HOUSE OF CARDS Looking to Resume Production of Final Season Without Kevin Spacey

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Netflix's highly popular drama House of Cards has been shut down since the investigation into on-set sexual misconduct allegations made against Kevin Spacey, but now producer Media Rights Capital is looking to start up production on the sixth and final season.

In a letter obtained by TVLine, an executive indicates to the cast and crew that talks with Netflix remain ongoing, with an eye on resuming production sometime after Dec. 8.

Dear Cast and Crew,
As we move into the holidays, we want to express our appreciation for all of the meaningful messages of support we have received from you and want to update all of our loyal cast and crew on our progress and where things currently stand.
We continue to work with Netflix with the hope of resuming production soon. As we continue these discussions, we have determined together that the crew will be paid for an additional two week hiatus – beginning on November 27th and continuing through December 8th.
In addition to the writers, there will be a small contingency of office/accounting staff who will remain in the production office on a continuous basis. Our hope is that the entire crew will be able to reconvene when production resumes, but we want you to know that we will certainly understand if crew members need to find other work in the interim, which will prevent them from re-joining us. We sincerely appreciate all you have done.
Cast and other union members who are not actively working will be paid in accordance with applicable union guidelines through this period and we will be reaching out directly to your representatives to work through the details; we will get to everyone as quickly as possible and appreciate all of your patience here.
These last two months have tested and tried all of us in ways none of us could have foreseen. The one thing we have learned throughout this process is that this production is bigger than just one person and we could not be more proud to be associated with one of the most loyal and talented production cast and crews in this business.
We will provide an additional update by 12/8/17.

Last month, Netflix ended production of House of Cards‘ sixth season and concluded its relationship with Spacey after several people accused the Oscar winner of sexual misconduct. 

With production moving forward its still not clear how Spacey’s character, Frank Underwood, will be written out of the series, possibly an off-screen death or arrest. The first two episodes of Season 6 were shot before production was forced to shut down.

DEADPOOL 2 Teaser Trailer Gets the Stop-Motion LEGO Treatment

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These days it's almost like every popular trailer that's released gets the stop-motion LEGO makeover and the Deadpool 2 trailer is no exception. It was created by Huxley Berg Studios and they did a fantastic job, especially when it gets to the brief, but wild action sequences. The video came with the following note:

In a world consumed by malicious door mates. One maid from Brooklyn must build an alliance of Ikea furniture and rejected cereal mascots. They must build an unbreakable bond and conquer the shoe covered overlords. Watch the emotional tale here.

Enjoy the "Wet on Wet" Deadpool 2 LEGO trailer!

Marvel Characters Will Die and The Russo Bros. Were Given a List of Who They Were Allowed to Kill

I know that a lot of Marvel fans assume that we are going to see some of our favorite Marvel heroes die over the course of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. It's going to happen. The big question is... what characters in the MCU are going to bite the dust, and what character will live to fight another day after the epic grand finale?

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo are in no way involved what happens in the MCU after Avengers 4. As of right now, finishing this overreaching story arc is the only thing that they are focused on. During an interview with Vanity Fair, Anthony Russo said that they are "not participating in any thought whatsoever about what happens after these movies".

However, they do have a say in who lives in and who dies. When talking about the character's deaths, they reveal that they were given a list of characters that they are allowed to kill. 

"So we know who we’re allowed to kill, and that’s about it. I don’t even think Marvel had any ideas about where they would go after [3 and 4]. It’s not an end for all of these characters; it’s an end for some of these characters. So some of these characters will go on. So it’s more complicated, that’s why it’s not a clean ending."

It's sad to think that there are some characters who we will never see in the MCU again. My money is on Captain America and Iron Man dying in a blaze of glory together as they fight alongside each other to save the universe. That would make the biggest impact.

Since we know that there will be a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel and a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, I believe the characters involved with these films are safe. James Gunn goes on to talk about killing off characters and says he believes Marvel needs to bring a permanent end to some heroes to prove that there are real stakes in this world they've created.

"I think part of that is also the natural evolution of the series. You can’t keep making movies that are too similar. You can’t make the same movie over and over again. If Marvel is going to survive, they have to start making movies with characters who are a little different. They have to start allowing characters to die. They have to start having stakes really mean something if they want people to stay interested." 

I wholeheartedly agree with that statement and it looks like Marvel is finally going to really start raising the stakes in the MCU.

What characters do you think are going to die by the time Avengers 4 is over?

