Justin Lin to Direct a ‘Hot Wheels’ Movie

Mattel Entertainment and Legendary are now teaming up for a Hot Wheels movie in earnest. The toy car icon will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in the summer of 2018, so I’d be surprised if they weren’t aiming for a well-timed release date.

Since 2011, Legendary was in talks to acquire the movie rights from Mattel. Since then, the project has seen such names as McG and Simon Crane temporarily occupy the director’s chair, but Justin Lin is the name of the game today. Via THR, Lin “has closed a deal to develop, direct and produce, via his Perfect Storm Entertainment, a feature based on popular car toyline from Mattel.”

Lin just closed out Star Trek Beyond for Paramount earlier this year and is next looking forward to helming the possible Space Jam sequel to name just two. Lin has experience having directed the third through sixth installments of the Fast and Furious series, so he might actually be able to make a Hot Wheels film work where others like Need for Speed failed. Meanwhile, Mattel Entertainment also has the upcoming movie projects Masters of the Universe and Barbie at Sony, and Monster High set up at Universal.

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‘Jumanji’: New Details Reveal Video Game Theme

The movie, led by Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, in the jungle, which spurred a few questions about Doctor Who breakout Karen Gillan‘s outfit in the movie.

Well, some of those questions should be answered by the revelations about the movie that have come to light. Younger cast members have been added to the cast – Alex WolffSer’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, and the formerly announced Morgan Turner – and that the movie will focus on a video game of Jumanji that their characters are sucked into to become the avatars played by Johnson, Hart, Gillan, and Jack Black. If the Jumanji game is meant to be an amalgamation of cues from popular adventure games, Gillan looking like Lara Croft suddenly makes a little more sense, even if the good intentions still seem a bit dubious.

THR reports that Wolff’s character will be in control of Johnson’s Dr. Bravestone, but none of the other match-ups have been confirmed yet. Not for nothing does Dr. Bravestone also seem very similar to the lead hero of Uncharted, which ironically seems like it would be the perfect fit for a prime Dwayne Johnson performance.

‘Thor: Ragarok’: Sam Neill Joines the Cast

Sam Neill was recently interviewed by Shortlist about his role in Thor: Ragnarok, to which he replied,

“I’m not really allowed to say this and I can’t tell you what it is… I did a couple of days on Thor just before I came over here. If I say anything else, Marvel’s secret agents — and they are lethal — will come and get me and probably my children, as well.”

Still, that’s more than we’ve heard elsewhere! Now let the speculation begin … Neill had some fun with the fervor on Twitter, teasing:

Not sure I’m IN #ThorRagnarok exactly. Was ON SET 4 or 5 days. Making tea for @TaikaWaititi mostly.

Neill recently worked with Ragnarok director Taika Waititi on Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and of course famously co-starred with Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park. As for who he’ll be playing in Ragnarok, it sounds like if he was only on set for a handful of days it will be a special cameo role.

There are of course a lot of questions about Ragnarok, including what kind of tone it might take, and whether it will (hopefully, please) be better than The Dark World. Still, the original Thor is one of my favorite in the Marvel franchise, setting up my very favorite MCU movie The Avengers, and the core struggle between brothers (sort of) Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor.

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3, 2017. 

‘Fuller House’ Season 2 Premiere Date Announced

Last year, Netflix launched what ended up being a fairly polarizing reboot of the iconic family series Full House in Fuller House, riding the waves of nostalgia that has brought us innumerable other reboots and restarts in the past few years (of wavering quality).

Now, Netflix has finally revealed the premiere date for the return of the series, which will land on Friday, December 9th, as well as a new poster that plays up the heartwarming themes the show still is looking to capitalize on.

Fuller House brings back original cast members Candace Cameron Bure as D.J. Tanner-Fuller, Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie Tanner, Andrea Barber as Kimmy Gibbler, and Scott Weinger as Steve Hale, as well as newcomers Juan Pablo Di Pace as Fernando, Soni Nicole Bringas as Romona, Michael Campion as Jackson, Elias Harger as Max, Dashiell and Fox Messitt Twins as Baby Tommy,John Brotherton as Matt Harmon, and Ashley Liao as Lola.

