Aladdin flies high with $207 million global opening
Walt Disney Pictures’ Aladdin debuted with the #3 opening for the year, earning an estimated $86 million for the three day weekend and $105 million through the four-day Memorial Day weekend. The film opened with $121 million internationally for an estimated global opening of $207 million (excluding the Monday estimates for the US).
Lionsgate’s John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum slipped to second place, but managed to bring in $24.35 million for the three day weekend and an estimated $30.5 million for the four day weekend, pushing it to a domestic total of $107.9 million and exceeding the domestic total for John Wick: Chapter 2 ($92 million in 2017). Internationally the film added $24.8 for an international total of $74.4 million and a global total of $181.5 million.
Avengers: Endgame fell to third place, adding $16.8 million for the three day weekend and an estimated $21.9 million through Memorial Day. Tomorrow will see the film cross the $800 million mark at the domestic box office, making it just the second film to cross that threshold. Internationally the film added another $15.3 million for a global weekend of $32.1 million, giving it an international total of $1.879 billion and a global total of $2.677 billion.
Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Detective Pikachu fell to fourth place with $13.3 million for a domestic total of $116 million. The film’s international total now sits at $236.8 million and $352.9 million globally.
Bloody Disgusting has brought word that the highly-anticipated sequel to the 2018 horror hit A Quiet Place, which is being helmed by John Krasinski (Jack Ryan) for the second time, is moving its release date up two months from its original May 15, 2020 to March 20!
The sequel, which is being written by Krasinski, will continue the story of the Abbott family in the alien apocalypse, featuring the reprisals of Emily Blunt (Mary Poppins Returns), Millicent Simmonds (Wonderstruck), and Noah Jupe (Ford v. Ferrari) in their roles, with Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) also joining the cast.
Despite initial plans for the sequel to not follow the Abbott family from the original film, it appears the story for the sequel may have a more established plan to bring them back now that negotiations have begun to bring back the three cast members.
THR previously reported that the only hitches in the potential casting would be the fact that the story is expected to create a bigger budget for the project since the first one only cost around $17 million to make and grossed over $340 million globally. Simmonds and Jupe are under option at the studio, and therefore could receive pay bumps, while Blunt’s salary is generally in the seven figures. Blunt was reportedly willing to take a significant pay cut given the predecessor was her husband’s passion project, so it’s possible she will take a pay cut once again.
A Quiet Place is produced by Michael Bay (Transformers) and his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (Ouija, The Purge, Texas Chainsaw Massacre), from a spec script by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck which was rewritten by Krasinski. The sequel is currently slated to hit theaters on May 15, 2020.
Clint Eastwood-Helmed Richard Jewell Biopic Heads To Warner Bros.
The Hollywood Reporter has announced that the upcoming Richard Jewell biopic directed and produced by Clint Eastwood (The Mule), which has been in the works for five years, is changing studios from Fox to Warner Bros, the legendary director’s longtime home.
Based on Marie Brenner’s 1997 Vanity Fair article “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell,” the film will tell the true story of the innocent security guard who helped save lives during the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta who was later accused of plotting the attack. Eric Robert Rudolph pled guilty to the crime, along with several other bombings, in 2005.
The project has been in development for many years with Jonah Hill previously attached to play Jewell. Hill’s The Wolf of Wall Street cohort Leonardo DiCaprio previously attached to play the lawyer who aided him during the media firestorm that painted him as a terrorist. Neither actor remains attached to the film as a star, but remain attached as producers.
Following Disney’s acquisition of Fox, the studio has been clearing a lot of upcoming films from its slates that it doesn’t deem primed for box office smashing, but rather than cancel the Jewell project, the House of Mouse began discussions with Warner Bros. to send the film their way. Warner Bros. has been almost the exclusive home to Eastwood’s filmography as both an actor and a director.
The film will be produced by DiCaprio, Hill, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, and Kevin Misher, with Eastwood hoping to begin shooting this summer from the script written by.