Watch Frank, The Stuffed Wolf, Amusingly Ruin STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

A lot of people already have a million theories and opinions about Star Wars: The Last Jedi and it hasn’t even come out yet. Enter Frank. Frank is a stuffed wolf who is a little bitter and likes to make fun of movies and movie trailers since he is no longer needed to do voice-overs for the movie trailers.

In this episode, he tackles the trailers for The Last Jedi. He pokes a lot of fun at the trailers and I was busting my gut watching this video. He even explains that Harrison Ford will not be in this film so he can work on Air Force One 2 (he’s not really). This is a hilarious video to brighten your day, but if you’re trying to avoid trailers DO NOT WATCH! You can find more videos from Frank as well as a whole slew of other content on The Key of Awesome's YouTube channel.

Evangeline Lilly Says The Next Phase of Marvel Will Be a More Colorful and Playful Heightened Reality

We've heard time and time again that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is headed toward something that's going to be different than what we've been seeing since 2008's Iron Man. Wil films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther we can see the direction that the MCU might be heading.

After Avengers 4 is released, anything can happen! During a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Ant-Man and The Wasp star Evangeline Lilly talks about where Marvel is headed and compares the shift that we are about to see to the hit TV series LOST.

"When I heard about Infinity War and the direction that they’re heading, I did have this moment of realizing, oh, wow, there’s a bit of a déjà vu for me with the Lost franchise. We are hitting that [Lost] Season 4 space where everything’s about to shift, and you’re about to lose the solid ground underneath you. And [Ant-Man and the Wasp], of course, will play a part in that."

Lilly goes on to tease that the future of Marvel is going to be a lot more quirky, saying:

"Frankly, if it wasn’t Kevin at the helm, I think I would be very, very nervous to be losing these pillars and the people who paved a way for characters like the Wasp. When he walked me through the general story arc of Infinity War, it dawned on me: oh, I understand now, we’re moving into this new Phase. The color of that new Phase can be clearly seen emerging through Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Thor: Ragnarok. It’s just a more colorful, more playful, heightened reality that we’re going to enter."

I know a lot of fans have been worried that the MCU would be getting a lot sillier with Thor: Ragnarok being so successful, and it sounds like that might be the case. But, I also think that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is too smart to make all of these film like that. I still think we'll see a good mix of different styles as Marvel keeps experimenting and trying new things. 

It also seems to be made clear that Ant-Man and the Wasp will carry over into the next phase of the MCU as she says they will play a part in that.

What do you think about what Lilly had to say?

Another Delightful Trailer Has Been Released For PADDINGTON 2

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Warner Bros. has released another wonderfully delightful trailer for Paddington 2, which stars Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson. As a fan of the first film, I'm looking forward to this sequel. It actually looks like it will at least be just as good and fun as the first movie, so I'm looking forward to checking it out. 

The sequel finds "Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief…"

Hugh Grant takes on the role of Windsor Gardens’ local celebrity, Phoenix Buchanan, "a vain, charming acting legend whose star has fallen somewhat in recent years." Then there's Brendan Gleeson who plays “Knuckles” McGinty, "a notorious safe-cracker and legendary strongman who becomes an unexpected new ally for Paddington." Gleeson looks awesome in this movie!

Paddington 2 is directed by Paul King (Paddington, Come Fly with Me, The Mighty Boosh) and the film also stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, Madeleine Harris and Samuel Joslin and Ben Whishaw will once again provide the voice of Paddington.

Paddington 2 will open in UK theaters on November 10, 2017 and in North America on January 12, 2018.

The Villain That Ben Mendelsohn Could Be Playing in CAPTAIN MARVEL Has Reportedly Been Revealed

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Thanks to The Hashtag Show, we have some new rumored details regarding Captain Marvel. Specifically with who the main villain in the movie could be.

There's not a lot known about the film other than the fact it's set in the 90s and Captain Marvel and Nick Fury will somehow find themselves in the middle of a war involving the Skrull and Kree alien races. Brie Larson is set to play Captain Marvel, Jude Law will be playing Mar-vell, Samuel L. Jackson is expected to reprise his role as Nick Fury, and Ben Mendelsohn could end up playing the main villain of the film.

