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Anson Mount Returns to TV with The Inhumans

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The last television viewers saw of Anson Mount, he was traveling across the Pacific Ocean at the closing moments of the final episode of Hell on Wheels. Mount, a fantastic actor, is returning to television quicker than many imagined. Mount is slated to star as Black Bolt, the superhero who hold The Inhumans team together. The Inhumans may have been canceled as a movie project, but the concept comes to television on ABC.

 

The move to television seems to be a wise move. The Inhumans would be competing with The Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, and The X-Men. The Inhumans are not exactly “A-list” heroes. Putting the team on television is a wise move. So is casting Mount in such a vital role. During his run on the AMC western, Mount displayed he could handle both action and complex drama with great skill. While Hell on Wheels was not a massive hit with the ratings, the program maintained a strong cult following. Hopefully, fans of his previous series will migrate to The Inhumans and help the show become a success when it debuts.

 

Likely, the popularity of superhero TV shows will still be strong when The Inhumans appears on the ABC lineup. In time, Marvel and DC Comics are going to lose their box office and ratings appeal. That time seems to be quite far off. For now, fans of superhero movies and television programs can be thrilled about all the new products emerging from the creative pipeline. The Inhumans is one of the newest — and most interesting — to emerge.

 

Nick Tarabay Cast in Pacific Rim 2

Nick Tarabay Set to Be Cast in Pacific Rim Sequel

 

The 2013 action hit Pacific Rim, which was directed and co-wrote by Guillermo del Toro, turned out be quite the success. So naturally, all the success meant that a sequel was definitely in the forecast.

 

The sequel, which is titled Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, is generating a lot of excitement and anticipation now that production is soon to begin. Not much about the production of the sequel is known at this point, but what is currently known is that actor John Boyega will be the leading role in the film and that it is slated for an early 2018 release. Another bit of recently learned news is that now Nick Tarabay has been cast into the film with an unknown role at this point.

 

Tarabay has starred most famously as the character of Ashur in Spartacus but has had roles in other mediums such as in Star Trek: Into Darkness and as a villain during season 3 of Arrow. Tarabay is now joining alongside other already cast roles including Scott Eastwood, Levi Meaden, Cailee Spaeny and Jing Tian, while rounding out an already diverse cast as it is. Steven S. DeKnight is serving as the director, and has worked alongside Tarabay on Spartacus from 2010-2013.

 

Del Toro is going to be returning for the sequel but will serve as a producer. The roles for these actors are still not clear but the recent news is still a good development during production.

 

Lady Gaga to Act in Upcoming Film

In movie news, singer and actress Lady Gaga will be playing the lead role in the upcoming remake of the classic film “A Star is Born.” The original movie came out in 1937 and has been redone twice since then; the upcoming version will be directed by actor Bradley Cooper in his first major project as a director and produced by Warner Brothers. Clint Eastwood intended to direct the film, but his participation fell through, and Cooper, who was committed as an actor in the project, stepped up into the director’s chair.

Personally, I think this is great news and an excellent career move for Lady Gaga, who has played bit parts in a number of films but has never had a lead onscreen role. Because the film has done well before commercially, there is every reason to believe that it will again. Furthermore, Gaga will be writing songs for the film. If she can come up with some catchy numbers, they will give this reboot a contemporary feel and also showcase her considerable and proven musical talents.

While it can be argued that acting in a remake with a track record of success is playing it safe, I think it’s fine for Gaga to take this role. She’s always walked a fine line between mainstream and edgy, and her most recent musical offerings in particular have been a little too much on the alternative side of the artistic spectrum as far as I’m concerned. Gaga is still young and developing creatively, and I feel that this film is just what she needs to become highly accomplished as an actress. Her career has been in a bit of a lull in recent years, and hopefully this project will remedy this.

Kevin Smith’s Excitement for Possible Harley Quinn Movie

Kevin Smith Is Excited for a Possible Harley Quinn Spinoff

Suicide Squad was the latest comic book-related flick to come out the DC Extended Universe.

Although the movie has done financially well by breaking box office records and raking in even more money than some earlier films, the critical reception has been less than stellar, enough so that critics have given second thoughts on the studio. For the most part, some portions of the film were well received and praised while others were bashed over and over.

