predator controversy

Last year’s release of The Predator was overshadowed by the news that one of its actors, Steven Wilder Striegel, was a registered sex offender. Olivia Munn, who starred in the film, brought this to the attention of 20th Century Fox and had the scene in which she appeared with Striegel removed from the film. During the course of her press for The Predator, Munn spoke out about the film’s director, Shane Black, keeping this information from the cast and crew, and about Striegel’s prior conviction for lewd correspondence with a 14-year-old.

In September, Munn said her hope was that Black would reach out to her personally. Today, Munn was on a Television Critics Association panel for her Starz series The Rook, after which /Film was able to ask her for an update on the situation. Read More »

Boomerang TV Series

In 1992, Boomerang was considered a comeback vehicle for Eddie Murphy. Coming to America had only been released four years prior, but the hype of Harlem Nights made its ultimate performance a disappointment, exacerbated by the fact that he wrote and directed it. The underperformance of Another 48 Hours and a two year gap from movie screens meant Murphy needed a comedy comeback, and Boomerang provided it.

Now, BET is premiering a TV series based on the movie from producers Lena Waithe and Halle Berry, the latter of whom also starred in the original film. Here are the three ways BET’s Boomerang TV series will update the movie.

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The Gifted Season 2

Matt Nix created the X-Men TV series The Gifted for Fox. He has previously spoken with /Film before season 1 and season 2. This new season has introduced Reeva Payge and the Inner Circle as new foils for the Mutant Underground.

At the Fox party for the Television Critics Association this month, Nix spoke with /Film again about the rest of the season and where he sees The Gifted going in the future. There’s a good chance it won’t stay on Fox.

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Last month, Syfy officially announced the Child’s Play TV series that creator Don Mancini has long been teasing. Mancini will collaborate with Channel Zero creator Nick Antosca, who hired Mancini as a writer on Channel Zero.

Antosca spoke with /Film about his new Hulu series The Act, but we were able to get an update on the Chucky series he’s developing with Mancini.

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Snowpiercer showrunner

One year ago, TNT ordered a series based on Snowpiercer, the French comic that was adapted into a movie by director Bong Joon-ho. Doctor Strange filmmaker Scott Derrickson directed the pilot and Avatar 2 writer Josh Friedman signed on to run the show, but just weeks later, both Derrickson and Friedman were outOrphan Black co-creator Graeme Manson is now running Snowpiercer.

TNT president Kevin Reilly gave an executive session for the Television Critics Association and /Film was able to ask him to provide insight into the Snowpiercer showrunner change. Read More »

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TBS/TNT President Kevin Reilly presented his vision for the yet unnamed Warner streaming service during the Television Critics Association presentation on Monday. Warner Bros. wants in on those sweet, sweet streaming dollars, so they’re going to use their library and forthcoming original programs to launch their own answer to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, CBS All Access, FXNow and the upcoming Disney+. Reilly is heading up WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service, and took questions from the television critics. Here are six things we learned about Warners’ plans to enter the streaming game.

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Hulu presented panels to the Television Critics Association today. During an executive panel, Hulu’s SVP of Originals Craig Erwich said that the streamer’s upcoming limited series of Veronica Mars would “grow up,” just like series star Kristen Bell has since the show premiered in 2004.

“Rob Thomas, who is the steward of the franchise, has really threaded the needle,” Erwich said. “From what I’ve seen of the show and read, it is very true to the character, very true to the world, true to the tone of the show and what we made people fall in love with the show, but it is definitely an update. She is not a little girl anymore. You will see her dealing with contemporary issues in a contemporary world.”

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Howard the Duck

Hulu announced to the Television Critics Association a new partnership with Marvel for four animated series and a standalone special. This follows Hulu’s partnership with Marvel on the live-action Marvel’s Runaways

The four series are Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., Marvel’s Hit-Monkey, Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show and Marvel’s Howard the Duck. The special is Marvel’s The Offenders. Writers and producers on the shows include Kevin Smith, Patton Oswalt, Chelsea HandlerErica Rivinoja, Dave Willis, and more. 

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Pennyworth

The creators of Gotham are going even further back into the Batman legend with their Epix series Pennyworth. We’ve already learned how the origin story of Alfred Pennyworth will show how a young Alfred (Jack Bannon) met Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) in 1960s London and ends up battling the descendants of Jack the Ripper. Now we have a few more details.

Pennyworth creators Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon were on a Television Critics Association panel this weekend for Pennyworth along with cast members where they talked about taking a key cue from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, their alternate 1960s setting, and something you might not know about Bruce Wayne’s future butler. Read More »

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star trek beyond trailer

At the beginning of 2019, news came that a fourth Star Trek film featuring the younger crew of the USS Enterprise had been shelved. The culprit was reportedly contract disputes involving Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth. However, not everyone is giving up hope on the sequel coming together.

Star Trek franchise star Zachary Quinto was on a Television Critics Association panel for his upcoming AMC series NOS4A2. After the panel, /Film asked if he was surprised to learn Star Trek 4 was on the back burner, and Quinto remained optimistic that a fourth film would be made… eventually. Read More »