We now know who that villain might be. If you want to know who it is, by all means... read ahead:

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According to the report, a source close to the production revealed some characters who are rumored to make an appearance. One of those characters is the villain Yon-Rogg, which is who Mendelsohn might be playing. For those of you not familiar with the character, he's a perfect fit for Mendelsohn. Here's a description that was provided:

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The jealous rival of Kree hero Mar-Vell, Colonel Yon-Rogg first appeared in Marvel SuperHeroes #12 where it was revealed that he had been charged by the Supreme Intelligence, along with Mar-Vell,  with observing and reporting on Earth to determine if the evolving species had become a threat to the Kree Empire. Yon-Rogg used his authority to sabotage Mar-Vell in hopes of stealing the heart of Una, a Kree medic assigned to the mission and the love of Mar-Vell. Mar-Vell escapes Yon-Rogg’s treachery and goes undercover on Earth, adopting the persona of Walter Lawson, a dead scientist who was working on a base that contained Kree Sentry #459 which had been defeated by the Fantastic Four.
Yon-Rogg’s repeated attempts to destroy Mar-Vell ultimately lead him to attempt to kill Carol Danvers, the head of security at the base where Mar-Vell worked as Lawson. It was during this attempt that Danvers underwent the accident that caused her to gain the powers she possessed as Captain Marvel.

There have been previous reports that the original script for the film contained a version of Carol Danvers' origin story that was in line with the details provided above. But, obviously, the story could be changed up as Marvel and the creative team working on the film continue to develop it. With Mar-vell being involved with the story, it would make sense to take the film in this direction. It makes me wonder if that is who Captain Marvel is attacking above in the previously released concept art for the film.

What do you think about the possibility of Yon-Rogg being the main villain in Captain Marvel?

Half Nelson directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck are helming the film from a script written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider)Meg LeFauve(Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy).

The movie is set to be released on March 8, 2019.

This Latest STRANGER THINGS Fan-Made Short THE 12TH SEARCH Takes Place in England

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I've got a great new fan-made short film for Stranger Things called The 12th Search that you've got to check out. What I like about this is that it takes place in a small town in England. Basically, the short imagins that Hawkins, Indiana isn't the only place in the world where experiments involving the Upside Down are taking place. In this short, there's a portal to the upside Down discovered near the Rendlesham Forest in the United Kingdom. Here's a description of the story:

In 1984 the upside down is spreading to military research centre's across the pond. The town folk of Rendlesham, England are conducting their 12th search in the forest for one of many recent disappearances. Unfortunately on this night one of the searchers discovers what is taking these victims.

The short was directed by Ryan Thompson, who says:

"I am a massive fan of Netflix's Stranger Things and wanted to make a short fan film to show my admiration for the show. I wanted to treat it almost like a spinoff set in England showing a connection between these research facilities around the world and the spread of the upside down as well as adding a new creature to the universe."

Now, watch the short and tell us what you think!

Watch Rainn Wilson & Angela Kinsey Share An OFFICE Reunion On CONAN

Rainn Wilson & Angela Kinsey don't get together often, but when they do its confusing. Kinsey, who played a character named Angela on The Office, is constantly confused by whether or not the people screaming her name when she's out with Rainn Wilson are people she legitimately knows, or they're just fans of the show. Listen to Kinsey talk about it below and watch Wilson sit there in silence below. 

Tom Hardy is Teaming Up With PEAKY BLINDERS Creator For Charles Dickens Series

The creator of Peaky Blinders, Stephen Knight, is teaming up with Tom Hardy to develop a new BBC series. The show is based on the work of Charles Dickens and it will adapt his classic stories. 

According to THR, the first season of the series will start with A Christmas Carol. The classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge will be told in three hourlong episodes and Ridley Scott's Scott Free London production company will be producing.

Hardy and Knight have previously worked together on the shows on the shows Taboo and Peaky Blinders, so you can bet we are going to get another quality series! I assume we are going to get a very different, dark, and stylized version of this story than anything we've ever seen before. I wonder if we'll see Hardy in the role of Scrooge because that would be amazing! 

When talking about the show, Knight had this to say in a statement:

"Any question about narrative storytelling is answered by Dickens. To have the chance to revisit the text and interpret in a new way is the greatest privilege. We need luck and wisdom to do this justice."

BBC Drama head Piers Wenger added:

"Steven's unique ability to reimagine the past and to turn it into must-see drama make him the perfect writer to reinvent Dickens' most famous works for a new generation."

Then this is what Ridley Scott had to say: 

"It’s terrific to be continuing the creative partnership of Scott Free London with Tom and Steve that started with Taboo and continues with this exciting and ambitious anthology of British classics."

Some other adaptations that we'll probably end up seeing include Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, Nicholas Nickleby, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations. The one I really want to see get made is David Copperfield!