However, of all the people who took something this, it’s superfan Kevin Smith who took note of the fact that the movie announced the arrival of Harley Quinn, one of the most beloved characters in all of DC. For all of the criticism that the film received, there was either some suspicion or a thorough guarantee among audiences that a character such as Harley Quinn could be done properly in film. According to Smith, however, Margot Robbie’s accurate portrayal of the role should go beyond just this film and in fact, could end up in a solo film.

When asked about it, Smith, who was at the premiere of Suicide Squad, and he praised the film on how well it portrayed the individual characters and team overall. It’s also known that he may in fact the biggest fan of Harley Quinn, to the point where he named his own daughter after her. He stated that he was thoroughly excited and in awe to see her in live action film for the first time, after making several appearances in animated television, comic books and video games, but at the same time thought it was only a matter of time before she made her way into film.

He also said that he’d definitely watch a standalone Harley Quinn movie. That comment stemmed from rumors and reports that suggested that Robbie could have a leading role in a future DC film that not only features Harley but several other femme fatales in DC, including Poison Ivy or Catwoman among several others. Robbie herself has said that she was eager to explore much more of her backstory, in spite of the negative reception that Suicide Squad has already received.

Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” Preview Coming Soon!

The Dark Tower is a book series created by American author Stephen King. It is centered around Roland Deschain, the last of a lineage of gunslingers in magical fantasy setting that combines aspects of the American Old West. Roland is on a quest to find the fabled, Dark Tower that can transport people to other universes.

This movie will be the first of a planned trilogy. The first look at footage from The Dark Tower will be shown at an exclusive event (EW PopFest) on the west coast by Entertainment Weekly some time late this October. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the event because there are often leaked, or producer-provided copies of the preview on YouTube shortly after. For more information on this event, check out Cinema Blend. The film is currently scheduled to release Valentine’s Day weekend on February 17, 2017. The official trailer is scheduled to release some time in December.

IMDb confirms that Matthew McConaughey will star as Roland the gunslinger and Nikolaj Arcel will direct the film. Stephen King’s IT will also be receiving a reboot in 2017.

The official website for EW PopFest
“Come face-to-face with your TV hero, be the first to see MOVIE footage and hear behind-the-scenes stories from the director and cast, check out top bands sampling a variety of MUSIC, listen to popular authors read from this year’s biggest BOOKS, dive into cutting-edge GAMING and Virtual Reality experiences, plus much more!”

The first book of the series debuted in 1982 and there have been 7 more since then. In 2016, Arcel stated that The Dark Tower movie would be a sequel to the novels instead of recreation. According to LRM Online the film will be something between a “greatest hits” from the novels, as well as a sequel to it.

Sequel Confirmed for Fantastic Beasts

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Harry Potter prequel and spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them follows Newt Scamander, a wizard who accidentally loses track of some magical creatures while he is traveling in 1920s New York City. While most fans were aware of a plan to make Fantastic Beasts into a trilogy series, a sequel has finally been officially confirmed by Warner Brothers Pictures. Both movies will be directed by David Yates, who also directed the final four Harry Potter films.

The first film, which will be released on November 18 of this year, stars Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne as magizoologist Scamander who has both whimsical and dark adventures. The second installment, the script for which J.K. Rowling has already finished, focuses on “an increasingly dark time in the wizarding world” and takes the light-hearted tone of Scamander’s story in a “whole new direction.” Fantastic Beasts 2 will hit theaters on November 16, 2018.

While some may doubt the studio’s choice to produce a sequel to a movie that hasn’t even been released yet, many factors prove that they will make money. The hype surrounding the first Fantastic Beasts on social media and at Comic Con coupled with the fact that the screenplay for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sold 2 million copies in 2 days are proof that Harry Potter fans crave more new material than ever.

Everly Brothers Documentary Release

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For fans of the Everly Brothers, a newly released documentary on Bluray and DVD is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Titled ‘Harmonies from Heaven’, the documentary showcases the rise to fame and top hits of the duo and is full of other musical treats that fans of the group and genre in general can appreciate.

There are interviews with Art Garfunkel, Keith Richards, and Graham Nash, to name a few, in this well-designed documentary that leaves the viewer both entertained and enthralled. The show features the band’s biggest rise to fame in the fifties and sixties, featuring hits they were most known for, including ‘Bye Bye Love’ and ‘Wake Up Little Suzie’.

