow is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

The Killmonger Hot Toy is Here to Steal the Show

by Spencer Perry

The Killmonger Hot Toy is Here to Steal the Show

The Killmonger Hot Toy is here to steal the show

Following the debut of their new Black Panther collectible figure, Hot Toys has released the second figure from their line for Marvel’s Black Panther with the Erik Killmonger 1/6th scale collectible figure.

The screen–accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the appearance of Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger in the film featuring two interchangeable heads which include a newly-sculpted unmasked head sculpt with authentic likeness (to be fully revealed at a later date) and all-new masked head with fangs and highly-detailed textures, newly-developed muscular body, skillfully-tailored Golden Jaguar suit with remarkable tailoring and golden accents, detail recreation of Erik Killmonger’s weapons, and a specially-designed movie-themed figure stand! Check out the Killmonger Hot Toy photos in the gallery below along with the Black Panther figure.

Black Panther is now playing in theaters.

The 1/6th scale Erik Killmonger Collectible Figure specially features:
– One (1) newly developed interchangeable head sculpt with authentic and detailed likeness of Michael B. Jordan of Erik Killmonger in Black Panther
– One (1) newly developed interchangeable Erik Killmonger masked head decorated with highly detailed textures and golden fangs
– Approximately 31.3 cm tall
– Newly developed muscular body with over 32 points of articulations
– Eight (8) pieces of interchangeable hands including:
– One (1) pair of fists
– One (1) pair of clenching hands
– One (1) pair of clenching hands with claws
– One (1) pair of hands for holding weapons
– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-printed

Costume:
– One (1) meticulously tailored black and gold colored Erik Killmonger’s Golden Jaguar Habit suit

Weapons:
– One (1) sword
– One (1) spear

Accessory:
– Specially-designed Black Panther themed hexagonal figure stand with character nameplate, movie logo and character backdrop

Artists:
– Head Sculpted by TBC
– Head Painted by TBC
– Head Art Directed by TBC

Release date: Approximately Q2 – Q3, 2019

2018 Oscar Musical Performers Include Common, Mary J. Blige & More!

by Max Evry

2018 Oscar Musical Performers Include Common, Mary J. Blige & More!

2018 Oscar musical performers include Common, Mary J. Blige & more!

The 2018 Oscar musical performers include Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Natalia LaFourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, Sufjan Stevens and Oscar winner Common. They will perform this year’s nominated songs at the 90th Oscars ceremony, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced today. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live on Sunday, March 4, on the ABC Television Network.

“We’re excited to have these talented artists showcase the powerful contribution music makes to filmmaking,” said De Luca and Todd. “It’s a privilege to welcome them to the 90th Oscars stage.”

Bernal, LaFourcade and Miguel will perform the Oscar-nominated song “Remember Me” from Coco; Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

In addition to lending his voice to Coco, Bernal’s credits include the Oscar-winning films Babel (2006) and The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), as well as the Oscar-nominated films No (2012), El Crimen del Padre Amaro (2002), Y Tu Mamá También (2002) and Amores Perros (2000). LaFourcade is a Mexican pop-rock singer. She’s been nominated for four Grammy Awards, and won in 2016 for “Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album.” Miguel won a Grammy Award in 2013 for his song “Adorn,” and has been nominated an additional 10 times. He and LaFourcade teamed to record the end-credit version of “Remember Me,” with Miguel and Steve Mostyn producing.

Blige will perform “Mighty River,” from Mudbound, the Oscar-nominated song she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson. Blige is also Oscar-nominated this year for Actress in a Supporting Role for Mudbound. She is the first person to be nominated for both a performance and Original Song in the same year. Additionally, she has won nine Grammy Awards, having been nominated 31 times.

Common and Andra Day will perform his Oscar-nominated song “Stand Up For Something” from Marshall; Music by Diane Warren; Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn (Common) and Diane Warren. Common won an Oscar with John Stephens (John Legend), for Original Song for “Glory” from the film Selma (2014). He has received 20 Grammy Award nominations and has won three times. His recent acting credits include John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and Selma. Day is a three-time Grammy Award nominee. Her acting credits include Marshall and Cars 3 (2017).

Settle will perform the Oscar-nominated song “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman; Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Settle is a Tony Award-nominated singer and actress. Her film credits include The Greatest Showman (2017) and Ricki and the Flash (2015).

Stevens will perform his Oscar-nominated song “Mystery of Love,” written for Call Me by Your Name. Stevens is a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist. A prolific artist whose career spans nearly 20 years and 11 albums, his work has been featured on the soundtracks for Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016), Demolition (2015) and the Oscar-winning film Little Miss Sunshine (2006), among others.

The 90th Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.  The Oscars, produced by De Luca and Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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Over 40 Tomb Raider Photos Released!

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Over 40 Tomb Raider Photos Released!

Over 40 Tomb Raider photos released!

Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures have released over 40 new Tomb Raider photos, which you can view in the gallery below!

Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander) is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished when she was scarcely a teen. Now a young woman of 21 without any real focus or purpose, Lara navigates the chaotic streets of trendy East London as a bike courier, barely making the rent, and takes college courses, rarely making it to class. Determined to forge her own path, she refuses to take the reins of her father’s global empire just as staunchly as she rejects the idea that he’s truly gone. Advised to face the facts and move forward after seven years without him, even Lara can’t understand what drives her to finally solve the puzzle of his mysterious death.

RELATED: The New Tomb Raider Trailer is Here!

Opening in theaters on March 16, Tomb Raider also stars Dominic West (Money Monster, 300), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained) and Daniel Wu (AMC’s Into the Badlands). It is directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave), with Oscar winner Graham King (The Departed) producing under his GK Films banner.

First published in 1996 by the London-based video game company Eidos, Tomb Raider became one of the most successful video games of the time. A reboot of the series, telling the origin of Lara Croft, was released in 2013 and sold over 5 million copies. The most recent game, titled Rise of the Tomb Raider, was released in 2015 and is available now for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PC.

Yara Shahidi in Talks for The Sun is Also a Star Adaptation

by Jenna Busch

black-ish and grown-ish star Yara Shahidi up for The Sun is Also a Star adaptation

black-ish and grown-ish star Yara Shahidi up for The Sun is Also a Star adaptation

black-ish and grown-ish star Yara Shahidi is in talks to star in the film adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s (Everything, Everything) novel The Sun is Also a Star, according to Variety. The YA novel adaptation comes to us from Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros., and MGM. The Sun is Also a Star was a 2016 finalist for the National Book Awards. The book is the story of a teenage girl named Natasha who meets a boy named Daniel and falls in love with him 12 hours before her family is supposed to be deported to Jamaica. Yoon’s Everything, Everything was turned into the 2017 film adaptation of the same name starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson. Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) wrote the screenplay.

Here is what Amazon has posted about The Sun is Also a Star novel: “Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

“Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

“The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?”

Yara Shahidi is known for her work as Zoey Johnson on the ABC comedy black-ish and the spinoff grown-ish. She’s also been seen in SaltButter and Alex Cross.

What do you guys think of Yara Shahidi joining the cast of The Sun is Also a Star? Let us know in the comments.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Richard Coyle to Play Father Blackwood on Netflix’s Sabrina Series

by Jenna Busch

Richard Coyle has been cast as Father Blackwood on Netflix's Sabrina the Teenage Witch series

Richard Coyle has been cast as Father Blackwood on Netflix’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch series

Richard Coyle (The Collection) has been cast in the upcoming Netflix series based on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, according to Deadline. He joins a cast that includes Kiernan Shipka, Michelle Gomez and Miranda Otto. Richard Coyle will play Father Blackwood, the High Priest of the Church of Night and the Dean of the Academy of the Unseen Arts. “Ruthless and ambitious, Blackwood hides a terrifying dark agenda that will put him in direct conflict with Sabrina (Shipka) and other members of the coven.”

Sabrina is based on the comic book Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

Now that the two shows are on different networks, It remains to be seen if there will be any formal association between Riverdale and the Sabrina series. The Chiling Adventures of Sabrina comic book series features brief appearances by Archie characters like Betty and Veronica, but it is primarily a self-contained narrative.

Aguirre-Sacasa is writing the adaptation (the comic book basis for which he also wrote) and will executive produce. Lee Toland Krieger will direct and executive produce with Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater. No premiere date has been set for the series.

Richard Coyle has been seen in The CollectionPrince of Persia: The Sands of TimeGrabbers and A Good Year.

What do you guys think of the casting of Richard Coyle playing Father Blackwood in the upcoming Netflix Sabrina series? Let us know in the comments.

Kristin Chenoweth Joins Season 2 of NBC’s Trial & Error

by Jenna Busch

Tony and Emmy-winner Kristin Chenoweth joins Season 2 of NBC's Trial & Error

Tony and Emmy-winner Kristin Chenoweth joins Season 2 of NBC’s Trial & Error

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth (American GodsPushing Daisies) has joined the cast of NBC’s Trial & Error Season 2. The show’s official handle announced the news in a tweet, which you can check out below.

Kristin Chenoweth will play heiress Lavinia Peck-Foster, who is accused of murdering her husband and stuffing them in a suitcase.

Who is Lavinia Peck-Foster? The first lady of East Peck is a larger-than-life grand dame — at least in her own mind. She is an eccentric heiress known for her flamboyant outfits, large hats and hairless cat, Fluffy, who has not left the confines of Peck Gardens in ages. Lavinia calls on Josh Segal and Associates — the team that got off Owl Murderer Larry Henderson — to defend her after she was found with her husband, Edgar, stuffed into a suitcase in the back of her car.