Sylvester Stallone discusses potential Cobra streaming series
The year was 1986. Violence was on the rise in Los Angeles and crime was becoming a disease quickly spreading through the town. Sylvester Stallone’s Cobra was the cure. The action cult classic may not have seen the rave reviews of his earlier work, but it went on to gross over $160 million worldwide at the box office, proving to be huge potential for a franchise that went nowhere, but that might change.
In a press junket at the Cannes Film Festival, Stallone reflected on the gritty action hit after asked by an audience member about the film, as reported by Deadline:
“That (conceit) was what if Bruce Springsteen had a gun? That was rock n’ roll meets drama. That should have been another franchise because that character was so cool. And I blew it. My personal life got in the way.”
But despite the potential franchise having died off after the film’s release, Stallone also discussed the possibility of new life for the aviator-wearing character, albeit one major difference:
“But we’re trying to bring it back as a streaming TV series. Bring out the zombie squad. I’m long gone, but the idea is really good.”
The chance to see the one-line spewing police lieutenant return to a screen in a streaming series format would prove to remain faithful to the original film’s tone as streaming service’s including Netflix and Hulu can debut edgier and more graphic content in line with the gratuitous violence and frequent language Cobra lives his life by.
Written by Stallone and directed by George P. Cosmatos (Tombstone), the film is loosely based on the novel Fair Game by Paula Gosling, with the majority of the ideas for the script coming from his time working on the script rewrites for Beverly Hills Cop that were ultimately rejected by Paramount Pictures. The plot followed LAPD Lieutenant Marion “Cobra” Cobretti, a member of the agency’s elite “Zombie Squad” division, as he works to bring down the ultraviolent supremacist group The New World.
The veteran writer-director-actor is currently working on the post-production for the fifth installment of the long-running action franchise Rambo V: Last Blood, which will also mark his final portrayal of the classic character, and is set to hit theaters on September 20.
Through encounters with Gothic beasts, including fallen angels and werewolves, broken people are driven to desperate acts in an attempt to repair their lives, ultimately showing there is a thin line between man and beast.
The first season of the series will consist of eight episodes and was inspired by the collection of short stories by Ballingrud.
The series is created, written, and executive produced by Laws. Lucan Toh (An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, Under the Shadow) serves as executive producer, and Babak Anvari (Under the Shadow) EP’s and will also direct.
The currently untitled series is produced by Annapurna Television. The company recently announced that they will also be producing a series based on the college admissions scandal after acquiring the rights to the non-fiction book Accepted, which explores Operation Varsity Blues as called by the government.
The Untitled Mary Laws Project will join Hulu’s horror series slate, which includes J.J. Abrams and Stephen King’s Castle Rock and Jason Blum’s anthology Into the Dark.
Akira release date confirmed for May 2021, Taika Waititi to direct
Warner Bros. has revealed that their upcoming live-action feature Akira will arrive in theaters on May 21, 2021, instead of its original release date on May 14, 2021. The film will be directed by Oscar nominee Taika Waititi (Two Cars, One Night, Thor: Ragnarok, Jojo Rabbit).
The movie is an adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s anime. Akira consists of six volumes and there are reportedly going to be two films, each based on three volumes. There was a Japanese animated film based on Akira back in 1988, directed by Otomo.
The movie adaptation has carried this synopsis for years: Set in a future city environment called New Manhattan, the sci-fi epic follows the leader of a biker gang who must save his best friend, who has been experimented on by the government causing him to develop dangerous and destructive psychokinetic powers.
Andrew Lazar (American Sniper) and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way are producing the film, for which the studio acquired the rights back in 2008. It’s had plenty of talent attached before. The closest it came to being made was in 2012 when Jaume Collet-Serra was to direct Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Ken Watanabe, and Helena Bonham Carter.
Akira will film in California following an $18.5 million tax credit award from the California Film Commission. The Akira movie production team is expected to spend upwards of $92 million in the state of California. The movie is a passion project for Waititi, who saw the animated movie when he was a kid in the late ’80s.
