Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Helm Netflix’s Live-Action Gundam Movie

(Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm Netflix’s live-action Gundam movieIt has been four years since the successful release of Kong: Skull Island, and now director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has finally found his next big project with Legendary. Vogt-Roberts has officially signed on to direct the studio’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Gundam for Netflix, which will be based on the universe of Sunrise’s iconic Japanese robot franchise.This marks Legendary and Netflix’s latest collaboration together, the two companies previously worked on films such as 2016’s Spectral and last year’s Enola Holmes as well as shows like Lost in Space and Pacific Rim: The Black. They are also currently working on the anime series adaptation of Skull Island and Tom Raider.RELATED: Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Series Wraps Production!Plot details for the Netflix film are being kept under wraps but the original Gundam series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. Through the tragedies and discord arising from this human conflict, not only the maturation of the main character but also the intentions of enemies and the surrounding people are sensitively depicted. The battles in the story, in which the characters pilot robots known as mobile suits, are wildly popular. The Gundam universe is replete with numerous storylines of love and conflict along with the popular Gundam battles, in which the characters operate robot suits called Mobile Suits.The live-action Gundam film will be penned by Brian K Vaughan. It will be produced by Vogt-Roberts with Vaughan set as executive producer. Legendary’s Cale Boyter will oversee the project along with the Sunrise creative team. The project was actually first announced in 2018 at the Anime Expo.RELATED: Sony & Netflix Ink First-Pay Streaming Licensing DealCreated by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino, the franchise first started in 1979 with the TV series titled Mobile Suit Gundam. The massively popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise is Sunrise’s multi-billion-dollar property that has spawned a multi-platform universe encompassing televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novels among other media. Gundam continues to dominate Bandai Namco’s earnings almost forty years after its inception.
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    Netflix’s Bridgerton Gets Early Season 3 & Season 4 Renewals

    Netflix’s Bridgerton gets early Season 3 & Season 4 renewalsAs production continues on the upcoming second season of Bridgerton, Netflix has officially renewed producer Shonda Rhimes’ hit period romance drama for third and fourth seasons. The early two-season renewal comes after it was recently confirmed that Season 1 breakout star Regé-Jean Page will not be reprising his role as the Duke of Hastings Simon Bassett in the next season. Despite this, the first season’s female lead Phoebe Dynevor is still expected to return as Daphne, who will now help her brother Lord Anthony Bridgerton in his pursuit of love.Dearest readers, this author brings a most exciting announcement… pic.twitter.com/sV0QiYcn8z— Bridgerton (@bridgerton) April 13, 2021“From the first time I read Julia Quinn’s delicious Bridgerton series, I knew these were stories that would captivate a viewing audience. But the evolution of this adaptation would not be a success without the many significant contributions of the entire Shondaland team,” Rhimes said in a statement (via Deadline). “This two-season pickup is a strong vote of confidence in our work and I feel incredibly grateful to have partners as collaborative and creative as Netflix. Betsy and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue bringing the world of Bridgerton to a worldwide audience.”RELATED: To All the Boys Spinoff Series in Development at NetflixSeason 2 will be based on the second book of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton novels, titled The Viscount Who Loved Me which centers around the pursuit of a suitable marriage for the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony, portrayed by Jonathan Bailey. The new season will introduce a new female lead in the form of Sex Education actress Simone Ashley as Kate Sharma.She will also be joined by new characters including Shelley Conn (Liar) as Edwina Sharma,  Calam Lynch (Benediction) as Theo Sharpe, Charithra Chandran (Alex Rider) as Edwina Sharma and Rupert Young (The Secret Garden) who will play Jack.Pick up a copy of the Bridgerton novels here!Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, spanning from 2000 to 2013, this smart feminist take on Regency England romance unveils the glittering, wealthy, sexual, painful, funny, and sometimes lonely lives of the women and men in London’s high society marriage mart as told through the eyes of the powerful Bridgerton family.RELATED: Leslie Mann, Pedro Pascal & More Join Judd Apatow Netflix ComedyThe series is being adapted by Scandal veteran Chris Van Dusen, who is also the showrunner of the project and executive producer alongside Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers of Shondaland.The cast for Bridgerton includes Phoebe Dynevor, Golda Rosheuvel, Jonathan Bailey, Luke Newton, Claudia Jessie, Nicola Coughlan, Ruby Barker, Sabrina Bartlett, Ruth Gemmell, Adjoa Andoh, Polly Walker, Bessie Carter and Harriet Cains and Julie Andrews as the voice of Lady Whistledown.