Check out the official synopsis below:

In the spinoff series, Fuller House, the adventures that began in 1987 on Full House continue, with veterinarian D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron-Bure) recently widowed and living in San Francisco. D.J.’s younger sister/aspiring musician Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) and D.J.’s lifelong best friend/fellow single mother Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), along with Kimmy’s feisty teenage daughter Ramona, all move in to help take care of D.J.’s three boys the rebellious 12-year-old Jackson, neurotic 7-year-old Max and her newborn baby, Tommy Jr. 

Time Warner CEO Says “Room for Improvement” With DCEU

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said during an investors conference (via Variety) that there is “a little room for improvement” in the creative execution of WB’s DC Comics adaptations, adding, “The DC Comics characters… have a little more lightness in them than maybe what you saw in [Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad], so we’re thinking about that.”

Bewkes noted that Warner Bros. has succeeded in its main goal, which was to reinvigorate the DC Comics properties with new incarnations including Ben Affleck’s Batman, so what they’re focused on now is improving the creative side of things:

“The strategy worked. The execution did deliver what we wanted to do. We can do a little better on the creative… We’re right on course or better.”

The problem with Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad wasn’t really that they were too dark. BvS mostly lacked a joyful quality and had some serious story issues that were improved by the superior Ultimate Edition cut. Suicide Squad‘s problems were more serious, as that was a film that suffered from too much post-production tinkering, with murky character motivations at best.

In the wake of BvS, Warner Bros. restructured its executives a bit and set Geoff Johns to oversee the entirety of the DC Extended Universe. He subsequently sat down with Aquaman director James Wan to hammer out that story before moving forward, and presumably did the same onThe Flash.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners Not Involved in Potential Prequel Series

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have always said the show has a firm endgame, and Benioff, Weiss, and HBO came to the agreement that the series will indeed conclude after Season 8. However, that’s not necessarily the end of Game of Thrones forever, as HBO has expressed interest in a possible spinoff or prequel series given the wealth of content.

Benioff and Weiss were asked about this, replying with a firm “Thanks, but no thanks.”:

“You might want to ask George about that,” Benioff said, gesturing to Thrones book author George RR Martin, who attended the awards show with them. “It’s a great world that George created. It’s a very rich world. I’m sure there will be other series set in Westeros. But for us, this is it.”


In these past five years Weiss and Benioff and have not really had a break, so it’s no surprise that once Game of Thrones ends, they’ll be happy to move onto other things.

As for a potential Game of Thrones prequel series or spinoff, there’s certainly a wealth of content at HBO’s disposal, but the network has not yet confirmed that they are moving forward with such a show.

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Prequel Reportedly Being Made

A new report from Australia’s Herald Sun states that a Mad Max: Fury Road prequel is not only in the works over at Warner Bros., it could start filming in Australia as soon as this year with George Miller returning at the helm. Now that is the kind of story I would love to believe, but there are a few odd bits that leave a lot of room for questions.

Here’s what the Herald Sun is saying:

The prequel to Mad Max: Fury Road starring TOM HARDY will be filmed in and around Broken Hill…

Pre-production is gearing up on the multi-million-dollar action-packed Warner Bros franchise, with NSW’s Broken Hill Studios Miller’s first choice for shooting, which could start as soon as later this year. Mad Max 4 was plagued by delays when extended rain turned the desert green and the uber director had to move location to Namibia…

The script is said to focus on the backstory of Furiosa, played by Oscar winner CHARLIZE THERON.

2016 Emmy Awards Complete Winners List

Outstanding Drama Series
Game of Thrones (HBO)
The Americans (FX)
House of Cards (Netflix)
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Mr. Robot (USA)
Homeland (Showtime)

Outstanding Comedy Series
Veep (HBO)
Transparent (Amazon)
Silicon Valley (HBO)
Modern Family (ABC)
Master of None (Netflix)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot (USA)
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (Showtime)
Kyle Chandler, Bloodline (Netflix)
Matthew Rhys, The Americans (FX)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)
Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Taraji P. Henson, Empire (Fox)
Keri Russell, The Americans (FX)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)
Aziz Ansari, Master of None (Netflix)
Anthony Anderson, black-ish (ABC)
William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)
Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (Fox)
Thomas Middleditch, Silicon Valley (HBO)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Ellie Kemper, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish (ABC)
Laurie Metcalfe, Getting On (HBO)
Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)