Waititi is certainly keeping busy, having just announced he will write and direct a pilot for a series adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits for Apple TV+ and to play a role in the Fox film Free Guy opposite his Green Lantern co-star Ryan Reynolds. His busy schedule also includes the forthcoming WWII dramedy Jojo Rabbit in which he co-stars, as well as having directed an episode of Star Wars series The Mandalorian for the Disney+ streaming service. He also executive produces FX’s What We Do in the Shadows series as well as the other movie spinoff Wellington Paranormal. In addition, he signed a deal with Netflix in 2017 to co-direct the stop-motion animated film about Michael Jackson’s chimp called Bubbles with Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox), but it is unknown if that project has been scrapped or retooled in the wake of the recent controversy over the singer.
Taika Waititi and Netflix exit stop-motion animated film Bubbles
According to Cartoon Brew, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has officially withdrawn from the long in development stop-motion animated film Bubbles which centers on Michael Jackson’s famous pet chimpanzee. Because of his departure as the film’s director, Netflix has also decided leave the project as well.
Waititi’s sudden exit from the movie was reportedly due to the director’s busy schedule with his other many projects such as the upcoming release of Disney’s Jojo Rabbit and production on Netflix’s live-action of Akira.
The most likely reason for Waititi and Netflix’s decision to exit the project was certainly the release of HBO’s controversial bombshell documentary Leaving Neverland which highlights the sexual abuse allegations against Jackson in detail.
Bubbles was being produced by Starburns, known for their work on the Academy Award-nominated feature Anomalisa. The future of the stop-motion film is still unclear but according to Deadline‘s sources, producers are exploring ways on how to advance the project.
After an avalanche of negative fan feedback for the first Sonic the Hedgehog movie trailer, director Jeff Fowler announced that the design for Sonic would be altered for the final movie. Now it turns out that revamp is going to involve three extra months of work, with Fowler taking to Twitter to announce that the film has moved from November 8, 2019 to a February 14, 2020 release date. “Taking a little more time to make Sonic just right,” Fowler wrote.
The Valentine’s Day slot has the video game adaptation going head-to-head with the untitled prequel formerly titled Kingsman: The Great Game and the romantic comedy The Photograph. Since one of those is an R-rated action pic and the other a rom-com, the date could prove perfect counter-programming.
Fowler previously stated of the redesign: “Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… #sonicmovie #gottafixfast”
The cast for Sonic the Hedgehog includes Jim Carrey as Doctor Robotnik/Eggman, Sonic’s villainous rival; James Marsden as Tom Wachowski, a police officer who teams up with Sonic to thwart Eggman’s evil schemes; Adam Pally (The Mindy Project, Iron Man 3) as Tom’s fellow police officer; Tika Sumpter and Natasha Rothwell. Neal McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger), Sumpter and Rothwell’s roles are currently under wraps. Ben Schwartz provides the voice for Sonic in the film.
Do you think Paramount made the right call in changing the look for Sonic and moving the release date to accommodate the changes? Sound off in the comments below!
Mario Lopez and Seth Kurland Latinx comedy ordered by Netflix
Netflix has ordered 16 episodes of a new Latinx comedy series from creators Mario Lopez and Seth Kurland. According to Deadline, the series, titled The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia, will be formatted like a conventional, multi-camera sitcom.
The series will center on Ashley Garcia (newcomer Paulina Chavez), the world’s only 15-and-a-half-year-old robotics engineer and rocket scientist, who’s offered a position to work for NASA. After hearing the news, she moves across the country to live with her fun-loving Uncle Victor (Jencarlos Canela), a pro football player-turned-high school coach who’s not known as the most responsible guardian.
Kurland will serve as showrunner, and is writing the series along with David Kendall. The two previously worked together on Melissa & Joey. Lopez will executive produce along with Kurland and Kendall.
The news comes suspiciously close to their announcement that they’d canceled the reboot One Day at a Time, another sitcom that focused on a Latinx family. The series was based on Norman Lear’s 70s-era sitcom of the same name.
