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Gillian Anderson Joins American Gods Season 1

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The upcoming television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel, “American Gods” has officially added Gillian Anderson to the cast! Starz and FremantleMedia North America are currently in production for the 10-episode first season of “American Gods” and Anderson is being reported to take on the role of Media, a sort of supernatural publicist for the New Gods who takes the form of different celebrities.

“American Gods” follows a world where there is a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

The rest of the cast for “American Gods” includes Ricky Whittle (The 100) as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane (Deadwood) as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) as Laura Moon, Sean Harris (The Borgias) as Mad Sweeney, Yetide Badaki (Aquarius) as Bilquis, Bruce Langley (Deadly Waters) as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) as Mr World, and Jonathan Tucker (Kingdom) as Low Key Lyesmith. Also appearing are Cloris Leachman (Malcom in The Middle, Raising Hope), Peter Stormare (Fargo, Prison Break), Chris Obi (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Counselor), and Mousa Kraish (Superbad, Fast & Furious).

The addition of Anderson is a reunion for the actress and executive producer Bryan Fuller, with whom she worked on “Hannibal.” Fuller also serves as a writer and showrunner alongside Michael Green. David Slade is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA’s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producing the series along with Fuller, Green, Slade and Neil Gaiman

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Adds Several New Stars

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We have officially entered phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and with that Marvel has added several high profile stars to the next several movies in the lineup.

In Thor: Ragnarok, it was recently announced by Marvel that Jeff Goldblum is joining the cast as the eccentric Grandmaster, one of the Elders of the Universe who loves to invent games. Karl Urban will play and Asgardian bad guy called Skurge and Tessa Thompson will portray Thor’s love interest Valkyrie. Cate Blanchett was added in a role that is only known as the mysterious and powerful new villain named Hela. We will also see the return of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as Thor and Loki respectively. Mark Ruffalo is also heading to Asgard as the Hulk, which will mark his first time crossing over into a different realm.

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Michael Keaton has been added as an unnamed villain. Tom Holland will lead the role as the titular character. According to screenwriter Jonathan M. Goldstein, this film won’t be another origin story.

 

Black Panther Adding Lupita Nyong’o For Major Role

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The upcoming MCU film, Black Panther has reportedly found a female lead in Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong’o. The film from Ryan Coogler is looking to cast the actress to star opposite Chadwick Boseman in Marvel’s standalone film focusing on the character introduced in Captain America: Civil War. 

The details surrounding her potential character have not been revealed but we do know that her role will see her the main love interest to T’Challa/Black Panther.

Black Panther is being written and directed by Creed’s Ryan Coogler. The character is both a great warrior and the king of Marvels’ fictional, technologically advanced African nation Wakanda. The character is also expected to appear in the two-part Avengers film, slated to premiere in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

The Wakanda-based comic movie will hit theaters on Feb. 2, 2018. Production is looking to begin in early 2017.

Elton John Confirms Casting in Kingsman: The Golden Circle

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In wonderful wonderful casting news, Sir Elton John has officially confirmed (via Instagram!) his casting in the upcoming sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle. He posted a new image parodying the previously released poster for the film which can be seen above. The post also featured a pair of his iconic glasses and a simple line: “It’s been a long time since Tommy…..” referencing the last time he acted in a feature film.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle sees the return of Taron Egerton as Eggsy with Mark Strong reprising the role of Merlin for the upcoming film. Halle Berry is set to appear as the head of the CIA and Pedro Pascal as a character named “Jack Daniels.” Channing Tatum and Julianne Moore are in talks to play the film’s central villain. Edward Holcroft is also set to appear in the film, though whether he will reprise as his character from the first is unclear.

Matthew Vaughn returns to write and direct Kingsman: The Golden Circle, which sees Eggsy heading to the United States where he’ll meet his match in a “swaggering, sharpshooting cowboy.”

The sequel is set to hit theaters on June 16, 2017.

Captain Marvel Possibly Appearing in Third Avengers Movie

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The Russo Brothers are clearly very excited about the upcoming third Avengers film in the MCU. They are “Accidentally” leaking lots of small details about the film all over the place. Most recently the duo may have let it slip that the comic books character, Captain Marvel will make an appearance in the third installment of the Avengers series.

