To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before sequel lands new director
The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that the upcoming sequel to the acclaimed Netflix teen romance To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has found a new director in the form of Michael Fimognari, who is taking over for previous director Susan Johnson.
Fimognari, who was the director of photography on the first film and is known for frequently collaborating with Mike Flanagan as cinematographer on Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, Gerald’s Game, Ouija: Origin of Evil and Before I Wake, will make his feature directorial debut on the project. Johnson will return to the project in an executive producer capacity.
“Directing To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has been one of the great experiences of my life, and I am grateful to the fans for their passionate support of the film,” Johnson said in a statement. “Due to the timing of my other projects I won’t be directing the sequel, but as an executive producer, I am looking forward to continuing to share Lara Jean’s story and being part of this franchise.”
In addition to landing Fimognari as director, the sequel has signed on Anna Cathcart (Descendants 3), John Corbett (Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) and Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars) to reprise their roles from its predecessor.
“I’m so thrilled and thankful we get to keep telling Lara Jean’s story. I just know that the audience will fall in love with her all over again,” source novel author Jenny Han said.
The sequel, which is set to be based on the second film in Han’s book series P.S. I Still Love You, is being scripted by Sofia Alvarez, who scripted the original film, and will also feature the returns of Lana Condor (Alita: Battle Angel) and Noah Centineo (Charlie’s Angels).
Animated Scooby-Doo film finds its Freddy and Daphne
A few weeks after landing Will Forte, Tracy Morgan and Gina Rodriguez for the project, Warner Bros. has signed on Neighbors‘ Zac Efron and Ted 2‘s Amanda Seyfried to star in the upcoming animated Scooby-Doo film, according to Variety.
Efron has signed on to star as the leader of the “meddling kids” Mystery Incorporated, Fred Jones, and Seyfried has signed on to star as Fred’s romantic interest Daphne Blake, while previously cast Forte is set to voice Norville “Shaggy” Rogers, Rodriguez as Velma Dinkley and Morgan as Dick Dastardly.
The film, which is being entitled Scoob and is being written by Matt Lieberman (The Addams Family) and directed by Tony Cervone (Space Jam), will follow the mystery-solving group as they must team up with other characters from the Hanna-Barbera universe to save the world from supervillain Dick Dastardly.
Efron rose to fame in 2006 with a lead role in Disney Channel’s hit High School Musical franchise and has since found success with key roles in the 2014 comedy Neighbors and its 2016 sequel, the critically-derided but financially successful 2017 comedy Baywatch and the Oscar-nominated 2017 musical The Greatest Showman. He will next be seen in the upcoming comedy The Beach Bum alongside Matthew McConaughey, which is set to hit theaters on March 29, and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, which is set to hit Netflix later this year.
Seyfried is most known for her roles in the 2008 musical Mamma Mia! and its 2018 sequel, the 2009 cult horror classic Jennifer’s Body co-starring Megan Fox and the 2011 sci-fi thriller In Time and was most recently seen in the Netflix sci-fi thriller Anon and the Amazon Studios dark comedy Gringo, as well as the Showtime revival of David Lynch’s acclaimed fantasy crime mystery series Twin Peaks.
The project, produced by Chris Columbus, Charles Roven and Allison Abbate, will bring back those pesky kids and their pal Scooby, all of whom were last seen on the big screen in 2004’s live action misfire Scooby-Doo 2: Monster’s Unleashed.
Scoob is expected to hit theaters on May 15, 2020.
Television series based on Death is My BFF novels in the works at SYFY
According to Deadline, a television series based upon the young adult fantasy novel series Death is My BFF is in development at SYFY. The outlet previously reported last May that the novels had been acquired by Sony Pictures Television. Though the series is in very early development, it has already found its writer. with Lindsey Rosin set to pen the pilot. The novel series was written by Katarina Tonks for the website Wattpad and began in 2013. The official description reads:
“Death came knocking at her door.
Well actually, he pounded.
Faith Williams has always been a little odd, but never before did she think she was one of a kind. Enter Death, the legendary, sadistic, and irresistible Grim Reaper who sparred Faith’s life when she was a child. The more she tries to resist him, the more he’s popping up in her life and turning it entirely upside down. Death is dangerous with a dark past and a thirst for revenge, and Faith Williams is slowly becoming unable to resist his power over her.