Outstanding Limited Series
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Fargo (FX)
American Crime (ABC)
Roots (History)
The Night Manager (AMC)

Outstanding Television Movie
All the Way (HBO)
Confirmation (HBO)
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)
Luther (BBC One)
A Very Murray Christmas (Netflix)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie
Bryan Cranston, All the Way (HBO)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride (PBS)
Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Cuba Gooding, Jr., The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Idris Elba, Luther (BBC America)
Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager (AMC)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie

Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Kirsten Dunst, Fargo (FX)
Kerry Washington, Confirmation (HBO)
Felicity Huffman, American Crime (ABC)
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill (HBO)
Lili Taylor, American Crime (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Louie Anderson, Baskets
Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Matt Walsh, Veep
Tony Hale, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Niecy Nash, Getting On
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Judith Light, Transparent
Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Michael Kelly, House of Cards
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Maisie Williams, Game of Thrones
Maura Tierney, The Affair
Constance Zimmer, UnREAL

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Jesse Plemons, Fargo
Bokeem Woodbine, Fargo
Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager
Sterling K. Brown, People v. O.J. Simpson
David Schwimmer, People v. O.J. Simpson
John Travolta, People v. O.J. Simpson

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Melissa Leo, All the Way
Regina King, American Crime
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Hotel
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Hotel
Jean Smart, Fargo
Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Max von Sydow, Game of Thrones
Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards
Mahershala Ali, House of Cards
Paul Sparks, House of Cards
Hank Azaria, Ray Donovan
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Tracy Morgan, Saturday Night Live
Larry David, Saturday Night Live
Bradley Whitford, Transparent
Martin Mull, Veep
Peter Scolari, Girls

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Tina Fey & Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Amy Schumer, Saturday Night Live
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
Laurie Metcalf, The Big Bang Theory
Melora Hardin, Transparent

Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Laurie Metcalf, Horace and Pete
Molly Parker, House of Cards
Ellen Burstyn, House of Cards
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex
Margo Martindale, The Americans
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife

Outstanding Variety Talk Series
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Crackle)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC)
The Late Late Show With James Corden (CBS)
Real Time With Bill Maher (HBO)

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series
Documentary Now! (IFC)
Drunk History (Comedy Central)
Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)
Key & Peele (Comedy Central)
Portlandia (IFC)
Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Outstanding Reality Competition Series
The Amazing Race (CBS)
The Voice (NBC)
Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
Top Chef (Bravo)
American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
Project Runway (Lifetime)

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series 
Downton Abbey – Michael Engler, “Episode 9″
Game of Thrones – Miguel Sapochnik, “Battle of the Bastards” 
Game of Thrones – Jack Bender, “The Door”
Homeland – Lesli Linka Glatter, “The Tradition of Hospitality”
Ray Donovan – David Hollander, “Excuscito”
The Knick – Steven Soderbergh, “This Is All We Are”

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series 
Downton Abbey – “Episode 8″, Julian Fellowes
Game of Thrones – “Battle of the Bastards”, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss  
Mr. Robot – “eps1.0_hellofriend.mov (Pilot)”, Sam Esmail
The Americans – “Persona Non Grata”, Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg
The Good Wife – “End”, Robert King and Michelle King
UnREAL – “Return”, Marti Noxon and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series 
Master of None – Aziz Ansari, “Parents”
Silicon Valley – Mike Judge, “Founder Friendly”
Silicon Valley – Alec Berg, “Daily Active Users”
Transparent – Jill Soloway, “Man on the Land”  
Veep – Chris Addison, “Morning After”
Veep – David Mandel, “Kissing Your Sister”
Veep – David Mandel, “Mother”

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series 
Catastrophe – “Episode 1″, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan
Master of None – “Parents”, Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang
Silicon Valley – “Founder Friendly”, Dan O’Keefe
Silicon Valley – “The Uptick”, Alec Berg
Veep – “Morning After”, David Mandel
Veep – “Mother”, Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
All the Way – Jay Roach
Fargo – Noah Hawley, “Before the Law”
The Night Manager – Susanne Bier
The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – Ryan Murphy, “From the Ashes of Tragedy”
The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – John Singleton, “The Race Card”
The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – Anthony Hemingway, “Manna from Heaven”