“I’m excited to slip into a role that feels very right for me at this time,” Chenoweth said. “Plus, I’m surrounded by genius comedic actors and brilliant writing. I admire John Lithgow so much and want to make him proud by continuing what he began.”

“We are delighted to have such a comedic powerhouse join our show,” said executive producer Jeff Astrof. “When we decided we were doing a murderess, we knew there could be only one person big enough to fill John Lithgow’s skates. She was our first choice all along and thankfully for us became available at the right time. Murdering and karaoke in East Peck will never be more fun.”

Kristin Chenoweth is known for her Broadway work in shows like You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Wicked. She won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Pushing Daisies and has appeared on Glee and The West Wing. She played Easter in the Starz series American Gods.

The premiere for the second season of Trial & Error will be announced at a later date. Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller serve as writers and executive producers. Jeffrey Blitz directs and also serves as an executive producer. Trial & Error is produced by Other Show Productions and Good Session Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Are you excited to see Kristin Chenoweth on Trial & Error? Let us know in the comments.

Joss Whedon No Longer Making Batgirl Movie

by Spencer Perry

Joss Whedon No Longer Making Batgirl Movie

Joss Whedon no longer making Batgirl movie

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that after nearly a year in development, writer/director Joss Whedon has stepped away from the Batgirl movie at Warner Bros.

“Batgirl is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months to realize I really didn’t have a story,” Whedon said in a statement. “I’m grateful to Geoff and Toby and everyone who was so welcoming when I arrived, and so understanding when I… uh, is there a sexier word for ‘failed’?”

It had previously been confirmed that Whedon’s Batgirl movie would be part of the ever-evolving DC Extended Universe, though it remains to be seen if the project will still be a priority for the studio following leadership adjustments and the disappointment of Justice League.

No other producers are attached to the Batgirl movie, though Toby Emmerich, Jon Berg and Geoff Johns would oversee the project for the studio.

Batgirl’s first comic appearance in 1967 was as Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, and she later became an ally of Batman and Robin in Gotham City. She was previously portrayed by Yvonne Craig in the campy ’60s Batman series, then by Alicia Silverstone (as Barbara Wilson, Alfred’s niece) in the equally-campy 1997 flop Batman & Robin. She was recently voiced by Rosario Dawson in The LEGO Batman Movie.

Photos from the Next Two Episodes of Riverdale Released

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Photos from the Next Two Episodes of Riverdale Released

Photos from the next two episodes of Riverdale released

Though still on a brief hiatus, The CW has released the first batch of photos for the next two episodes of Riverdale! Check them out in the gallery below.

First is episode 2.14 of the series. Titled “Chapter Twenty-Seven: The Hills Have Eyes” the episode is set to air Wednesday, March 7 and is officially described as follows:

“A WEEKEND ESCAPE AT THE LAKE HOUSE – When Hiram (Mark Consuelos) suggests that Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Archie (KJ Apa) head up to their lake house for the weekend, Veronica decides to invite Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead (Cole Sprouse) to join them. Determined to uncover Hiram’s plans for Riverdale, Jughead uses his time at the lake house to press Veronica about what she may know. Back in Riverdale, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) makes a surprising connection with an unlikely friend, while Josie (Ashleigh Murray) lands in hot water after revealing a secret to Kevin (Casey Cott). Skeet Ulrich also stars.”

David Katzenberg directed the episode, which was written by Ross Maxwell.

Next is episode 2.15 of the series, which is without an official synopsis but is set to air March 14 and is officially titled “Chapter Twenty-Eight: There Will Be Blood.”

KJ Apa stars as Archie Andrews in the series along with Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom.

Based on the characters from Archie Comics, Riverdale hails from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater.

Iris Suits Up in Poster for ‘Run, Iris, Run’ Episode of The Flash

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Iris Suits Up in Poster for 'Run, Iris, Run' Episode of The Flash

Iris suits up in poster for ‘Run, Iris, Run’ episode of The Flash

Ahead of the series’ return next Tuesday, The CW has released a first-look poster for another upcoming episode of The Flash featuring none other than Candice Patton’s Iris West suiting up for some speedster action. Check out the full poster below!

The episode, titled “Run, Iris, Run” is set to air Tuesday, March 13, and is officially described as follows:

“Team Flash confronts a new bus meta, Matthew AKA Melting Pot (guest star Leonardo Nam), with the ability to swap people’s DNA. During a battle with Team Flash, Harold transfers Barry’s (Grant Gustin) super speed to Iris (Candice Patton). Now, with a new threat unleashed on Central City, Barry must act as the team leader while Iris takes on the mantle of superhero speedster in order to defeat their new foe.”

The episode was directed by Harry Jierjian and written by Eric Wallace.

The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramo, Tom Cavanagh as Dr. Harrison Wells, and Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West. New additions to the cast are Katee Sackhoff as the villain Amunet Black and Hartley Sawyer as Ralph Dibny, aka Elongated Man.

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