Tessa Thompson To Provide The Voice of Lady in Disney’s LADY AND THE TRAMP

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It looks like Tessa Thompson is going to be playing the lead female character, Lady, in Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of Lady and the Tramp. She is currently in negotiations and if cast she will join Justin Theroux, who will voice the Tramp and Ashley Jensen. Kiersey Clemons has also been cast in the movie.

The story Follows "a pampered cocker spaniel named Lady whose comfortable life slips away once her owners have a baby. When, after some tense circumstances, Lady finds herself on the loose and out on the street, she is befriended and protected by the tough stray mutt Tramp. A romance begins to blossom between the two dogs, but their many differences, along with more drama at Lady’s household, threaten to keep them apart."

Lady and the Tramp is being released in 2019 exclusively on Disney’s upcoming streaming service sometime next year and it will be directed by Charlie Bean (The Lego Ninjago MovieDexter’s Laboratory,  Samurai Jack). As you might imagine, most of the animal characters will be brought to life with CGI technology.

I like Thompson and the film work she's done. There's no doubt that she'll be great in the role of Lady.

Source: Variety

Great Trailer Released For Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali’s New Film GREEN BOOK

"You never win with violence. You only win when you maintain your dignity."

I've got a fantastic trailer for you to watch today for a new film called Green Book that is filled with emotion, power, and a story that is relevant to today's world. The movie stars Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, The Lord of the Rings) and Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) and it tells the true story of a friendship that "transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line." Here's the synopsis:

When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime.

The film was directed by Peter Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber, There's Something About Mary) and it looks like a great film! It's definitely a different kind of movie that he's directed before. I'm looking forward to checking it out.

The movie also stars Linda Cardellini, Don StarkP.J. ByrneBrian StepanekSebastian Maniscalco, and Iqbal Theba.  Green Book hit theaters on November 21st.

FOX is Reportedly Developing a SIMPSONS Sequel and Films For BOB’S BURGERS and FAMILY GUY

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FOX has got some big animated projects in development that may end up carrying over into the Disney merger. According to The Wall Street Journal, there's a sequel in the works for The Simpsons Movie! On top of that, the studio is developing several other animated films which are also said to include Bob's Burgers and Family Guy.

Fans of The Simpsons have been wanting to see a sequel to the 2007 film for years and now it looks like it might actually happen on the verge of the show's 30th anniversary. A sequel has been mentioned a few time over the years. At one point the producers even took one of the storylines for the sequel and just ended up turning it into an episode.

That episode was called "The Man Who Came To Be Dinner" and it followed the Simpson family as they are kidnapped from a ride at Dizzneeland and taken to the planet of Kang and Kodos, Rigel 7, where the family is on the menu. 

As far as Family Guy goes, creator Seth MacFarlane did hint at one point a few years ago that it might happen soon. The term "soon" in Hollywood, though, never really means what it's supposed to mean. With Bob's Burgers, this is the first time I've heard about any kind of feature film for it.

I'd love to see these projects eventually make it to the big screen. It's good to hear that they are in development. Only time will tell if Disney will continue development on them after their deal with Disney goes through. 

Join THE AQUABATS’ Legion of Righteous Comrades and Help Them Save The World with Super Rad New Music and TV Episodes

I grew up with The Aquabats in my life. I've been a huge fan for years! The first concert I ever attended was an Aquarts show! Year's later as an adult I had the opportunity to get up on stage with the band as Giant Crap Man and get the crap beat out of me by the Bat Commander! It was the best ass-whooping I ever got. 

Not only am I a fan of their music, but their Super Show! TV series was a blast to watch and my kids loved it! It's a shame that the series ended up getting canceled, because not only was it fun, but it brought a light and positivity into this dark world that we live in! 

If you are a fan of The Aquabats, they need your help! They have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help save the world with super rad new albums and TV episodes of Super Show! Even if your not a fan, I've got some information below for you to check out to show you how awesome The Aquabats are!

