Here’s Our First Official Look at HBO’s WATCHMAN Series

I know a lot of you have been curious to see what the visual style of HBO’s upcoming Watchmen series will be like and now, today, we have our first look! The image was revealed with the launch of the official Watchmen Instagram page.

We have no idea who is character is, but I’m sure it will come in time. Faceless law enforcement officers certainly fits in with the world that was created in the original comic series, though.

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The series is based on Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons DC graphic novel, and it’s been explained that series will not be an adaptation of that. It will be set in the same alternate history universe where superheroes are treated as outlaws, but the story will focus on a whole new present day setting and characters.

This series will expand on that universe and creator Damon Lindelof has stressed that he would not be messing with the original story. He explained that "Watchmen embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own."

When talking about the new characters that will fill the story, Lindelof said:

"Some of the characters will be unknown. New faces. New masks to cover them. We also intend to revisit the past century of Costumed Adventuring through a surprising yet familiar set of eyes…and it is here we will be taking our greatest risks."

He also added:

This story will be set in the world its creators painstakingly built…but in the tradition of the work that inspired it, this new story must be original. It has to vibrate with the seismic unpredictability of its own tectonic plates. It must ask new questions and explore the world through a fresh lens. Most importantly, it must be contemporary. The Old Testament was specific to the Eighties of Reagan and Thatcher and Gorbachev. Ours needs to resonate with the frequency of Trump and May and Putin and the horse that he rides around on, shirtless. And speaking of Horsemen, The End of the World is off the table…which means the heroes and villains–as if the two are distinguishable–are playing for different stakes entirely.

The cast for the series includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith, and Adelynn Spoon.

Lindelof wrote and is executive producing the series and Nicole Kassell will direct and also executive produce. Watchmen will premiere something in 2019.

Superman is Sporting a Black Suit in This Set Photo From The “Elseworlds” DC TV Crossover

Stephen Amell recently shared a photo from the set of The CW’s “Elseworlds” DC TV crossover series. Amell (Oliver Queen/Green Arrow) is joined by Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash) in the photo and the are standing alongside special guest star Tyler Hoechlin, who is sporting Superman’s black suit! I’ve gotta say it looks awesome and I’m kinda geeking out over it!

Fans were hoping to see Henry Cavill wear the black suit in Justice League, but it didn’t happen. Luckily the DC TV shows are here to give the fans what they want.

While plot details for the upcoming crossover event remain under wraps, it will introduce both Batwoman (Ruby Rose) and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch) to the DC TV multiverse. It will also mark the first time Arrow and The Flash meet the Man of Steel!

What do you think of the black suit design!?

New Details Surface For The Upcoming CHILD’S PLAY TV Series

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While MGM is developing a reboot of Child’s Play, the co-creator of the franchise, Dan Mancini, is also developing a TV series that will connect to the original film franchise. We haven’t seen a lot of details on the series since it was announced. Mancini previously teased that it would be "darker than ever before. It’s going to be very creepy."

Now today we have some new details to share with you thanks to Mancini and producer David Kirschner. They explained to Bloody-Disgusting that the show aims to bring the franchise back to its roots:

“We deliberately ended Cult [of Chucky] with a bunch of cliffhangers to set up a TV series. Because there are so many different threads now, television could best accommodate that so that was done intentionally. At the same time, we have a whole new world, a bunch of new characters which we can say nothing about.”

For those of you who don’t know, Mancini has written every Child’s Play film and has directed the last three. This guy knows Chucky better than anyone and if anyone is going to continue the story, it’s him. This series is the project that true hardcore Child’s Play fans are really excited about. Not, that remake.

I think it’s cool that the last film was used to set up the Chucky series! Just in case you aren’t aware, Cult of Chucky introduced Chucky’s ability to possess multiple dolls simultaneously. Kirschner went on to say that the series will get back to the basics of the core concept of the franchise:

“The only thing I think we can say is from the original film that Don wrote, Child’s Play, we are playing with that concept again, the idea of child’s play. I’ll let you guys fill in the pieces of that.”

