Judy Bloom’s Classic Novel ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGRET is Finally Getting a Film Adaptation


50 Years ago Judy Bloom wrote the groundbreaking book Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. Over the years Hollywood has come knocking at her door trying to get the rights to adapt the book into a feature film, but she has always turned them down… until now.

The author has finally said yes and has granted the right to producer James L. Brooks, who has developed films such as Big, Say Anything, War of the Roses, Jerry McGuire, As Good as it Gets, The Edge of Seventeen, and The Simpsons.

It was also announced that Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen) will write and direct the adaptation of Bloom’s book. It’s said that Brooks and Craig are “giddy about how they find themselves in the middle of this opportunity.”

For those of you not familiar with Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, it was published in 1970 and “it meant much more to a generation of preadolescent girls looking for answers and a sense they weren’t alone as childhood turned into a tumultuous something else.” Here’s the description of the story:

Margaret Simon, almost twelve, likes long hair, tuna fish, the smell of rain, and things that are pink. She’s just moved from New York City to Farbook, New Jersey, and is anxious to fit in with her new friends—Nancy, Gretchen, and Janie. When they form a secret club to talk about private subjects like boys, bras, and getting their first periods, Margaret is happy to belong.

But none of them can believe Margaret doesn’t have religion, and that she isn’t going to the Y or the Jewish Community Center. What they don’t know is Margaret has her own very special relationship with God. She can talk to God about everything—family, friends, even Moose Freed, her secret crush.

Margaret is funny and real, and her thoughts and feelings are oh-so-relatable—you’ll feel like she’s talking right to you, sharing her secrets with a friend.

When talking about the book and what it means to her, Craig told Deadline, “It is this right of passage for women and girls. It’s rare for me to run into a woman or girl who hasn’t read it and every time I’ve mentioned it to a woman, they clutch their heart and let out this joyful gasp. There’s something so timely and full of truth and I remember for me that at that age, it felt like a life raft at a time when you’re lost and searching and unsure. This book comes along and tells you you’re not alone. Women remember where they were when they read it. I can’t think of another book you can say that about.”

Craig went on to explain how she she went about going after the rights to the book saying it all started with a tweet that Bloom posted, “I was surprised when I read it, how much it took me back and that I hadn’t forgotten those feelings. They live in me forever. And the strangest and most serendipitous thing happened with Judy’s Tweet, that she was considering opening up her titles to be adapted. I read this at 3 AM, and wrote my reps in the middle of the night: do whatever you can to get this. Then I wrote a long and passionate email to her, telling her what her books meant to me, particularly Margaret, how it came along at a time when I needed it most. She was the first author who made me fall in love with books and by extension, film. And then I called Jim Brooks, because I thought if somehow we can get this, nobody else will care – and protect – it more.”

Brooks then shared his experience with how the deal came about saying, “I’ve never quite had an experience like this one. From the moment Kelly called me, to the completion of this [rights deal], it all happened so quickly. We went to Key West, and talked with Judy. It was like a working conversation and we lost ourselves in the work. We got up to go, with this uncertainty of everything happening so fast after we’d just shared each other’s thoughts, and her husband George said, ‘So we’re doing this!’ And then we were all hugging. Judy this week came out to Hollywood, and it takes a little bit of adjustment because she’s this national treasure whose work is so important to people who’ve read it. But she makes it so easy and gets you past that.”

He went on to talk about how they will handle the adaptation, saying:

“It definitely won’t feel like a period piece, People have read at various stages and it felt present and immediate. My granddaughter just read it, that’s how all this started, and it was just the other day. To me, Kelly is perfect casting here to turn this into a terrific screenplay. She wrote one draft of Edge of Seventeen and then went off and did another that was amazing, and the movie became its own beast from that moment on. It makes me think this will all continue to happen quickly.”

Craig is just getting started on the script and it will be interesting to see how this all comes together. What do you all think about Bloom’s Are you There God? It’s Me, Margret being adapted into a film after all these years?

