Theatrical Release Date Announced for ‘Hellboy’ Reboot Starring David Harbour

Fans have been excited about the upcoming Hellboy reboot, starring David Harbour of Stranger Things, since franchise creator Mike Mignola first teased an image of Harbour in full makeup back in early September. Today, we’re one step closer to the film being a reality! Lionsgate and Millennium have set the film’s theatrical release for January 11, 2019.

Traditionally, a January release date for a new movie was evidence that the studio did not have much faith in the quality of their product. January has typically been a notorious dumping ground for some of the worst films of all genres. Fortunately, the stigma associated with the month has recently begun to change as studios who have released good movies during the first month of the year have seen strong financial returns. In January of 2017, A Monster Calls and M. Night Shyamalan’s Split both exceeded expectations critically and financially. It turns out, people will pay to see good movies any month of the year, and they’ll stay home for bad ones! read more

Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ Renewed for Season 2

Netflix’s critically acclaimed new series Mindhunter has just been renewed for Season Two! The hot new program- which was created by Joe Penhall and co-produced with episodes directed by the legendary David Fincher among others- instantly clicked with fans of intelligent and suspenseful storytelling. The show stars Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, and it focuses on a critical point in time for the FBI as it entered a transition period in how it began to understand and apprehend the serial killers of the late 1970s. read more

Brian Fuller and Michael Green Exit ‘American Gods’

Deadline is reporting that the creators of Starz’s American Gods series, Brian Fuller and Michael Green, have abruptly left the show.

The duo “…created the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 award-winning novel and served as executive producers/showrunners on the show, which debuted this past spring and earned a quick Season 2 renewal. We’ve learned that more than half of the scripts for Season 2, which had been targeting a mid-2018 premiere, have been written.”

It is also rumored that “…Gaiman may come on board as a co-showrunner but that is in flux as he also has series Good Omens for Amazon.” read more

“Fear The Walking Dead” Gets Another New Cast Member

Earlier this week we reported that The Walking Dead fan-favorite Morgan (Lennie James) was making the jump from the parent show to it’s spin-off show Fear The Walking Dead (click here for that story). Now FTWD has added another familiar face in former Lost star Maggie Grace.

Maggie spent six years on the popular show Lost as the character Shannon Rutherford and is also well known for playing Kim Mills opposite Liam Neeson in the Taken series.

Grace joins a FTWD cast that includes returning members Kim Dickens, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Frank Dillane, Danay Garcia and Colman Domingo as well as new regulars Garret Dillahunt, Jenna Elfman and the aforementioned Lennie James. read more

‘Daphne and Velma’ Coming Next Year from Warner Brothers

Jinkies!  News came today from Warner Bros. Television Group’s digital studio, Blue Ribbon Content that a live-action Scooby-Doo film focusing on cartoon heroines Daphne and  Velma.

Titled Daphne and Velma, the film is set to star Sarah Jeffery as Daphne Blake and Sarah Gilman as Velma Dinkley.  The movie will re-imagine the origin of Mystery Inc.’s female sleuths before they teamed up with Shaggy, Fred and Scooby-Doo.

The official synopsis of the project reads like this:

Before their eventual team-up with Scooby and the gang, bright & optimistic Daphne and whip-smart & analytical Velma are both mystery-solving teens who are best friends but have only met online — until now. Daphne has just transferred to Velma’s school, Ridge Valley High, an incredible tech-savvy institute with all the latest gadgets provided by the school’s benefactor, tech billionaire Tobias Bloom. And while competition is fierce among the students for a coveted internship at Bloom Innovative, Daphne and Velma dig beyond all the gadgets and tech to investigate what is causing some of the brightest students in school to disappear — only to emerge again in a zombie-fied state. read more

Netflix Releases ‘Black Mirror’ Season 4 Trailer for ‘Crocodile’

Hot off of this past weekend’s trailer release for “Arkangel,” the upcoming Black Mirror Season Four episode directed by Jodie Foster, Netflix has continued to stoke the flames of hype for the franchise by releasing yet another trailer. This one is for an episode entitled “Crocodile,” and it features performances by Kiran Sonia Sawar, Andrea Riseborough (Bloodline), and Andrew Gower (Outlander). The episode will be directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, Triple 9). read more

‘Get Out’ Wins Best Director and Screenplay at Gotham Independent Film Awards

Jordan Peele’s breakout horror film Get Out picked up three awards at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, taking home best director, screenplay, and the audience award.

During his acceptance speech, Peele stated that “When I started to write this film I set out to make a movie that would be my favorite movie that I had never seen. I didn’t know it would actually ever get made.”

He also added that “It’s so important that we support these voices from the outside, these perspectives we haven’t seen, we haven’t heard. They will resonate. We need these stories.” read more

Universal Removes ‘Extinction’ From Release Schedule

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has removed sci-fi/horror film Extinction from their release schedule.

The film was originally scheduled for a January 26th release.  It has not been rescheduled at this time. The move is not a surprising one, as no trailer or poster has ever been released for the film, even though the start date is only two months away.

The film stars Michael Pena and Lizzy Kaplan and is directed by Ben Young.  Extinction has been described by Young as “…nothing I’d ever read before. It’s a sci-fi family drama. It’s about a guy trying to redeem himself within his family in the midst of an alien invasion.” read more

Lennie James’ Morgan to Join the Cast of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’

For months, AMC has been hinting that a main character of The Walking Dead would be joining the cast of Fear the Walking Dead, or vise-versa, in a major crossover event. At the time, fans speculated that character swap would originate from the main series, and that the move was an attempt to bolster the ratings of Fear the Walking Dead. As of last night’s episode of Talking Dead, we now have our answer: Lennie James’ Morgan will be joining the cast of Fear the Walking Dead!

James appeared on Talking Dead to discuss the announcement, where he revealed that he will remain on The Walking Dead for the remainder of Season Eight. He will appear in Fear the Walking Dead for Season Four. Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick read the following statement from The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple about Morgan, and where he is headed as a character: read more

David Fincher Shares His Thoughts on the Concept of ‘Auteur’ Filmmaking

“Auteur filmmaking”- a term used to describe movies which are the product of the sole vision of their director- has been used to describe the process and works of such masters of cinema as Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Martin Scorsese since the concept originated in France in the 1940s. The term “auteur” has since been reserved for directors whose approach is so signature and iconic that their works would simply be altogether different had they been directed by anyone else. While the “single-vision” concept has resulted in some of the greatest films of all time, the approach has since taken a back seat to the contemporary “filmmaking by committee” style employed by many major studios (which is why most of the Marvel superhero movies- with some notable exceptions, such as Guardians of the Galaxy– have mostly been directed by newcomers or hired guns with experience in completely different genres, yet they all have the same unmistakable market-tested sense of humor and mind-numbingly unimportant finales). Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that the auteur style is dead entirely. Some contemporary expert directors are currently turning in their best work, and any student of film knows them by name: Denis Villeneuve, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and David Fincher. read more