New Willy Wonka Actor

Earlier this year, we found out that Paddington director Paul King had been hired to direct a new Willy Wonka movie at Warner Bros. that would give us a reimagining of the character originated on the big screen by Gene Wilder in 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Now the project is trying to find the right man to play the titular confectionery connoisseur, and the shortlist of actors has some enticing options. Read More »

Mortal Engines Characters

A scarred woman out for revenge. A young historian who learns the awful truth about his home. A swashbuckling archeologist with a checkered past. A badass air-pirate with a sweet airship. A mummified cyborg assassin on a violent mission. The world of Mortal Engines is packed with colorful characters, perfect for a distant future where cities are mobile and devour each other for resources.

When I visited the set of this Peter Jackson-produced, Christian Rivers-directed science fiction epic last year, I was able to learn all about this cast of characters and what the actors brought to them. Here’s what you need to know.

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Mortal Engines trailer

I don’t envy anyone having to cut a trailer for Mortal Engines. Based on the novel by author Philip Reeve, this big-budget genre epic is set in a universe that feels like a bit of a tough sell. The world as we once knew it is gone and civilization has become mobile. Giant “traction cities” roam the wasteland, preying on each other for parts and supplies, manned like giant ships in a sea of sand.

It’s wild. And it’s strange. But producer Peter Jackson has a little bit of experience in bringing tough-to-translate fictional worlds to the big screen. The new trailer offers a new taste of this ambitious vision.

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Last year, as I flew to Wellington, New Zealand to visit the set of Universal Pictures’ Mortal Engines, I read the source novel by writer Philip Reeve. It was a brisk read, one intended for younger audiences, but I immediately understood why filmmaker Peter Jackson had been working for a decade to bring it to the big screen. The world Reeve had crafted on paper was spellbinding. It was a fascinating foundation upon which all kinds of stories could be told and all kinds of characters could be constructed. The storytelling itself was a bit simplistic, a side effect of the novel’s intended young adult audience, but it was easy to imagine the material being remixed into something a bit bolder, a bit more complex, and whole lot more thrilling.

And after spending two days on the Mortal Engines set, speaking with cast and crew and touring various locations and sound stages, it seems that Jackson and director Christian Rivers are working to do just that. Mortal Engines looks be less of a direct adaptation of the book and more of a wider and wilder exploration of the source material’s thrilling world-building. And that is very exciting.

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pet sematary remake cast

Amy Seimetz is the latest exciting actor to join the Pet Sematary remake cast. Seimetz will play Rachel Creed, wife of Dr. Louis Creed, played by Jason ClarkeKevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer helm the Stephen King adaptation.

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American Gods cast

The American Gods cast is growing. Three new regulars have been added to the Neil Gaiman adaptation for season 2: Dean Winters, Devery Jacobs and Kahyun Kim.

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white boy rick trailer

When Matthew McConaughey is not doing Lincoln car commercials, he’s transforming himself fully for a role that will surely earn him accolades — if not Oscar nominations. And it looks like his latest role will bring him plenty of buzz.

McConaughey stars in White Boy Rick, a crime thriller by French director Yann Demange that adapts the wild true story of the Chicago teenager who would go on to be the youngest FBI informant and drug kingpin in history. The first White Boy Rick trailer, which features McConaughey as the titular Ricky Wershe Jr.’s father, gives us our first look at this stranger-than-fiction drama.

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It Chapter 2

It: Chapter 2 is gearing up to shoot this summer, and Pennywise himself just provided an update on the project. In a new interview, actor Bill Skarsgard said that when it comes to the horror sequel, audiences can expect “a very different experience” than the first film.

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house of cards final

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Zachary Levi joins Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2
  • There’s a new TV adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club in the works
  • ABC is planning a The Middle spin-off
  • A trailer for and some behind-the-scenes footage from Preacher season 3
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidseason announced
  • AMC announces premiere date for Lodge 49
  • Robin Wright announces House of Cards wrap and posts a bloody pic
  • Evil Genius might get a sequel

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The Crow concept art

The most recent iteration of The Crow remake went down in flames yesterday when director Corin Hardy and star Jason Momoa walked away from the movie a few weeks before shooting was set to begin. Now, Momoa has shared a piece of concept art and a tiny sliver of a look at him wearing the character’s iconic makeup. In an accompanying statement, the actor also swore that he’ll still play the part one day. Read More »