Here’s How ANT-MAN AND THE WASP Should Have Ended

I actually thought the ending for Ant-Man and The Wasp was perfect for the story that it told. I really wouldn’t have changed anything. But, the team at HISHE attempt to give us an amusing alternate ending.

This latest “How It Should Have Ended” video kinda falls flat. But, it’s still amusing and fun, especially with the Superman and Batman cafe bit at the very end. That was the best part of this latest episode.

The alternate ending points out the fact that Scott Lang, Hank Pym, Hope van Dyne and Janet van Dyne completely ignore the the big news that aliens have come down to and started causing complete chaos in New York City, and instead of helping, they are spending their time conducting quantum realm science experiments.

I guess they weren’t really concerned with what was happening with the rest of the Avengers.

Crunchyroll and Funimation are Breaking Up


Streaming your favorite anime shows and movies may have just gotten a little harder. Funimation and Crunchyroll have decided to go their separate ways after about two years. On-going simulcasts will continue to air on Crunchyroll despite the fact that the companies are breaking up on November 9, 2018. Here’s a statement from Crunchyroll:

“As many of you know, we have had an ongoing partnership with Funimation the last two years, sharing anime between users. Unfortunately, Funimation has decided to go their separate way, and this partnership will be winding down on Friday, November 9th.

“For our Crunchyroll community, this means that you’ll still be able to access the biggest anime library in the world. However, a list of select catalog titles licensed via Funimation will be leaving Crunchyroll - likewise, the Funimation catalog will also be impacted. That list is currently being finalized between both parties, and we will share impacted titles with you as available.

“As demonstrated by our record year of anime announcements, Crunchyroll is more committed than ever to bringing you the best and latest series from Japan, as well as expanding our catalog of classics.

“Thank you for your continued support. We’re honored to be your favorite source for anime and will continue to do our best in delivering you your favorite series at the speed of Japan.”

Variety reports that not only is their partnership ending, but Funimation will no longer be available on AT&T’s VRV service! I was just thinking of signing up for that, too. While Crunchyroll is saying that Funimation is the cause, CEO and president of Funimation, Gen Fukunaga, did state that the deal “ended amicably.” Here’s Funimation’s internal memo about the split.


I am writing to share some important news. Effective immediately, Funimation will once again independently acquire, market and distribute anime to the entire community – to both sub and dub fans. This new future is a result of our acquisition by Sony Pictures Television and additional investments Sony is making in our business to make Funimation a global sub and dub anime brand. As such, we’ve made the decision not to renew our collaboration with Crunchyroll, a relationship that ended amicably this month.

Our goal has always been to improve the fan experience and expand the reach of anime. We exceeded our goals in the past couple of years and have established ourselves as the anime industry’s most advanced streaming platform, expanded our global footprint, and accelerated our dub speed to market for new episodes coming out of Japan. While our partnership with Crunchyroll is ending, we are excited about the future, the support of Sony Pictures Television and their commitment, alongside ours, to build the best experience for anime fans globally.

We have enormous respect for the relationship we forged with Crunchyroll and will be working with them closely over the next several months to ensure a seamless transition in terms of our respective catalogs and offerings. That said, there will be some immediate changes ahead as we unwind the partnership. On November 9, 2018, our subscribers will have access to several hundred subbed titles when our catalog reverts to Funimation, while a handful of dubbed titles will no longer be available on FunimationNow. All the titles licensed during the partnership will continue to be shared with Crunchyroll and available to FunimationNow subscribers.

Thank you for your tireless work and dedication as well as your unwavering commitment to bring the best anime to the most people possible.

Please join me and the senior management team for an all-hands meeting. We will be able to address any questions you may have then. In the meantime, I would direct you to the special FAQs created for fans and subscribers that are now live on the Funimation blog.


How will this impact your future anime streaming?