Lopez is best known from playing A.C. Slater on the beloved teen comedy Saved by the Bell. He’s since gone on to host entertainment news programs like Extra, as well as competition shows like The X Factor and America’s Best Dance Crew. Kurland was recently a writer on the series Speechless, which was recently canceled after its third season by ABC.
The purpose of this roundup is to put all the Star Wars news from the week of May 24, 2019 in one location. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars 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.
Read the whole #VanityFair story but new news! -Keri Russell plays Zorri Bliss -New snow planet is Kijimi -New planet Pasaana, local inhabitants are called Aki-Aki -Creatures Finn & Jannah ride are orbaks. -Richard E. Grant plays Allegiant General Pryde -Knights of Ren are back! https://t.co/NXXG6VcvJy
We fight. Thank you Annie Leibovitz for capturing this powerful image and thank you to @vanityfair for all your support throughout this franchise.I canâ€™t wait for the audience to see us strike back this December! #Starwarspic.twitter.com/GUZap69Tq0
His easy demeanor makes him seem like a starport lunkhead, but donâ€™t be fooled: Nath Tensent is a survivor. He outlived his unit, he outlived the Empire, and now that Lieutenant Quell has pulled him back into the war, heâ€™s determined to outlive her, too. #AlphabetSquadronpic.twitter.com/vnJwUkVeSn
Chass na Chadic has watched her heroes fall one after another in the name of freedom, leaving her behind; now, as the tide turns, Chass is adrift. Alphabet’s mission may be her chance to find meaning in her lifeâ€”if she can be convinced not to seek it in death. #AlphabetSquadronpic.twitter.com/DzAHCym5R1
Peterâ€™s family is releasing a limited edition memorial coin. 100% of the proceeds benefit the Peter Mayhew Foundation to continue supporting causes thatâ€™ve been important to Peter & Angie.The portrait was done by his daughter Kate. #PeterMayhew#chewbaccahttps://t.co/3Ii7mhVtJH
Production begins on Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho
Director Edgar Wright took to Instagram to reveal the first behind-the-scenes photo from the set of Focus Features and Working Title Films’ Last Night in Soho, revealing that production has officially begun on his brand new film.
Last Night in Soho will star Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Glass), Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie (Leave No Trace) and Emmy Award-nominated actor Matt Smith (The Crown, Doctor Who).
Plot details are light on the movie, but Wright calls it a psychological horror-thriller in the vein of Don’t Look Now and Roman Polanski’s Repulsion. Wright co-wrote the script for the film with Krysty Wilson-Cairns (Penny Dreadful). The film will take place in London’s Soho district.
“I realised I had never made a film about central London – specifically Soho, somewhere I’ve spent a huge amount of time in the last 25 years,”Wright told Empire about the movie. “With Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead you make movies about places you’ve lived in. This movie is about the London I’ve existed in.”
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic movie rumored to be in the works
Since last summers Solo: A Star Wars story was released to a tepid response from both moviegoers and critics, Disney and Lucasfilm have been quietly rethinking their approach to their space opera. Although there currently are two trilogies in various stages of development, one from Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and another from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.
Now, Buzzfeed News has word that a film based on the epic 2003 video game Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is in the works, with Laeta Kalogridis writing. Kalogridis has written sci-if films like Alita: Battle Angel, Terminator: Genisys, as well as created the Netflix series Altered Carbon, so she’d clearly be cut out of the job.
However, neither Kalogridis nor Lucasfilm have offered up a comment for clarification as of this writing, so it’s just a rumor at this point. In fact, the only official word comes from Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, who told MTV News last April that “we are developing something to look at” regarding Knights of the Old Republic, but added she had “no idea where things might fall.”
Knights of the Old Republic, the game, was set thousands of years before the events of the Star Wars films, follows the player as they try to quelch an uprising against the Republic. Eventually, they join forces with Bastila Shan, who’s one of the most revered female characters in the larger Star Wars franchise.
