- Actresses Zoe Kravitz, Tessa Thompson and Naomi Scott are the front-runners for the female lead role in Disney’s Han Solo Star Wars spin-off film. The actresses tested for the role this week. Meetings, readings and tesst have been conducted in secret for months as the studio searches not only for its female lead, but for an actor to portray a young Lando Calrissian. The Han Solo film will be released on May 25th, 2018.
- The title for the Blade Runner sequel has been revealed. The film is called Blade Runner 2049. It is set several years after the first film. Harrison Ford will reprise his role as Rick Deckard. The film also stars Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Robin Wright and Ana de Armas and will be released on October 6th, 2017.
- 20th Century Fox has released the first teaser for War for the Planet of the Apes. The film will be released in theatres on July 14th, 2017. You can watch the teaser here: War for the Planet of the Apes | New York Comic-Con Digital Billboard.
- Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley and Danny Huston are set to star in the Netflix original film IO, which was developed at the Sundance Institute’s Writers Lab and the Sundance Institute Catalyst Forum. Qualley will portray a teenage girl – Sam Waled – on a post-apocalyptic earth, who is searching for a cure for the dying planet before the last space shuttle leaving for a far off space colony leaves her behind. The film will be released globally in 2017.
- During the Black Star Symposium at the London Film Festival, the British Film Institute revealed that research has found that 59% of British films in the last ten years had zero black actors in named roles and 13% had black actors in a lead role. For more details on these findings visit The Hollywood Reporter.
- Emily Mortimer has been cast as the grown up version of Jane Banks in Disney’s Mary Poppins sequel Mary Poppins Returns. Emily Blunt has already been cast as Mary Poppins, Meryll Streep as her cousin, Lin-Manuel Miranda as a streetlamp lighter and Ben Winshaw as Michael Banks. Mary Poppins Returns will hit theatres December 25th, 2018.
- Adam Shankman (director of Hairspray) is in talks to direct Disenchanted, the sequel to Disney’s 2007 film Enchanted. Amy Adams is expected to return as Giselle. The film will reportedly be set 10 years after the events of the first film, and see Giselle questioning her happily ever after and unintentionally setting off events that upset the lives of everyone in the real world and in Andalasia. Disney is hoping to being principal photography on the film next year.
- James Mangold, director of Logan, Hugh Jackman’s last film as Wolverine, has released the first image of Sir Patrick Stewart as he will appear as an older Professor Charles Xavier in the film on Twitter. Logan will be released on March 3rd, 2017.
- The first poster for Luc Besson’s upcoming adaptation of the French comic Valérian and Laureline, entitled Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, has been released. The film tars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne and Clive Owen. Preview images from the film were also released and can be seen over on Collider. The film will be released worldwide on July 21st, 2017.
- The female led Ocean’s 11 spin-off Ocean’s 8 has a release date. The film, which stars Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter, will hit theatres on June 8th, 2018.
- Jay-Z is producing a Richard Pryor biopic for the Weinstein Company which will be directed by Lee Daniels, entitled Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said. The project had been shelved in May when Daniels was unable to fit it into his schedule. The film stars Mike Epps as Pryor, Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother, and Kate Hudson as Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor. The script was written by Bill Condon. Production is set to being in early 2017.
- A Gears of War film is in the works at Universal Pictures. New Line Cinema previously had the rights to the film adaptation of the game, but the rights lapsed after the studio spent years trying to develop a film. The film will be produced by Scott Stuber and Dylan Clark. No writer is as of yet attached to the project.
- YouTube series Carmilla – which is an adaptation of the 19th-century cult-classic gothic vampire novella of the same name – is getting feature length film. The original cast from the series will reprise their roles. The series is available on YouTube channel KindaTV and is set at a fictional modern day university. The film will be set five years after the series’ current third season. For more details visit Variety.
- Writer and producer of shows such as All in the Family, Maude and Gilligan’s Island, Austin “Rocky” Kalish, died peacefully at the Motion Picture and Television retirement home on Wednesday. He was 95 years old.
- Jay-Z and the Weinstein Company are producing a six part docuseries entitled Time: The Kalief Browder Story, about the titular 16 year old from the Bronx who was arrested for allegedly stealing a back pack and spent three years on Riker’s Islands – two of them in solitary – and was never convicted of the crime. The chargers were dropped, the case never went to trial and when Browder was released he committed suicide. The series will air on Spike in January.
- CBS series The Mentalist is getting a Russian remake. Producer Vlad Ryashin says that changes will be made in the remake to keep the series “in line with the mentality and expectations of our viewers.” The series will launch in late 2017 and will air on Russian channels Channel One and TV-3. It will also air in Ukraine on stations that will be announced at a later date.
