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'Stargate' Revived as MGM Launches Digital Franchise Destination
After a feature film and a number of TV series spinoffs, the Stargate franchise is coming back to life.
Producers MGM have revived the franchise as a 10-episode digital series — Stargate Origins — that will live exclusively on a dedicated subscription-based platform called Stargate Command.
The new series, which will feature 10-minute episodes, will follow fan-favorite character Catherine Langford (originally played by Elizabeth Hoffman) and explore a new chapter in her early history surrounding the portal. Young Catherine embarks on a new unexpected adventure to unlock the mystery of what lies beyond the Stargate in order to save the Earth »
- Lesley Goldberg
Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘Mother!’ Moves Forward to September Release
The studio confirmed the date change Thursday but did not elaborate. It’s possible that “Mother!” could be premiered at the Telluride Film Festival or Venice Film Festivals — both which open on Aug. 30 — or even at the Toronto Film Festival, which opens Sept. 7.
“Mother!” is directed and produced by Darren Aronofsky through his Protozoa Pictures banner along with Scott Franklin and Ari Handel. It co-stars Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kristin Wiig, Domnhall Gleeson, and Ed Harris, in addition to Lawrence.
Lawrence and Bardem portray a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
- Dave McNary
Noah Hawley Developing Doctor Doom Movie for Fox
At the end of a Comic-Con panel for “Legion” Thursday, Hawley announced that he was developing a new film at Fox — one he would say just two words about. “I’ll just say two words. The first one is Doctor and the next one is Doom,” he said.
More to come.
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- Daniel Holloway
‘Purge 4’ Finds Director in ‘Burning Sands’ Filmmaker Gerard McMurray
McMurray’s feature directorial debut “Burning Sands” premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Netflix. The film chronicles the brutal hazing process at an all-black university. McMurray also produced and co-wrote “Burning Sands.”
All three films center on America having devolved into a culture where murder is legal for one night every year. The franchise’s producers are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum; Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller »
- Dave McNary
'Dunkirk' and 'Valerian' Bring Big Budgets to the Weekend, but Will They Bring Big Box Office?
Rave reviews pave the way for this weekend's release of Christopher Nolan's World War II feature Dunkirk, a $150 million production critics have declared a "masterpiece" and the first surefire Oscar contender of the year. Additionally, Stx is debuting Luc Besson's $200+ million sci-fi feature Valerian, the second of three original features debuting this weekend amid a franchise laden summer. Dialing back the spending a little, but not the potential, Universal's female-driven comedy Girls Trip carries a meager $19 million budget, but is looking for big results and a possible second place finish as it enters a marketplace begging for something that isn't specifically targeting the male demographic. Poised for a #1 finish, Warner Bros.' release of Dunkirk debuts this weekend in 3,720 theaters, including several IMAX and Plf locations, some of which will be playing the film in 70mm. Nolan's recent history is peppered with three Batman films along with three original features, »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Bill Hader Eyeing Disney’s Female Santa Claus Film With Anna Kendrick (Exclusive)
The story revolves around Santa’s daughter, presumably the titular Nicole, who is forced to take over the family business when her father retires and brother ends up getting cold feet prior to his first big Christmas Eve flight. Hader will play said brother.
Susanne Todd is producing while Louie Provost is overseeing for Disney. Production is expected to start sometime this fall.
While this film is not related to the Tim Allen “Santa Clause” triology, Disney seems to be in the Kris Kringle business as they are also developing another holiday-themed project with Kevin Hart, “Dashing Through the Snow.”
Hader cut his teeth on the “Saturday Night Live” scene for ten years »
- Justin Kroll
Mads Mikkelsen in Talks to Join Sci-Fi Adventure ‘Chaos Walking’
Doug Liman is directing while Allison Shearmur, Doug Davison, and Erwin Stoff are the producers. The screenplay will be written by Charlie Kaufman, Lindsey Beers, John Lee Hancock, and Gary Spinelli (“Mena”).
The film is based on Patrick Ness’ “Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go,” a book that was published in 2008 as the first in a trilogy. It is set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts.
The book is centered on the only boy in a town of men, who discovers something awful hidden from him and is forced to flee with only his dog. With the townspeople in pursuit, the duo then stumbles upon a strange and silent girl and together set off »
- Dave McNary
Anne Hathaway To Star In Contained Sci-Fi Thriller ‘O2’
Exclusive: Anne Hathaway will star in O2, a contained thriller with sci-fi elements that is fast coming together for a fall shoot. Im Global is closing a deal to finance the film that will fall in the $10 million budget range. In the script by Christie LeBlanc, Hathaway will play a woman who wakes up inside a cryogenic chamber, with no memory of how she got there. She must escape the chamber before her air runs out. Its sci-fi elements make it a closer cousin to Gravity… »
Linkin Park Frontman Chester Bennington, 41, Found Dead of Apparent Suicide
Chester Bennington, lead singer of the band Linkin Park, has committed suicide by hanging, TMZ reports. He was 41 years old. Law enforcement officials tell the outlet that his body was found just before 9 a.m. on Thursday in a private residence in Palos Verdes Estates, a district of Los Angeles Country.
