No, Rian Johnson’s STAR WARS Trilogy Has Not Been Canceled it’s Still in Development

I've been seeing rumors online regarding the original Star Wars trilogy that director Rian Johnson was hired to develop. A lot of those rumors are saying that his trilogy has been canceled by Lucasfilm and that the project is in trouble. Those rumors seem to be spreading like wildfire.

Well, a fan recently reached out to Johnson on Twitter and asked if he was still working on the project and the filmmaker responded with a "yup" and a fist bump:

So... no. As much a some Star Wars fans would like to see Johnson's Star Wars trilogy be canceled, that's not the case. He's still pressing forward and putting together a new story that will be completely separate from the Skywalker saga.

Not much is known about his new trilogy, but we do know that it will take place in a different corner of the Star Wars universe and feature a new set of characters. It's a completely original Star Wars story and I think that's pretty damn exciting. I can't wait to see what Johnson ends up coming up with!

BATTLEFIELD V Has Been Delayed To November

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EA confirmed that Battlefield V, which was initially scheduled to launch on October 19, is now delayed by one month and will now release on November 20 instead. 

The announcement of the delay came from Oskar Gabrielson, the general manager of DICE, which is the studio developing the game. Gabrielson mentioned that the primary reason for the delay is to give the developers enough time to ensure that the game is in its best version when it is launched to the market. 

“We’re going to take the time to continue to make some final adjustments to core gameplay, and to ensure we really deliver on the potential of [new Battlefield live service] Tides of War,” Gabrielson said in a blog post on EA’s website. “We know moving the launch date means that we all have to wait a little longer. But we’re going to take our time to make sure we get it right.”

Battlefield V is now scheduled to launch on October 19 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. 

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Captain America’s Stunt Double Will Direct Chris Hemsworth in a Netflix Action Film Called DHAKA

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Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are teaming up with Chris Hemsworth again for a new Netflix film called Dhaka. Dhaka will be produced and written by the Russo brothers and directed by Captain America’s stunt double Sam Hargrave in his directorial debut. Hemsworth will star. That’s four MCU vets in one new movie!

Dhaka will be about "a weary mercenary named Rake (Hemsworth) who is hired to save the son of a businessman." It could be good.

It is set to begin filming in India and Indonesia from November 2018 until March 2019, so we can probably expect a release in the last part of 2019, maybe the beginning of 2020 if they take their time.

Source: THR

IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA Season 13 Gets a Spooky PARANORMAL ACTIVITY-Style Trailer

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FXX has released a spooky new trailer for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 13. The promo is called "Paranormal Paddy's" and it's obviously a parody of the hit horror film Paranormal Activity. As the gang sits around the bar talking, you'll see some supernatural occurrences going on around them. Of course, none of them notice! 

The Gang Returns–mostly–in the 13th season of the FXX original comedy series It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Mac (Rob McElhenney), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Katlin Olson) and Frank (Danny DeVito) return to their duplicitous, scheming ways at Paddy’s Pub, while Dennis (Howerton) takes on the new role of father in North Dakota. Even without Dennis Reynolds, the Gang has its hands full as Charlie hopes to have a child with The Waitress, Mac sets out to understand his newfound sexuality, Dee takes feminism to new heights and Frank goes to great lengths for the Gang to experience the greatest moment in Philadelphia sports history – an Eagles Super Bowl victory.

It was confirmed earlier this month that Glenn Howerton would return as Dennis in the upcoming season after he seemingly made his exit in the previous season finale.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia season 13 will premiere on September 5, 2018, on FXX.

HBO is Developing I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK as a Doc Series That Focuses on The Golden State Killer

Ladies, Gents, Murderinos everywhere, have I got news for you. This past February, the book I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer was released, chronicling the murders and rapes of the Golden State Killer, as he was coined by the late writer of the book, Michelle McNamara.