While The Rise of Skywalker will close out the sequel trilogy in December, the direction of Star Wars on the big screen is up in the air at the moment. However, the small screen is a slightly different story. First, the live-action series The Mandalorian will be available to stream when Disney+ launches November 12, and then the live-action prequel to Rogue One, though no premiere date has been set. A third live-action series was also rumored by Disney head Bob Iger, though no details have emerged.
Following last week’s episode of the series starring Ginnifer Goodwin, CBS All Access‘ penultimate episode of the first season of The Twilight Zone stars Chris O’Dowd (Get Shorty), Amy Landecker (Sneaky Pete), and Adam Korson (Imposters). In the latest episode, the emergence of the elusive Blue Scorpion leads anthropology professor Jeff Storck (O’Dowd) to his most personal research project yet.
The episode introduces anthropology professor Jeff Storck as he talks on the phone about seeing a couples therapist as it’s cheaper than going the divorce route. The call is cut short as he discovers his father dead in his room, having shot himself. As Jeff calls 911, a bullet appears on the ground with his father’s name, Otis, embedded on the metal before the word disappears.
Lt. Bludworth (Darcy Laurie) asks if the gun belonged to his father and if it was registered to him. The handle features a blue scorpion. Jeff says no, his father hated guns. He becomes frustrated with the questions by the police, not wanting to deal with the investigation so soon after his father’s death. Bludworth says they found a note left by his father, and Jeff is stunned when he reads: “I love him more than you.”
Jordan Peele introduces the episode, saying Professor Jeffery Mingus Storck holds a doctorate in anthropology but possesses little true knowledge of himself. Jeff is surrounded by artifacts that shaped his father’s life, as well as the one unknown object that ended it. Discovering the truth will become Jeff’s darkest research project yet.
Jeff shares stories of his father during his funeral and how he had a pretty interesting life, including how he was a musician from Ireland. Jeff says that his father never went unloved and is confused as to why it all wasn’t enough for his dad to want to stay alive. He’s also wondering what the note his dad left meant. While going through his father’s things, Jeff finds a heart-shaped box. Inside is a bullet with his name. Rattled, Jeff puts the box away.
The next day, Jeff notices his name appearing everywhere, including people’s shirts, the name of their dogs, and so on. Later that night, Jeff goes to his estranged wife’s place to get the mail. Anne (Landecker) comes out with a gun, scared, thinking he’s an intruder. Once things settle, Anne reveals that she’s gotten a lawyer and that she’s fallen in love with another man named Jeff. So, couple’s therapy is off the table.
Jeff opens up a box sent to him by the police, his dad’s gun inside and returned as they’ve finished processing it for evidence. Jeff inspects the gun closely before moving onto the note. Reading over the words, “I love him more than you,” Jeff wonders if he’s “him” or if he’s “you” in this scenario.
The Blue Scorpion
Jeff calls a gun store to get rid of the gun. After offering the serial number, the gun store owner reveals it’s a Blue Scorpion, which he thought was a myth. The gun dates back to 1952 and is from Cuba. He shares that Che Guevara was looking for the gun, which was made by Eulogio Cienfuegos, and there’s a legend attached to the weapon: You don’t find it, it finds you. The man tells Jeff they can get him $25,000-$50,000 for the gun.
Jeff is more interested in getting the gun out of his life. After saying those words, the Blue Scorpion suddenly goes off. The guy on the phone asks if Jeff is okay and Jeff says he is. The gun store owner tells him to send photos and the information for the gun and tells him how to ship the weapon, including putting a hole in the box to allow light in. The Blue Scorpion, as the legend goes, is afraid of the dark. Jeff is even more rattled with the man reveals his name is Bob Jeff.
