BBC’s HIS DARK MATERIALS Adaptation Gets James McAvoy And Clarke Peters

BBC has been working on an adaptation of the Philip Pullman classic His Dark Materials, and they just landed some pretty big actors. Deadline reports James McAvoy and Clarke Peters have both hopped on the adaptation which is set to be an eight-part series. McAvoy will play Lord Asriel, who was originally portrayed by Daniel Craig on the big screen adaptation of the first book. Peters will play the master who raised Lyra.

The series is based on Pullman’s trilogy of books: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, "a complex tale of physics, philosophy and theology featuring witches and armored polar bears. It tells the story of two children, Lyra and Will, who wander through a series of parallel universes."

The duo will join Lin-Manuel Miranda, who joined the project earlier this year in the role of adventurer Lee Scoresby. The series will be directed by The King's Speech director Tom Hopper, and no release date has been announced at this time. 

Steven Seagal And Mike Tyson Duke It Out In Ridiculous Clip For CHINA SALESMAN

A fight where Steven Seagal defeats Mike Tyson has always sounded like the stuff of fiction, which is probably why the veteran kung-fu actor wrote it into his latest film. Luckily, there's footage of this throwdown on the web so everyone can witness this hilarious throwdown without actually having to drop a dime on one of Seagal's latest features. Check it out:

Personally? I lost it at the slow motion ear slap. For those curious, this clip is from the upcoming feature China Salesman, which is out on VOD June 26. Check out the synopsis for the film below, as well as the full trailer:

Based on a true story, CHINA SALESMAN is a film about the dangerous and epic adventure to Africa where a Chinese engineer/salesman comes face-to-face with a corrupt competitor over the contract for the first African mobile telecom technology. Local tribesman Kabbah (Mike Tyson) and mercenary Lauder (Steven Seagal) get drawn into the conflict in a classic, brutal hand-to-hand fight while the entire country faces civil war battles.

Celebrity Chef Anthony Bourdain Dead At 61

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Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has died at age 61. The host of Parts Unknown and producer of various other cooking shows was found dead in a French hotel room of an apparent suicide. Deadline reports Bourdain was found by a close friend in his room in Strasbourg, France, just prior to meeting up with the crew to start production for that day. Various reports have said Bourdain had hung himself.

Bourdain was known as a staunch food critic whose rock and roll persona made him one of television's most entertaining chefs to watch. As a fan of Bourdain's work, as well as various other shows he's had a hand in like PBS' The Mind of a Chef, this is a hard one to take. You will be missed Bourdain. 

Check Out The New Promo For The Upcoming ZOIDS Anime

The Zoids franchise has decided its time to make more money, so now we're getting a new toy line and an accompanying anime and manga to coincide with it! Zoids Wild features a new story in the universe, and clearly some different and exotic looking Zoids for people to collect and build models of. Fans received a preview of what the anime would look like a while back, and now the first full promo for the upcoming summer series is here (via ANN):

As for what the story is about, your guess is as good as mine. Information on the plot is next to zilch when searching the web on this series, although we do know its premiering in Japan July 7. One thing folks have noticed is that pilots seem to be riding on top of the Zoids as opposed to inside some sort of cockpit, which may be relevant to the plot. CMON GUYS YOU KNOW ITS ALL ABOUT THE TOYS. For those of you curious about what types of models are on the way, check out this commercial that aired shortly after the promo:

Kenny Loggins Says TOP GUN 2 May Get “Danger Zone” Remake With Him And A Different Musical Act

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Will Top Gun 2 feature the iconic theme "Danger Zone"? Kenny Loggins won't give a definitive answer, but his quote makes it sound very likely it's going to happen. Here's what the singer had to say regarding the songs return in the sequel (via TMZ): 

“I met Tom Cruise on [The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon], and I asked him that question. He said, ‘Of course, we have to use ‘Danger Zone.’ So I’m hoping to do it, maybe as a duet with a young act. I’d love to work with, well, there’s young and then there’s young. We have some feelers out to some pretty cool rock acts.”

Personally, I think Bastille would be a good pick for a song like that. I'm sure it'll be someone like Imagine Dragons, although I'm really wishing against it. The last thing we need is "Danger Zone" to be some chanty indie anthem! Of course, if Loggins is along for the ride, it can't sound too far off from the original, right? Who would you like to see the singer team up with?

