westworld bits

In today’s edition of Westworld Bits:

  • Actor Jimmi Simpson discusses William’s backstory.
  • Is The Man in Black a terrible gamer?
  • Director Vincenzo Natali (Splice) talks about making the most recent episode of Westworld.
  • Westworld Tech cake.
  • And more.

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the exorcist ben daniels

Here’s the thing about the television adaptations of The Exorcist and Scream – they both sound like terrible ideas. They booth reek of desperation, of television networks dragging a popular and familiar name kicking and screaming into another medium, hoping that name recognition alone will attract an audience. In the age of The Walking Dead and American Horror Story, an age where horror on television has actually become popular, these shows feel like they should be the half-assed attempts to cash in on the small screen’s current obsession with things that go bump in the night.

But this is the point where I choke on my words, eat my hat, etc. Fox’s television riff on The Exorcist and MTV’s reinvention of Scream are not only good, but they’re also two horror-themed shows I’d actually recommend above the other major players in the genre this Halloween. I’m as surprised as anyone when I say that if you can only find time for two spooky shows to binge-watch during the season of the witch, pick these.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show Lou Adler Interview

After the enormous success of Grease Live, Fox is putting on another musical this year. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is not live, but it has a twist. The new remake of the 1975 film includes an audience who participates in the show, like performance groups have done at midnight shows of Rocky Horror for 40 years.

Fox presented a Rocky Horror panel to the Television Critics Association this summer that included director Kenny Ortega, cast members including Tim Curry himself, and producer Lou Adler. At the Fox TCA party that evening we got to speak with Adler about the history of Rocky Horror leading up to the new version.  Read More »

new willy-wonka movie

A decade after the disappointing and sometimes nauseating remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Warner Bros. is planning another movie with Willy Wonka. The studio is joining forces with Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer David Heyman for a film that’ll center entirely around Wonka. The movie isn’t an origin story, but it will focus on Wonka’s early adventures.

Below, learn more about the new Willy Wonka movie.

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Ghostbusters Extended Cut

Ghostbusters was neither this summer’s best film nor this summer’s worst film, but it’s definitely the frontrunner for this summer’s most divisive film. The exhausting culture war over Paul Feig‘s reboot began the moment it was announced and intensified after the trailer was released, peaking with the film’s release in July. But it’s over, at least for now. The dust has settled. We’ve all survived and moved on. And now here comes Honest Trailers to offer their two cents on the whole thing.

The Ghostbusters Honest Trailer takes the unusual step of turning off YouTube comments, which is probably for the best considering the toxic online conversation surrounding this movie. (“You did this to yourself, internet,” scolds the narrator.) But that doesn’t mean they’re pulling their punches. “It’s bad,” the narrator laments. “I’m not gonna lie to you guys. I mean, it’s not as bad as they said it was gonna be, but still, it’s pretty bad.” Watch the Ghostbusters Honest Trailer below.  Read More »

The Lion King remake writer

It was just a couple of weeks ago that Disney first announced its live-action remake of The Lion King, but they clearly aren’t wasting any time getting started. The studio has just hired Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can) to write the screenplay, which as previously reported will be directed by Jon FavreauRead More »

mulan director

With a 2018 release date already on the calendar, Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan is out to find a director. But not just any director. A new report indicates the studio would “ideally” like to hire an Asian filmmaker for the job. In fact, they’ve already approached Ang Lee, although he has since turned them down. Meanwhile, the competition is on a similar mission: Sony also has a Mulan picture in the works, and is also looking to find an Asian director to take the reins. Read More »

Aladdin Guy Ritchie

Another of Disney’s many, many, many live-action remakes is moving forward. Aladdin has conjured up a new director in Guy Ritchie, who’ll work from a script by John August. The news follows last week’s reveal of a Mulan release date and last month’s announcement of a Lion King remake. Read More »

Mulan release date

Disney’s made a lot of money producing live-action remakes of their own animated classics, with recent hits like MaleficentCinderella, and The Jungle Book. Now the studio has just set a date for one more film in that vein. Mulan will be marching into theaters in 2018, 20 years after Disney’s animated version hit theaters. Casting for a Chinese actress to play the lead will get underway shortly.  Read More »

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Your Westworld Logistical Questions Answered


Westworld premiered this week on HBO, and I very much enjoyed the first episode of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy Nolan‘s expensive and beautiful small screen adaptation. But I was left with many questions, though not many of the plot-specific mysteries that Jacob Hall brings up in his extensive Westworld spoiler review. I’m more interested in his first question: How does this park actually operate?

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