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The latest Sony related news and industry news as well.

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by SONYESP » Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:26 pm

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

GLASS---new tv spot for the M. Night Shyamalan sequel.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2VduP7rM_w



DUMBO---new trailer released for the remake movie.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NiYVoqBt-8&t=31s



EVERYBODY KNOWS---trailer released for the movie starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnoBx999MZM



HIGH NOON---remake underway of the classic 1952 Stanley Kramer Western that starred Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. David L. Hunt (GREATER) is the writer/director. Kramer's widow, Karen, is the executive producer.

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GHOSTBUSTERS 3---Dan Aykroyd said a second sequel is underway and he thinks Bill Murray will return, "It's being written right now. There is a possibility of a reunion with the three remaining Ghostbusters...I think Billy will come. The story's so good. Even if he plays a ghost."

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THE MANDALORIAN---former MMA star Gina Carano (DEADPOOL) will co-star with Pedro Pascal in the STAR WARS tv series.

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AQUAMAN---poster released for the Jason Momoa movie.

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JACK REACHER---author Lee Childs said Tom Cruise will no longer play Jack Reacher and the movie franchise will be replaced by a tv series, "There won’t be any more movies with Tom Cruise… Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality.” Cruise is 5' 7" and Reacher is 6' 5".
Childs added, “I really enjoyed working with Cruise. He’s a really, really nice guy. We had a lot of fun, but ultimately the readers are right. The size of Reacher is really, really important and it’s a big component of who he is. And I want all those readers who were upset about Tom Cruise to help me out – participate in choosing the right actor for the TV series. We’re rebooting and starting over and we’re going to try and find the perfect guy."

BOSCH---Amazon renewed the series for Season 6.

DOCTOR WHO---the BBC confirmed there will not be a Christmas Special, but a special episode will air on New Years Day. BBC America will have a "Who Years Day" Christmas Special marathon beginning on December 24.

GODZILLA VS. KONG---Lance Reddick (JOHN WICK) has joined the sequel cast.

THE ONE---Netflix sci series underway in which DNA is used to find the perfect partner for anyone but leads to deadly consequences.

THE CONNERS----Sarah Chalke will guest star on the November 27 episode.

THE BIG BANG THEORY---Iain Armitage (YOUNG SHELDON) will do a crossover cameo in December.

MICKEY MOUSE---a long-lost 1928 16 mm film of Walt Disney's "Neck 'n' Neck" cartoon featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a predecessor to Mickey Mouse, was discovered by a Japanese aime historian. Yasushi Watanabe, 84, bought the film from a toy wholesaler almost 70 years ago and recently discovered its significance.

TRIVIA---in CITY SLICKERS, Jake Gyllenhaal's first movie role was playing Billy Crystal's son, Danny Robbins. Crystal's daughter, Holly, was played by Crystal's real daughter, Lindsay.

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by SONYESP » Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:41 pm

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16

THE LIBERATOR---Netflix four-part miniseries underway based on the book THE LIBERATOR: ONE WORLD WAR II SOLDIER'S 500-DAY ODYSSEY which follows an Army officer from the invasion of Sicily to the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. The miniseries will use newly-patented CGI/live-action Triscope Enhanced Hybrid Animation. Jeb Stuart (DIE HARD, THE FUGITIVE) is the writer/executive producer.

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FEAR STREET---RL Stine posted on the status of the 20th Century Fox movies based on his books, "Every day, people ask me if there will ever be movies based on the Fear Street books. The answer is yes. THREE Fear Street movies are in the works at Fox. While you wait, you might try the newest book..."

REBECCA---Netflix movie underway based on the Daphne du Maurier novel starring Lily James and Armie Hammer. The original 1940 Alfred Hitchcock movie starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine.

ALIEN: AWAKENING---a source within the ALIEN franchise denied a report that a script was written for the AWAKENING sequel, but the source said other franchise projects are underway.

THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST'S DAUGHTER---CW tv series underway based on the novel in which the daughters of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde team up with the daughters of other literary figures to solve the murders committed by Mr. Hyde.

THE UNDOING---Hugh Grant will co-star with Nicole Kidman in this HBO miniseries based on the book YOU SHOULD HAVE KNOWN.

SCIENCE FAIR---Universal Pictures/Elizabeth Banks movie underway based on the documentary about nine high school students competing in the International Science and Engineering Fair.

TRIVIA---in TOTAL RECALL, the voice and likeness for Johnny Cab was provided by Robert Picardo (STAR TREK: VOYAGER).

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by SONYESP » Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:32 pm

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19

STAR WARS: EPISODE IX---a source claims a leaked scene has Luke Skywalker returning in EPISODE IX.

"Luke Skywalker in front of Rey on a jungle world. In the background are ancient stone steps that lead to some rooms which appear to be a Jedi Temple of some kind. Luke appears to be in his physical form as if he is not dead, but he may be a Force ghost and more solid this time. No blue hue is described in the sequence."

"Luke’s face has no beard and shorter hair - shorter than his hair on Crait. He wears a brown robe with white sleeves."

"Luke holds his iconic green lightsaber hilt in his hand but not ignited as Rey examines it. This could be one of Luke’s lessons to Rey, teaching her how to develop a lightsaber like his own."


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THE SAINT---Chris Pratt is in negotiations to star in the Paramount Pictures reboot of its movie based on the novels and tv series. Val Kilmer starred in the 1997 movie, and Roger Moore starred in the tv series.

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JOKER---photo shows Joaquin Phoenix in a scene where The Joker is being chased by NYPD detectives.

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3---a rumor claims Travis Knight (BUMBLEBEE) is the top candidate to replace James Gunn as the director of the sequel.

DHAKA---David Harbour (STRANGER THINGS) will co-star with Chris Hemsworth in this Netflix movie about two mercenaries who team up to rescue a boy who is kidnapped in India.

ARROW-VERSE---CW released a poster for the "Elseworlds" crossover which airs on December 9, 10 and 11.

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SUPERGIRL---Jon Cryer will play Lex Luthor in Season 4.

MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.----ABC renewed the series for Season 7.

THE BONE COLLECTOR---NBC tv series underway based on the novel and 1999 movie that starred Denzel Washigton and Angelina Jolie.

THE INNOCENT MAN---Netflix six-part documentary underway based on John Grisham's book, THE INNOCENT MAN: MURDER AND INJUSTICE IN A SMALL TOWN.

FIRST LADY---CBS/Michael Weatherly tv series underway about the First Lady who divorces her husband, the President of the United States, and becomes an investigative reporter.

BIG MOUTH----Netflix renewed the series for Season 3.

TRIVIA---more James Bond movie trivia.
Vladek Sheybal, a Polish character actor, played Sean Connery's nemesis in two movies, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE and THE WIND AND THE LION.
Sheybal, was persuaded by his friend, Connery, to appear in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE playing SPECTRE Head of Planning Tov Kronsteen. In THE WIND AND THE LION, Sheybal played the Bashaw, who betrayed his brother, Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli (Connery).

In FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, Vladek Sheybal played James Bond's nemesis, Tov Kronsteen, SPECTRE's Head of Planning.

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In THE WIND AND THE LION, Sheybal played the Bashaw who betrayed his brother, Connery's character, Mulai Ahmed er Raisuli.

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Sheybal also played 007's nemesis, Le Chiffre's auction representative, in the original CASINO ROYALE, but without Connery as 007.