Who is the man under the hood? What does he want with her?
Most importantly, why the hell does he have a name for his scythe?”
Wattpad, the site on which the series was first published, is a place for both amateur and professional writers alike to share their work with a wide audience. Death is My BFF became one of the most popular series on the site, even winning the site’s “Watty Award” in 2011. The first novel in Tonks’ series has nearly 20 million reads alone.
The upcoming series’ writer Lindsey Rosin is best known for writing the Cruel Intentions television movie follow-up in which Sarah Michelle Gellar reprises her role.
HBO Greenlights New Perry Mason Series With Tim Van Patten Directing
HBO is joining forces once again with one of the company’s longtime collaborators Tim Van Patten in the director’s chair, according to Deadline. Production has begun on Perry Mason, which will be a limited series for the premium cable network. The upcoming series will reimagine the character of Perry Mason from Erle Stanley Gardner’s series of novels. Starting in 1933, Gardner published a number of fiction books about Mason, a criminal defense lawyer.
Van Patten has directed a noteworthy sum of episodes for some of HBO’s most popular series throughout his career. His credits include The Sopranos, The Wire, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Sex and the City, Deadwoodand Rome as well as David Simon’s predecessor to The Wire, NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street.
The adventures of Perry Mason have been adapted a number of times in various mediums. The Perry Mason character has been the subject of radio plays, films, television movies and perhaps most notably a television series for CBS called Perry Mason that ran from 1957 to 1966.
In this incarnation, the titular character will be played by Matthew Rhys. Rhys is best known for portraying Phillip Jennings in the FX espionage drama series The Americans alongside Keri Russell. He has also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s The Post and the Bradley Cooper-led Burnt.
This new adaptation will be set in Los Angeles in 1932 when the city was going through massive changes as a result of the Great Depression and the revelation of talking pictures. A date is not set for the limited series’ debut.
Earlier this year The CW announced that the long-running Supernatural would return in the Fall 2019 season for its 15th season, and now the cast and crew of the series have announced that the series will conclude once that batch of episodes wrap up. You can watch the video statement from stars Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, and Misha Collins below.
“Though we’re very, very excited about moving into our 15th season, it will be our last,”Ackles said. “Fifteen years of a show that has certainly changed my life, I know it’s changed these two guys’ life. We wanted you to hear it from us. Though we’re excited abotu next year, it will bet he finale, the big grand finale of an institution.”
Collins added, “We love you guys and this family is not going anywhere even though the show will come to an end.”
Ackles concluded the video saying: “I will say this, a little word from Eric Kripke, the creator of this world and these characters, in a show about family it is amazing and it is the pride of his life that it became family.”
In a statement, co-showrunners and executive producersAndrew Dabb and Robert Singer saod: “Firstly, we would like to thank all the people who have been involved with the show both in front of and behind the camera. For us it has been an experience of a lifetime. The support we have had from both Warner Bros Television and The CW has been incredible. We’d like to give special thanks to Jensen, Jared and Misha for making this journey so special. It is now most important to us to give these characters that we love the send off they deserve.”
The CW has confirmed that with the 20 episodes set for the show’s fifteenth season, Supernatural will conclude with 327 episodes across its 15 season run when it ends in 2020.
A few weeks after landing Maze Runner vet Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Lord of the Rings‘ Andy Serkis in lead roles, Hobbs & Shaw star Idris Elba has entered final negotiations to star in the upcoming adaptation of the Boom! Studios comic Mouse Guard, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Elba has entered talks to star as Celanawe, an Obi-Wan mentor-like figure who was previously a legendary champion and who was thought to have vanished a long time ago.
Based on the graphic novels, the story will follow the titular order of mice who act as the protectors of a mystical medieval world from foes ranging from predators including foxes and eagles, as well as other evil rodents.
Serkis has signed on to star as Midnight, the Guard’s blacksmith who turn against the group and becomes the antagonist of the story, while Brodie-Sangster has signed on to star as Lieam, one of the order’s newest and youngest members who will have to step up and prove his worth early into his adventurer career.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story scribe Gary Whitta will pen the screenplay for Mouse Guard movie, which sees Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves producing. Reeves’ own Sixth & Idaho will produce along with Mouse Guard publisher Boom! Studios’ Ross Richie and Stephen Christy.