    Sharlto Copley Joins Season 2 of Netflix’s Russian Doll

    Sharlto Copley joins Season 2 of Netflix’s Russian DollVariety reports that Sharlto Copley has jumped aboard the second season of Netflix’s award-winning mystery dramedy, Russian Doll. The actor is the latest to join the star-studded cast following the announcements of Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek) and Carolyn Michelle Smith (Colony).The series follows a young woman named Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) who gets stuck in a time loop in which she relives her own 36th birthday party over and over again before subsequently dying, waking up and starting the day anew.RELATED: Annie Murphy Joins Netflix’s Russian Doll Season 2 as Production BeginsThe first season also starred Greta Lee (KTown), Yul Vazquez (Captain Phillips), Elizabeth Ashley (Ocean’s 8), and Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire). Chloë Sevigny (Lizzie), Dascha Polanco (Orange is the New Black), Brendan Sexton III (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri), Rebecca Henderson (Appropriate Behavior), Jeremy Bobb (The Knick), Ritesh Rajan (Stitchers), and Jocelyn Bioh (School Girls) appeared in guest-starring roles. Details about Season 2’s storyline and character descriptions are still being kept under wraps.Russian Doll is co-created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland, who all serve as executive producers, with Headland and Lyonne as writers for the series. The series is produced by Universal Television, Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions, JAX Media, and 3 Arts Entertainment. The series features an all-female writing and directing team. All episodes are directed by Jamie Babbit, Headland, and Lyonne.MORE: Russian Doll Season 1 RecapCopley is best known for his performance in Neil Blomkamp’s sci-fi action film District 9, but has also appeared in such films as The A-Team, Maleficent and Elysium. He will next be seen in the title role of Ted Kaczynski (aka the Unabomber) in the upcoming drama Ted K.

    Michael Cera Boards Amy Schumer Hulu Comedy Life & Beth

    Michael Cera boards Amy Schumer Hulu comedy Life & BethAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, Michael Cera is making a return to television via the Amy Schumer straight-to-series Hulu comedy Life & Beth. The Arrested Development star will play the series regular role of John, a farmer and chef who is always honest and to the point.RELATED: Amy Schumer Teaming With Chef Husband Chris Fischer on Cooking ShowThe 10-episode series, formerly titled Love, Beth, was picked up in July 2019 and was created, directed, written and executive produced by Schumer. Kevin Kane, Daniel Powell and Ryan McFaul also serve as executive producers.Here’s the synopsis: “Beth’s life looks pretty great on paper. Impressive to everyone she grew up with. She makes a good living as a wine distributor. She’s in a long-term relationship with an attractive, successful guy and lives in Manhattan. When a sudden incident forces Beth to engage with her past, her life changes forever. Through flashbacks to her teen self, Beth starts to learn how she became who she is and who she wants to become. We’ll go on her journey toward building a more authentic life. Learning to express herself and living in an intentional way. A trip down memory lane is a strong source of trauma, comedy and moving forward.”RELATED: Nick Offerman Joins Hulu’s Pam & Tommy Limited SeriesCera’s previous television credits include Arrested Development, which ran for three seasons on Fox before finding new life on Netflix in 2013. The actor made the leap to the big screen with films such as Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Superbad, Juno, This is the End and Molly’s Game, among other notable credits.