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by SONYESP » Tue Nov 20, 2018 2:20 pm

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

REPLICAS---trailer released for the sci fi movie starring Keanu Reeves.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X27BdSJ5yTc



THE WALKING DEAD---trailer released for the mid-season finale.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TeW__gwKcY



GAME OF THRONES---George RR Martin commented on the prequel series timeline, “‘10,000 years’ is mentioned in the novels. But you also have places where maesters say, ‘No, no, it wasn’t 10,000, it was 5,000.’ . . . So I think it’s closer to 5,000 years. Westeros is a very different place. There’s no King’s Landing. There’s no Iron Throne. There are no Targaryens — Valyria has hardly begun to rise yet with its dragons and the great empire that it built. We’re dealing with a different and older world and hopefully that will be part of the fun of the series. [Jane Goldman] is a tremendous talent.”

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THE LOUDEST VOICE IN THE ROOM---photo shows Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, from the Showtime miniseries.

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STAN LEE---Stan Lee's POP! Entertainment released an open letter response to Bill Maher's blog post which criticized US adults for taking comic books too seriously which results in the infantilization of modern pop culture.

“Mr. Maher: Comic books, like all literature, are storytelling devices. When written well by great creators such as Stan Lee, they make us feel, make us think and teach us lessons that hopefully make us better human beings. One lesson Stan taught so many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful that we can say you have a right to your opinion that comics are childish and unsophisticated. Many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare.

But to say that Stan merely inspired people to ‘watch a movie’ is in our opinion frankly disgusting. Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls. He gave us the X-Men, Black Panther, Spider-Man and many other heroes and stories that offered hope to those who felt different and bullied while inspiring countless to be creative and dream of great things to come.”

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HALLOWEEN---an early draft for the recent sequel had Michael Myers killing Laurie Strode.

BODYGUARD---Richard Madden said he and creator Jed Mercurio will be discussing a possible sequel to the BBC/Netflix miniseries, “I’m having a conversation with [creator Jed Mercurio] in about ten days or something, when I’m back in the country, and we are just going to chat through some ideas. We never intended to make another one and I don’t know, I’m excited to see what he’s got..."

THE PROGENY---CW tv series underway based on the novel about an amnesiac woman discovers she is a descendant of Elizabeth Bathory, one of history's greatest mass murders.

MR. MERCEDES---AT&T Audience Network renewed the series for Season 3.

GATZ---Youtube Premium tv series which is a reimagined prequel to THE GREAT GATSBY where Jay Gatsby is mixed-race during the Harlem Renaissance.

TRIVIA---composer Lalo Schifrin was awarded an honorary Academy Award after receiving six Oscar nominations. His scores included DIRTY HARRY, BULLITT and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. He also scored ABOMINABLE, a 2006 monster movie directed by his son, Ryan.

Lalo Schifrin receives his honorary Academy Award from Clint Eastwood.

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Schifrin's scores include DIRTY HARRY, BULLITT and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE.

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Schifrin also composed the score for ABOMINABLE which was directed by his son, Ryan.

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by SONYESP » Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:10 pm

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD---Warner Bros. released the trailer for the Peter Jackson World War I documentary which will be shown in select US theaters on December 17 and 27.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrabKK9Bhds&t=6s



JAMES BOND---survey company Morning Consult conducted a US survey on the James Bond movies.
The survey results are:

Top Ten James Bond movies: GOLDFINGER, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, LIVE AND LET DIE, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, CASINO ROYALE, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, DR. NO, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME.

Bottom Five James Bond movies: ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, MOONRAKER, SPECTRE, THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS

James Bond approval rating: Sean Connery-82%, Pierce Brosnan-81%, Roger Moore-74%, Daniel Craig-71%, Timothy Dalton-49%, George Lazenby-31%

A black James Bond: 52% yes, 29% no
A female James Bond: 37% yes, 48% no
A gay James Bond: 28% yes, 52% no

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THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK---Alessandro Nivola (JURASSIC PARK 3) is in negotiations to play Dickey Moltisanti, father of Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperoli) in THE SOPRANOS prequel movie.

