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New ‘Mandalorian’ spin-off to lens this year

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According to Deadline, Disney+ could be quietly prepping a new spin-off series of their money-magnet “The Mandalorian” centering on fan-fave Boba Fett.

The character, originally thought to have met his maker in 1983’s “Return of the Jedi”, made a surprise reappearance on a recent episode of the parent series. Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett in 2002’s “Attack of the Clones”, plays son Boba on the Disney+ offering.

The spin-off series would film sometime this month, says the trade, with a third season of “The Mandalorian” filming shortly after.

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Deathstroke role expanded for ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’

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Joe Manganiello will shoot new scenes as Deathstroke for Zack Snyder’s much-hyped “Justice League” event series at HBO Max.

Reshoots for “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” – an elongated cut of the 2017 film – will involve Ben Affleck (Batman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Amber Heard (Mera) and Jared Leto (The Joker) – reprising his role from “Suicide Squad”. Henry Cavill has said in recent times that he won’t be filming any new scenes as Superman.

Manganiello’s Deathstroke, aka Slade Wilson, appeared in the post-credits scene of “Justice League”.

Collider says the “True Blood” actor is a lock to film new scenes but a representative for HBO Max would not confirm Manganiello’s return. Earlier this week, the actor appeared on Twitch sporting “a short, white blonde haircut”, which fits with Deathstroke’s look, suggesting he’s currently – or about to – lens his scenes.

“Zack Snyder’s Justice League” will air 2021 on HBO Max.

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‘The Addams Family’ returns to TV courtesy Tim Burton!

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“Beetlejuice” creator Tim Burton has set his sights on “The Addams Family”, looking to develop a new series focused on the frighteningly famous clan.

Per Deadline, Burton will direct all the episodes and be joined by “Smallville” developers/executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar on the series. The latter duo will be head writers on the show as well as showrunners as well as exec producers with the filmmaker.

MGM TV, which controls underlying rights to the IP, financed the development of the series. As of right now, the package has multiple buyers bidding for it, including Netflix, which sources say is at the top of the list of landing the project.

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‘Willow’ series gets the greenlight at Disney Plus

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A sequel to the 1988 film “Willow” has long been discussed, but instead we’re getting a TV series!

The sequel series is coming to Disney Plus, and takes place years after the events of the original Ron Howard-directed pic. Howard is returning to the project as executive producer alongside original star Warwick Davis, who will once again play the titular hero Willow Ufgood.

Director Jon M. Chu (“Crazy Rich Asians”) will direct the first episode, which will go into production next year.
The show will introduce all-new characters to the magical realm of fairy queens and two-headed Eborsisk monsters.

The original film centered on Willow (Davis), who reluctantly forced into playing a critical role in protecting a special infant named Elora Danan from an evil queen (Jean Marsh). A prophecy told that Elora would bring the queen’s downfall. Willow was helped along the way by a mercenary swordsman, played by Val Kilmer. It also starred Joanne Whalley, Billy Barty and Kevin Pollak.

Chu said of the project:

“Growing up in the’80s, ‘Willow’ has had a profound effect on me. The story of the bravest heroes in the least likely places allowed me, an Asian-American kid growing up in a Chinese restaurant looking to go to Hollywood, to believe in the power of our own will, determination and of course, inner magic. So the fact that I get to work with my heroes from Kathleen Kennedy to Ron Howard is bigger than a dream come-true. It’s a bucket-list moment for me. Jon Kasdan and Wendy Mericle have added such groundbreaking new characters and delightful surprises to this timeless story that I can’t wait for the world to come along on this epic journey with us.”

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‘In Search of Darkness’ set for July premiere

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Shudder has skedded a fantastic doc for July (July 10), a four-hour-plus offering titled “In Search of Darkness” that tracks “major theatrical releases, obscure titles and straight-to-video gems” as it explores ‘80s horror films year-by-year.