The film will be a Maze Runner reunion between Brodie-Sangster, who starred in all three films as one of the main characters, Newt, and director Wes Ball, who made his feature directorial debut with the blockbuster adaptation trilogy at Fox that garnered nearly $1 billion across its three films.
On the series official website, creator David Petersen has previously revealed he wanted a film adaptation “to be done correctly,” hoping to see a film in keeping with the series all-ages material and that it would be a CG heavy film, and it appears he’s getting his wish. Following the success of Disney’s The Jungle Book, the studio is eager to make a live-action version of the film albeit with CG characters via performance capture.
In the world of Mouse Guard, mice struggle to live safely and prosper amongst harsh conditions and a host of predators. Thus the Mouse Guard was formed: more than just soldiers, they are guides for common mice looking to journey without confrontation from one village to another. They see to their duty with fearless dedication so that they may not simply exist, but truly live.
Production is planned to begin on the film in May.
The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that the upcoming sci-fi sequel Terminator: Dark Fate‘s post-production has made another big step with the hiring of blockbuster-musician Tom Hokenborg, aka Junkie XL, (Deadpool) to compose the score for the film.
Holkenborg has composed the score for a number of major blockbusters including Deadpool, Mad Max: Fury Road, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Mortal Engines, Alita: Battle Angel and the upcoming live-action adaptation of the video game franchise Sonic the Hedgehog.
“It’s great to be working on another project with Tim,” Holkenborg said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “The original Terminators were such iconic movies, and having James back as a producer with Tim directing is an amazing dream team. It’s going to be a fantastic movie to be part of.”
Though not much is yet known about the film, it will see the return of key members of the series’ early entries. Arnold Schwarzenegger is slated to make another appearance as the titular android with a license to kill. Linda Hamilton—who played protagonist Sarah Connor in The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)—will reprise her role for the first time in nearly 30 years. James Cameron, the writer and director of the same two entries as well as Titanic (1997)and Avatar (2009) is also returning as a producer of the forthcoming film.
Terminator: Dark Fate has no shortage of new faces, however. Tim Miller, who is best known for directing Deadpool is stepping behind the camera for the film. Hamilton and Schwarzenegger will share the screen with Mackenzie Davis (Blade Runner 2049), Natalia Reyes (Birds of Passage) and Gabriel Luna (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
It appears likely that Paramount and Skydance hope the return of Cameron and Hamilton in their respective roles will reinvigorate the franchise, which has struggled of late. Its most recent entry Terminator: Genisys (2015) had a domestic box office take of just $89 million. This is the worst box office performance in the series since the modest original film. Terminator: Genisys—a soft reboot of the franchise which starred Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor and Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese—received mixed reviews. It remains to be seen whether Terminator: Dark Fate will trigger a change in the wind for the franchise, or continue the previous film’s downward trend.
Thor’s Chris Hemsworth welcomes Deadpool’s Ryan Reynolds to Disney
With the Disney/Fox merger finally at a conclusion, the monster comic book studio Marvel has earned back the rights to the majority of its characters, namely Wade Wilson, better known by his alias Deadpool. Actor Chris Hemsworth, who has portrayed Thor in eight films for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, took to Instagram to welcome Ryan Reynolds and the Merc with a Mouth to the studio.
Reynolds has portrayed the red-suited mercenary since 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which was derided by critics and audiences for mishandling the fast-talking and oft-profane character, and went on to help bring the fan-favorite role to life in a much more celebrated manner with 2016’s Deadpool and its 2018 sequel, all of which were set in Fox’s X-Men Marvel universe. But now that Disney has acquired the rights to the franchise, fans have wondered whether the 42-year-old star will continue playing the character and if he will be apart of the MCU, but given Disney’s inclusion of Reynolds’ portrayal on their new website homepage and CEO Bob Iger stating interest in continuing the franchise in its R-rated fashion, chances are still high Reynolds will continue with the role.
Hemsworth first made his debut in the role of the Asgardian god in 2011’s Thor and continued to reprise the role in its two sequels, The Avengers and its two sequels and a cameo appearance in the post-credits scene for Doctor Strange. Though Hemsworth’s future with the MCU is still not technically confirmed, the latest rumors are swirling that the 35-year-old Australian native will be moving on to greener pastures following the upcoming blockbuster Avengers: Endgame, including a lead role in the sci-fi spin-off sequel Men in Black International, which is set to hit theaters on June 14.