    Bennet, Cameron & Perrault will be the Powerpuff Girls in First-Look Photo

    Bennet, Cameron & Perrault are The Powerpuff Girls in first-look photoOn the heels of set photos leaking showing the trio as the titular hero group as filming gets underway for the pilot, The CW has unveiled an official first-look photo from the forthcoming Powerpuff Girls sequel series illustrating stars Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron and Yana Perrault as Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup. The photo can be viewed below!RELATED: Tom Kenny to Reprise Narrator Role in The CW’s Powerpuff Girls SeriesWritten and executive produced by Heather Regnier (iZombie) and Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body), the live-action pilot entitled Powerpuff centers on the titular trio as disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having spent their entire childhood fighting crime and are struggling to reunite as the world needs them more than ever.Click here to purchase the Complete Series set of the 1998 animated hit!The project is being led by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. alums Bennet and Cameron along with Perrault, who are portraying the roles of Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, respectively, as well as Scrubs alum Donald Faison as Professor Drake Utonium, Nicholas Podany (Hart of Dixie) as Mojo Jojo’s son and Tom Kenny reprising his role as narrator.Alongside Regnier and Cody, the pilot is being executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrowverse), Sarah Schechter and David Madden via Berlanti Productions with Warner Bros. Television set to produce the project. Maggie Kiler has also boarded the pilot to serve as the director.RELATED: The CW’s Batwoman Adds Krypton’s Wallis Day as New Kate KaneThe Powerpuff Girls was created by Craig McCracken and debuted in 1998, centering on Professor Utonium as, in an attempt to create the perfect little girl, ends up creating the titular trio Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup from the combination of sugar, spice, everything nice and the mysterious Chemical X. The series received rave reviews over the course of its six-season run and was broken up with a theatrical movie in 2002, which was a modest critical and commercial success.

    It’s John Walker vs. Falcon & THE WINTERTIME Soldier in Mid-Season Trailer

    It’s John Walker vs. Falcon & The Winter Soldier in the new mid-season trailer.Following the last episode’s horrifying finale, Marvel Studios has released the mid-season sneak peek trailer for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, featuring new footage from the remaining two episodes. The video explores the complicated legacy of the shield and what lies ahead for Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, John Walker and the Flag Smashers. It also teases Sam and Bucky’s impending fight against John Walker as the duo tries to restore the Captain America shield’s legacy. Check out the video in the player below!The Falcon and The Winter SoldierStarring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier picks up from the events in which Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, was gifted the iconic vibranium shield from Steve Rogers in order to take up the mantle of Captain America while Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, retains his moniker but uses it for heroism instead. Despite this, Sam seeks to forge his own path and retire the Cap moniker to properly honor Steve’s legacy while Bucky undergoes therapeutic treatment to correct the wrongs of his past, but when a new threat to the world emerges and the US decides to elect a new Cap with more questionable morals, the titular duo must team up on a global adventure that will test their abilities — and their patience.They are joined by MCU veterans Daniel Bruhl, Emily VanCamp and Don Cheadle, who are reprising their roles as Helmut Zemo, Sharon Carter, and James Rhodes aka War Machine respectively. Bruhl and VanCamp’s characters were last seen in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. Wyatt Russell is also starring in the series as John Walker along with fellow MCU newcomers Danny Ramirez as Joaquin Torres, Erin Kellyman as Karli Morgenthau, Adepero Oduye as Sarah Wilson, Miki Ishikawa, Desmond Chiam, Carl Lumbly, and Noah Mills.RELATED: POLL RESULTS: Will You See Black Widow on Disney+ or in Theaters?Directed by Kari Skogland, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is a six-episode series written by head writer Malcolm Spellman with John Wick creator Derek Kolstad also part of the series’ writing/creative team.The first four episodes are already available for streaming on Disney+.