They are asking people to pledge some money and become a part of the "Legion of Righteous Comrades"! I would love to get more new music and entertainment from The Aquabats and it seems like this is going to be a big final push to make it happen. You will find all the details below:

We hear you loud and clear: It’s time for The Aquabats to get to work, making more music and bringing back the Super Show! But the truth is we can’t make ANYTHING without you... and since we're doing this for you, we wouldn't want to do it without you! 
With YOUR SUPPORT, we can record The Aquabats' first NEW ALBUM since 2011, and shoot our first NEW TV SPECIAL since 2014. Not only will you get new music and television, you'll be helping introduce The Aquabats to a whole new generation of Righteous Comrades and future Aquacadets!
Ever since our network went out of business, we've tried to find a new home for the Super Show... but we don't fit into a very neat box. And, even though we know we have THE WORLD'S BEST FANS, the TV networks and streaming platforms aren't sure if there are enough of you.
So even though we need to raise the funds to make a new album, and a new TV special, it's even more important to bring together everyone who has ever loved The Aquabats, or believes in what The Aquabats stand for.
See, it probably sounds silly, but we really do want to save the world – if saving the world means giving everyone stuff to feel positive about! When we make music and TV shows, our most important goal is for you to have a good time, and not take things too seriously.
Without all of you, we can't prove there's still a place in this crazy world for fun-loving (and kinda weird) superheroes like The Aquabats... and unless we do, we'll never find a new home for the Aquabats or the Super Show!
This is the most important goal of all!
You see, friends, the best thing about being The Aquabats has been all the amazing people we've met and become friends with over the years. Even if we haven't met yet, we bet that includes you too! And, even better, we've gotten to watch lots of you become friends through our music.
But now, it's been almost 5 years since we've had the chance to make new music or television…. and our family has drifted apart. It's been a total bummer, homies. That's why we want to get back to bringing awesome people together, just like our concerts and shows have for 25 years. 
That's why we’re gathering... The Aquabats Legion of Righteous Comrades!

Do you have any fun Aquabats stories!?

Netflix Announces Mark Millar’s New Comic Series PRODIGY

Netflix and Millarworld have announced their latest comic book series Prodigy. This is the second comic book series from writer Mark Millar since he joined forces with Netflix. The first series announced was The Magic Order, which was released earlier this summer. Apparently, it's doing well enough to move forward with this other comic. In fact, The Magic Order ended up being the biggest selling new comic-book franchise in nearly 20 years.

I'm sure you're all wondering what this Prodigy comic series is about so here's the synopsis:

In Prodigy, the world’s smartest man isn’t content with running the world’s most successful business. His brilliant mind needs constant challenge and so he’s become the go-to guy for governments around the world when a problem arises they just can’t handle. A Nobel-Prize winning scientist, a genius composer, an Olympic-level athlete and an expert in the occult, Edison Crane is as addicted to the mysteries of the world as he is to sitting at the top of the Fortune 500. These are the tales of the world’s most exceptional man and this story marks his first published adventure.

Edison Crane definitely sounds like a fascinating character and a series that centers around him could be really really interesting. Miller had this to say in a statement:

"I gave myself a challenge when I created Prodigy. I wanted to write the smartest thing I’ve ever written and at the same time top any action set-pieces I’ve ever managed in the past and I honestly couldn’t be happier with how this has turned out. Edison Crane is by far the best character I’ve created in my career and I’m delighted that my genius friend Rafa Albuquerque is drawing the comic-book side of all this. He’s really one of the best artists in the world. I can’t wait to share this with everyone. This really is a beaut and we’re incredibly proud of it."

Prodigy will be illustrated by artist Rafael Albuquerque (Batman, American Vampire). He previously worked with Millar on the popular comic book Huck.

The comic will be available in comic book stores and online on December 5th.