McNamara had spent years of her life researching and pouring over the killings and crimes of the GSK, hoping to find him and see him arrested in her lifetime. Although she passed away suddenly in 2016, halfway through writing her book, her research partners and friends Paul Haynes and Billy Jensen, along with her widower Patton Oswalt finished her book by the guidance of her research. Then just two months after the release of the book, the Golden State Killer was found by DNA evidence and was arrested.

As soon as the book was released, HBO bought the rights and their production company HBO Documentary Films will be producing a documentary series based on the true crime story. Academy Award nominee (What Happened, Miss Simone?; The Farm: Angola, USA), and Emmy winner (What Happened, Miss Simone?; Ghosts of Abu GhraibLiz Garbus will be directing the mini-series, and Patton Oswalt will be executive producing.

We don't have any information yet on casting, or how many seasons or episodes we will get as this is all very early in the process, but we do know we will get the series next year, and I am so excited! Details to come.

Here's the description of the book:

For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.
Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called "the Golden State Killer." Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle's dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.

Viggo Mortensen Was Offered The Role of Thomas Wayne in JOKER But Turned It Down

Warner Bros. is obviously looking to get a big A-list star to take on the role of Thomas Wayne in Todd Phillips' Joker. Alec Baldwin was initially cast in the role, then a couple days later he made a statement about it saying he wasn't "hired to play a role in Todd Phillips’ JOKER as some Donald Trump manque." After that statement was made, it was reported that he had dropped out of the role due to scheduling conflicts. 

Turns out before Baldwin had been cast, Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings) was offered the role, but he ultimately turned it down. That news comes from entertainment reporter Jeff Sneider, who also says that "Wayne Manor will be a location in the film."

Baldwin and Mortensen offer us some insight on the kind of big talent they are looking for to fill this role. It makes me wonder who they will go for next. It will certainly be interesting to see who actually ends up taking on the role of Wayne, who has been described as "a cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mold of 1980s Donald Trump."

A lot of fans aren't really happy with that description of Wayne because it's nothing like the character that we know from the comics. 

Are there any big prestigious actors you can think of that you'd like to see take on the role of Thomas Wayne in this Joker movie?

GAME OF THRONES Producer is Adapting The Sci-Fi Thriller Novel THE SWARM into a TV Series

Game of Thrones, Rome and John Adams executive producer Frank Doelger is set to develop an adaptation of the environmental sci-fi thriller novel The Swarm into a TV series. For those of you not familiar with the story that was written by Frank Schaetzing:

The Swarm is a global environmental thriller set in a present day where anomalies and unnatural behavior in marine animals are causing upheaval all over the world. Millions of strange worms suddenly appear on the bottom of the North Sea, drilling their way through frozen methane, threatening to destabilize the entire continental shelf. Swarms of mussels stop large vessels from maneuvering. Toxic jellyfish, lobsters and whales start attacking human beings along the coasts of the world. It follows a global group of scientists and military who come together to tackle one of the biggest challenges mankind has ever faced. They make the chilling discovery that we are not the only intelligent species on this planet – and that deep down at the bottom of the sea resides a collective intelligence which has suffered the ravages of civilization on its habitat and decided to fight back.

This actually could make for a great series if handled properly. The plan is to tell this story over the course of eight episodes and it's said to be a big-budget project that will begin production in early 2019. 

Schaetzing had this to say in a statement:

"The question about a possible film adaptation of The Swarm was the one I was most frequently asked about. Every time my answer was: deadlock. Who would have thought that the ideal team would come together after all, that visionary TV producers and pro-players including Game of Thrones creative force Frank Doelger would come on board to steer this large-scale international TV series, which is the strongest narrative form one could adapt an adventure like The Swarm into. It’s full steam ahead from now on. I’m very excited and looking forward to this collaboration."

Doelger added:

"After having spent eight seasons in the mythical world of Game of Thrones, it is great to return to the present with The Swarm and its searing exploration of the impending doom brought about by man’s callous disregard of the oceans, a doomsday scenario as dire as anything imagined by George R.R. Martin."