The Russos already confirmed the appearance of 68 Marvel universe characters in the films so it would not be a stretch that Captain Marvel is one of those 68. After speaking at a Marvel event hosted by the Smithsonian Institute this past Friday, the Russo brothers appeared to let it slip that Captain Marvel will make her big screen debut at some point during part 1 or part 2.

It was also revealed last week that the next Avengers film is no longer being titled Infinity War: Part 1 and Part 2.

Currently, there are still plans from Marvel to make a Captain Marvel film though the slot has been pushed back several times. The production of Captain Marvel was first announced back in 2014, but then had its release date pushed back to March 2019 from July 2018 As of now, no announcement has been made as to who will play the Air Force pilot Carol Danvers.

 

Less Jessica Jones More Supporting Characters in Season 2

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We got some interesting information this week regarding the second season of the Netflix Marvel series, “Jessica Jones.” The series showrunner Melissa Rosenberg revealed a bit more about what we can expect from the show when she chatted with Nerdist recently.

According to Rosenberg, season 2 will see less of the titular character dominating the show. This will give more of a chance to spotlight some other characters like Trish and Will Simpson (not to mention give star Krysten Ritter a break from shooting for nearly 6 months straight.)

“You have to earn secondary character stories. You have to flesh them out enough so they can eventually carry stories of their own, which is very much what season 1 was about,” Rosenberg told Nerdist. “So I’m hopeful I can at least give [Ritter] a day off in the six month period.”

The CW Orders Riverdale Series Based on Archie Comics

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The lovable characters of the Archie Comics are heading to The CW. The publisher of the comics has confirmed that a live-action Riverdale series has been picked up for a season.

The series will be a one hour drama written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Warner Brothers Studios and Berlanti Productions.

According to reports, the Riverdale series offers a “bold, subversive take” on the Archie crew while it looks at small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books — including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones.

Archie Comics Publisher and CEO Jon Goldwater says,

 

 “This is a historic moment for Archie Comics – and I couldn’t be more proud. It’s a culmination of my time here, and I’m eager to see Greg Berlanti, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, The CW, Warner Brothers Studios, and the cast bring Riverdale to viewers every week. My promise to fans? You ain’t seen nothing yet.”

The Riverdale series stars KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper, and Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge.

Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa serve as executive producers.

Special Features for Batman: The Killing Joke Blu-ray Revealed

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“Batman: The Killing Joke” is almost here and in the mean time, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment  have revealed all the details on the special features for the upcoming Blu-ray release. “Batman: The Killing Joke” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 2. You can pre-order your own copy by clicking here. However, if you can’t wait for the physical release, the film will be available on Digital HD July 23.

The animated adaptation is based on the graphic novel written by Alan Moore and drawn by Brian Bolland which was published in 1988 and is widely considered to be one of the best comic book stories of all time. It follows the tale of  The Joker’s origin story – from his humble beginnings as a struggling comic, to his fateful encounter with Batman that changes both of their lives forever. In the tale we watch helplessly as The Joker terrorizes Commissioner Jim Gordon and ultimate paralyzes his daughter, Barbara Gordon. Although the story was not originally supposed to take place in the regular DC Comics continuity, the graphic novel wound up setting in motion the events that would lead to Barbara Gordon becoming Oracle.

Actors Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprise their “Batman: The Animated Series” roles as Batman and The Joker, respectively.

