Shazam cast

The Shazam cast has a new addition: It actor Jack Dylan Grazer, who made a big impression in the Stephen King horror adaptation as hypochondriac Eddie Kaspbrak. Grazer is set to play Freddy Freeman, the best friend of Billy Batson, a kid who has the power to transform into the superhero Shazam. In the comics, Freddy eventually became Shazam’s sidekick.
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Shazam could be DC's Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy was far from a sure thing when Marvel Studios released it back in 2013. It essentially served as a test to see how far audiences were willing to go with the studio: if people could accept and enjoy a story involving a talking raccoon and a space tree, there’s basically no limit to the stories Marvel could tell.

Meanwhile, the troubles with Warner Bros.’ DC movies have been well-documented. But former Marvel actor Zachary Levi, who’s starring as the title character in the upcoming Shazam movie that’s scheduled to come out in 2019, hopes Shazam could be DC’s Guardians of the Galaxy equivalent…and he might be onto something.
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Shazam casting

The Shazam! movie continues to move full-steam ahead. Just recently, the film’s star and villain were cast, and now comes even more Shazam casting news: Asher Angel, a young actor from the Disney Channel’s Andi Mack, will play young Billy Batson, the boy who has the power to transform into the adult superhero known as Shazam by saying “Shazam!”

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Shazam casting

Just ahead of the release of Justice League next month comes breaking casting news of an upcoming DC film. Zachary Levi (ChuckPsych, two of the Thor films) will star in Shazam! for director David F. SandbergShazam! will be the next DECU movie to film, with a 2019 release date likely. Wether or not Dwayne Johnson‘s Black Adam will figure into the standalone Shazam! film has yet to be confirmed. The Shazam casting news awaits you below.

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stephen king 8

The Stephen King business is booming, folks. Even before It made those dollar bills float, a whole slew of Stephen King adaptations were on the horizon. Now that It is so big, expect even more to get fast tracked before the Stephen King bubble bursts. Case in point: a rumored Stephen King TV series has just been confirmed. Details below.

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The Nurse short film

Warner Bros.’ The Conjuring Cinematic Universe grew larger this month with the release of director David F. Sandberg‘s spin-off prequel Annabelle: CreationSandberg got his start making a short film called Lights Out that he then went on to adapt as a feature. Recently, he and Warner Bros. created a similar opportunity for up-and-coming filmmakers to get their names out there by holding a short film contest for stories that would fit well into the world of The Conjuring films.

The United States winner has been announced (other countries’ winners will be announced soon), and it’s a short called The Nurse from director Julian Terry. Check it out below.
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A Nightmare on Elm Street and Critters Reboot

This past weekend saw audiences flock to theaters for some terror in the form of Annabelle: Creation. The prequel to Annabelle, which was a spin-off of The Conjuring, took the top spot at the box office with over $35 million, which isn’t bad for the second weekend in August. That’s the second satisfying horror flick that director David F. Sandberg has delivered, and he hopes to deliver more, perhaps with some recognizable franchise titles from decades passed.

While partaking in a discussion about Annabelle: Creation, Sandberg was asked which franchises he’d like to tinker with if an opportunity was available. Sandberg picked A Nightmare on Elm Street, a franchise that was rebooted with disappointing results, and Critters, a franchise that hasn’t been touched since 1992. Find out more below. Read More »

Annabelle Creation Review

(This review originally ran following an early screening at Comic-Con. Annabelle: Creation is in theaters today.)

While sequels tend to have trouble measuring up to the originals, in the horror world, there are plenty of occasions in which a follow-up, no matter how deep into the franchise fans have gone, turns out to be a surprisingly satisfying entry into its canon. In the case of Annabelle: Creation, we’re handed a sequel that runs circles around the original, both as a quality film and as a gruesome, terrifying piece of horror storytelling.
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Shazam movie tone

We’ve written at length about Warner Bros. and DC Films’ plans to lighten up the movies DC Extended Universe and embrace the tenants of “heart, humor, hope, heroics, and optimism.” Now David F. Sandberg, the director of Shazam!, which will be the next DC Films movie to start filming, has doubled down on that mentality, describing his upcoming movie as “fun” and “lighthearted”.

Even Wonder Woman, which was far more upbeat than the dark and dour Man of SteelBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad, had real some heavy moments in it, so Shazam sounds like it might be the biggest variation we’ve seen in the DCEU yet. Read Sandberg’s comments on the Shazam movie tone below.
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shazam will be the next dc film

Update: DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns says Dwayne Johnson will not appear in the Shazam! movie. “We haven’t announced any casting yet,” Johns told Yahoo Movies. “But Dwayne isn’t going to be in this movie. He’s still doing Black Adam, but he won’t be in Shazam!” Our original article follows.

The future of the DC Extended Universe remained uncertain after Aquaman, the last DC Comics film with an official release date. But spurred on by the success of Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. had scheduled two more DC Films for 2020, mysteriously leaving all of 2019 blank. That is, until now.

The next DCEU film to hit theaters after Justice League this November and Aquaman in 2018 will be Shazam!, aiming for a 2019 release date. And while it doesn’t yet have a star to play the boy who magically transforms into a powerful and wise superhero, it does now have a director.

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