    Of Tomorrow Season 6 Trailer Sets May Return dc’s Legends

    DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 6 trailer sets May returnThe CW has released the first trailer for the upcoming sixth season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow which is scheduled to make its return on Sunday, May 2. The new season will feature the addition of Lisseth Chavez as Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz, who is being described as young Latinx woman from Texas who will bring a unique perspective to the team. Check out the Legends of Tomorrow Season 6 trailer in the player below!The video features our time-travelling team as they must stop aliens from ruining history. It also provides a preview of this season’s main mission, which is to find and save Caity Lotz’s Captain Sara Lance, who has been abducted.RELATED: Tom Kenny to Reprise Narrator Role in The CW’s Powerpuff Girls SeriesIn the DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Season 6, having spent last season trying to track down the Loom of Fate in order to bring back their slain comrades, the Legends must now save history from a foe like none they’ve encountered in the past or future. Co-captains of the time-ship Waverider Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) and Ava Sharpe (Jes Macallan) have dealt with monsters, time anomalies, and most recently, villains from Hell, but this season they will face something even more challenging and bizarre … space aliens! After one of their own is abducted by a ruthless alien, this new mission becomes personal. It will take more than the combined powers of a dark magician, John Constantine; a semi-reformed arsonist, Mick Rory; historian who transforms into steel, Nate Heywood; and a brother-sister wind-totem-wielding duo, Zara Tarazi  and Behrad Tarazi (Shayan Sobhian) to save the world for a sixth time. They must recruit a new Legend, a woman who was abducted by aliens when she was a child and supposedly imbued with powers that will help the team defeat their intergalactic foes. Either that or she’s just crazy…Phil Klemmer and Keto Shimizu will be returning as the sixth season’s showrunners. The new season will feature new faces in the form of Lisseth Chavez, who have been cast a Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz, and Aliyah O’Brien for a recurring role. It also will feature the return of Arrow alum David Ramsey, who will appear in an undisclosed role.RELATED: The CW’s Ava DuVernay-Produced Naomi Pilot Begins ProductionDC’s Legends of Tomorrow stars Caity Lotz as Sara Lance/White Canary, Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory/Heat Wave, Nick Zano as Dr. Nate Heywood/Steel, Jes Macallan as Ava Sharpe, Matt Ryan as John Constantine, Ramona Young as Mona Yu, Tala Ashe as Zari Tomaz, and Olivia Swann as Astra Logue.Based on the characters from DC, the series is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Klemmer, and Sarah Schechter.

    New Moon Knight Training Video Teases MCU Series’ Fighting Sequences

    New Moon Knight training video teases MCU series’ fighting sequencesOscar Isaac’s production company Mad Gene Media has released a new Moon Knight training video for Marvel Studios’ upcoming MCU series. The video features the Golden Globe-winning actor as he continues to learn the Marvel character’s brutal fighting style. In addition, it looks like pre-production on the upcoming Disney+ series is in the final stages of completion as Isaac and Ethan Hawke have already been spotted together in Budapest, Hungary. The acclaimed actors were seen in a recent photo posted by a fan. Check out the video and photo below!Oscar Isaac e Ethan Hawke foram fotografados ontem em Budapeste, local das gravações de #MoonKnight. pic.twitter.com/v1Rqog6Dr3— Marvel News (@BRMarvelNews) April 10, 2021RELATED: Jon Watts to Helm New Fantastic Four at Marvel Studios!The Moon Knight series will be led by Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac has joined the project to portray the titular role of Marc Spector. Isaac previously starred in Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse as well as in Sony’s Oscar-wining animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.Joining him is Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke as the villain. Hawke previously revealed that the reason he accepted to become part of the high-profile project was due to the opportunity of being able to work with Isaac.The MCU series is being written and developed by The Umbrella Academy‘s Jeremy Slater with episodes set to be directed by Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab and Synchronic duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.The project was officially announced by Marvel’s chief creative officer Kevin Feige last year along with two other MCU shows, Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk. This marks the iconic superheroes’ live-action debut, and all are expected to be featured in future MCU films.RELATED: Disney+ Unveils First Trailer for Marvel Animated Series What If…?Created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin in 1975 for “Werewolf by Night” #32, Moon Knight is the alter ego of Marc Spector, a Jewish-American rabbi’s son who grew up to become a heavyweight boxer and then a U.S. Marine.Pick up a copy of the comics here!Spector is a mercenary with numerous alter egos such as cabbie Jake Lockley and millionaire playboy Steven Grant in order to better fight the criminal underworld. Later in the comics he was established as a conduit for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu after being left for dead on a mission in Egypt. Most recently, he was a consultant who dresses in all-white and goes by the name Mr. Knight.