The Blu-Ray release of the animated film will include:

  • An exclusive sneak peek at the next DC Universe Original Movie
  • Featurette – Batman: The Killing Joke – Madness Set To Music – Jim Gordon must bear witness to the most disturbing images any father could imagine while a maniac entices his break from sanity in song. This documentary looks at the step-by-process of one of the most crucial scenes in Batman: The Killing Joke, including the methodology James Tucker used as he storyboarded Brian Bolland’s stunning work for the screen; Dynamic Music Partners composers/lyricists’ creative merging of original music with the poetic words from the graphic novel to provoke the desired feelings and emotions for this critical scene; and actor Mark Hamill’s physical, devoted performance to capturing the world¹s most notorious Super-Villain in song.
  • Featurette – Many Shades of Joker: The Tale of The Killing Joke – Brian Bolland’s artwork is instantly recognizable to comic book enthusiasts all over the world. Known for his amazing cover art, it was a rare inclusion into the body of a graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke, that helped the perennial story of Batman and The Joker remain a fan favorite for decades to come. Combined with the graphic novel’s original script – which is more than just the telling of a story, but an intricate map explaining every stop along the way to the end of a fantastic journey – this documentary reveals the artistic process behind The Killing Joke’s distinct style. We’ll learn how artists and writers excelled at conveying story and human emotion one panel at a time, mesmerizing readers with unforgettable stories and humanized depictions of heroes and villains. And why after nearly 30 years in print, Batman: The Killing Joke is more thought provoking than ever, as its socio-economic themes are relatable to generation after generation.
  • From the DC Comics Vault – Two 22-minute episodes:
    • The New Batman Adventures – “Old Wounds”
    • Batman: The Animated Series – “Christmas with The Joker”

“Batman: The Killing Joke” is rated R, an indication that the animated film will be sticking to the graphic novel’s violent, controversial story. This makes the film the first non-PG/PG-13 rated movie in the nine-year history of the DC Universe Original Movie franchise.

You can watch the trailer below:

Bryan Cranston & Ronald D. Moore Adapting Philip K. Dick Series For TV

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The stories of Philip K. Dick are becoming an 10-part anthology series thanks to Ronald D. Moore and Bryan Cranston (And that alone makes it very exciting.) Channel 4 and Sony Pictures Television announced the news today that they are partnering up to create the drama series based on the short stories written by the science fiction novelist.

The anthology series is titled “Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K. Dick.” The series will be written and executive produced by Moore (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Outlander”) and Michael Dinner (“Justified,” “Masters of Sex”), with Cranston (Trumbo, “Breaking Bad”) both executive producing and appearing in the series.

According to the announcement, each episode will be a standalone drama adapted and contemporised from one of Dick’s short stories. It will air on Channel 4 in the UK and will be distributed internationally by Sony Pictures Television.

Cranston released a statement about the project,

“This is an electric dream come true. We are so thrilled to be able to explore and expand upon the evergreen themes found in the incredible work of this literary master.”

Moore added,

 

“As a long-time fan of Philip K. Dick’s work, it’s a tremendous honour and thrill to be part of this series,” said Ronald D. Moore. “His short stories are a treasure-trove of material for artists to draw from and I think this will be a very exciting project.”

Channel 4 Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt also added a comment and excitement for the upcoming series and involvement of Moore and Cranston.

“Philip K. Dick’s short stories have shaped iconic Hollywood films from ‘Blade Runner’ to ‘Minority Report.’ ‘Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K Dick’ will adapt and modernise his singular vision for a TV audience. We are thrilled to be partnering with the talented team at Sony Pictures Television on an anthology series that brings together global stars of the calibre of Bryan Cranston and Ronald D. Moore.”

Also executive producing are James Degus, Isa Dick Hackett, Kalen Egan, Christopher Tricarico, Maril Davis, as well as David Kanter, and Matt DeRoss.

There is no word yet on an expected premiere date.

Wolverine 3 Will Be Rated R

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Simon Kinberg as officially confirmed that the upcoming Wolverine 3 film will be rated R. He confirmed the R rating to Collider as well as that the third installment has already begun filming.

He said,

“I’m not sure what I’m allowed to say about that. I will agree with you that Patrick Stewart was rumored to be a part of that film. It takes place in the future, and as you and others have reported, it is an R-rated movie. It’s violent, it’s kind of like a western in its tone. It’s just a very cool, different film,” Kinberg said.

Wolverine 3 will see the return on Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart as Wolverine and Professor Charles Xavier. They are joined by Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Eriq La Salle and Elise Neal. There are also rumors that mutant X-23 will be making an appearance in the film as well.

The film is directed by James Mangold with a script from David James Kelly.