Monday, July 25, 2016

The Cast That Sequels Together...

That Trainspotting sequel we’ve been talking about for years now?

Totally happening.

So get ready for T2: Trainspotting, kids – and also prepare yourself to be amazed everyone survived the heroin of the ’90s.

Ewen Bremmer, Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller (TV’s Elementary), and Robert Carlyle (TV’s Once Upon a Time) all have reunited with director Danny Boyle (pictured here with McGregor and Miller) to follow up on the lives of the characters they originated back in 1996.

And, obviously, you’re invited to check in on ’em, too, when the new movie comes out next February.

The ’90s are officially super-back!

Photo: Blog.

Busy Benedict

Somebody had a busy Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016, and that somebody was Benedict Cumberbatch.

The soon-to-enter-the-Marvelverse actor – together with co-stars including Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Rachel McAdams – presented a much-anticipated second trailer for his upcoming Doctor Strange and he also plugged the fourth season of Sherlock, the cult BBC import on which he stars with Martin Freeman.

What...a busy bee.

Doctor Strange will arrive in theaters on Nov. 4, while Sherlock – back from its timeline touring – is scheduled to premiere stateside at a date TBA (more than likely early next year).


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Going Nut

Of course she is.

American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Misty Copelands is going to be part of Disney’s upcoming live-action The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, which Lasse Hallström is directing, I should guess, for a release late next year.

Copeland will take on the role of the lead ballerina who dances the only dance sequence in the entire production.

You know she gon’ bring it.


Are Vampires Over?

Time to say farewell to Mystic Falls.

It was announced at Comic-Con yesterday, that The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, headlined by Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder, will end after its upcoming eighth season. The news was confirmed after, earlier this year, stars Somerhalder and Kat Graham had all but confirmed as much, only to backpedal the news, in his case.

The announcement came after the show’s first full season sans OG star Nina Dobrev, whose absence was deeply during the seventh year of the show. Like, I actually stopped watching sometime before the halfway point, for realsies.

Kevin Williamson, the multi-hyphenate who masterminded the show with showrunner Julie Plec, will return as a writer for Season 8, which will consist of 16 episodes instead of the traditional 22. The final season of The Vampire Diaries is set to premiere on Oct. 21.

No word on whether Elena, the ingenue-turned-vampire character that Dobrev played, will wake up from her spell, for it undoubtedly would mean that Bonnie, the witch portrayed by Graham would have to die. (Good thing I do still remember my Vampire Diaries lore, huh.)


Do Not Poke the Ape

Got more news from this year’s Comic-Con?

My, yes – yes, I do.

The mystery shrouding Tom Hiddleston-led Kong: Skull Island was finally unlocked a little, when the powers that be debuted a trailer for the John Vogt-Roberts-helmed production – which also features Oscar winner Brie Larson, 10 Cloverfield Lane’s John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, and Samuel L. Jackson, among others –  at the convention yesterday.

Set in a pre-tech-is-everywhere era, the 1970s, the blockbuster will zero in on a group of explorers arriving on the hard-to-reach island that King Kong calls home, only to discover – at least at first – that a veritable cornucopia of crazy creatures both fascinating and dangerous lurks within.

This according to the Hiddle-hunk himself, so you make sure to get as excited as you can for Taylor Swift’s bf du jour, alright?

I know I is.

Kong: Skull Island was meant to open this November, but it is now set for next March, and it. Looks. Incredible with its shades of like, Nam (not being glib, for you know what I mean!) and fresh take on the material....

That it is supposed to be part of this in-the-works cross-movies Monster Mash that also will include the likes of Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp, well.... Color me intrigued.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

There Will Be Justice

Know what else got previewed at Comic-Con this

Justice League.

Director Zack Snyder teased this past spring that the Super Friends were going to come together, in the disappointing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so, obviously, he took to the Con to tease their assemblage even further, with some sizzle footage that – Spoiler Alert! – doesn’t foreshadow the return of a certain Man of Steel at all.

What folks at the convention did get to see was more of Ezra Miller, who, as we know, will be playing The Flash, as well as lead justice champions Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). They also got extended first looks at Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, and....

Oh, heck.

Thank you, Internet – let’s all get to watch it together, OKRRR. Check it:

Justice League is due out in November 2017 (with Henry Cavill somehow back as Superman).

Wonder Is Coming

She stole Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from right under Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill with well-deserved impunity, and, now, Gal Gadot is poised to own the summer that will be in 2017.

The first trailer for the eagerly anticipated, decades-in-the-making first Wonder Woman blockbuster – a production directed by Monsters Patty Jenkins – debuted earlier today at Comic-Con, and, from the looks of it, it is gonna be a story told from a lense as old as time. At least at first.

Girl meets boy – in this case, a man named Steve Trevor played by Chris Pine.

And then girl turns out to be a wondrous demigoddess raised by fierce women warriors on a remote land no one seems to have encountered before. 

All kinds of badassery ensue when she leaves her home to venture on that of men as Diane Prince, and, given that the story will be set in the thick of World War I, this one is majorly vibing as the Captain America: The First Avenger piece of the DC Comicsverse puzzle.

Wonder Woman is scheduled to take theaters next June 2. See you then!


Shine Bright Like Marion Crane

A&E’s Bates Motel is going out in style during its upcoming fifth and final season.

That’s because Rihanna is going to guest on the show, and girlfriend’s not playing just any role – she’s playing the role.

You read that right. Word from Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016 is Princess RiRi is gonna work, work, work, work, work, work dem pipes as Marion Crane on the prequel-to-Psycho show. You know it: Rihanna is taking on the famed and doomed Janet Leigh character.