Avengers: Endgame is set to hit theaters on April 26.
Disney Channel’s Chelsea Zhang joins DC Universe’s Titans
Deadline has brought word that the upcoming second season of the hit DC Universe series Titans has continued expanding its cast and superhero roster with the addition of Disney Channel star Chelsea T. Zhang in the series regular role of Rose Wilson aka The Ravager.
Created by Marv Wolfman and Art Nichols, Wilson is the daughter of Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke and has acted as both an enemy to and member of the Teen Titans since her comic debut in 1992. Though Ravager has appeared in various TV shows and animated films, including Summer Glau’s role in the second season of The CW’s Arrow, Zhang’s portrayal of Wilson will mark the live-action debut for Slade’s biological daughter.
Zhang, known for starring in the Disney Channel series Andi Mack and will next star in the Netflix adaptation of the graphic novel Daybreak, joins the previously cast Esai Morales (Ozark) as Deathstroke and Chella Man as Joseph Wilson, aka Jericho, the mute son of Slade and brother of Rose.
Rose’s character bio reads as follows: “Daughter of the deadly assassin, Deathstroke, Rose Wilson was forced to undergo the same procedure that granted her father nearly superhuman abilities, becoming a weapon known as Ravager. Ever resentful, she seeks out the Titans not only for their protection but to get back at her father. Knowing how dangerous it is to be the offspring of their deadliest foe, the Titans take her in but that doesn’t necessarily mean they trust her.”
Titans follows a group of young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and loveable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes.
The seriesstars Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) as Dick Grayson/Robin, Teagan Croft (Home and Away) as Raven, Anna Diop (24: Legacy) as Koriand’r/Starfire, Alan Ritchson (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) & Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) as Hawk and Dove, Bruno Bichir as Dr. Niles Caulder, and Lindsey Gort as Police Detective Amy Rohrbach.
From Weed Road Pictures and Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, Titans is one of the all-new exclusive original live-action series coming soon to DC UNIVERSE.Itcomes 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 Starfire, Raven and many others. Fans can expect the seriesto be a dramatic, live-action adventure series that will explore and celebrate one of the most popular comic book teams ever.
Titans is available to stream exclusively on DC Universe.
The purpose of this roundup is to put all the Star Wars news from the week of March 22, 2019 in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars developments to the latest toys. And maybe you’ll even share with them something that they might have missed.
“I think the one thing I can say [about #EpisodeIX] is that it has been the most fun for me, particularly working with John Boyega because we have just had so much more to do together and we just really connected in a great way.” https://t.co/vO4IRoTdg6
— Fantha Tracks: Star Wars News In A Single File (@FanthaTracks) March 17, 2019
How ‘Catastrophe’ said goodbye onscreen to Carrie Fisher: “We were both delighted to get the chance to say goodbye to her in that way, and to have her funny, irreverent voice through Rob’s eulogy.” https://t.co/m7gt9lvyqr
Universal Studios gives a glimpse of Jurassic World: The Ride
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the dinosaur-engineered theme park, Universal Studios Hollywood has unveiled a first look of its eagerly awaited mega-attraction, Jurassic World: The Ride. The ride, which opens this summer, will immerse guests into newly themed environments and breathe new life into dimensional animatronic dinosaurs, including some all-new fan favorites featured in the Jurassic World films.
This ambitious ride is being reimagined under the direction of the award-winning Universal Creative, Industrial Light & Magic, Universal Pictures and acclaimed filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Frank Marshall.
Jurassic World: The Ride will debut an original storyline that takes place within the theme park as depicted in the film. It will feature a few new dinosaurs from the film, lush scenic design, and ground-breaking technology that has yet to be experienced within a theme park.
Even while waiting in line, there will be videos featuring facts and information about the dinosaurs within the ride set the tone for the adventure ahead, so you can learn more about these imposing prehistoric inhabitants that first roamed the earth more than 65 million years ago.
And the daring expedition will begin this summer at Universal Studios Hollywood. For more information, you can visit their website here.
Zach Braff to direct The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola
Collider reports that Zach Braff will direct The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola. The script for the film initially, written by Mike Vukadinovich, made waves when it appeared in the annual Black List back in 2014, Vukadinovich is best known for his work on Marvel’s Runaways on Hulu and Showtime’s Kidding as well as for the film Rememory.