The documentary follows the charmingly humble beginnings of the careers of both Don and Phil Everly. From their early childhood days performing in their father’s radio show to their creative influence on music later in life, the timeline of the Everly Brothers’ success is thoroughly covered in ‘Harmonies from Heaven’ in an uplifting and engaging way that will leave audiences entertained until the credits.

New interviews with the sole remaining member of the band are found in the documentary, as well as interviews with other famous musical individuals and personal influences of the duo. A great addition to any music lover’s collection of history in the arts, this is a success in production.

HBO Readies Up a New Version of Westworld

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The idea of Hollywood remakes is a staple of the industry, with old films getting a revamp or being adapted to television as part of a regular series. That’s the case with HBO’s announcement that they will be presenting an updated version of the 1973 science fiction film, Westworld.

The original film starred Yul Brynner as a life-like robot who begins searching for visitors to a futuristic amusement park after a malfunction creates havoc for the movie’s other two co-stars, Richard Benjamin and James Brolin. Made for $1.25 million by Michael Crichton, the film grossed $10 million during its time in theaters and has since become something of a cult classic.

HBO first announced plans to do the remake back in 2014 and is planning on premiering the program on October 2. It first gave a hint of what was to come when it released a trailer on the program in June. This version was created by the team of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy.

The cast has a number of notable names, chief among them Academy Award-winning actor Anthony Hopkins, who portrays the founder and chief programmer for the park, Dr. Robert Ford. Joining him will be Ed Harrism Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden and Thandie Newton.

One of the differences in this version will be the attempt to show the vast number of innovations in robotics that have taken place in the past 43 years. In addition, the surge in virtual reality concepts will also likely be explored.

Channing Tatum Set To Play Fish Out of Water in Splash Remake

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The amount of remakes and reboots that have suddenly taken over movie theaters is ridiculous. Nobody wants another Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Fantastic Four movie! However, for every nine awful remake ideas, there’s also one gem; an idea that I am sure makes Hollywood executives slap their heads while exclaiming “Why didn’t I think of that!?” One of those ideas was just announced recently, and it’s a great one: Channing Tatum as a merman in a remake of the Tom Hanks and Darryl Hannah movie Splash.

First, let’s just get this out of the way: he won’t be playing a mermaid. If we’ve learned one thing from Derek Zoolander, it’s that a male mermaid doesn’t exist. It’s a merman. Secondly, if Tatum is going to be playing the Darryl Hannah role, then it’s crucial that producers find a female co-star who can be as affable and charming as Tom Hanks was in the original. Personally, I would go with someone like Ellie Kemper or Anna Kendrick. Either of them would be perfect for the role.

I’m sure Tatum’s merman outfit will be cut low enough to show off his bod, something that he probably has written into every contract he signs. That’s probably the reason why he was offered the role. I have a hard time believing anyone would want to see a shirtless Danny McBride try to be a merman. On second thought, that might just be an even better idea than Tatum!

Benedict Cumberbatch Fans Await Doctor Strange

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Fans of British television and film star Benedict Cumberbatch recently received news that the talented actor’s latest movie, Doctor Strange (2016), will arrive in movie theaters this autumn in time for Thanksgiving. In anticipation of the film’s release on November 4th, the studio recently unveiled another theatrical poster. It joins trailers of Doctor Strange (2016) in cinemas.

The poster appeared in advance of Comic-Con International 2016, scheduled to draw crowds of comic book enthusiasts later this month between July 21st and 24th. The promoters of Doctor Strange (2016) will reportedly appear at the event, much to the delight of fans of the classic comic book series.

Based upon a comic book character who abandons his career in medicine to pursue the life of an actual magician with incredible superpowers, Doctor Strange (2016) has already begun generating a buzz among film audiences. Star Benedict Cumberbatch also appears in the hit British television series, Sherlock, a cerebral drama-adventure mystery based on the concept of a modern Sherlock Holmes who solves murder mysteries in contemporary London. The television show helped make handsome Benedict Cumberbatch one of the most popular stars in the UK.

The talented British actor, who married shortly after accepting the role of Sherlock in the TV show, has also gained fans in the United States. He appeared a few years ago in the Star Trek franchise, playing the villain responsible for murdering young Captain Kirk’s mentor.