Wild Trailer For Gaspar Noé’s Psychedelic Dance Party Film CLIMAX

For those of you not familiar with Gaspar Noé, he's the same director behind the crazy cult classic film Irreversible. Now he's got a new film coming out called Climax that looks like the most insane movie based around dancing that I've seen. The story focuses on a group of dancers who end up on a bad trip after accidentally taking psychedelic drugs and their night descends into complete and utter chaos. As you'll see in the trailer, it looks like an incredibly wild film. Here's the synopsis:

From director Gaspar Noé (IrreversibleEnter the VoidLove) comes a hypnotic, hallucinatory, and ultimately hair-raising depiction of a party that descends into delirium over the course of one wintry night. In Climax, a troupe of young dancers gathers in a remote and empty school building to rehearse. Following an unforgettable opening performance lit by virtuoso cinematographer Benoît Debie (Spring BreakersEnter the Void) and shot by Noé himself, the troupe begins an all-night celebration that turns nightmarish as the dancers discover they’ve been pounding cups of sangria laced with potent LSD. Tracking their journey from jubilation to chaos and full-fledged anarchy, Noé observes crushes, rivalries, and violence amid a collective psychedelic meltdown. Starring Sofia Boutella (Atomic Blonde) and a cast of professional dancers, Climax is Noé’s most brazen and visionary statement yet.

Climax has a pretty big cast but the only name you'll probably recognize Sofia Boutella (KingsmanAtomic Blonde, The Mummy). A24 will release Climax sometime in 2018. Watch the trailer and let us know if it interests you. 

Spock Will Be Played By Ethan Peck in STAR TREK: DISCOVERY

In case you've all been wondering who will be taking on the role of the iconic character Spock in Star Trek: Discovery, wonder no longer. Spock will make his big debut in the series in Season 2 and he will be played by Ethan Peck.

In case that name doesn't ring a bell, he's appeared in films such as 10 Things I Hate About You, In Time, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice. He's not the biggest or most popular actor, but the producers of the series seemed to love what he brought to the character. Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman had this to say about the actor:

"Through 52 years of television and film, a parallel universe and a mirror universe, Mr. Spock remains the only member of the original bridge crew to span every era of Star Trek. The great Leonard Nimoy, then the brilliant Zachary Quinto, brought incomparable humanity to a character forever torn between logic and emotion. We searched for months for an actor who would, like them, bring his own interpretation to the role. An actor who would, like them, effortlessly embody Spock’s greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion, and yearning.
"Ethan Peck walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities, aware of his daunting responsibility to Leonard, Zack, and the fans, and ready to confront the challenge in the service of protecting and expanding on Spock’s legacy. In that spirit, we’re thrilled to welcome him to the family."

I'm sure that Peck will be great in the role. As far as how this younger version of Spock will be handled in the series, Kurtzman previously talked about it saying:

"This is not entirely the Spock who has been formed enough to be the Spock that we know from TOS. There's a lot of story about who Spock was before he becomes the Spock that is the yin-yang to Kirk. What I'm so excited about is that we have an opportunity to present a version of Spock that's both totally consistent with the Spock everyone knows but very, very different. And it's all gonna tie to how we sink up with canon."

Spock is Michael Burnham's brother in the series and at the end of Season 1, Burnham and the crew of the Discovery answered the distress call of a fellow Federation ship that turned out to be the Enterprise. That is how Spock is going to be introduced into the series.

What do you think about Ethan Peck taking on the role of Spock in Star Trek: Discovery?

Hulu Has Renewed Stephen King and J.J. Abrams’ CASTLE ROCK For a Second Season!

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I don't know about you, but I've been enjoying the hell out of Castle Rock. I love this show! I'm just such a huge fan of Stephen King and seeing this supernatural world that he's built in his stories come together in the series like this has been so cool and exciting.

I'm happy to report that Hulu has officially renewed the series for a second season and it's said that the new season of the anthology series will offer fans a "wholly original" story. Hulu's senior vice president and head of content Craig Erwich told Variety.

"It was a deeply original idea from two of the world’s greatest storytellers, and it was centered around something that’s been beloved and familiar to many of Stephen King’s legion of fans, which is the town of Castle Rock. So expectations were high to begin with, but it exceeded them. The reaction from the variety of audiences has been overwhelming and it seems to be one of the most talked about shows of the summer."