Mancini then went on to add that, “It involves children.” Bringing kids back into the mix of the horror of Chucky should be fun. Mancini has enjoyed reinventing the franchise over the past seven films, and this series is going to be a very different medium for him and his creative team to play with. When talking about that he says:

“We saw that after seven movies, how can we flip again? So this time not by merely changing genre but by changing medium. This will give us a different kind of canvas, a much bigger canvas to explore characters and relationships.”

Are you looking forward to seeing how this series plays out?

First Look at BEETLEJUICE in The New Broadway Musical and New Details

Beetlejuice is headed to Broadway in a new musical and today we have our first look at Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman (School of Rock) as the ghost with the most.

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The play is obviously based on Tim Burton’s classic 1988 film, which starred Michael Keaton in the title role. Keaton was amazing in the movie, but it should be fun to see how this musical turns out. When talking about Brightman’s portrayal of Beetlejuice, the director of the play, Alex Timbers, explained to EW that it will completely separate itself from what Keaton did 30 years ago. This is going to be a “younger, punkier” version of the character:

“One of the things I love about Alex is, not only is he a great theater performer, but he’s also a writer, so he brings a sensibility that can stand outside the performance. [His Beetlejuice] is definitely not a Michael Keaton impression. It’s his own. It’s filtered through the sensibility of Alex Brightman.”

The Beetlejuice play will tell the same story as the original film. But, it’s explained that the stage version will bring the character of Lydia Deetz to the center of the story. The macabre-obsessed teen who was played by Winona Ryder in the film, will be played on stage by 17-year-old Sophia Anne Caruso. The director explains:

“Refocusing the story on Lydia’s emotional journey, Lydia’s relationship to Beetlejuice — who were [both] more like secondary characters in the film — felt like a great way in. Beetlejuice and Lydia are both trickster figures, in a way. Certainly Beetlejuice is, but musical theater has a great history of con men as characters when you think about Bialystock and Bloom or Harold Hill in The Music Man, so it felt to me that the DNA of those two characters felt like great musical theater protagonists in the way they work off each other.”

Don’t worry, though. Beetlejuice will still have a big presence in the stage production, as he becomes an agent of chaos for the two families at the center of the story. Timbers goes on to compare the character to Marvel's Loki, who also enjoys to cause mischief:

“He’s one of those characters in film that that you can imagine breaking the fourth wall, and I think in theater, you want these characters that vibrate with life and can kick over the footlights and land in your lap. That’s Beetlejuice. He can directly address the audience. He can be an unreliable narrator. He can be a Loki figure, you know? He can be a god of chaos, and that’s really exciting.”

Timbers talked about how the production will pay tribute to the film, and even include several Easter eggs.

“The dinner party scene is in the show, but where it exists and how it functions and how the music functions is surprising. (Another film-to-stage tease: The musical will make a visit the Netherworld.) So there are Easter eggs from the film, and what I want to do is pass the sniff test for fans, but I want it to feel like its own surprising, exciting piece of theater.”

I love Beetlejuice and I’m excited and curious to see how this stage production plays out. The show starts on Sunday night in Washington, D.C., and will then make its way to Broadway in the spring. Hopefully, I get a chance to check it out!

Young Alfred Pennyworth and Thomas Wayne Have Been Cast in The PENNYWORTH Series and New Details Revealed

That Batman-spired Alfred Pennyworth series that Gotham showrunner Bruno Heller has been developing, Pennyworth, is moving forward and two actors have been cast in the lead roles. Jack Bannon (The Imitation Game) is the actor set to take on the role of a much younger Alfred and Ben Aldridge (Our Girl) will take on the role of Thomas Wayne.

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Pennyworth follows Bruce Wayne’s legendary butler, Alfred Pennyworth, a former British SAS soldier in his 20’s, who forms a security company and goes to work with a young billionaire, Thomas Wayne, who’s not yet Bruce’s father, in 1960s London. These characters were created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. Here’s a description of the title character that was provided:

Bannon’s Pennyworth is a boyishly handsome, cheerful, charming, clever young man from London. Honest, open-faced and witty; you’d never take him for an SAS killer. Alfred doesn’t know how to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he used to be with the cold, calculated killer he was forced to become. He’s a man on the make, who doesn’t know what to make of himself yet.

