Twin Peaks promo

It’s happening again. For those who’ve seen David Lynch and Mark Frost’s influential television series Twin Peaks, the tagline for Showtime’s anticipated revival of the show carries with it an unnerving sense of dread about what’s going on in the seedy underbelly of the all-American town. But there’s also a sense of excitement at the prospect of seeing familiar characters again after more than 25 years. So many revivals are let-downs, but at least we know new content from David Lynch won’t be boring.

Showtime has been spooling out tiny bits of marketing at an excruciatingly slow pace, and today the network released a new teaser that shows what the town of Twin Peaks looks like in 2017. Are you ready to return to the Black Lodge?
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joe johnston to direct narnia the silver chair

We’re going back through the wardrobe.

Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston has been tapped to helm The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, which we heard was meant reboot the franchise, seven years after the last Narnia film hit theaters.

The Silver Chair follows Eustace Scrubb (played by The Revenant‘s Will Poulter in Voyage of the Dawn Treader, as seen above) as he and his classmate Jill Pope are tasked by Aslan to find a missing prince. There’s no word on whether the original cast — though Poulter’s Eustace would be the only returning character — would be back for the new film.

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Masters of the Universe Release Date

The road to get a Masters of the Universe movie in theaters again has been paved with endless pit stops and speed bumps. Countless directors have flirted with the property, and plenty of writers have taken a crack at the script, including writers Alex Litvak and Mike Finch, who initially worked on the script over six years ago, circling back to try again most recently. Now we have some good news, some potentially decent news, and some great news regarding the development of the fantasy adaptation.

The good news is, Sony Pictures has officially given a 2019 release date to the film. The potentially decent news is there’s a new writer on board. And the great news is that McG is no longer involved as director. Find about the Masters of the Universe release date and development after the jump. Read More »

american gods primer

A storm is coming. The gods are restless. The battle between the past and the future is upon us.

The longanticipated adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods is finally landing on April 30, 2017 on Starz and it’s about damn time. This best-selling fantasy story has been brought to life by series co-creator and showrunner Bryan Fuller, geek royalty who is no stranger to macabre humor and mind-bending visual storytelling (Hannibal and Pushing Daisies, anyone?). The pedigree of fellow showrunner Michael Green (fresh off co-writing Logan), the involvement of Gaiman himself, and a cast ordained by the gods ensures that both book readers and newcomers have a wild ride ahead.

American Gods is a twist on the gritty fantasy genre that forces its characters to live in a moral grey area – it’s certainly going to appeal to Game of Thrones fans. Taking a story about a war brewing between supernatural beings and turning it into a culturally relevant story about modern day America, American Gods manages to feel real and makes fantasy almost relatable…before slapping you across the face with a big dose of man-eating goddesses and angry hammer wielding eastern European boogeymen.

If you’re not convinced to give this series a shot…well, that’s why I’m here. Let’s break down everything you need to know.

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Ewan McGregor Christopher Robin

As Disney continues its reign of box office domination, one of the most effective tools in the studio’s arsenal has been the live-action adaptation of a classic animated property. Beauty and the Beast is the latest example, pulling in over a billion dollars worldwide (and counting), but there are plenty more where that came from.

One of the many in development is Christopher Robin, a live-action Winnie the Pooh sequel that follows an adult version of Pooh’s best friend. A new report states that Beauty and the Beast star Ewan McGregor is set to play the title character…does that bode well for a Star Wars spinoff centered on Obi-Wan Kenobi? Read on for the Ewan McGregor Christopher Robin news.
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fantastic beasts sequel

Reactions to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them felt a little muted last year, but that didn’t stop the first Harry Potter spin-off from making $814 million worldwide. The ambitious plans to make four sequels and further bridge the gap between the first movie the rest of the Potter series has continued apace, with J.K. Rowling penning the sequel for returning director David Yates, who has already cast Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore in the sequel.

Now, another English actor has joined the cast, furthering the franchise’s mission to one day employ every single actor in the United Kingdom: Green Room star Callum Turner.

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game of thrones season 7 photos

The sixth season of Game of Thrones concluded with a massive war about to open up on four fronts, with the living battling the living as the undead waited to make their move. And then, to rub salt in the wound, winter finally arrived. After all, the Stark words always come true, eventually.

The chill of winter can be seen all over the first official Game of Thrones season 7 photos, which feature cast members bundled under heavier coats and cloaks than usual.

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american gods featurette

Starz is about ready to serve up a far stranger war story than we’re accustomed to seeing. The old gods and the new gods will soon duke it out in Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green‘s (Heroes) adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s fantasy novel, American Gods. Before Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) sets out on his journey with Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), you can get acquainted (or reacquainted) with his new friends and enemies in an American Gods featurette below.

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the shape of water

You can tell a lot about a movie based on when a distributor decides to release it into theaters. In the case of Guillermo del Toro‘s upcoming The Shape of Water, the newly revealed release date showcases Fox Searchlight’s confidence in this being a potential end-of-the-year awards contender.

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In an ideal world, Hollywood would focus entirely on wholly original films, from low-budget dramas to big-budget action/adventure/science-fiction stories. When the industry does go back to original storytelling, it can often yield major successes; we’re only a couple months removed from the low-budget original horror smash Get Out, released by Universal Pictures.

But hoping only gets you so far. Even the briefest look at the summer-movie calendar in 2017 and beyond offers sequels, prequels, remakes, reboots, revivals, and everything in between. Some of those movies, no doubt, will be a lot of fun, but that doesn’t mean that something new in the world of movie universes isn’t needed.

So, in the spirit of “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” here’s a humble suggestion to the industry: if you want to find the next great franchise, you just need to adapt the Redwall book series. This is an all-but-guaranteed moneymaker that (mercifully) would also be a wonderful adaptation. Why? Let’s explain.

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