Jeff puts the gun back in the box and attempts to put it in a safe, but the safe won’t completely close. The next day, Jeff talks to a student who requests to change the subject of her project about animism, which is the attribution of a soul to plants, inanimate objects, and natural phenomena. The student’s project obviously hits close to home for Jeff and he allows her to change to a different subject. After she leaves, Anne’s lawyer comes to talk, and, of course, his name is Jeff Dolin (Korson). Jeff kicks the lawyer out of his office.
Afraid of the Dark
Bob Jeff continues contacting Jeff, saying that he has buyers lined up for the rare Blue Scorpion willing to pay $100,000 for the weapon. Jeff says he’ll let him know when he’s ready to be rid of it. Later that night, a stoned Jeff jams out on his dad’s old bass guitar while listening to Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit.” He eventually makes his way to the safe and pulls the gun out from the heart-shaped box. After inspecting it again, Jeff ends up hallucinating the gunmaker, Eulogio Cienfuegos, who tells him the Blue Scorpion loves him more than anyone, it just asks for light in return as the gun is afraid of the dark.
Jeff goes to a local gun shop asking about how to get rid of the gun but needing to be able to shoot it just once. He begins to sound a bit off his rocker as he tells the employees that he needs to destroy one bullet, the one with his name that only he can see, and begins to rant about how he keeps running into Jeffs everywhere and how it’s “not right.” He learns that, of course, one of the employees is named Jeff.
Jeff goes to the shooting range with the gun and fires multiple rounds at the paper target. He then starts playing around, shooting the target from different angles and firing until the gun clicks empty. When he removes the cartridge, the Jeff bullet is still sitting at the top, unfired. Jeff whispers, “you’d never hurt me.” At his office, Jeff places a blue cloth in his drawer and carefully sets the Blue Scorpion down on top of it with a flashlight turned on inside.
When Jeff attends a meeting with Anne and her lawyer, he is playing with the bullet and has a backpack on the table, the gun inside. Jeff tells them that he has a friend who’s gonna make all of his troubles disappear. He reaches into the backpack and pulls out a notepad. The divorce negotiations go to hell when he learns that they’re trying to take his father’s bass. After he’s removed by security, Jeff yells at Anne down the hall that he loves him more than he ever loved her.
Death of a Jeff
Jeff tells Bob Jeff to stop calling him about the gun, that he’s never going to get rid of the Blue Scorpion, saying, “I will never sell him.” At his house, Jeff walks around aiming at things and pulling the trigger on the empty gun, clicking away. He imagines shooting his neighbor who’s rummaging in the trash outside, as well as himself in the mirror.
Jeff later sits outside of Anne’s house with the gun, saying to himself, “you’ll never know real love.” Suddenly, a man breaks Jeff’s window and attacks him. They struggle, and the gun eventually goes off on its own, shooting the robber. The police show up, demanding Jeff drop the gun. The police say the man Jeff shot, whose ID says Jeff Barrett, matches the description of the serial burglar who had been in the news for multiple home invasions. The name Jeff disappears on the bullet, as a Jeff has now been killed by the gun.
The newspapers are calling Jeff a local hero for stopping the burglar. Jeff signs his divorce papers with Anne. Anne’s lawyer says that Anne is grateful Jeff protected her that night, and all of her concessions in the negotiations are a reflection of her gratitude. Anne and Jeff hug, parting on good terms. At work, he is given the chair of the department of anthropology.
Later, the police return the Blue Scorpion to Jeff. Jeff takes the gun to a nearby lake and tosses it into the water. After he leaves, two kids are walking along the beach with their fishing poles. One of the kids spots the Blue Scorpion washed ashore while the other discovers a bullet with his name, Kyle. The two begin playing with the gun as Jordan Peele closes out the episode, saying: “Human beings have a funny way of treating things like people. But today, they’ll learn that as long as objects are valued more than lives, tragedy will forever be manufactured.”
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“The money’s sitting on the sidelines ready to go,” McFarland said. “I just need to get everyone that wants to put in money to shake their heads to the same script. As you can imagine, everyone has a slightly different version of it in their head. You just go and trying to appease a handful of people while not giving in to what it is that I’m trying to do myself. Because if I have to change it too much, I’ll just walk away from it all.”