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NORTHERN EXPOSURE---CBS revival of the tv series is underway with Rob Morrow returning as Dr. Joel Fleischman. The plot has Fleischmsn returning to Cicely, Alaska for a friend's funeral where he reunites with past friends and meets new friends. John Corbett will return as Chris Stevens "from time to time". No other original cast members were mentioned.

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THE WALKING DEAD---the last episode drew 4.79 million viewers which is the lowest in series history. Season 9 is averaging 5.25 million viewers per episode which is 33% below Season 8.
Also, showrunner Angela Kang said she hopes Maggie (Lauren Cohan) will return for Season 10, "We will hopefully come back to Maggie's story in Season 10. Lauren and I have been texting about some things, and we're hopefully gonna schedule a conversation, but Georgie's group is definitely out there in world doing some stuff, and I have some notion of what they're up to. They may also be part of the universe in general. That's really up to Scott [Gimple], but we'll see how it all plays out."

BIRDS OF PREY---Margot Robbie posted that the spinoff movie's official title is BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN).

TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED---reboot of the tv series based on the Roald Dahl short story collection is underway.

MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM---movie underway based on the horror novel.

SALVATION---CBS cancelled the series.

MACHETE 3---Danny Trejo commented on a possible new sequel, "MACHETE KILLS IN SPACE, yeah, uh, Robert's, Robert's doing, you know, working on, working on it, it's gonna be, when that comes out, it's gonna just be, just unbelievably crazy...I would say that, uh, Robert has his own timetable for doing stuff. I know he's working on a big movie right now [ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL]".

THANKSGIVING TRIVIA---Jeri Ryan (STAR TREK: VOYAGER) had her first role in PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES as one of the bus passengers, but she was fired because she was laughing at the wrong times, "It was a scene on a bus, and John Candy and Steve Martin were very sweet and really nice guys. We were cutting up and doing goofy things between takes. I`d never been on a movie set before and it never occurred to me [that] you couldn`t laugh when they were doing funny stuff. And after three days, I was told, `You don`t need to come back.` They reshot it without me."

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by SONYESP » Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:19 pm

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27

I AM THE NIGHT---trailer released for the TNT/Patty Jenkins miniseries starring Chris Pine.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcxAaIfKBeI



THE PRIMEVALS---trailer released for the "lost movie" of special effects artist David Allen.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQS1ReAAIms



THE WALKING DEAD---trailer released for Season 9 mid-season premiere.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3TPXgAIAy0


Producer Greg Nicotero said he asked George A. Romero to direct an episode, "You know, we loved the idea of George coming onboard. Frank Darabont and I talked about it after the end of season 1. And I had a conversation with George and I said, 'Hey, man, would you ever want to come and direct?' This was after we’d only aired six episodes. So, the show hadn’t really even caught on. And George said, 'No, listen, you guys have your world, and I have my world' and it’s cool. I think he really was still intending on developing some other zombie stuff."
Also, the Season 9 midseason final episode drew a series low 5.1 million viewers which was down 35% from Season 8's midseason finale.
Tom Payne talked about leaving the series, “It was a mutual [decision], and I was really happy about it. I expressed unhappiness [to the producers] last season…. You can’t help but feel a little bit despondent when you’re not released to do some cool stuff. I loved the character, but there was just so much potential [based on the comic-book Jesus]… that wasn’t realized. [So] I wasn’t sad to say goodbye to that frustration. It was constant.”

