Movies/TV

Sony Announces Venom Movie, Pushes Back The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Ridley Scott Interested in More Alien Sequels After Alien: Covenant

In a conversation with Fandango, director Ridley Scott teased that more Alien films would follow his upcoming film Alien: Covenant (which is due out on May 19th. )

Scott confirmed that the sequel to Covenant is already written and titled (Alien: Awakening).  Scott also ambitiously stated that the series could extend to four films, confirming that ,”there will be more after this. I think that was the question. If this is successful, and then the next one, and then there will definitely be three more.”

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Scream Season 3 May Feature New Cast and Rebooted Story

MTV’s Scream television series hasn’t particularly lived up to fan or studio expectations. Season One of the show averaged about 750,000 viewers, and Season Two took a dramatic dip to an average of approximately 380,000 viewers. Originally slated for 14 episodes, Season Two was cut back to 12 and a self-contained Halloween special which aired two months after the season ended. Some thought at the time that this could be the end of the Brandon James storyline that the show continuously promised to wrap up, but loose ends were not tied up and a shortened Season Three was eventually announced. Now, Deadline is reporting that all bets may be off for this upcoming abbreviated season: we may see a new cast and a new story!

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Fox In Negotiations With J.D. Dillard to Direct The Fly Remake

It appears that the cinematic remake of the horror cult classic The Fly is one step closer to becoming reality.  Deadline is reporting that Fox is currently in negotiations with rising star director J.D. Dillard (Sleight) to helm the much-anticipated project.  Dillard is an interesting choice, as his hiring would indicate that the studio is looking for a fresh take on the beloved film series.  If the deal is finalized, Dillard is expected to co-write the script as well, with writing partner Alex Theurer.

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FX Renews Legion for a Second Season

Marvel has just announced via twitter that Legion has been picked up for a second season on FX.

Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming at FX, praised the trippy, genre-bending series in an official press release.

Schrier stated that, “The first season of Legion was a stunning achievement. More than a new series, Legion is a wholly original take on the super hero genre. Our thanks to Noah Hawley for taking the creative risks and shattering expectations. It’s a privilege to work again with Noah, his producing partners, the outstanding cast and our partners at Marvel Television on another season of Legion.”

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Bates Motel – Season 5, Episode 4: “Hidden” Analysis and Review

If Driver A is traveling south at a distracted speed while Pedestrian B is running north at an equally distracted speed, and the two collide, how revolting will it be to find that Pedestrian B is dead as a doornail? And so begins Episode 5, with Chick standing over the roadkill of Caleb, confirming what I (unsuccessfully) willed was not going to happen in last week’s review.   I whimper yet part of me is relieved. An already simple and impetuous man, Caleb would not have survived a world without Norma and Dylan. He would have self-imploded – killed or been killed in a short matter of time. Upon being released from the basement, he cried, “I don’t know what to do. I don’t know where to go.” That decision was serendipitously made for him. Godspeed, Calhoun.

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Jack H. Harris of “Blob” Fame Passes at Age 98.

Jack H. Harris, best known as the producer of the 1958 classic The Blob has passed away at his Beverly Hills home at the age of 98. His daughter, Lynda Resnick, announced on Tuesday that Mr. Harris died of natural causes.

Made on a shoestring budget in Pennsylvania, The Blob went on to gross more than 3 million dollars and helped launch the career of mega-star Steve McQueen.  The Blob also spawned a sequel (Beware! The Blob, 1972) that Mr. Harris co-wrote and produced and he also produced the 1988 remake that starred Shawnee Smith (Saw, The Stand) and Kevin Dillon (Platoon, The Doors).

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Edward James Olmos to Return as Gaff in Blade Runner 2049

Harrison Ford won’t be the only original actor to return to the upcoming film, Blade Runner 2049. Edward James Olmos recently told The Trend Talk Show that he will reprise his iconic role as Gaff in the film! Here’s what he had to say:

“I signed a seven page non-disclosure contract. I did, my manager did, my agent did, everybody did. I couldn’t talk about it. I couldn’t talk about it to anybody about it. Guess what? This is the first time that I’m telling the whole world, that yes, I am going to be Gaff in Blade Runner 2049.”

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Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web to Debut in Theaters October 2018

We learned in November, 2017 that Fede Alvarez, director of Don’t Breathe and the Evil Dead remake, would be directing The Girl in the Spider’s Web for Sony Pictures after the studio and talent elected not to continue the series started by David Fincher, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in 2011. We still don’t know who will portray Lisbeth Salander this time around, but we do have a release date! The Girl in the Spider’s Web will hit theaters on October 5th, 2018.

Variety reports that the date was unveiled on Monday at the London Book Fair, and that actresses Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman are both interested in the role of Lisbeth. Johansson was in the running the first time around, but Fincher ultimately choose relative newcomer Rooney Mara for the coveted role. Alvarez had this to say about this development:

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Godzilla Anime Film Will Debut on Netflix in 2017

According to the Anime News Network, an animated Godzilla film is being produced by Toho Studios and Polygon Pictures for a late 2017 debut on Netflix.

The film (which marks the first time that Godzilla has appeared in an anime film) is directed by Kubon Shizuno (Detective Conan: the Darkest Nightmare) and Hiroyuki Seshita (Knights of Sidonia).

The concept art appears futuristic and may transport the “thunder lizard” to an untraditional setting.

No date for the film’s release has been announced at this time, but more information should be provided soon, as “The film will have a stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 on Sunday, March 26. The six main voice actors will appear at the event.”

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