McFarlane will write and direct the Spawn reboot, which he previously confirmed will be “dark and R-rated,” even going so far as to say that it would be a harder R than Deadpool. McFarlane also revealed that the budget for the film will be a meager $10-to-$12 million, an atypical budget for a superhero film (which range into the hundreds of millions at Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios) but par for the course for Blumhouse Productions (who specialize in lower-budget features anywhere from $100k to $10 million). With such a smaller scale film, the money for which McFarlane himself is at least partially putting up, allows the filmmaker to share more content with fans from the set, which he promises to do every day of production.
First appearing in 1992’s Spawn #1, the character quickly became the symbol for 1990s comics dark and brutal antiheroes. His Hellspawn powers allow him to teleport, shape shift, and utilize a variety of weapons (notably chains) in combat. Spawn previously made the leap to the big screen in 1997 with Michael Jai White in the title role and then on television as an HBO animated miniseries, titled Todd McFarlane’s Spawn. The character recently celebrated his 25th anniversary, and will hit over 300 issues sometime next year, taking the record from “Cerebus the Aardvark” of the longest running independent comic book ever published.
Between Two Ferns: The Movie lands September release date!
After first being revealed in the press six months ago, the big screen version of the Funny or Die series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis is set to debut on Netflix on September 20.
The official description of the movie reads: “Zach Galifianakis dreamed of becoming a star. But when Will Ferrell discovered his public access TV show “Between Two Ferns” and uploaded it to Funny Or Die, Zach became a viral laughing stock. Now Zach and his crew are taking a road trip to complete a series of high-profile celebrity interviews and restore his reputation.”
No official casting was listed, though Deadline suggests the likes of Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), David Letterman, Keanu Reeves (John Wick 3: Parabellum) and his former Hangover co-stars Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born) and Ed Helms (Tag) will be involved in some capacity.
The original series, which began in 2008 and has released 21 episodes and one Comedy Central special, focused on Galifianakis (The Hangover) as he hosted a low budget talk show between the titular potted plants with many big-name actors and celebrities. In the series Galifianakis often acted inappropriately, including jabs between the guests and the host, with the 49-year-old comedian maintaining an antagonistic attitude with the guest for the majority of the short interviews. There would also be many deliberate errors made in the editing and by Galifianakis in a similar manner to low-budget public access TV.
The series drew in large viewership for the comedy channel through some of the interviews, with the episodes featuring guests President Barack Obama receiving rave reviews from critics and audiences alike while his 2016 sit down with then-Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton drew in more than 30 million views in 24 hours, setting the record for the highest viewership for the site. Other popular interviews have been between Galifianakis and Justin Bieber, in which he referenced his public meltdown, Brad Pitt, in which he threw jabs towards his marriage to Angelina Jolie and prior marriage to Jennifer Aniston, and Bradley Cooper, in which his Hangover co-star berated the comedian for his joking nature and broke one of the potted plants over Galifianakis’ head.
Aukerman, who also directed the majority of the series, will be returning behind the camera with Galifianakis returning as the awkward host version of himself.
Anna Kendrick and Paul Feig reunite for anthology series Love Life
According to The Wrap, Anna Kendrick is reuniting with her A Simple Favor director Paul Feig for the romantic comedy anthology Love Life, which will debut on the upcoming WarnerMedia streaming platform.
The 10-episode series will, per the report, follows “the journey from first love to last love, and how the people we’re with along the way make us into who we are when we finally end up with someone forever.” The series will focus on a new character in each season, “with each half-hour episode telling the story of one of their relationships.”
Kendrick will star in and executive produce the series, marking the latest in a long line of projects the actress has lined up on her schedule. The others being Noelle, in which she plays Santa Claus’s daughter, the TV series Human Discoveries, the sequel Trolls World Tour, Stowaway and Dummy.
Creator Sam Boyd will produce the anthology series alongside Feig and Jessie Henderson of FeigCo Entertainment. Boyd will also direct the pilot based on his own script.