The Secret Ingredients of Rocket Cola follows the parallel paths of twin brothers who are separated for much of their lives. As adults, the two men fall in love with the same woman. In spite of this tension, they agree to put aside their differences to attempt to salvage the eponymous soda company.
Once he made a name for himself in the popular hospital sitcom Scrubs as the central character, J.D., Braff went on to direct. In 2004, he released his directorial debut Garden State. The film, which starred Braff alongside Natalie Portman and Peter Saarsgard, was largely well received. It wasn’t until ten years later that he returned to the director’s chair for his sophomore film, 2014’s Wish I Was Here, starring himself with Kate Hudson and Joey King. He went on to direct Going In Style in 2017 with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.
Florence Pugh is currently attached to star in The Secret Ingredient of Rocket Cola. However, it was recently reported that she is potentially getting on board Marvel’s Black Widow prequel movie. Given how demanding Marvel shoots can be, and how little is known at this moment, Pugh may find herself forced to choose between the projects. Pugh has become a bonafide star of late, with key roles this year’s Fighting With My Family alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and 2018’s Outlaw King starring Chris Pine.
Netflix and writer Harrison Query developing modern Three Musketeers movie
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix is teaming up with writer Harrison Query and Bright producers Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless to develop a modern-day take on The Three Musketeers that is being described as Mission: Impossible in tone. Query reportedly offered a unique take on Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale that the streaming giant approved of and the project was quickly thrust into development.
For those unaware, The Three Musketeers follows the exploits of a young man named d’Artagnan, who saddles up with renowned Musketeers, or king’s guard, Athos, Porthos and Aramis as they embark on a rip roaring adventure.
Per the report, this is the second project Netflix has picked up from Query following the million-dollar deal they made to the writer for Warparty, which is being produced by Ridley Scott, directed by Andrew Dominik and features Tom Hardy.
This is the latest attempt by a studio to cash in on The Three Musketeers. All told, there are twenty-four film adaptations of the classic adventure dating back to 1903, including a 1993 Disney production starring Charlie Sheen, Keifer Sutherland, Chris O’Donnell and Tim Curry. Recently, in 2011, Paul W.S. Anderson tried his hand at the tale with actors Logan Lerman, Ray Stevenson, Luke Evans, Christoph Waltz, Orlando Bloom and Milla Jovovich. Anderson’s film brought in $132 million at the worldwide box office.
The Conners are coming back for round two. Variety reports that the spinoff of the Roseanne revival has been given a second season by ABC. The news comes as no surprise, because even in the wake of the controversy surrounding the spinoff, it remains the networks highest-rated new show with roughly 9.5 million viewers per episode.
After a sudden turn of events, the Conners have been forced to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before. This iconic family — Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky, and D.J. — grapple with parenthood, dating, an unexpected pregnancy, financial pressures, aging and in-laws in working-class America. Through it all, the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns — with love, humor, and perseverance, the family prevails.
The Conners was originally greenlit to series with an order of 10 episodes for fall 2018. The series, featuring John Goodman (“Dan”), Laurie Metcalf (“Jackie”), Sara Gilbert (“Darlene”), Lecy Goranson (“Becky”) and Michael Fishman (“D.J.”) as their beloved Conner characters, is set to return to Tuesday nights on ABC.
Tom Werner will executive produce, along with Sara Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen, and Tony Hernandez. Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, and Bruce Rasmussen are also writers. The series is from Tom Werner and Werner Entertainment.
The Criterion Channel Announces First Month Lineup
Movie fans the world over were disappointed when the streaming service Filmstruck shuttered its virtual doors in fall 2018. Soon after however The Criterion Collection announced it would launch its own service, The Criterion Channel will have similar offerings and marked April 8, 2019, as its launch date. As April draws ever nearer, the site has finally revealed its inaugural month’s lineup.
The Criterion Channel, like the home media distributor it spawned from, is carefully curated.
“There will be something new in the spotlight every day of the week,” the site explains. “Tuesdays will offer Short + Feature pairings. Wednesdays are dedicated to women filmmakers. On Fridays there will be a double feature, and on Saturdays, a family-friendly matinee. Criterion Collection editions will let fans dig deep into individual films. Thematic programming will help viewers explore and discover new movies in new ways. Sundays will spotlight the biggest series, such as director or star retrospectives, guest curator selections, long-form cinematic epics, or large thematic programs, while the 10 Minutes or Less section will offer short-form delights for cinephiles on the go.”