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN---Nicholas Meyer commented on the CBS tv miniseries based on his THE WRATH OF KHAN, “I was commissioned to write a 3-hour or 3-night event, and that’s what I did. It’s called CETI ALPHA V and I don’t know the current status. It’s been up in the air. Partially, there was a lot of confusion between CBS, and there were big upheavals at CBS and while they sort of didn’t know who was in charge, they also didn’t know what they were going to do with CETI ALPHA V. I’m not exactly sure what’s happened, I haven’t heard from them in some time.”
He added, “It’s very good. It’s a terrific trilogy. I think one of the things that happened is they’re not sure that a trilogy is long enough to warrant the cost of doing it. Maybe it should be something longer, or … I don’t know the details of their thinking, because I haven’t heard them.”
Meyer also commented on INTO DARKNESS, which was a loose remake of THE WRATH OF KHAN, “It is, on the one hand, nice to be so successful or beloved or however you want to describe it that somebody wants to do a homage to what you did and I was flattered and touched. But in my sort of artistic worldview, if you’re going to do an homage you have to add something. You have to put another layer on it, and they didn’t.
Just by putting the same words in different characters’ mouths didn’t add up to anything, and if you have someone dying in one scene and sort of being resurrected immediately after there’s no real drama going on. It just becomes a gimmick or gimmicky, and that’s what I found it to be ultimately.”

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HELLBOY---new photo of David Harbour starring in the remake movie.

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STAR WARS: EPISODE IX---a rumor claims Natalie Portman will have a non-speaking cameo as Padme Amidala with her her grandson, Kylo Ren.

AQUAMAN---producer Peter Safaran said Julie Andrews will provide the voice for the Karathen, "an undersea creature that holds the key to Arthur Curry's (Jason Momoa) quest to unite the Atlantean and surface worlds."

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA---Kurt Russell said he, "probably won’t be" in the Dwayne Johnson reboot movie, and added, "He's just a really good guy. I like working with him and if he's going to do it, he and his crew will hopefully be able to come up with something that I guess makes the title work."

DOCTOR WHO---British sci fi magazine STARBURST claims showrunner Chris Chibnall will leave the series in 2019 because he is unhappy with how the series is being run behind the scenes. If Chibnall does leave, Jodie Whitaker will also leave as a show of loyalty.

HONEST THIEF---Robert Patrick is in talks to play a crooked FBI gent in this movie starring Liam Neeson and Kate Walsh in which a robber stashes $7 million in loot in a storage facility and falls in love with one of its employees.

MISBEHAVIOR---Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Greg Kinnear star in this movie about the true story of the Womens Liberation Movement storming the live broadcast of the 1970 Miss World pageant and the winner being the first black Miss World.

ATLANTIC CROSSING---Kyle McLachlan and Sofia Helin star in this eight-part World War II miniseries about Crown Princess Martha, who fled Norway during the Nazi invasion, and moved into the White House where she had a strong influence on Franklin Roosevelt's foreign policy.

MacGYVER---George Eads is reportedly leaving the reboot series after an altercation on the set. No details were released.

TIME'S FOOL---movie underway based on the novel about a man who is cursed to be trapped in a train except one night every seven years when the train stops at his hometown where he has a few hours to break the curse. Paul King (PADDINGTON) is the director.

TRIVIA---the 1971 ABC tv movie DUEL was the full-length movie debut of Steven Spielberg. In the scene where Dennis Weaver enters the phone booth, Spielberg can be seen in his reflection on the phone booth glass.

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by SONYESP » Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:50 pm

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28

SHATNER CLAUSE---video of William Shatner's "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer" from Shatner's new SHATNER CLAUS Christmas album.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF2rjriHphg



FORBES HIGHEST-PAID TV HOSTS---FORBES released its highest-paid tv hosts for 2018.

1. Judy Sheindlin (JUDGE JUDY)--$147 million
2. Ellen DeGeneres (THE ELLEN DeGENERES SHOW)--$87.5 million
3. Dr. Phil McGraw (DR. PHIL)--$77.5 million
4. Ryan Seacrest (LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN)--$74 million
5. Steve Harvey (FAMILY FEUD)--$44 million

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WEST SIDE STORY---Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar in the original 1961 movie, will play Valentina in the Steven Spielberg remake. Valentina is an original character based on the Doc character in the original movie.