BLADE RUNNER 2049 Star Ana de Armas Joins Rian Johnson’s KNIVES OUT

Rian Johnson’s Knives Out is shaping up to have a fantastic cast! Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, and Lakeith Stanfield are all set to star in the murder mystery thriller.

Now, we’ve learnd that Ana de Armas is joining. You’ll recognize De Armas from Blade Runner 2049 last year and it’ll be great to see her in this film too.

Sadly, plot and character details are being kept under wraps, but we know that Stanfield and Craig will be playing detectives.

Johnson is writing and directing Knives Out and I’m excited to see what he has in store. Shooting is scheduled to begin next month according to Deadline, but no release date has been given.

J.K. Rowling Says The Other FANTASTIC BEASTS Film Will Be Set Outside Europe and North America


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them took audiences to 1920s New York City, and this fall's Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will take us to Paris for the first time. It’s been fun seeing how the Wizarding World operates around the world, especially since all the Harry Potter were confined to Great Britain.

Now, we’ve learned that new locations will be included in the franchise that will be set outside of Europe and North America. J.K. Rowling recently explained to Entertainment Weekly:

It's far too early to spoil anything. What I can say is that we'll go to at least one new city in the next film, possibly two, and I'm keen to move outside Europe and North America. But you'll just have to wait and see.

She obviously isn’t going to tell us what those new locations are, but I would really love to see one of these Fantastic Beasts films set in Japan or China. Seeing Samurai wizards is just a super cool thought! There are so many places around the world to explore! Egypt and South America would also be awesome. Each of these areas come with their own set of unique mythological and magical creatures.

Rowling has already mapped out the whole Fantastic Beasts film series, so it’s safe to say she knows exactly where she would like to take the characters.

What areas around the world would you like to see the next three Fantastic Beasts films explore?

Judi Dench Joins The All-Star Cast of The Film Adaptation of CATS

This feature film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Cats has sure put together an impressive all star cast. Now we’ve learned that Judi Dench (James Bond) has also joined the Tom Hooper-directed production!

Deadline points out that Dench was originally set to play the character Grizabella in the original West End production back in 1981, but she ended up snapping her Achilles’ tendon shortly before previews began and had to drop out of the show.

All these years later she’ll finally get to be in it! Dench joins the previously cast Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Laurie Davidson and Mette Towley. I know a lot of you aren’t really into musicals, but with a cast like this, is your interested peaked in seeing the movie?

Dench will take on the role of Deuteronomy, “a patriarch who by the end of the night will select a cat to be reborn into a new life on the Heaviside Layer, an annual feline tradition. Deuteronomy is a large old cat who has lived many lives and buried “nine wives,” though that line will have to change in the film.” This is an interesting casting choice because the role has traditionally been played onstage by a man.

The musical tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as "the Jellicle choice" and decide which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life. The plot is actually pretty insane.

The screenplay for the film is being written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) and I’m kinda looking forward to it. My dad did a lot of musical theater when I was growing up so I’m very familiar with these Broadway musicals and Cats may be a weird one, but it is filled with some wonderful music.

Cats opens in theaters December 20, 2019.

DAYS GONE Is Delayed Once Again

It seems that players would have to wait even longer for the zombie survival game Days Gone as reports indicate that Sony is pushing back the release of the exclusive title from February 22, 2019, to April 26.

Days Gone is currently in development by Bend Studio, which will be the developer’s first game since 2012. It has been revealed that the reason for the delay is that Sony wanted to give the studio more time to polish the game up. This isn’t the first time that Sony had to delay Days Gone as the game was supposed to be released this year, but has been moved to the February 2019 schedule.

The game will feature an open-world post-apocalyptic world set in the Pacific Northwest. The player will take control of Deacon St. John, who is a former outlaw and now lives a nomadic life two years after a global pandemic almost wiped out humanity. Days Gone will feature a dynamic weather system and a seamless day and night cycle.

Days Gone is now set to release on April 26, 2019, exclusively for the PlayStation 4.