    Tom Kenny to Reprise Narrator Role in The CW’s Powerpuff Girls Series

    (PHOTO: Cartoon Network)Tom Kenny to reprise narrator role in The CW’s PowerpuffOriginal cast member of The Powerpuff Girls animated series Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) will be reprising his role of the Narrator in the live-action CW series Powerpuff. Kenny lent his voice to many roles of the original animated show’s run including the Mayor and Snake. Per Deadline, Robyn Lively also joins the cast as Sara Bellum, the warm and witty career woman who was always a friend to the Powerpuff Girls, remaining close to them since they were crime-fighting kids. Sara was originally voiced by Jennifer Martin in the original series. Kenny and Bellum join recently announced cast members Donald Faison as Professor Utonium and Nicholas Podanny as Mojo Jojo Jr.The Diablo Cody (Jennifer’s Body) penned/executive produced live-action series is co-written and executive produced by Heather Regnier (iZombie). The pilot for Powerpuff has begun shooting with Maggie Kiley serving as the director. The series sees the trio grown up as disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having spent their entire childhood fighting crime and struggling to reunite as the world needs them more than ever.RELATED: The CW’s Powerpuff Girls pilot adds Nicholas Podany as Mojo Jojo’s sonAgents of S.H.I.E.L.D. alum Chloe Bennet and Dove Cameron (Descendants) along with Yana Perrault will lead the show as Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, respectively. The project will be executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrowverse), Sarah Schechter and David Madden via Berlanti Productions with Warner Bros. Television set to produce the project.The Powerpuff Girls aired on Cartoon Network in 1998 and was created by Craig McCracken. The original series centered on Professor Utonium as, in an attempt to create the perfect little girl, ends up creating the titular trio Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup from the dangerous combination of sugar, spice, everything nice and the mysterious Chemical X. The series received rave reviews over the course of six seasons and released a theatrical movie in 2002, which was considered a modest critical and commercial success.Powerpuff

    Justin Timberlake to Star in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Series

    Justin Timberlake to star in Apple’s Confessions of a Dangerous Mind seriesComing off the critical success of Fisher Stevens’ drama film Palmer, Justin Timberlake has found his next collaboration with Apple TV+ in the form of a brand new drama series based on Chuck Barris’ 1984 memoir Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. Deadline reports that Apple has successfully acquired the script at an auction and is planning to develop the project into an hour-long drama series.Timberlake has officially signed on to the role of Barris, who claimed that he was a CIA assassin moonlighting as a game show host. Should the project secure a series order, this would mark the Grammy and Emmy-winning actor’s first major scripted series after only making guest-starring appearances on Saturday Night Live.RELATED: The Mosquito Coast Trailer Starring Justin Theroux and Melissa GeorgeIn Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Chuck Barris revealed that becoming the host of The Gong Show and creator of The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game was only a cover for his real job as a CIA assassin, who was tasked to eliminate state enemies during the 1960s and the 1970s.Pick up a copy of the memoir here!The memoir was first adapted into film in 2002 also titled Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which was George Clooney’s directorial debut (after taking over from Bryan Singer). Written by Charlie Kaufman, the film featured an all-star cast including Clooney, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore and Sam Rockwell as Barris (a role originally eyed by Michael Myers). The film scored some good notices from critics, but fell short at the box office with a worldwide take of $33.1 million on a $30 million budget.Click here to purchase a copy of the 2002 movie!RELATED: Apple Takes Greatest Beer Run Ever, Bill Murray in TalksThe series will be executive produced by David Hollander, who will also serve as the showrunner. The project will be written by Jon Worley with Miramax and Paramount Television Studios set as co-producers.(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

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