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CREED II---Sylvester Stallone announced that CREED II will be his appearance as Rocky Balboa, “Well, this is probably my last rodeo because what I thought happened, and has happened, I never expected. I thought Rocky was over in 2006 [Rocky Balboa]. And I was very happy with that. Then all of a sudden this young man presented himself and the whole story changed. It went on to a new generation. New problems. New adventures. And I couldn’t be happier as I step back because my story has been told, there’s a whole new world that’s going to be opening up with the audience, with this generation. Now you [pointing to Michael B. Jordan], have to carry the mantle.”

CANDYMAN---Nia DaCosta (LITTLE WOODS) will direct the remake of the 1992 slasher movie.

SPIDER-WOMAN---Sony Pictures animated movie underway about three generations of Spider-Women. Bek Smith is the writer.

5 YEAR---new Robert Kirkman tv series underway in which people in different regions of Earth must cope with a meteor that will collide with Earth in five years.

THE WALKING DEAD---a fan petition was started requesting that the series writers should not kill off Daryl's German Shepherd named Dog.

COWBOY BEBOP---Netflix live-action tv series underway based on the anime.

SHARKEY THE BOUNTY HUNTER---Netflix/Mark Millar tv series underway about the bounty hunter who pursues criminals throughout the galaxy in his rocket-powered ice cream truck.

CRIMINAL---new Netflix series involving 12 stories set entirely in a police interview suite in England, France, Germany and Spain.

CALL OF DUTY---the Activision Blizzard Studios movie sequel based on the video game will be written by Joe Robert Cole (BLACK PANTHER).

TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE---Netflix sequel underway.

THE HANDMAID'S TALE---Margaret Atwood confirmed she is writing a sequel novel titled THE TESTAMENTS.

TRIVIA---the hit disaster movie THE TOWERING INFERNO featured an all-star cast which included Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire and Jennifer Jones. Paul Newman's son, Scott, played the fireman who is afraid to rappel down the rope in a scene with McQueen.

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by SONYESP » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:17 pm

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29

THE DAM BUSTERS---Peter Jackson said his long-gestating remake of the 1955 World War II movie about the 1943 RAF raid on Germany's Ruhr Valley dams is back on track, "It's just a great story. It's always been a great story. But it's an even greater story now than it was in 1955 because back then there was still so much of the story that was under the Official Secrets Act." The movie is based on James Holland's book DAM BUSTERS: THE RACE TO SMASH THE DAMS. Holland is a historical adviser on the movie. The original movie starred Richard Todd and Michael Redgrave.

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GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS---director Mike Dougherty released a photo from the sequel with the Biblical caption, "Nothing on earth is its equal— a creature without fear. It looks down on all that are haughty; it is king over all that are proud."

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DRACULA---BBC/Netflix three-part miniseries stars Claes Bang (THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB) as Dracula terrorizing London in 1897. Co-creators are Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (SHERLOCK).

FRENCH REVOLUTION---Netflix released the synopsis for an unnamed mystery series set during the French Revolution, “1787, France. While investigating a series of mysterious murders, Joseph Guillotin – the future inventor of the world famous ‘Guillotine’ – uncovers an unknown virus: the Blue Blood. The disease, quickly spreads amongst the French aristocracy, driving them to murder ordinary people and soon leads to a rebellion… What if the French Revolution didn’t happen the way we were told?”.

YOUNG WALLANDER---Netflix series underway based on the Swedish detective Kurt Wallander novel series.

CBS---the network did not order additional episodes of MURPHY BROWN and HAPPY TOGETHER which suggests the series might be facing cancellation.

GAME OF THRONES---HBO announced the cast reunion special hosted by Conan O'Brien will not be aired but is included in the Complete Series box set which will be released after the final season ends.

CONSOLE WARS---tv miniseries underway based on the book about the Sega vs. Nintendo video game war. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (KONG: SKULL ISLAND) is the director.

STAR WARS GALAXY OF ADVENTURES---Lucasfilm announced the new animated web series.

GEARS OF WAR---F. Scott Frasier (xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE) will write the script for the Universal Pictures movie based on the video game.