“Topics include groundbreaking practical effects; the home-video revolution; poster art and project marketing; creative and budgetary challenges; sound design and musical scores; the 3-D resurgence; heroes and villains; sex, nudity and “the final girl” controversy; and the pop culture context that fueled the genre. Filled with countless clips and entertaining moments, In Search of Darkness is a nostalgia trip through a game-changing decade, as told by both experts and the icons who influenced the modern landscape of genre cinema”.

Featuring Tom Atkins, Doug Bradley, Joe Bob Briggs, Darcy the Mail Girl, Lori Cardille, John Carpenter, Nick Castle, Larry Cohen, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Sean S. Cunningham, Joe Dante, Keith David, Katie Featherston, Mick Garris, Michael Gingold, Stuart Gordon, Andre Gower, Spencer Hickman, Kane Hodder, Tom Holland, Graham Humphreys, James A. Janisse, Lloyd Kaufman, Eric Kurland , Heather Langenkamp, Don Mancini, Harry Manfredini, Kelli Maroney, Robbi Morgan, Bill Moseley, Greg Nicotero, Phil Nobile Jr., Cassandra Peterson, Mike Redman, James Rolfe, Ken Sagoes, Ben Scrivens, Mark Shostrom, Corey Taylor, Cecil Trachenburg, Ryan Turek, Caroline Williams, Alex Winter, Heather Wixson, Tom Woodruff Jr., and Brian Yuzna,. Directed by David A. Weiner.

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A ‘Flash’ actor has lost his job due to rancid tweets

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In what’s sure to cause headaches in the writer’s room – not to say the actions of the network aren’t justifiable – actor Hartley Sawyer has been fired from The CW’s “The Flash”.

The actor, who played Elongated Man/Ralph Dibney from seasons 4 to 6 on the show, was abruptly let go over a series of offensive tweets surfaced containing some rather awful racist and homophobic remarks. Though the actor’s twitter has since been deleted, screencaps of the posts have been circulating over the past few weeks.

The CW, Warner Bros. TV, Berlanti Productions and executive producer Eric Wallace have issued the following joint statement:

“Hartley Sawyer will not be returning for season seven of The Flash. In regards to Mr. Sawyer’s posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation. Such remarks are antithetical to our values and polices, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce.”

The actor took to Instagram to apologize, agreeing that he has to be held responsible for what he’s said in the past.

“My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, were hurtful, and unacceptable. I am ashamed I was capable of these really horrible attempts to get attention at that time. I regret them deeply. This was not acceptable behavior. These were words I threw out at the time with no thought or recognition of the harm my words could do, and now have done today.”

“The Flash” shut down production when the pandemic hit. The three remaining episodes of the sixth season will likely be retooled, to explain Sawyer’s absence, and added at the top of the seventh season.

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Ryan Wilder will be TV’s new ‘Batwoman’

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Following Ruby Rose’s exit from The CW’s “Batwoman” after one season, audiences have been wondering who will be her replacement.

But today we are now left wondering if the character of Batwoman will be replaced altogether. In a now deleted Reddit post, a casting call for a new character named Ryan Wilder suggests that The CW are looking for a new lead.

Per Entertainment Weekly, the casting notice encourages LGBTQ performers to audition — and describes Ryan Wilder as a female in her mid-late 20s and the complete opposite of Kate Kane. “She’s likable, messy, a little goofy, and untamed,” reads the document. “With no one in her life to keep her on track, Ryan spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and masking her pain with bad habits. Today, reformed and sober, Ryan lives in van with her plant. A girl who would steal milk from an alley cat and could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly disciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.”

Of course The CW have made no comment on these new rumours, so stay tuned for more news!

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CW gonna need a new ‘Batwoman’

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After one season on the CW, Ruby Rose has exited the drama series “Batwoman”. The show has already been renewed for a second season, so the role will therefore be recast.

Rose said in a statement:

“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season. This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles.”