The rock frontman was a close friend of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell—who also committed suicide by hanging in May—and spoke at his funeral. Bennington’s body was found on what would have been Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
Linkin Park were one of the best selling alternative rock bands of all time, »
- Jordan Runtagh and Jeff Nelson
Taron Egerton Replacing Tom Hardy In Elton John Biopic ‘Rocketman’
Musical biopics are notoriously difficult to make, usually because it involves getting tangled web of parties — the artist’s estate, music rights holders, and more — to all get on the same creative page. However, Elton John is clearing up any such potential dust-ups by producing his own biopic “Rocketman.” That said, locking down a leading man isn’t always easy, and the film has made a switcheroo.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jason Bateman Says Arrested Development Season 5 Will Revolve Around a Huge Mistake, Specifically Murder
First, there was “Who shot J.R.?” Then, there was “Who killed Laura Palmer?” And now, we’re apparently getting “What happened to Lucille Two?” According to Jason Bateman, who knows a thing or two about serious dramas now, the fifth season of Arrested Development will center on a murder mystery, specifically the death of Liza Minnelli’s Lucille Austero. »
- Jackson McHenry
Box-Office Preview: Can 'Dunkirk' Battle Past $40M in U.S. Debut?
While Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is expected to win this weekend's box-office battle, the big question is whether the critically acclaimed World War II epic can clear $40 million in its U.S. landing.
War dramas have never been known for big openings, although Nolan — the mastermind behind the blockbuster Dark Knight trilogy — is a powerful brand unto himself.
Warner Bros., Nolan's home studio, is projecting a domestic debut in the $35 million-$40 million range. Most box-office observers believe Dunkirk will come in on the higher end, while some think it has a shot of doing »
- Pamela McClintock
‘American Horror Story’ Season 7 Title Revealed at Comic-Con
The title for the seventh installment of Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story” was finally revealed at Comic-Con on Thursday. “Ahs” season 7 will be titled “Ahs: Cult,” per a website, AHS7.com, that was teased at a special event. While the upcoming season, like those before it, has been shrouded in secrecy, Murphy has let on in the past that it will somehow involve the 2016 presidential election. See Photo: Ryan Murphy's Latest 'American Horror Story' Tease Is Insanely Buzz-Worthy Murphy has been dropping clues about the upcoming installment on social media, with the “last clue” having been posted on Monday. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The Real Hero of Marvel’s Inhumans Comic-Con Trailer Is Medusa’s Strangling Hair
Marvel’s Inhumans debuts its first two episode in IMAX theater on September 1. »
- Tim McGovern
‘Game of Thrones’ Creators Defend New Slavery Drama ‘Confederate’: ‘This is Scary For All of Us’
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are no strangers to controversy — the showrunners’ hit series “Game of Thrones” has generated its fair share of headlines throughout its run. But the announcement of their next project, titled “Confederate” — which imagines an alternate timeline, where the southern states have seceded from the Union and slavery is legal — sparked a firestorm of backlash on social media.
Critics questioned the decision to have the drama be told by two white men, although Benioff and Weiss will be working on the project along with Nichelle Tramble Spellman (“Justified,” “The Good Wife”) and Malcolm Spellman (“Empire”).
The producing team defended the project in an interview with Vulture, urging patience given that no scripts have even been written yet.
“Everything is brand new and nothing’s been written,” said Weiss. “I guess that’s what was a little bit surprising about some of the outrage. It’s just a little premature. You »
- Debra Birnbaum
Marvel ‘Inhumans’ IMAX Trailer Debut Delivers Thrills, Chills and a Giant Bulldog (Video)
There’s nothing human about the curious cast of characters on Marvel’s “Inhumans,” as proven by the IMAX trailer that debuted at Comic-Con in San Diego Thursday night. “What are we?” a female voice asks. “What if I told you there was a place where people have powers like us?” comes the reply, as a giant Bulldog (Lockjaw) walks across the screen. “We’re Inhumans.” Also Read: 'Stargate' Revival Set to Launch as Digital Series The trailer also saw the chilling return of Ramsay Bolton actor Iwan Rheon, looking just as sinister but this time playing Maximus in the »
- Debbie Emery
SNL Cast Members Tell Us Why They Made Brigsby Bear A Bizarre Tragicomedy
The upcoming film balances honest emotion and humor in this earnest story. »
- Granger Willson
See Will Smith, Mystical Creatures in New 'Bright' Trailer
"Everyone's just trying to get along and have a good life," Will Smith's cop character says in a new trailer for Netflix's forthcoming film, Bright. "All of the races are different. Just 'cause they're different doesn't mean anyone's better or worse than anybody."
In the present-day alternate universe where Bright takes place, humans, fairies, orcs, elves and other mystical creatures attempt to peacefully coexist and even work together, such as human character Smith and orc police officer (played by Joel Edgerton) begrudgingly and humorously do in the trailer. And »
Rocko and his Friends Cope With All the Advances in Technology Since The ’90s in New Rocko’s Modern Life Reboot Trailer
“I don’t think we’re in the ‘90s anymore.” »
- Tim McGovern
Will Smith On Jumping to Netflix: ‘You Almost Can’t Make New Movie Stars Anymore’
Why has the former king of the box office made his new action film for Netflix? “This new world is almost like a friendship with the fans.” »
- Kyle Buchanan
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