Erwich goes on to say, "Stephen and JJ are the masters of mystery, and the mystery and the guessing game of what’s going on has sustained week to week."

They've certainly done a fantastic job with this show and I've been completely engulfed in the story that Season 1 is telling. I can't wait to see how that story plays out and comes to an end. I also can't wait to see what's in store for Season 2!

Wes Anderson’s Next Film is Set Shortly After WWII and Will Be Shot in France

If you're a fan of director Wes Anderson and his movies, the first details have surfaced for his next film project. Anderson is the director of films such as Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Grand Budapest Hotel, and most recently Isle of Dogs. Now he is about to embark on a journey to develop his tenth film.

The French publication Sudoest is reporting that Anderson will start shooting his next film in France in February next year, which is where he's currently living. The shoot will last for four months and the movie will be shot in the southwest commune of Angoulême.

As far as the story goes, all we know at this time is that it will take place just after World War II. It will be really interesting to see what the plot of the film ends up being. There's no doubt that he'll end up casting the usual suspects that he likes to bring into his film projects. 

The French New Wave has been a big influence on Anderson's work so with the film shooting in France shortly after WWII, I'm curious to see what he is planning. 

Via: The Film Stage

Jordan Peele Discusses Continuing Rod Serling’s Mission with THE TWILIGHT ZONE and The Lack of Imagination in Hollywood

Jordan Peele has been keeping incredibly busy in Hollywood since his film Get Out became a huge hit. He's working on various film and TV projects. He's currently developing the film US, which we don't know much about, but one of the most high-profile projects he's developing is a new Twilight Zone series.

He was very reluctant to jump on board The Twilight Zone. This is an iconic series that creator Rod Serling already executed perfectly. So why did Peele decide to take on the series? He explains in an interview with Variety:

"I was terrified. Why would I ever jump into the most established, pristine shoes in all of the genre? I could rip ‘Twilight Zone’ off and call it something different and not be compared to Rod Serling. So I stepped away from it. And then several months later I got another call."

That call came from Simon Kinberg, who has been trying to get a reboot of the series off the ground for years at CBS. Peele ended up taking a meeting with him and all of a sudden, he found himself excited about the possibilities of what he could do with the series. He went on to explain that he feels it is an opportunity to continue Rod Serling's mission:

"The realization, for me, was that it was an opportunity to attempt to continue with Serling’s mission. If we approach it without ego and sort of bow to Serling, that will hopefully suffice for our fellow ‘Twilight Zone’ fans but also bring back a show that I think is needed right now. Because it’s a show that has always helped us look at ourselves, hold a mirror up to society."

That's a great way to look at it. I'm looking forward to seeing what Peele is planning for his Twilight Zone series and the stories he will tell. Peele goes on to say that he's hesitant about stepping into the shoes of Rod Serling as on-camera presenter role for the revival, but he hasn't ruled it out yet. "Peele worries that his face is too associated with comedy, that his presence would undermine the serious work he’s putting in to do right by Serling’s legacy." Do you think he should be the presenter of the Twilight Zone episodes?

Peele also talked about the lack of imagination in Hollywood and how it is fueling him as a storyteller, saying:

"There has been a lack of imagination in Hollywood, which sets us up to bring in really new, creative ways of storytelling. The imagination, especially, when we talk about representation, has been dull. For years and years and years, there’s this preconceived notion that diversity presents a struggle for projects. Well, the truth is, we haven’t invested in diversity. We haven’t invested in artists. So there’s a lack of courage, and I think, when you take leaps and you bring courage and confidence to projects, it works."

He adds:

"We can make projects that take courage to produce. When we can give companies a bit of the courage to do something new, something special, something bold and novel can really come from it."

Peele is one of those filmmakers that is really trying to make a difference in Hollywood and with the projects he's involved with. There's no doubt that his success is just going to keep growing as he continues to develop more films and TV projects.