I’m actually pretty excited for this show as it will tell an origin story for a fan-favorite Batman character that’s never really been explored before. Thanks to a previous report, we have some additional details on the series to share with you:

The series will find Alfred in London in his mid-20s in trying to find his way in the world. A former SAS member who ran highly classified missions for the British government, Alfred is trying to reconcile the kind-hearted boy he once was with the ruthless killer he was forced to become. Then series will see him try to reconcile his new age ambitions with the expectations of his father, a proud, stubborn and capable butler known as Mr. P, who,along with his wife, has spent his life in service of a wealthy family and hoped his son would do the same.

Some light is then shed on the major role Bruce's father Thomas Wayne will have in the series:

Alfred will find himself allied with Thomas through his work for a private security company when Thomas arrives in London in search of his sister, Patricia.. The two will be contemporaries, and the 20-something Wayne is said to be intelligent, deeply moral and idealistic, characteristics that Alfred will come to instill in Thomas’s orphaned son.

It was also revealed that Alfred and Thomas will be joined by two other main characters on their journey and that adventure will involve taking on the villainous Raven Society:

The series will see Alfred, Thomas and two of Alfred’s closest friends, Trinidadian Marcus “Bazza” Barrington and Scotsman Wallace “Dave Boy” MacDuff, take on the villainous Raven Society. Led by the mysterious Lord Hardwood and his sadistic henchwoman, Bet Sykes, the Raven Society will find themselves in what sounds like a season long game of cat-and-mouse with our heroes after Sykes abducts a dancer by the name of Esme Whitaker. The heroes will battle Hardwood and the corrupt London police force in an effort to rescue Whitaker and will have to come to trust one another to do so, setting the table for one of comics’ greatest relationships.

The 10-episode series is being produced by Warner Bros. TV and it will start shooting on October 22nd at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in the UK. Pennyworth will premiere on Epix but there’s no specific date set yet.

Source: Deadline

Elizabeth Olsen Talks AVENGERS 4 and Says “It’s Only Going To Get Worse”

As you all know, the end of Avengers: Infinity War ended up being pretty tragic and sad as several unexpected characters ended up dying thanks to Thanos. One of those characters was Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch. Yeah, we all know they will all eventually comes back, but at what cost?

In the end characters will really die. There will be characters that we never see on the big screen again in a Marvel film. That what these events are all leading up to. During an appearance at ACE Comic-Con in Chicago this weekend, Olsen teased the bleak future for the the characters in Avengers 4 saying:

"It’s only going to get worse.”

Some information recently surfaced thanks to some Avengers 4 merchandise that teased an even great threat than Thanos. We don’t know who that threat could be, but the Avengers are going to be facing off with something that is going to rock their world even worse than Thanos, which seems pretty damn crazy.

At one point a fan suggested to Olsen that the vision of the dark future that she was put in Tony Stark's head in Age of Ultron could be what she was referring to, the actress said:

"I don’t know. I don’t know if that’s what could have happened if Ultron took over.  I’m not sure. I think it’s up to interpretation."

She added:

“It wasn’t something that I remember someone was saying that we’re going to go full circle to Infinity War — there wasn’t an Infinity War at that time [laughs]. But I think I always thought of it being what would happen if Ultron won. But I think it’s more interesting the way you’re thinking about it."

Tom Hiddleston, who was also present for the panel, countered that argument by saying: 

"Well, maybe Tony has got the long view." 

We’ll just have to wait and see how the story plays out. But one thing is for sure, Avengers 4 is going to end with real loss that some characters won’t be able to come back from.

Via: CB

The Original Writer of ALADDIN Slams Disney For Their Live-Action Remake

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The writer of Disney’s original animated film Aladdin, Terry Rossio, is not happy with the live-action remake that the studio is developing. The first teaser trailer for the film was released last week and it featured a lot of familiar elements from the original film. The fans were really happy with what they saw because the trailer did such a great job of tapping into the nostalgia of the fans.