The last time Kendrick teamed up with Feig, the duo produced A Simple Favor, co-starring Blake Lively. That film ended up grossing $97.5 million in the United States off a $20 million budget and received favorable reviews, amassing an 85% score on RottenTomatoes.
Whiskey Cavalier: ABC, Warner Bros. in talks to revive cancelled series
TheWrap brings word that the espionage action-comedy Whiskey Cavalier, starring The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan, may be brought back from its very recent cancellation as ABC and Warner Bros. are in talks to potentially reverse the network’s decision to end the series with one season.
When the show was canceled by the network, Warner Bros. had planned to shop the series elsewhere. The outlet notes that ABC is considering a second season of the series, with conversations ongoing. A decision on the show’s fate is expected to come possibly within the next week or two.
The series followed the adventures of secret agents Will Chase, played by Scott Foley (Scandal), and Frankie Trowbridge, played by Cohan, as they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world. This was the series that Cohen elected to leave her long-running role as Maggie on The Walking Dead, though it’s possible for her character to return to the AMC series eventually.
Together, Will and Frankie lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who every so often save the world – and each other – while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics. Whiskey Cavalier also stars Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty) as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams (Dear White People) as Edgar Standish and Vir Das (Son of Abish) as Jai Datta.
The pilot script for Whiskey Cavalier was written by creator Dave Hemingson, who also serves as executive producer with Bill Lawrence, Jeff Ingold and Peter Atencio from Doozer Productions. The series helms from Warner Bros. Television and Atencio directed the pilot, with Foley also producing.
Shazam! Blu-ray and digital release dates, details revealed
Watch all of the powers and none of the practice when Shazam! arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and Digital from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and DC. Fans can own the movie early on Digital on July 2, or through physical media debuting on July 16. You can check out the Shazam! Box Art now in the gallery below and pre-order your copy by clicking here!
The Shazam! 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:
-Shazam Exclusive Motion Comic
-The Magical World of Shazam
-Super Fun Zac
-Carnival Scene Study, Shazamily Values
-Who is Shazam?
We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).
The cast includes Asher Angel (Andi Mack) as Billy Batson, Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) as The Wizard, and Mark Strong (Kingsman) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. The film also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (IT) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (This is Us); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (Fresh Off the Boat); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (Hawaii Five-0). Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) and Marta Milans (Killer Women) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez.
Gentleman Jack season 2 greenlit by HBO and The BBC
The period drama Gentleman Jack has been renewed for a second season by HBO and The BBC. The joint production premiered last month to rave reviews.
“It’s so exciting that so many people have had such a positive response to Suranne’s exuberant performance as the brilliant, life-affirming Anne Lister and to Sophie Rundle’s beautiful performance as her courageous partner, Ann Walker,” said showrunner Sally Wainwright. “I’m utterly delighted that we’ve been recommissioned because there are so many more big, bold stories to tell about Anne Lister and Ann Walker. A massive thank you to the BBC and HBO and to everyone at Lookout Point.”
Set in 1832 Halifax, West Yorkshire amidst the industrial revolution, Gentlemen Jack follows landowner Anne Lister as she’s determined to transform the fate of her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, by reopening the coal mines and marrying well — but has no intention of marrying a man. The story examines Lister’s relationships with her family, servants, tenants and industrial rivals and, most importantly, would-be wife. Based in historical fact, the real-life Anne Lister’s story was recorded in the four million words of her diaries, and the most intimate details of her life, once hidden in a secret code, have been decoded and revealed for the series.
Gentlemen Jack co-stars Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones), Timothy West (Bleak House), and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary). It’s directed by Wainwright, Sarah Harding (Vikings) and Jennifer Perrott (Doctor Who) and produced by Lookout Point for HBO and BBC One. Executive producers include Wainwright, Faith Penhale and Laura Lankester for Lookout Point and Ben Irving for BBC One. Phil Collinson also produces.