What...a scream.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Go, Go, New Yellow Power Ranger!

Keep it going, Becky G – good for you, girl!

A veritable multi-hyphenate at age 19, Ms. G is about to break big, with next spring’s Power Rangers, co-starring Elizabeth Banks, in which she plays the new Yellow Ranger, Trini.

Yes she is.

The newcomer-filled Power Rangers is scheduled to be released next March 24.


Kyra the Director

Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kyra Sedgwick – who is in this fall’s buzzy The Edge of Seventeen, playing Hailee Steinfelds mom – is gonna call the shots now.

It was announced this week that the actress is all set to pop her cherry as a director, with Story of a Girl, a made-for-Lifetime adaptation of the eponymous 2008 novel by Sara Zarr that she is also producing.

And guess who’s co-starring in the project?

Her husband, Kevin Bacon.

Keepin’ it tight and in the family, huh.

Story of a Girl will tell the, ahem, coming-of-age story of a 13-year-old girl who must confront all kinds of unpleasantness after a sex tape she makes with her older brother’s BFF goes viral. Because kids.

The drama and the slut-shaming and the strain the incident creates at home get so bad, gf still has to deal with all of it three years later.

Betcha something gives.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Divas Time Is Nigh Again

VH-1 is...remember VH-1?

Good. You better because VH-1 is bringing back its Divas show this holiday season! This after taking a break that has lasted four friggin’ years.

No word on who will be tapped for the show, but the show will premiere on Dec. 5 from the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn. dreaming...of a Mariah Carey-Ariana Grande showdown right now.


Cracking the Bell Jar

Break a leg, Kiki!

Kirsten Dunst, who is having a renaissance all her own these days thanks to her Emmy-nominated turn on FX’s Fargo and the big screen’s Midnight Special, is adding feature-film director to her résumé.

The actress is set to tackle an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar for her first foray behind the camera. American Pastoral’s Dakota Fanning will star as Esther Greenwood in the project, which Dunst co-wrote for the screen with new-to-the-scene Nellie Kim.

For those of us shamefully unfamiliar with the 1950s-set 1963 novel, Esther is a young woman who goes on an internship at a New York City magazine and then, upon returning home to Boston, suffers a mental breakdown.

Sounds like meaty material for a seasoned talent to take on at this stage in her long career.


Daddy’s Back!

Guess the U.S.S. Enterprise’s doing the time warp. Or something.

Fresh off a beyond-serviceable turn in the all-female Ghostbusters, Chris Hemsworth has been confirmed as part of the follow-up to this weekend’s Star Trek Beyond, a fourthquel yet to be named and yet to land a director.

The sexy Aussie will reprise his small, yet pivotal role from the 2009 reboot to reappear as George Kirk, the father Chris Pine’s Capt. Kirk never knew.

What interesting non-Marvelous turns Hemsworth’s career is taking as of late, no?


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Immortality Investigator

It is O time for Rose Byrne.

The Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising star has signed on to share the screen with Oprah on HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

The gorgeaussie will portray Rebecca Skloot, the journalist who wrote the book upon which the Alan Ball co-executive produced project is based, a tome that chronicled the real-life story of the African-American woman whose cells were key to going ahead and creating the first immortal human cell line (the unauthorized harvesting of her cancerous cells in 1951 led to many a medical breakthrough and save).

The Big O will play Deborah Lacks, Henrietta’s charismatic, yet complicated daughter, btw.

I betcha Byrne – who earned Emmy and Golden Globes nominations for her work on FX’s Damages – knocks this one outta the park, too.


Knight Caught

Welcome back to Shondaland, T.R. Knight!

The Emmy-nominated erstwhile star of TV’s Grey’s Anatomy has landed a part on the upcoming second season of Shonda Rhimes most recent TV baby, The Catch, which stars Mireille Enos and Peter Krause as lovers on opposite ends of the law.

The details of the nature of Knight’s character are being kept under wraps for now – but you know they gotta be writing him something really juicy for him to go back to work with that team after what happened the last time.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

R.I.P. Master Marshall

This one cuts deep. Garry Marshall has died.

The beloved Hollywood filmmaking legend was 81, and reportedly passed away earlier tonight from complications of pneumonia after suffering a stroke.

Marshall, as your probably know, essentially gave the world Julia Roberts, whom he directed all the way to an Academy Award nomination, and superstardom, in 1990’s Pretty Woman. He also had a hand in creating and writing for TV’s The Odd Couple, Mork & Mindy, Laverne & Shirley (which starred his sister Penny), and Happy Days, among other seminal offerings.

Hard to fathom the guy never won an Emmy, huh.

Marshall’s silver-screen oeuvre includes Overboard; Beaches; the aforementioned Roberts vehicle as well as Runaway Bride, their reunion with her most iconic leading man, Richard Gere; Anne Hathaway’s The Princess Diaries and its sequel; the Lindsay Lohan effort Georgia Rule; and the holiday-themed trilogy Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, and Mother’s Day, the last of which came out this past spring.

Tenacious and star catnip ’til the end. Good for him. And for us.


Mad for Gotham

He was freaky AF on AMC’s The Walking Dead, and, now, Benedict Samuel is going mad for TV’s Gotham.

A (network) show that’s still on, mind you – so watch it.

Samuel will become a regular on Gotham this fall, when he takes on the villainous role of the Mad Hatter (alter ego: hypnotist Jervis Tetch), a Batman baddie I didn’t even know (remember?) is a Batman baddie.

Tetch will arrive in town looking for his long-missing sister Alice.

Overlap much?