In a joint statement, Berlanti Prods. and WBTV said:

“Warner Bros. Television, The CW and Berlanti Productions thank Ruby for her contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best. The studio and network are firmly committed to Batwoman’s second season and long-term future, and we — along with the show’s talented creative team — look forward to sharing its new direction, including the casting of a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community, in the coming months.”

With no comment direct to why the actress left the role, we can only speculate.

Production isn’t set to commence again until January, so there’s plenty of time for recasting.

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‘Twin Peaks’ co-creator on rumored new series

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“Twin Peaks” director David Lynch has responded to rumors that he’s got a new TV series in the works.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker didn’t deny or confirm whether the rumored project is real – but did say he wasn’t likely going to work on anything until a vaccine for Coronavirus is development.

“The lockdown stopped all kinds of work that involves other people. It forces us to go to something that we can do on our own. Like, I’m experimenting with music. I can experiment with any kind of motion picture I can do on the computer. And I can work in the wood shop and build things. I can go to the painting studio and paint. You can’t work on a film right now and I think for a long time, we won’t be able to work with a big crew in a normal way of filmmaking. It’s just too dangerous right now. It’s really something to think about. I don’t really think I can make a film until there’s a vaccine.”

So, what about the series?

“There’s all kinds of rumors. I’ve got a show called What Did Jack Do? on Netflix right now. It’s a great show about a monkey. It’s something you’ve got to see. And it will really help you in quarantine.  All these rumors are flying about, but I can tell you that there’s nothing happening in that regard. It’s a rumor that even if it was true — there’s nothing happening.”

It’s been rumored that the new series, potentially teaming Naomi Watts and Laura Dern, had been set up at Netflix.

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‘Wrong Turn’ actress to play Lana Lang in CW series

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“Wrong Turn” actress Emmanuelle Chriqui will play Lana Lang in The CW’s upcoming “Superman & Lois” series.

The “Supergirl” spin-off, which hails from executive producer Todd Helbing, DC Universe architect Greg Berlanti and Warner Bros. TV, revolves around the world’s most famous superhero and comic books’ most famous journalist, played by Tyler Hoechlin and Elisabeth Tulloch, as they deal with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society.

Chriqui, also known for her roles in the series “Entourage” and “Super Troopers 2”, plays a role previously played on screen by the likes of Kristen Kreuk (on “Smallville”) and Annette O’Toole (in “Superman III”).

Via ‘Deadline

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‘The Mandalorian’ adds Michael Biehn and… Jamie Lee Curtis!?

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“Terminator” and “Aliens” alum Michael Biehn has joined the cast of Disney+’s “The Manadalorian”, while “Halloween” heroine Jamie Lee Curtis is also rumored to be coming aboard.

Biehn, whose recent work includes “Red Handed” and “Hidden in the Woods”, will play a bounty hunter in Baby Yoda’s sophomore outing, says Making Star Wars.

The actor, 63, is the second major new cast member announced for the second season of the hit streaming series following Rosario Dawson’s anointment as Ahsoka Tano.

“Biehn is playing a bounty bunter from The Mando’s past”, is all the site have on the character, adding that series-shepherds Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are clearly casting straight out of the nostaliga files when it comes to this series. Biehn, of course, best known for his trademark roles in the ’80s classics “The Terminator”, “Aliens” and “The Abyss”, though also known for his bravura work in ’90s fare like “Tombstone” and “The Rock”.

The actor is no stranger to small screen work, having starred in such series as “Adventure INC”, CBS’s rework of “The Magnificent Seven” and NBC’s “Hawaii”. His last TV gig was in the short-lived series “24 Hour Rental”, which bowed in 2014.

Meanwhile, Curtis was spotted “at the location for the filming of the show”, says Making Star Wars, suggesting the horror alumn is a part of Baby Yoda’s next adventures. This, unlike Biehn’s role, hasn’t been confirmed.

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