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special
Fargo – “Palindrome”, Noah Hawley
Fargo – “Loplop”, Bob DeLaurentis
The Night Manager – David Farr
The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – “Marcia, Marcia Marcia”, D.V. DeVincentes
The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – “From the Ashes of Tragedy”, Scott Alexander and Larry Karazewski
The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story – “The Race Card”, Joe Robert Cole

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Michael Giacchino Steps in to Score ‘Rogue One’

Alexandre Desplat will no longer create the score for the first Star Wars standalone film. BUT: The incredible Oscar-winning Michael Giacchino will take his place.

Desplat, who previously composed Argo and The Grand Budapest Hotel, was no longer available to score, due to schedule conflicts introduced by the reshoots for Rogue One. In the search for a new composer, Disney and Lucasfilm turned to Giacchino, who has a long history with the studio.

Giacchino’s most beloved work has come out of his collaboration with Pixar on the films The Incredibles,Ratatouille, Up, Cars 2, and Inside Out. He also scored this year’s Disney Animation breakout Zootopia, and has previously worked with the live-action division on Sky High, John Carter, and Tomorrowland.

Giacchino, a self-professed Star Wars fan and a devoted fan of  John Williams, is also a career-long collaborator of J.J. Abrams and had a cameo as a storm trooper in The Force Awakens. Fittingly, he now becomes the first composer to work on a Star Wars movie besides Williams.

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Natalie Portman Possibly in Oscar Race

One of the movies at Toronto International Film Festival was the Jackie Kennedy biopic Jackie, which is anything but your standard biopic. Fox Searchlight has secured domestic distribution rights to the film and has already staked out a very Oscar friendly December 9th release date.

It was subsequently produced independently, with Aronofsky remaining involved as a producer, but the film marks the English-language debut of Neruda director Pablo Larrain. The story recounts the hours following John F. Kennedy’s assassination, focusing on its impact on the First Lady (played by Natalie Portman).

Portman is the central focus of this film and she delivers an incredible performance that, now that the film has Fox Searchlight and a December release date, likely ensures she’ll be a major part of the upcoming Best Actress race.

This Jackie news is coming in handy for the Los Cabos International Film Festival, which will provide the Mexican premiere of the film during it November 9th through 13th festival run.

‘Pokemon Generations’: Animated Series For YouTube

For longtime fans of the franchise and newcomers alike, one aspect that has long been missing from the pantheon of marketing material was a show that was more closely tied into the video games themselves. Recent news confirms that The Pokemon Company has answered that call with a new animated web series named Pokemon Generations looking to fill in that gap.

Due to a new trailer released by The Pokémon Company (via Screenrant), we’ve got our first look. The upcoming series will be comprised of three-to-five-minute installments that seek to explore each of the franchise’s video games. These new animated adventures will take inspiration from game events, characters, and critters, to flesh out brand new stories from all across the virtual landscape.

Look for Pokemon Generations on YouTube starting September 16th and airing each week, running all the way through the fall to December 23rd!

‘G.I. Joe 3’ Delayed Due to The Rock’s Schedule

Back in 2009, Paramount Pictures and Hasbro rolled out their live-action G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra adaptation, hoping for a repeat of the 2007 live-action Transformers success.

Unfortunately, building your franchise on the a busy actor like Dwayne Johnson means that continuing your franchise is now dependent on his schedule. That fact was confirmed by co-star Byung-hun Lee during a recent chat with LRM (via ScreenRant) during TIFF.

“I heard from the studio that there’s a possibility to do the third one, but I think they’re waiting for the actors’ schedules. They’re arranging the schedules for the actors, especially Dwayne Johnson.”

Lee and co-star Ray Park have been in contact:

“Him and I always talk about those kinds of ideas and some other projects and what if we do some things. We always talk, but it’s just talk.”

Johnson will lend his voice to the Disney film Moana and will star in the anticipated 2017 films Fast 8BaywatchJourney 3, and Jumanji. As if that all wasn’t enough already, he’s poised to enter Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe as Black Adam, antagonist to Captain Marvel in Shazam!, scheduled for 2019. 

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