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Indiana Jones 5 to start filming in April 2019!

by on Mar.19, 2018, under Movies

We finally see the return of Indy! Steven Spielberg, on hand at the Rakuten TV Empire Awards to receive a special award for his enormous body of work, also dropped word that the long awaited Indiana Jones 5 will begin filming in the UK next April!

“It’s always worth the trip when I get to work with this deep bench of talent coming out of the UK,” he told the audience. “The actors, and the crew, the chippies, the sparks, the drivers — everybody who has helped me make my movies here, and will continue helping me make my movies here when I come back in April 2019 to make the fifth Indiana Jones movie right here.”

We’re excited to say the least – but it will be interesting how they deal with Indy’s son, played by Shia LeBeouf, as they had the chance to pass the fedora on but opted not to…

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HotShot Trailer: Avengers: Infinity War trailer #2

by on Mar.17, 2018, under Movies

In case somehow you haven’t seen this yet…tears were shed when it was seen…

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HotShot Trailer: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald teaser

by on Mar.13, 2018, under Movies

It’s time to delve back into the magical realm…here is the first teaser for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, in theaters November 16th…

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Logan’s Run get yet another writer

by on Mar.02, 2018, under Movies

Ah, it’s time for a Logan’s Run update…the story of the attempt to remake the cult classic based on the novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, seems to have had a longer history than the lives of the inhabitants of the City of Domes.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that The Hunger Games screenwriter Peter Craig will take on the task. Logan’s Run was describe by director Simon Kinberg, still attached to the project, as “the granddaddy of Maze Runner and Hunger Games and so many of these books and movies now.”

Hopefully Craig comes up with a script that may actually get into production. He’s also working on an adaptation of S.T.A.G.S..

Given how long we’ve been reporting on the remake, which unlike other such projects has persisted over the years, I thought I’d go back through the archives and note how many times it came up…Sci-Fi Storm started in 2000, and the first reference we had to it was in 2003:

July 2003: First mention of Bryan Singer involved

May 2004: Singer confirmed to be directing and sharing writing duties, with Joel Silver producing.

2004-2005: Singer’s production pile keeps getting bigger, with Logan’s Run stuck near the bottom.

February 2006: Singer says he teamed with Christopher McQuarrie and they are finishing the script.

May 2006: Singer says he likely won’t direct.

August 2007: Joseph Kosinski attached to direct in place of Singer,

2008-2009: *crickets*

May 2010: Carl Rinsch named as director.

June 2010: Alex Garland in negotiations as writer.

November 2010: Carl Rinsch out as director, but strong script turned in by Garland.

February 2011: Ryan Gosling set to star with Nicholas Winding Refn directing. Will Beall at some point also works on the script.

November 2011: Yet another writer – Andrew Baldwin.

June 2013: Bioshock‘s Ken Levine takes over the script.

June 2015: Simon Kinberg now takes over script and joins as a producer.

June 2016: Colony co-creator Ryan Condal is next on the writer’s block. Kinberg still involved.

Fifteen years, but it’s always been Warner Bros. behind it, and I believe Joel Silver is still involved as well. Will the desire for young adult dystopian futures dry up before we see this? Or will we all be living in the City of Domes by then?

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Marvel Studios and Robert Downey Jr. announce new Avengers: Infinity War date in cool way

by on Mar.01, 2018, under Movies

So, Marvel Studios asked on Twitter who excited people were to see Avengers: Infinity War on May 4th…

But Robert Downey Jr. wanted to see it earlier…with a few “friends”…

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HotShot Trailers: Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

by on Feb.28, 2018, under Movies

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TidBits: Black Panther, Jumanji, Descendants 3, The Umbrella Academy

by on Feb.18, 2018, under Movies, Television

Another weekend TidBits to catch up…

Marvel’s Blank Panther is devouring the box office, likely looking at $150 million this weekend, and possibly opening the window to the entire Marvel universe for a shot in the films. A beautifully visual movie superbly acted – expect a review shortly.

In the meantime, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has been keeping to the top of the charts, winning most weeks since Star Wars: The Last Jedi died down, and provided a lighthearted movie among the more intense competition. It will cross $900 million world-wide today. See what we thought of the film.

Disney Channel has ordered up a third installment of The Descendants, their teen-centric fantasy musical TV movie series. The Kenny Ortega-produced franchise follows the teen descendants of Disney’s well-known princesses and villains and stars Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart, Mitchell Hope and China Anne McClain. The teaser (see below) has Mal (Cameron), the descendant of Maleficent, indicate that the new villain will be – her dad.

The Umbrella Academy, Netflix’s upcoming series based on the Gerard Way graphic novels about a dysfunctional academy/family of superheroes, named a number of regular and recurring cast this week. Regular cast announced incclude Cameron Britton (Mindhunter) will be Hazel, an infamously ruthless and efficient time-travelling hit-man; Colm Feore (House of Cards, The Chronicles of Riddick) is Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a wealthy entrepreneur and world-renowned scientist and the adopted father of the academy students; and Adam Godley (Breaking Bad), will portray (via voice/motion-capture) Pogo, a genetically-engineered chimpanzee. Ashley Madekwe (Revenge) will appear in a recurring role as Detective Patch, a fast rising, by the book detective of the police department. Previously announced as starring in the show are Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan and Aidan Gallagher.
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Reborn Desilu Studios to reboot V as a feature film

by on Feb.13, 2018, under Movies

The 1983 NBC mini-series V is getting another reboot – and the studio behind it is rebooting as well.

Desilu Studios – a revival of the name of the studio created by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz that was one of the largest independent studios in the 50s and 60s and later became the television division of Paramount, announced a feature film version of the show to be written by original creator Kenneth Johnson, and currently using the title V: The Movie.

The original 1983 mini-series starring Marc Singer, Faye Grant and Jane Badler (and who could forget a pre-Freddy Robert Englund as the meek Willie) told the take of the arrival of the Visitors, seemingly friendly humanoid aliens looking for some resources for their ailing world and in return would share their advanced technology with the people of Earth. However, it turns out that they are reptilians in disguise, and really plan to take all of Earth’s fresh water supplies – and use the humans themselves as a food source. A resistance gains momentum to fight the Visitors.

The mini-series proved popular and spawned a sequel mini-series in V: The Final Battle, which concluded the main storyline, and a TV series that was (mercifully – I swear I did a review but now I can’t find it) canceled after 13 episodes. These productions were very 80s in style, with a thinly veiled (and later more explicit) Nazi allusion. In 2009, a reboot of the series aired on ABC for two seasons.

The new Desilu Studios was formed by Charles B. Hensley when he acquired the name. All the original Desilu productions were owned by Paramount and now CBS, including the original Star Trek.

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Could we get TWO new Star Wars sagas?

by on Feb.06, 2018, under Movies

We already know that Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been charged with developing a new saga trilogy to follow on once the Skywalker saga is concluded with Episode IX. But now it appears there is another saga in the works, this one from the minds of Game Of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

We wonder if this might squeeze out the anthology films, while these two sagas interleave their release years.

Disney happened to have their earnings call today as well, and CEO Bob Iger was asked if they considered doing a series, given their experience in the small format. Their interest was in creating Star Wars films,” replied Iger. “We’ve been talking with them for some time. They didn’t express interest in a series.”

Of course there were no details on release dates or plot, but Iger did say they were focused on “a particular point in time” in the Star Wars universe. I’m still hoping for some new stories set in the Old Republic.

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Super Bowl Trailers: Solo: A Star Wars Story

by on Feb.05, 2018, under Movies

In theaters May 25th

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