This isn't the first attempt to adapt this novel. There was a feature film in development at one point with Uma Thurman set to star and The Silence of the Lambs screenwriter Ted Tally had written the script.

Doelger has worked on some great shows. He seems to have a talent for putting together creative teams for his projects. Hopefully, this next project of his turns out to be just as great as his previous endeavors. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes of it!

Do you think The Swarm will make for a good series!?

Source: Deadline

New Details on Disney’s STAR WARS: GALAXY’S EDGE and its Hive of Scum and Villainy

We've got some fun new details to share with you regarding Disney's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge them park attraction. No outpost on the edge of the Star Wars galaxy would be complete without a cantina for all of the scum and villainy to go to and relax.

Disney Parks Blog has revealed that there is a cantina coming to the Black Spire Outpost in Galaxy's Edge. It will be called Oga's Cantina and it will serve any pilots, bounty hunters, smugglers, locals and galactic travelers who are looking to unwind.

Here are the details that have been revealed for Oga's Cantina:

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Visitors come to this notorious local watering hole to unwind, conduct shady business, and maybe even encounter a friend…or a foe. Run by an intriguing alien proprietor, Oga Garra, the cantina adheres to a strict code of conduct that tries to keep its unruly patrons in check. But with a history of being a smugglers’ safe haven and a popular stopping point for those seeking to avoid the authorities, you can bet that the cantina has a story or two to tell.
Oga’s Cantina is the kind of establishment that attracts some of the most interesting and disreputable characters in the galaxy. And you never know when a stormtrooper or a familiar face will show up. Patrons of the cantina come from across the galaxy to sample the famous concoctions created with exotic ingredients using “otherworldly” methods, served in unique vessels. With choices for kids and libations for adults, the cantina will make for a great stop!
Musical entertainment is provided courtesy of RX-24, the former StarSpeeder 3000 pilot droid we first met in Star Tours, who has re-envisioned himself as the cantina’s DJ. As quirky and talkative as ever, he’s still trying to do his best on the job.
Get ready to listen to some unique music, taste the best drinks in the galaxy, and surround yourself with a colorful cast of characters. You never know what will happen at the cantina!

The cantina will serve new, exotic drinks for Disney Park visitors, including adult drinks for those who are 21 and over. I believe that this is the first time that alcoholic drinks will be allowed to be served at Disneyland to the public outside of Club 33 and private events. Leave it to Star Wars to open the door for alcoholic beverages to be sold at Disneyland.

This sounds like it will be a fun place to hang out! Oga’s Cantina opens its doors at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in 2019 at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.

Watch Tommy Oliver Use the Master Morpher in Awesome Fight Scene from 25th Anniversary Episode of POWER RANGERS NINJA STEEL

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The 25th Anniversary episode of Power Rangers Ninja Steel, Dimensions in Danger, aired recently. Fans were given a special treat when Jason David Frank’s Tommy Oliver who has been 5 different Rangers throughout the franchise pulled out the Master Morpher. This allows him to morph into any of his five different Ranger forms and leads to an awesome moment when Tommy fights an evil robot clone of himself and morphs into 4 of his 5 Ranger forms to kick the robot’s butt! The fight is a lot of fun to watch and gets you right in the nostalgia if you’re a Power Rangers fan.

Check Out How The Nation’s Last Blockbuster Operates In 2018

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Back at its peak Blockbuster ran like a well-oiled machine. Locations were sent their games and movies from corporate, and all the managers had to do was put them on the shelves and wait for people to flood in and get their movies for the weekend. That's not the case with the last remaining Blockbuster in Oregon, as there's no longer a corporate office to analyze and purchase what films consumers want. Instead, the store's manager keeps track of local interests and purchases new stuff online, and shops for classics at her local Best Buy. 

If you're curious what else the modern Blockbuster does in 2018, this video is a perfect resource. It's enough to make me want to take a trip to my local Family Video, even though it's a 40 minute drive to get there. Is there anyone who reads the site that is lucky enough to live within a short drive of a brick and mortar video store? Do you visit it often?: