marvel's runaways cast photo

Hello world: they’re your wild heroes. Teen superhero series Marvel’s Runaways, based on the beloved comic book, was picked up by Hulu Wednesday, and while some attendees of Hulu’s Upfront Presentation in New York got a glimpse of some first footage, we plebeians had little idea of what the new Marvel series looks like. Until now.

The first official cast photo for Marvel’s Runaways was released Wednesday, showing the team of six misfit teenagers who must unite to fight their evil parents.

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the handmaid's tale season 2

Hulu will keep its original content flowing, with pick-ups announced for a second season of the harrowing dystopian drama The Handmaid’s Tale as well as new series orders for Marvel’s Runaways from the creators of the Gossip Girl, and Beau Willimon‘s show about the first human mission to Mars, tentatively titled The First.

Hulu announced these series pick-ups at its upfront session in New York, the television industry’s annual gathering in which networks pitch upcoming shows to advertisers and, by proxy, announce them to the rest of the world.

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toy wars tv series

If this doesn’t sound like a television series made just for me, then I don’t know what does. Actor/writer Josh Gad (Frozen, Jobs) will be co-writing and star in a new limited television series set up at Amazon called Toy Wars. The story follows the real-life battle between American toy giants Hasbro and Mattel in the 1980s and 1990s. Ryan Dixon (Triplets, Curious George) is attached to co-write with Josh Schwartz (The O.C., Gossip Girl, Chuck), who will be the showrunner for the series with The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters director Seth Gordon expected to direct the pilot episode. Hit the jump to learn more.

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Runaways tv series

Marvel’s small-screen universe is continuing to expand, this time to Hulu. Marvel Television has announced a brand new Runaways TV series, based on Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona‘s comic book series about six teenagers who discover their parents are bad guys. Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, of The O.C. and Gossip Girl fame, will serve as showrunners.  Read More »

Superman Flyby
In 2002 Warner Bros was developing a new Superman movie with then screenwriter JJ Abrams called Superman: Flyby, with Brett Ratner hired to direct. Abrams’ screenplay for the film would have reinvented Superman, incorporating a bunch of new ideas that angered fans when a negative script review was posted on the internet. The film was abandoned and never went into production. Mr. Sunday Movies has created a video essay giving the complete history of Superman Flyby. Watch that now after the jump.
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Monster High

Universal’s last attempt to turn toys into movies was not a success. Battleship turned out to be a massive flop, and the studio wound up spending millions of dollars to not adapt all the other Hasbro properties they’d acquired. But now, apparently, they’re ready to try, try again.

Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have signed on for the studio’s live-action adaptation Monster High, based on Mattel’s popular line of dolls. The central conceit is that the teenaged characters — who look, basically, like Bratz girls gone goth — are the offspring of iconic monsters like Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, and the Mummy. Hit the jump for more details on the new film.

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It’s already time to look ahead to January, apparently, seeing as today’s TV Bits includes updates on three shows premiering in early 2013. After the jump:

  • Leslie’s celebrity crush Joe Biden is coming to Parks & Recreation
  • ReelzChannel is planning a sequel to 2011’s political soap The Kennedys
  • Netflix is on the verge of a deal to save AMC’s The Killing for Season 3
  • Vampire Hunter Abe steals Jesse Pinkman’s job (not the meth-making one)
  • Watch the trailer for the spy drama  The Americans, starring Keri Russell
  • Portlandia sets a return date and announces a winter special watch a clip
  • The Sex and the City prequel Carrie Diaries hits The CW on January 14
  • The CW’s Beauty and the Beast and NBC’s Chicago Fire will stick around

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Everyone’s got new shows brewing, from Community favorite Donald Glover to Fifty Shades fan Bret Easton Ellis. After the jump:

  • Donald Glover could get his own show at NBC
  • Bret Easton Ellis writes teen monsters for The CW
  • A&E orders an occult drama from Michael Bay
  • Jonathan Mostow will direct TNT’s The Last Ship
  • Breaking Bad‘s Mike is Ben’s dad on Parks & Rec
  • Read descriptions for Justified‘s new scoundrels
  • A&E reveals the first teaser art for Bates Motel
  • Once Upon a Time warns, “MAGIC IS COMING”

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In the decade or so since he hit Hollywood, Josh Schwartz has become a high-profile name in television. He first gained attention for creating the smash hit The O.C., and followed up that success by co-creating Chuck and Gossip Girl. And now that he’s conquered the small screen, he’s got his sights set on taking over the big one.

Schwartz is making his feature directorial debut with the holiday teen comedy Fun Size, a sort of Adventures in Babysitting with Halloween costumes. Nickelodeon breakout Victoria Justice plays Wren, whose plans to attend a Halloween party are scuttled when her mother (Chelsea Handler) forces her to take her weird little brother Albert (Jackson Nicoll) trick-or-treating.

Her night takes yet another turn for the worse when she loses her little brother, sending her on a frantic search to recover him with the help of her best friend April (Suburgatory‘s Jane Levy). Meanwhile, Albert’s up to his own insane adventures, involving a brokenhearted man and some criminal activity. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Which poster won the Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance fan contest? What actor from The West Wing was just cast in Man of Steel? Why was Paul Bettany‘s work on The Avengers “the best job I’ve ever had?” What could bring screenwriter Jane Goldman back for an X-Men: First Class sequel? And are you ready for the return of set photos, these from Man of Steel? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »