Tuesday, May 11, 2021

ABC Officially Renews Grey’s Station and Anatomy 19 Spin-Off

The long-running and extremely popular medical drama Grey’s Anatomy has officially been renewed for its 18th season. Grey’s Anatomy will get a brand new season, with its Station 19 spin-off also being renewed for a 5th season. It’s unclear whether or not the upcoming 18th season of Grey’s Anatomy will be its last, but the future of the show is certainly up in the air. Krista Vernoff will return as executive producer and showrunner on both shows, with ABC Signature producing.  RELATED: Jesse Williams to Exit Grey’s Anatomy After 12 Seasons“Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy have done an incredible job of honoring real-life heroes by giving audiences an unflinching look at one of the biggest medical stories of our time,” said Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals & ABC Entertainment (via Deadline). “Krista and her team of writers have continued to deliver the compelling and compassionate storytelling that is a hallmark of these shows, and created some of the year’s most-talked-about moments in television. We’re so grateful to our talented casts and crews for their extraordinary work that connects with viewers everywhere, and we look forward to sharing even more defining moments with our fans next season.”Grey’s Anatomy is a high-intensity medical drama following Meredith Grey and the team of doctors at Grey Sloan Memorial, who are faced with life-or-death decisions daily. They seek comfort from one another and, at times, more than just friendship. Together they discover that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white.RELATED: Next Grey’s Anatomy Season Will Tackle COVID-19 PandemicThe series currently stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, and James Pickens Jr. as Richard Webber, who are the remaining ones left from the original main cast from the first episode of the series. It also stars Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, and Kelly McCreary as Maggie Pierce.
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    Disney+ FOR THE Consideration Posters Released, Features Gina Carano

    Award season is already fast approaching, and as studios begin to try and secure nominations for the various award shows, Disney is at the forefront with its original programming for Disney+.RELATED: NBC Cancels Golden Globes 2022, Issues StatementThe company has recently released a brand new batch of “For Your Consideration” posters for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and The Mandalorian. Currently, the focus seems to be heavily on the two Marvel Studios projects, with Disney hoping to secure a Best Drama nomination for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and a Best Limited Series nomination for WandaVision.As for The Mandalorian, Disney is instead focusing on the cast, with the company highlighting Pedro Pascal, Giancarlo Esposito, and surprisingly, Gina Carano. Despite being removed from future Star Wars projects, Carano is listed prominently on the “For Your Consideration” poster, getting a sole listing as Supporting Actress. RELATED: Marvel’s Black Widow Character Posters Show Taskmaster & MoreWith theaters having been closed for the majority of the year, it’ll be interesting to see how the award shows dish out nominations this year. Despite this, plenty of great television series have aired, so Disney will have its work cut out for them if they want to take home any wins this year. 

    Mads Mikkelsen: Indiana Jones 5 Script Is Everything I Wished It To Be

    (Photo by Stefania M. D’Alessandro/Getty Images for RFF)Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen is tied to some of the most beloved film franchises in history. So, when he was cast in the upcoming Indiana Jones film, it seemed both exciting and natural. What’s more exciting is Mikkelsen seems to be pretty ecstatic for the archeologist’s newest adventure.RELATED: Mads Mikkelsen Joins Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones 5In an interview with Collider’s Christina Radish, Mikkelsen was asked how he reacted when he was approached for the tentatively titled Indiana Jones 5.“I’m very, very excited about it… I rewatched Raiders of the Lost Ark the other day, it is so well-done and so charming, and it’s such great storytelling,” says Mikkelsen. “So yes it’s a great honor to be part of that franchise that I grew up with… I’m in a lucky position where they let me read the script before. And yes, it was everything I wished it to be, so that was just great.”The actor also discussed creating his character for Indiana Jones 5 and how his character is a collaborative effort.“I do think I’m invited in to create a character, I think that everybody wants that,” says Mikkelsen. “That’s why they pick certain actors that they think can come up with certain things, and it will be a collaboration as it always is.”Mikkelsen also mentions how the Indiana Jones films include “different character genres” ranging from Peter Lorre-inspired characters (like Ugarte from Casablanca) to Harrison Ford’s “straight man” approach to the titular character.RELATED: Indiana Jones 5 Slated for 2022 Release, Will Conclude FranchiseIndiana Jones 5 will be directed by James Mangold and produced by Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, and Simon Emanuel. Harrison Ford will return as the iconic archeologist, who will star alongside Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Thomas Kretschmann. John Williams is set to provide the score for the upcoming film. It is currently slated for a July 2022 release.

    Michael B. Jordan Supports Black Panther Sequel CONTINUE

    As Marvel begins to plan for the future of the Black Panther series without the late Chadwick Boseman, many are wondering just how it will proceed. In a new interview with Variety, Michael B. Jordan says he has total confidence in the folks behind the scenes on the upcoming Black Panther sequel. RELATED: The Marvels & Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Get Official LoglinesJordan, who stars in Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, was being interviewed by Variety when he was told about the title for the upcoming Black Panther sequel. The actor said he liked the Wakanda Forever subtitled and went on to say that he has full confidence in both director Ryan Coogler and Marvel. “Nice. Awesome,” Jordan said. “I like that. … Marvel does great, amazing work, and the characters are awesome. We all took a hit with the loss of Chadwick, so for them trying to figure out how to move forward, I know it’s not an easy thing to do. So the fact that they settled on a title and figuring out this story, I think, is truly incredible. If anybody could figure it out, it’s Ryan Coogler and Kevin Feige.”Based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will once again be directed and written by Ryan Coogler. Further details about the Black Panther sequel’s plot are still being kept under wraps, but Kevin Feige previously confirmed that Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa would not be recast. Most of the first film’s cast is expected to return with the new addition of Tenoch Huerta (Narcos: Mexico), who has reportedly been cast as the antagonist.RELATED: Black Panther 2 & Captain Marvel 2 Get Official TitlesBlack Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently set to arrive in theaters on July 8, 2022.

    Interview: Star Wars: The Bad Batch Composer Kevin Kiner

    The first episode of the new animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch is currently streaming on Disney+, and by all accounts is another success on par with The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.One of the through lines tying all three series together is Emmy-nominated composer Kevin Kiner, who recently picked up an Annie award for his terrific work on the Clone Wars episode “Victory and Death.” With Bad Batch, Kiner was able to build upon the thematic structure of both Clone Wars and Rebels for a score that is more diverse, albeit layered with that traditional Star Wars flare.RELATED: New Star Wars: The Bad Batch Trailer for Disney+ Animated Series“Bad Batch is more of an evolution of Clone Wars than Rebels was,” Kiner explained in an interview with ComingSoon.net’s Jeff Ames. “Rebels was kind of a reboot and a different way of thinking about things. Bad Batch comes directly from Clone Wars. They’re the weird clones, they’re misfit clones with special skills and special crazy personalities. So, the score definitely grows from Clone Wars, just like Clone Wars grew from or changed throughout its run.”Kiner describes his new scores as more eclectic in nature.“You know, this is kind of an exclusive,” the Star Wars: The Batch Batch composer said, “but I think it’s okay to say that I go a little bit in The Dirty Dozen and Guns of Navarone direction with this one. Which works because they’re a band of misfits and they’re sneaking around, which is very much like The Dirty Dozen.“So, I definitely give it that kind of thing. The electronics are in full force at times and so is the orchestra. One of my specialties is I play a bunch of fretted instruments and I have a thing called the guitar viola, which is a bowed guitar, like a cello, but different. I play that soloistically in a very haunting way with a vocalist a few times. So, I’m definitely pushing things. I’m trying to continue to explore.”Kiner then went on to talk about a particular piece of music he’s excited for fans to hear, though, since the series is ongoing, couldn’t reveal too much.RELATED: Disney+’s Moon Knight Set Photo Reveals First Glimpse at Ethan Hawke“I don’t know what we’re calling that track, but it’s the one with the guitar viola and the vocalist,” he said. “But that will come out when we release the music from the first four episodes, I believe. I don’t have specific titles, but it’s a soloistic kind of cello-sounding thing. I really had fun, but it’s really different. It’s something brand new that I came up with more of my voice than other things I’ve done.”Check out Episode 1 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch on Disney+ now and be sure to look out for the soundtrack on streaming platforms.

    Becoming Cruella Featurette Shows Emma Stone’s Transformation

    Disney released a new Cruella featurette ahead of the film’s release later this month showcasing the transformation of Emma Stone into the titular villain. The studio also released five new posters, which you can find in the slideshow below.RELATED: Emma Stone Lights Up the Party in Disney’s Cruella Clip“As we know, Cruella de Vil is pretty villainous,” Stone says in the featurette. “In this film, we get to see how she became the villain we know today. The story is wholly original and in a different time period being in the late 70s. One of the most things to explore is her creativity. She’s very good at what she does, designing. The character is so much fun and so kind of intoxicating. Once you put this wild black-and-white hair, this incredible make-up, and these completely unique costumes on, you feel like Cruella de Vil. The villains are always kind of fun ones.”Check out the new Cruella featurette:[embedded content]Based on the character created by Dodie Smith in her 1956 book The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Disney’s Cruella will explore the rebellious early days of one of cinema’s most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains, the legendary Cruella de Vil. Set in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution, the film follows a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief, and together they are able to build a life for themselves on the London streets.RELATED: Emma Stone is Quite Fabulous in New Disney’s Cruella TV SpotCruella will debut on May 28 in theaters and on Disney+ with Premier Access.

    Angelina Jolie Excited for Chloé Zhao to create A FRESH Voice to Marvel

    Fans recently got a brief glimpse at footage from Marvel Studios’ upcoming Eternals. In a recent interview, star Angelina Jolie said she’s excited for fans to see more of what Chloe Zhao has in store for them. RELATED: Marvel Releases First Look at Eternals FootageDuring a recent interview with CinemaBlend, Jolie was asked about what it was like to see Zhao take home the Oscar for Best Picture for Nomadland, and the actress was pleased. “I was very, very happy,” Jolie said. “Very, very happy. I think she’s…she’s a special director. You know, she’s a really interesting woman. She’s very thoughtful, very serious about her work. I think she’s bringing a new voice through her films, and, I think, to Marvel. So I’m very excited for people to see it.” Angelina Jolie's glowing review of Chloe Zhao made me smile so big, hope it does the same for you! #TheEternals pic.twitter.com/Fe9XSCET8o— CinemaBlend (@CinemaBlend) May 4, 2021Jolie didn’t delve too much into the film or what to expect, but judging by the recent footage and information from Kevin Feige, it seems as if Zhao is going to bring a unique vision to the world of Marvel. RELATED: Kevin Feige Recalls Eternals Pitch, Chloé Zhao Gives Props to MarvelWithin the Marvel Universe, the Eternals are a nearly immortal offshoot from humanity, which the Celestials created. Angelina Jolie and Richard Madden are headlining the film as Thena and Ikaris, respectively. Kumail Nanjiani co-stars as Kingo, with Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak,  Lia McHugh as Sprite, and Don Lee as Gilgamesh.Marvel Studios’ Eternals is currently scheduled to release on November 5, 2021.

    The Marvels & Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Get Official Loglines

    Earlier this week, Marvel Studios unveiled more information regarding the future of the MCU, including release dates for the likes of The Marvels, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and more. Today, loglines for both films have also surfaced, giving fans slightly more info on what to expect from the films. RELATED: Black Panther 2 & Captain Marvel 2 Get Official TitlesThe extended synopsis for The Marvels, the sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel, notes that Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers will be joined by Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau and Man Vellani, who is currently slated to portray Kamala Khan in Disney+’s Ms. Marvel series.The full logline for The Marvels can be seen below:   “Marvel Studios’ The Marvels will feature Brie Larson returning to the role of Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers. In the film, she’ll be joined by Teyonah Parris, who was first introduced as adult Monica Rambeau in Marvel Studios’ WandaVision, along with Iman Vellani, who will appear as Ms. Marvel in the upcoming Disney+ series of the same name. Prepare to experience it and fly higher, further, and faster with the film, directed by Nia DaCosta!”RELATED: New Loki Special Look: Tom Hiddleston Is Burdened With Glorious PurposeAs for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, things are being kept under wraps for the most part. Even the extended logline for the film doesn’t include much information, instead just noting that the sequel to Black Panther will explore the world of Wakanda once again. Fans have been wondering just how the franchise will continue following the passing of Chadwick Boseman, and it doesn’t seem like Disney is ready to divulge too much just yet. Here’s the full logline for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: “Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will continue to explore the incomparable world of Wakanda, and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently set to arrive in theaters on July 8, 2022. The Marvels is currently set for a November 11, 2022 release.

    David & Jessica Oyelowo CONSENT TO First-Look Production COPE WITH Disney

    According to a report from Deadline, Golden Globe-nominated actor, producer, and director David Oyelowo (Nightingale, Selma) and his wife, actress, writer, and producer Jessica Oyelowo (Sleepy Hollow) have signed a two-year-first-look-deal with Walt Disney Pictures for future feature-length films. RELATED: Interview: David Oyelowo Wants More Family Films With Heavy ThemesThe Oyelowos will produce the films through their Yoruba Saxon label, with the report stating that the films could end up on any of the various Disney platforms that the studio owns. The husband and wife duo are currently focused on values-based content, as their Yoruba Saxon production label seeks to shift the culture and color outside of the lines. The production house’s latest film is the upcoming adventure The Water Man, which is also David Oyelowo’s feature-length directorial debut. Oyelowo stars alongside his wife, Lonnie Chavis, and Amiah Miller. The film follows a boy named Gunner (Chavis), who sets out on a quest to save his ill mother (Dawson) by searching for a mythic figure called the Water Man that is said to possess the secret to immortality. After enlisting the help of a mysterious local girl, Jo (Miller), they journey together into the remote Wild Horse forest. However, the deeper they venture, the stranger and more dangerous the forest becomes. Their only hope for rescue is Gunner’s father (Oyelowo), who will stop at nothing to find them and in the process will discover who his son really is.Oyelowo first worked with Disney’s live-action film division in 2016, when he starred in Mira Nair’s Queen of Katwe. “We are excited to be working with David and Jessica Oyelowo who bring incredible thoughtfulness, an impressive and wide-ranging skillset as filmmakers, and deep industry relationships to each project they touch. We saw firsthand David’s meaningful contributions to Queen of Katwe and have admired the films Yoruba Saxon have produced thus far. We look forward to collaborating on engaging new stories with the team at Yoruba Saxon,” said Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production.”RELATED: First Trailer & Poster for David Oyelowo’s The Water Man Debuts!“The influence of Disney’s films on Jess and I as both parents and lifelong movie fans cannot be overstated. Sean Bailey and Vanessa Morrison have an incredible track record of crafting high-quality films and that is exactly what we hope to do alongside them and the Motion Picture Group at Disney. We are truly relishing the opportunity to collaborate with the most iconic brand in entertainment,” said Oyelowo.

    Disney 20th Century Fox Animation House Blue Sky Studios Closes

    Disney closes 20th Century Fox animation house Blue Sky Studios After just over three decades running under 20th Century Fox and subsequently the House of Mouse following their acquisition of the studio, Disney is officially closing the doors on animation house Blue Sky Studios, the company behind the Ice Age franchise and many others, according to Deadline. RELATED: Disney Delays The King’s Man, Pulls Bob’s Burgers From Schedule “Given the current economic realities, after much consideration and evaluation, we have made the difficult decision to close filmmaking operations at Blue Sky Studios,” a studio spokesperson said in a statement. Founded in 1987 by Chris Wedge, Michael Ferraro, Carl Ludwig, Alison Brown, David Brown and Eugene Troubetzkoy, the studio has produced 13 films in its near 34 years of operation, beginning with the 2002 Oscar-nominated family adventure pic Ice Age, whose success would spawn a franchise consisting of four theatrical sequels, multiple short films, two television specials and four video games, with the films adding up to a global box office gross of $3.2 billion. Sources report that the decision comes as the House of Mouse faced economically tough decisions with the global pandemic keeping its global theme parks and cruise lines closed and concluded that it would not be able to carry a third animation studio alongside Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Blue Sky’s last day of operation is currently set for sometime in April and while word comes that there are no talks for another studio to absorb it, Disney is reportedly going to work with the 450 employees at the Connecticut-based animation house to explore possible open positions at other studios under Disney’s large umbrella, which will maintain hold of the Blue Sky library and IP. The studio was in the midst of production on an adaptation of the fantasy webcomic Nimona and was reportedly 75 percent of the way through it, with just 10 months left and was slated for a January 2022 release, but sources report the Patrick Osborne-helmed project is coming to a full stop and will no longer be released. RELATED: Wakanda Series in the Works at Disney+ as Disney Inks TV Deal with Ryan Coogler Other films from Blue Sky included the Ewan McGregor and Robin Williams-starring Robots, Horton Hears a Who!, the Rio films, Epic, The Peanuts Movie, Ferdinand and Spies in Disguise, the final of which proved to be an underperformer for the then-still-active 20th Century Fox and stifled the studios’ hopes of spawning another franchise.

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