Does this sound like the kind of programming you would enjoy? Which titles are you looking forward to most? Sound off in the comments below!
Monday, April 8: Noir from Columbia Pictures
My Name is Julia Ross
So Dark the Night
The Big Heat
Drive a Crooked Road
Murder by Contract
Experiment in Terror
Bonus: Mildred Pierce
Tuesday, April 9: Short and Feature
Y tu mamá también
Wednesday, April 10: Screenwriter Suso Cecchi D’Amico
Le notti bianche
Big Deal on Madonna Street
Rocco and His Brothers
Thursday, April 11: Director David Lynch
The Elephant Man
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Six Men Getting Sick (short)
The Alphabet (short)
The Grandmother (short)
The Amputee Version 1 (short)
The Amputee Version 2 (short)
Premonitions Following an Evil Deed (short)
Bonus: Ace in the Hole
Friday, April 12: Double Feature
Last Hurrah for Chivalry
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Saturday, April 13: Family Matinee
Sunday, April 14: Guest Programmer Julie Taymor
Great Expectations (1946)
Sawdust and Tinsel
Nights of Cabiria
The Cranes are Flying
Monday, April 15
Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day
Tuesday, April 16: Short and Feature
The Silence (short)
Taste of Glory
Wednesday, April 17: Director Susanne Bier
After the Wedding
In a Better World
Thursday, April 18
Friday, April 19: Double Feature
To Be or Not To Be
Saturday, April 20: Family Matinee
Sunday, April 21: Director Charles Burnett
My Brother’s Wedding
To Sleep With Anger
Several Friends (short)
The Horse (short)
When It Rains (short)
The Final Insult (short)
Quiet as Kept (short)
Monday, April 22
David Simons discusses Stanley Kubrick’s Paths of Glory
Tuesday, April 23: Short and Feature
The Wages of Fear
Bonus: The Hidden Fortress
Wednesday, April 24: Director Sofia Coppola
The Virgin Suicides
Thursday, April 25: “Killer Couples”
The Honeymoon Killers
Friday, April 26: Double Feature
Murder by Contract
Saturday, April 27: Family Matinee
Sunday, April 28: Actor Simone Signoret
Adua and Her Friends
Army of Shadows
The Widow Courdec
Monday, April 29: Film School
Professor Jeff Smith discusses Memories of Underdevelopment
Chelsea Peretti joins Universal’s romantic comedy The Photograph
According to Deadline, Brooklyn Nine-Ninealum Chelsea Peretti has officially been cast in Universal Pictures’ upcoming romantic drama The Photograph. Peretti will be joining previously announced cast members Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield.
Peretti is best known for her role as Gina Linetti in the popular comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. However, after five seasons, she suddenly announced her departure from the show last October. She recently appeared in the 2018 comedy-thriller Game Night opposite Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams.
Written and directed by Stella Meghie (Everything, Everything), the film will focus on intertwining love stories set in both the past and present, but further details on plot and characters are currently being kept under wraps.
Having risen to fame with her 2011 YouTube series Awkward Black Girl, Rae has continued to enjoy a steady rise in success with her HBO series Insecure in which she stars and co-created with Larry Wilmore (The Daily Show), which has been nominated for numerous awards including two Golden Globes and an Emmy for her performance.
Stanfeld has been enjoying a career uprising for just over five years now, beginning with the acclaimed indie drama Short Term 12 and steadliy continuing with roles in the acclaimed biopic Selma, horror-thriller Get Out, the well-received indie dramedy Sorry to Bother You and the FX hit comedy Atlanta alongside creator/writer/star Donald Glover. He will next be seen in Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi)’s ensemble murder mystery Knives Out, which is set for a November 27 release.
Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he’s going to be President of the United States. But first, he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School. To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image. Full of dark comedy and sly satire, Ryan Murphy’s The Politician offers a rare glimpse into just what it takes to make a politician.
The Politician stars Tony Award winner Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hanson), Gwyneth Paltrow (Avengers: Infinity War), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), Zoey Deutch (Set It Up), Lucy Boynton (Murder on the Orient Express), Bob Balaban (Gosford Park), David Corenswet (Affairs of State), Julia Schlaepfer (Charlie Says), Theo Germaine (Artificial Intelligence), Benjamin Barrett (Badsville), Laura Dreyfuss (Glee), and Rahne Jones (Godspell) as series regulars.