So why is Rossio upset with Disney over it? Because he’s not getting any kind of compensation for the work that he did on the movie even though they are using the dialogue that he wrote. He slammed the Mouse House in a recent tweet saying:

John August (Big Fish) and Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) are being credited as the screenwriters for the new Aladdin film, but chances are the script is going to be super similar to the original movie.

I don’t know if Rossio or any of the other original writers will be credited for the work that they put into the story that will be used in the live-action film. Unfortunately Disney doesn’t legally owe them anything due to contracts. the writer explains:

Wow! All he was asking for was a pass and they said no! That’s crazy! That’s not asking much. It seems odd that the people who helped create the original classic Disney films wouldn't be able to receive some sort of perk for their work.

Do you think they should be compensated in some way?

GAME OF THRONES Actor Richard Madden is Reportedly Wanted as The Next JAMES BOND

It doesn’t look like James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli isn’t going to waste any time casting a new actor in the role of Bond when Daniel Craig is finally done. According to a new report, executive producer Barbara Broccoli is looking to offer Game of Thrones alum Richard Madden the role following Craig’s departure. Broccoli is said to be very impressed by Madden’s performance in the BBC thriller Bodyguard.

According to The Sun, an unnamed source close to Broccoli, said Madden is a "serious" candidate for the role. "Not only is he on top of Barbara's list," said the source, "but she is preparing to offer the role."

If this is the direction that they are looking to take in terms of casting for the franchise, then they are obviously looking to go younger. I think the actor looks like he is a decent choice for a young version of Bond.

Madden played Robb Stark on Game of Thrones, and he also appeared as Prince Kit in Disney’s live-action Cinderella and a number of other TV roles, including Medici: Masters of Florence and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

Bond 25 is being directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) and it’s going to be Daniel Craig’s final performance in the role of Bond ending his five-movie run that began in 2007 with Casino Royale. What do you all think about Madden possibly replacing Craig in the role of 007?

Bond 25 It is scheduled for release on February 14, 2020.

Possible AVENGERS 4 Concept Art Shows Off Some Very Different Iron Man Armor Designs

Some possible new concept art for Avengers 4 has found its way online and it shows off some very different and very cool new Iron Man armor designs. I have no idea if these are legit or not, but they are different from anything that we’ve seen in the past, especially the masks. But, maybe the masks are something that the other Avengers will wear when they travel into space? We also get a look at the body and arm of an armor design, along with some upgraded weaponry.

Also, in case you missed it last week, here’s a possible description of the Avengers 4 trailer that you can read if you’re interested.

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Oscar Isaac Talks STAR WARS: EPISODE IX and Says ‘Looser’ and More Improvisational Than The Previous Films

There has been some great stuff that has been improvised in the Star Wars films throughout the years. One of the most famous improvised lines was Han Solo’s “I know”. But, improvisation really hasn’t been a normal part of the Star Wars franchise. Well, now according to Oscar Isaac, things seemed to have changed for Star Wars: Episode IX.

While talking with IndieWire, Isaac offered some insight into how the new Star Wars film is being shot, it’s a lot looser than it’s been previously:

“The way they’ve been shooting it right now is looser than it’s been for the past two times. It does feel like a relief to get on set and feel like, ‘Oh, we can try things.’ It’s a testament to J.J. coming back and feeling confident. There’s less pressure for it to be right. We just want to make a good movie and have a really good time while doing it.”

It’s clarified in the article that the term “looser” refers to on-set improvisation. He goes on to explain that this way of doing things is more natural to the material saying:

“Often, you do feel like you’ve got to find your way to make something more alive, but this time, it’s been the opposite. There’s no need to smuggle anything in there.”

Improvisation isn’t a bad thing, but it’s certainly a different way of doing things and depending on the actors, it could bring greatness to the film. Of course, if the actors aren’t good at improvising then that will reflect poorly on the film. I hope that the improvising technique works for Star Wars and it will be interesting to see if the style will come off different than director J.J. Abrams’ previous Star Wars film.

What are your thoughts on Abrams implementing a more improvisational filmmaking technique to the Star Wars franchise? Do you think it will help make it a better film?

Star Wars: Episode IX is set to be released on December 20, 2019.