Ray Fisher Says Zack Snyder Shot Enough JUSTICE LEAGUE Footage For Two Movies

At this point we’ll probably never know what Zack Snyder’s Justice League movie would have been like. There are a lot of fans that would love to see a Snyder cut of the film and then there’s a lot of people that just don’t care at this point. Either way, Warner Bros. has no plans to release any kind of alternate Snyder cut.

Justice League is just a film that the studio would like to put behind them and forget about. But, the actors that worked on the film and the fans, won’t let them forget!

According to Ray Fisher, who played Cyborg in the movie, Snyder shot a so much footage for the film, that the filmmaker could have made two films out of it. Right now that footage is just sitting around collecting dust.

During the recent Heroes and Villains Fan Fest in New Jersey, Fisher was asked about his character and who he evolved over the course of Justice League's production. Fisher said that Snyder actually had big plans for Cyborg:

“We’re not finished just yet, so I don’t know how specific the ‘end result’ is. But what I will say is Zack had very specific plans for Cyborg, and for his trajectory. And Zack probably shot enough footage in the first film to make like two movies out of. He definitely had a whole, I believe, a trilogy in mind, with respect to Justice League. And if his vision had sort of come to fruition, Cyborg would have probably been one of, if not the most powerful, metahuman in the entire canon, in the film universe. And that’s just one of the crazy things about Zack, is that he can take someone who’s such a newcomer and evolve their powers to the point where, you know, Cyborg is like 'S tier.'"

It would have been interesting to see what Snyder’s full vision of Justice League would have been like. Unfortunately, he had a terrible family tragedy and ended up stepping away from the franchise. At this point, I doubt we’ll see Snyder come back for another DC movie.

The DC films are now headed in a completely different direction and whatever plans that Snyder had for the DC franchise are no longer in play. Especially, with WB not wanting to move forward with Ben Affleck or Henry Cavill as Batman and Superman.

That’s a shame because they were both great in their roles! If that’s the case, I wonder if this Cyborg movie will ever happen. Do you think it will?

Via: CB


In case you missed it, Tom Holland made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, and he brought the new Spider-Man: Far From Home suit with him.

You’ll get a pretty good look at the suit as Holland is on stage for quite a bit doing a bit with Kimmel and Guillermo. The late-night host even managed to sneak in a question about Spider-Man: Far From Home being a prequel, but he obviously isn’t going to answer.

Check out the bit below:

New Trailer For Park Chan-wook’s Spy Thriller Series THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL

AMC and BBC has released a new trailer for the fantastic looking spy thriller series called The Little Drummer Girl. The show comes from the twisted mind of Park Chan-wook (Stoker, Oldboy) and I can’t wait to see it!

The series also has a great cast that includes Florence PughAlexander Skarsgård and Michael Shannon. I’m really curious to see how this story plays out, but its definitely a dark tale that sends a young woman into deep into the criminal underworld.

The spy thriller is set in the 1970s and the story follows Charlie (Pugh), “a fiery actress and idealist whose resolve is tested after she meets the mysterious Becker (Skarsgård) while on holiday in Greece. It quickly becomes apparent that his intentions are not what they seem, and her encounter with him entangles her in a complex plot devised by the spy mastermind Kurtz (Shannon). Charlie takes on the role of a lifetime as a double agent while remaining uncertain of her own loyalties.”

Co-showunner Stephen Cornwell had this to say in a previous statement:

“When you actually look at Director Park’s work. There’s a lot in it that speaks to the same themes as Little Drummer Girl in terms of conflicted loyalty, conflicted love, the kind of fusion of a love story in a thriller context and sort of divided identity and divided loyalty all seem to run deep through. And also female empowerment… He’s really built fascinating female characters in his narratives.”

The Little Drummer Girl is a six part series and the AMC will air all episodes in two-hour blocks over the course of three nights, starting on November 19, 2018. The spy drama will premiere on The BBC on October 28th.