The series was given a two-season straight-to-series order. The Politician was created by Ryan Murphy, who co-writes alongside Ian Brennan (Glee co-creator) and Brad Falchuk (American Horror Story, Feud). Murphy’s most recent collaboration with Falchuck is Fox’s drama series 911 and is the fourth series that pair will have co-created.
The Politician is Murphy’s second original series arriving on Netflix, alongside his upcoming project, Ratched, a prequel to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starring Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story) as a younger version of the cruel Nurse Ratched.
Danny Trejo to voice Boots in Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Danny Trejo took to Twitter yesterday to confirm the rumors that he would be voicing Dora’s monkey sidekick Boots in the upcoming Paramount film Dora and the Lost City of Gold. . This revelation came not long after the studio released official posters portraying the heroine and her simian companion.
Trejo also confirmed in the tweet that a trailer will be debuting tomorrow, Saturday, March 23, during Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards.
Trejo joins Isabela Moner—best known for her roles in Transformers: The Last Knight and Sicario: Day of the Soldado—as the titular hero. The film will also star Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) and Michael Pena (Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Dora’s parents, and Benicio Del Toro (Sicario, The Last Jedi) will voice Dora’s nemesis, Swiper the Fox.
Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents nothing could prepare Dora for the most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego, and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost Inca civilization.
James Bobin of Da Ali G Show, The Muppets and Muppets Most Wante. directs from a script by Nicholas Stoller and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel.
It should be unsurprising that the Nick Jr. show received a live-action film adaptation. Dora the Explorer was massively popular and ran for 14 seasons and inspired a spin-off series about her cousin Diego called Go, Diego, Go! Diego will be played in the film by Jeffrey Wahlberg. Alongside Spongebob Squarepants, it is one of longest lasting series on Nickelodeon in terms of both longevity and cultural relevance.
The series, from Grace and Frankie executive producer Billy Finnegan, has been likened to About a Boy in tone as it follows the life of the titular Richard, a famous author living off the success of his children’s book series, “Mr. Mouse.” The only problem is, Lovely is not very fond of children, an aspect of his personality he is forced to confront when Mr. Mouse actually appears in his life.
Ali will play Richard’s literal agent Howard, who does his best to put out the flames created by his client. The actor is best known for his work as Pack in the TBS comedy Wrecked, along with his Comedy Central special Goatface; and co-creating Netflix’s The Fix.
Taika Waititi to voice bounty hunter IG-88 in The Mandalorian!
All this time, IG-88 was a Kiwi. Back in December executive producer and writer Jon Favreau revealed that the The Empire Strikes Back‘s robot bounty hunter IG-88 would have a role to play in the upcoming Disney+ live-action series The Mandalorian. Now he’s revealed via Instagram that IG-88 will be voiced by none other than Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows), one of the show’s directors who previously lent that unique New Zealander accent to the character Korg in his own film Thor: Ragnarok. Check out the full photo of Waititi in the recording studio in the gallery below!
Waititi will next be seen portraying Adolf Hitler in the WWII dramedy Jojo Rabbit, which he also wrote and directed. We’re also hoping for a return of Korg in Avengers: Endgame, but that remains to be seen. As for IG-88, it is rumored that several others from that infamous 1980 Empire lineup will be making appearances on the show. You can see them below, including Dengar, Bossk, 4-LOM and Zuckuss, alongside the original Boba Fett.
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
Pedro Pascal (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) will star as a lone Mandalorian gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy and will be joined by the previously announced Gina Carano (Deadpool), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Carl Weathers (Predator), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and Nick Nolte (Affliction).
Jon Favreau penned the series, and the directors for the show that have been officially announced include Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels) who will be directing the first episode. Additional episodes will be directed by Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates) and Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok). The Mandalorian will be executive produced by Jon Favreau, Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. Karen Gilchrist will serve as co-executive producer. The live-action series will debut exclusively on Disney+.
What do you think of Taika Waititi voicing IG-88 in The Mandalorian? What is your favorite Bounty Hunter from Empire? Do you hope he also comes back as Korg in Avengers: Endgame? Let us know in the comments below!