Dark Crystal Age of Resistance Showrunner Interview

Netflix doesn’t only bring back TV shows like Full House, Arrested Development, Designated Survivor and Lucifer. They bring back movies, too. Netflix gave the Jim Henson Company a home for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a new 10 episode prequel to the 1982 Jim Henson-directed movie.

Writers Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews pitched the show and produce it alongside Javier Grillo-Marxuach. Louis Leterrier directs the all-new tale of Gelflings, Skeksis and many more creatures in the world of Thra. The Jim Henson Creature shop brings them to life, utilizing the voices of celebrities like Anya Taylor-Joy, Taron Egerton, Caitriona Balfe, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key, Simon Pegg and many more. 

Addiss, Matthews and Grillo-Marxuach spoke with /Film about the development of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, who reveal that they originally set out to make a sequel to a different Henson classic. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance arrives on Friday, August 30 on Netflix. 

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Harold and Kumar 4

Kal Penn was on a Television Critics Association panel today for Sunnyside, the new NBC comedy in which he stars and he co-created. Penn will play a disgraced local politician who finds a purpose helping a group of immigrants pass their citizenship test. After the Sunnyside panel, /Film asked Penn about the possibility of revisiting his movie franchise, Harold and Kumar.

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Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse Deleted Scene

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse came to 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD with an “Alternate Universe Mode,” extending the film with some of the scenes deleted before they were fully animated. Spoilers for some of the deleted scenes included in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Alternate Universe Mode follow in case you haven’t seen them yet.

One of the deleted scenes has Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) watch a Spider-Man movie to figure out how to use his new powers. In Miles’ world, Spider-Man was not directed by Sam Raimi, or Marc Webb, or Jon Watts. The Spider-Man movie in Miles Morales’s world was directed by Will Gluck.

Miles puts on the director’s commentary to try to learn more about Spider-Man. However, the voice of Will Gluck was not provided by the actual Will Gluck. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were on a Television Critics Association panel for their Fox animated series Bless the Harts. After the panel, /Film asked them if it was Gluck.

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The Good Place Ending

The summer 2019 Television Critics Association press tour ended with a final panel for the fourth season of The Good Place on NBC. Good Place fans were sad when Mike Schur announced at an FYC panel earlier this summer that the fourth season would be the last. The Good Place cast had a love-fest at Comic-Con with fans saying emotional goodbyes.

Many of the plans for the final season have been discussed through Schur’s final season interviews and all the panels and interviews the cast has done. However, Schur addressed one new angle on The Good Place during the TCA panel. Here’s how his goal for the show (spoiler warning for the first three seasons), and therefore the finale, changed while Schur was writing The Good Place

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Deal

In February, Fox presented a preview of this fall’s new addition to Sunday night animation, Bless the Harts. Emily Spivey created the show and produces it with Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Today, Fox presented a double panel with Bless the Harts and Duncanville, from Amy Poehler and Mike and Julie Scully. After the panel, Lord spoke with /Film about his and Miller’s upcoming film, The Last Human.

Based on the Lee Bacon book and adapted by Henry Gayden, Last Human sparked a bidding war ultimately won by Sony/Tristar. Lord gave us a few more details on the film as well as an update on the Jump Street and Lego franchises.

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The Orville Season 3 update

Seth MacFarlane announced at Comic-Con that the third season of his Fox sci-fi series The Orville would premiere on Hulu. The first season premiered on Fox in the 2017 season. The second season premiered December 30, quite late in the fall schedule. MacFarlane realized he could not deliver a third season until 2020, making it difficult to air linearly on broadcast. 

The Orville stars MacFarlane and includes many visual and makeup effects with its aliens and other planets. Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier confirmed it was simply not feasible to continue on a broadcast schedule.

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24 spin-off

Fox has had success reviving some of its classic shows like The X-Files, 24 and Prison Break. 24: Live Another Day returned with Kiefer Sutherland and then 24: Legacy introduced a new cast. The original Prison Break cast returned for a revival as well. Ever since, Fox Television Critics Association executive sessions were filled with promises of new development on 24 and Prison Break. But that was before Disney bought Fox.

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Rumors of an American Crime Story season based on the impeachment of Bill Clinton have long been floating around. Yesterday, FX announced that the third season would, in fact, be Impeachment: American Crime Story, and it would premiere on September 27, 2020, just about six weeks before the 2020 presidential election.

The Television Critics Association’s executive session with FX Chairman John Landgraf put the exec on the spot about airing a retrospective on a Democratic scandal in an election year. Indeed, if it runs for 10 episodes like most seasons, American Crime Story: Impeachment will run through the 2020 election.

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Venom Honest Trailer

Last week, the director search for Venom 2 was narrowed down to three. Andy Serkis was prematurely announced by star Tom Hardy on Instagram. Now it’s official: Andy Serkis will direct the Venom sequel. Serkis was on a Television Critics Association panel for FX’s miniseries A Christmas Carol, so reporters were able to ask Serkis about directing Venom 2.

Since Serkis just signed on to direct this week, it’s not surprising that his answers at this point are a tad vague. He did answer several questions before moving on to A Christmas Carol, so let’s dive into his visual plans, his history with Tom Hardy, and his approach to directing, as well as Serkis’ thoughts on Amazon’s Lord of the Rings streaming series.

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live action the little mermaid

ABC announced to the Television Critics Association that it would air The Wonderful World of Disney Presents: The Little Mermaid Live on November 5. This isn’t exactly a live musical like Grease: Live or the ill-fated Rent: Live. There is a Broadway musical of The Little Mermaid, but this is not a production of that. 

Director and executive producer Hamish Hamilton explained how he’s going to present The Little Mermaid as part of The Wonderful World of Disney. Auli’i Cravalho will play Ariel, Shaggy will play Sebastian, and Queen Latifah will play Ursula. Here’s what we learned.

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