BYE BYE BYE---Kevin Hart stars in this Universal Pictures remake of the South Korean movie about a 20-year high school reunion.

TRIVIA---in THE DAM BUSTERS, a then-unknown Robert Shaw (JAWS, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE) played Flight Sergeant John Pulford.

In THE DAM BUSTERS, Robert Shaw played Flight Sergeant John Pulford, and Richard Todd played Wing Commander Guy Gibson.

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by SONYESP » Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:41 pm

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30

JAMES BOND---director Cary Fukunaga said he is rewriting the script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and how it relates to Daniel Craig and his first Bond movie, CASINO ROYALE, "In terms of what I can bring to change the character, Bond is on a character arc that started with CASINO ROYALE, and I will be carrying that on. There will be changes, I am sure. As in any story, a character has to change in order [to have] a narrative.”
He also denied rumors that Christoph Waltz (Ernst Stavro Blofeld) and Ben Whishaw (Q) are not returning for the new sequel, “We haven’t finished the screenplay, so there is no way that anyone could know that. Those are two extraordinary actors, so if there is space for them in the story, I would absolutely want them there. But I don’t know yet what it’s going to be… there will be the things in the Bond-verse that you have come to expect. I can’t say too much, though.”

PINOCCHIO---Tom Hanks is in talks to play Geppetto in the Walt Disney live-action remake of its classic animated movie.

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HOBBS & SHAW---Eiza Gonzalez (BABY DRIVER) will co-star with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in the FAST & FURIOUS spinoff movie.

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BLUE BEETLE---Warner Bros./DC Films movie underway based on hispanic superhero Jaime Reyes. The writer is Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (SCARFACE remake).

SCAR FACE---the British Film Institute (BFI) announced it will no longer provide funding for films that feature villains with facial scars. BFI deputy chief executive officer Ben Roberts said, “Film is a catalyst for change and that is why we are committing to not having negative representations depicted through scars or facial difference in the films we fund.” The BFI is supporting the Changing Faces charity's campaign #IAmNotYourVillain to remove the stigma of facial scars.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL---Jude Law's role in the movie was revealed to be Yon-Rogg according to the Funko Pops! toy line. Rumors claimed Law would be playing Mar-Vell.

CAPTAIN AMERICA---AVENGERS 4 co-director Joe Russo commented on Chris Evans stating he is finished playing Captain America, "... he's not done yet. And I don't want (to) explain what that means but the audience will soon understand what I'm talking about."

KINGSMAN---Daniel Bruhl and Charles Dance will co-star in the prequel movie.

DAREDEVIL---Netflix cancelled the series.

CITY OF GHOSTS---CW tv series underway based on the novel about the afterlife.

THE DRY---Eric Bana will star in the movie based on the novel about an Australian policeman who returns to his hometown for the funeral of a friend who killed his family and then committed suicide. He investigates the killings and discovers a vast conspiracy.

SHOOTING STARS---Universal Pictures biomovie underway based on the LeBron James autobiography.

TRIVIA---in 1985, Clint Eastwood directed Chris Penn in PALE RIDER. In 2003, Eastwood directed Sean Penn, Chris's older brother, in his Academy Award-winning performance in MYSTIC RIVER.

Clint Eastwood directed Chris Penn in PALE RIDER.

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Eastwood directed Sean Penn, Chris's older brother, in his Academy Award-winning performance in MYSTIC RIVER.

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 3

THE MANDALORIAN---Nick Nolte has joined the STAR WARS tv series which includes Pedro Pascal and Gina Carano. His role was not disclosed.
Also, leaked plot details say the tv series is about the journey of a Mandalorian warrior on a mission where he finds and refuses to kill a child. The child is the heir to Mandalore.

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STAR WAR: EPISODE IX---a rumor claims Kylo Ren will have a new helmet, probably his old helmet after being repaired, which is described as having a, "red crystalline bonding material" with a "very corrupted look."

CAPTAIN MARVEL---poster released for the Brie Larson superhero movie.

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A QUIET PLACE---John Krasinski commented on writing the sequel, “I don’t even see it as a sequel. Emily [Blunt] actually blew my mind by categorizing it the correct way after I pitched it to her. She said, ‘This isn’t a sequel at all – this is the second book in a series of books. It’s a widening of a world.’ And I thought that’s the best way to look at it. It doesn’t feel like a sequel – it’s a continuation of living in that world.”

HOBBS AND SHAW---Dwayne Johnson released a photo showing himself and Vanessa Kirby as Hattie Shaw, MI6 agent, and sister of Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).

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THE PREDATOR---photos released from the sequel's alternate ending, which had an ALIEN connection, showed a pod which contained a person, not a Predator suit, who is wearing a Weyland-Yutani "face hugger" breathing apparatus. The person was not disclosed, but it probably was Arnold Schwarzenegger returning as "Dutch".

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GAME OF THRONES---George RR Martin commented on the status of the HBO prequel series, “That’s the show I’m calling ‘The Long Night.’ HBO said, ‘Don’t call it ‘The Long Night,” so that’s not the official title. But I still think of it as ‘The Long Night.’ That’s the one Jane Goldman wrote, and they’re gearing up for preproduction. Naomi Watts has been cast, so that’s very exciting."
He added, “If you look at the published books so far, there’s really very little material about that — a sentence here, a sentence there. Old Nan tells a tale that takes up a paragraph. So Jane had to create the characters, the settings and some of the events, and we had to look at everything that was said and say, ‘O.K., here’s what was said at this point, we need to make it consistent to that.’ We kicked around some ideas and I made some suggestions. But mostly it’s been Jane running with it. It’s set thousands of years before ‘Game of Thrones.’ King’s Landing does not exist. The Iron Throne does not exist. There are no dragons there.”
Martin also mentioned another project, “I wanted to do a show called ‘Spear Carriers,’ which would actually be set during the events of ‘Game of Thrones,’ but it wouldn’t be following Dany, Tyrion and Jaime. They would all be there in the background like Hamlet, and it would be more like, ‘Here’s a story about a guy in the City Watch; here’s a story about a prostitute at one of Littlefinger’s brothels; here’s a story about a mummer who’s in town to do juggling and tricks.’ And they all get caught up in the events. I think that kind of show would be a lot of fun to do. Maybe I’ll be able to convince them to do it!”

THE OUTSIDER---Ben Mendelsohn (ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY) stars in this HBO series based on the Stephen King novel.

NYPD BLUE---ABC pilot reboot underway of the cop series in which NYPD Detective Theo Sipowicz tries to solve the murder of his father, NYPD Detective Andy Sipowicz. Alona Tal (SEAL TEAM) will play Detective Nicole Lazarus.

HIGH DIVE---four-part miniseries underway based on the novel about the 1984 IRA bombing of the Grand Hotel in an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and members of her government.

THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE CO-OP---BBC miniseries underway about Melita Norwood, a British civil servant who was discovered to be a spy for the KGB and was not prosecuted because she was 87 years old.

SUPER CLEAN---miniseries underway based on the graphic novel about a ragtag team that cleans up after battles between superheroes and villains.

BARRACOON---miniseries underway based on the novel about Cudjo Lewis, the last survivor of the Atlantic slave trade between the US and Africa.

TRIVIA---more James Bond movie trivia.
In NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN, the woman hostage who stabs James Bond (Sean Connery) is played by Wendy Leech, the daughter of stunt coordinator George Leech. Wendy's other stunt jobs included being the stunt double for Anthony Daniels as C-3PO in the original STAR WARS movie and RETURN OF THE JEDI.

Wendy Leech stabs Sean Connery in NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN.

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Leech was the stunt double for Anthony Daniels in the original STAR WARS and RETURN OF THE JEDI.

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