The First Trailer For THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB Is Awesome

I'll admit, when I first heard Hollywood would be moving on with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo franchise without Rooney Mara in tow, I was ready to hate all over it. David Fincher's take on the tale was awesome for me, and I thought it was a huge mistake when Hollywood ended up dropping it. Now that I've seen the first trailer for The Girl In The Spider's Web, however, I'm feeling a bit differently! Claire Foy makes for an intense Lisbeth Salander, and in the little time we get to see her on screen, I think she outshines Mara's by far. Read the synopsis for the film, check out the trailer, and continue reading: 

Lisbeth Salander, the cult figure and title character of the acclaimed Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson, will return to the screen in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a first-time adaptation of the recent global bestseller written by David Lagercrantz.  Golden Globe winner Claire Foy, the star of “The Crown,” will play the outcast vigilante defender under the direction of Fede Alvarez, the director of 2016’s breakout thriller Don’t Breathe; the screenplay adaptation is by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu.

Lakeith Stanfield, Sylvia HoeksStephen MerchantClaes BangChristopher ConverySynnøve Macody Lund, and Vicky Krieps also star in the film, which is out November 9th.  I just got a lot more excited for this film, how about you?

SHADOWHUNTERS Has Been Cancelled By Freeform

Freeform has cancelled Shadowhunters, and announced that the series will officially end after the second half of Season 3. Variety reports the show will be given a two-hour finale, which should give the series enough time to wrap things up for its remaining devoted fanbase. The 12 final episodes of the series are due out sometime in 2019 fans, so you still have plenty of time to mourn the show's loss and perhaps convince some friends to catch up with the series so they can be sad too. 

Are you disappointed by this news? Did you ever watch Shadowhunters?

Keiynan Lonsdale Is Leaving LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, And His Future On THE FLASH Is Unknown

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Kid Flash is out of the upcoming season of DC's Legends of Tomorrow. The news comes from TVLine who confirm actor Keiynan Lonsdale will be seen in the Season 5 premiere of The Flash, but there's a sense that he won't be around much for a bulk of the season. 

I say that because Wally was originally written out of The Flash as the writers had problems trying to find storylines in which any problem couldn't be solved with two speedsters. This meant that whenever a fight went down, either Wally or Barry was immediately incapacitated, so Wally was written off to give the writers a break.

The arrival of Barry and Iris' speedster daughter Nora would appear The Flash is comfortable with two speedsters on the show yet again, although three definitely seems like a crowd at this point. Of course, we could be wrong and it Wally could have a major arc in the upcoming season of the series! Would you like to see more of Wally on The Flash, or do you think there are too many speedsters on the show as it is?

The First Trailer For TRANSFORMERS Spinoff BUMBLEBEE Has Arrived

The first trailer for the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee has arrived, and its action packed, heartwarming, and a bit confusing all at the same time. Check out the trailer and then jump below for some ramblings about it:

First off, let me say that I love the action scenes! Of course, that's to be expected as I'm sure that's a large part of why people still show up for these films. I didn't really get a huge 80s vibe from watching the trailer, although I guess I can appreciate some subtlety rather than rampant product placement constantly reminding me what era we're in.

Overall it was fine, although I do take issue with the weird moment at the beginning that features a voiceover of Bernie Mac's character. Doesn't this film take place before Transformers 1? Why was that put in there? It just felt weird and out of place for me, especially when the scene itself was never incredibly uplifting or iconic. 

The movie is being directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings) and stars Hailee SteinfeldJohn Cena (Ferdinand), John Ortiz (Kong: Skull Island), and Kenneth Choi (Spider-Man: Homecoming).

On the run in the year 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld), on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken. When Charlie revives him, she quickly learns this is no ordinary, yellow VW bug.

Anyway, I'll probably be going to see this film around Christmas time, what about you?

 

Former DOCTOR WHO Showrunner Russell T Davies Writing Dystopian Family Drama For BBC

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Russell T. Davies, the man responsible for the early success of the Doctor Who reboot, is coming back to television with a new drama on The BBC. Deadline reports Davies is writing a "dystopian family drama" by the name of Years and Years for the network, which sounds a bit different from the average dystopian affair.

The story begins with a busy family in Manchester in 2019 and then will follow that family 15 years into the future in addition to capturing some of the crucial moments that change the world along the way. Examples include Britain withdrawing from Europe, China asserting itself as a superpower, and America becoming an isolated nation. The story picks up with a British politician Vivienne Rook who is noted for her trickery, ability to induce terror, and as a former entertainer. 

It sounds a bit politically driven with some obvious parallels to modern society, although I'm waiting to see a trailer before I make any firm judgments about this series. What do you think about it?