- Three MTV series are getting Russian, French and Canadian versions. Ex on the Beach, will be produced in Russia by third parties Friday TV and Friends Productions, and will debut in November. Are You The One? will be adapted by Adventure Line Productions for NT1 in France under the title 10 Couples Parfaits for release in 2017 and Guy Code will be made in Canada under the name Code G to air on French-language network VRAK and will be released in early 2017.
- Netflix yesterday released a short featurette for their upcoming four part revival of Gilmore Girls for the show’s 16th anniversary. The new episodes will be released on November 25th. You can watch the featurette here: Gilmore Girls | “We’re Back” Featurette [HD] | Netflix.
- Season 8 of the FX series Archer – which will be moving to FXX – will be set in the year 1947 and see Sterling Archer as a P.I. and Lana Kane as a lounge singer. The characters will have all new origin stories and have slightly different roles. The information was given at New York Comic-Con.
- Patrick Wharburton will make an appearance in the new Amazon live-action series, The Tick. The actor previously played the titular character in it’s first live-action adaptation. The series will also feature a parody of The Punisher. For more details head over to IGN.
- The first trailer for IFCs new comedy series Stan Against Evil has been released. The series stars John C. McGinley and Janet Varney as a retired sheriff and his replacement who must fight off demons attacking their town. You can watch the trailer here: Stan Against Evil Official Trailer – NYCC 2016.
- Lady Gaga has released the single “Million Reason” from her upcoming album Joanne. The song debuted during the first night of her Bud Light Dive Bar tour this past Wednesday. You can listen to the song here: Lady Gaga – Million Reasons (Audio). The singer also revealed a custom emoji on Twitter that will automatically be used when anyone uses the hashtag #Joanne.
- Musicians are cancelling concerts due to Hurricane Matthew. So far Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, The Chainsmokers, Insane Clown Posse and Dirty Heads have all cancelled concerts scheduled from October 5th to 8th.
- The Rolling Stones will release their first studio album in ten years; Blue and Lonesome. The blues album was recorded in three days, will feature 12 songs and covers from several blues artists. The album has a custom emoji on Twitter that will appear automatically when users enter #RollingStone. The band also shared a picture of the blue lips from the album cover projected on the side of a building. The album is available for pre-order on the band’s official website and will be released on December 2nd.
- Jennifer Lopez is recording a Spanish-language album which will be executive produced by her ex-husband Mark Anthony. Lopez‘s first Spanish album, Como Ama Una Mujer, was co-produced by Anthony and was released in 2007. The first single from the new album will be released in November. The album will be released in 2017.
- “Over at the Frankenstein Place”, from the The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again has been released. It is the third song in the FOX produced re-imaging of the classic motion picture and will be featured on its soundtrack. The song was sung by Ryan McCartan and Victoria Justice who play this version’s Brad Majors and Janet Weiss. You can listen to it here: Over At The Frankenstein Place.
- John Legend has released the song “Love Me Now” from his upcoming album. The crooner released a sample of the song on Instagram as well as it’s artwork which features him with his wife Chrissy Teigen. Legend also streamed a live performance of the song on his Facebook page. You can listen to the song here.
- The soundtrack to the Marvel Luke Cage series will be released on vinyl courtesy of Mondo. Pre-orders start tomorrow, October 7th at $35. It will feature the show’s original score and collectible artwork. The digital version of the album will be available tomorrow.
ANIME & MANGA
- Ken’ichi Matsuyama will reprise his role as L in the new live-action Death Note film Death Note Light up the NEW world. The film will debut in Japan on October 29th.
- Titan Comics has announced that their six issue series Sherlock: The Blind Banker will be released in English in January.
- In order to qualify for the Oscars, Studio Ghibli is releasing The Red Turtle in New York and Los Angeles on November 18th. The film will then be released by Sony Pictures on January 20th, 2017. The film was released in Japan on September 18th under the title Red Turtle – Aru Shima no Monogatari, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in May and won the Special Jury Prize at the Un Certain Regard section of the festival and screened at the 40th Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June.
- Screenvision Media and 4K Media will be teaming up to release Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions in 500 theatres across North America on January 20th, 2017. The film premiered in Japan on April 23rd on 137 screens.
- Kotobukiya has unveiled their Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Madoka figure. It will be released in March 2017 and Japanese retailers have started accepting pre-orders. She will cost 10,800 yen or $1o4 U.S. Head over to Crunchyroll to see the figure.
- Bandai is releasing a cup and sauce tea set made by Japanese tableware company Noritake, inspired by Rohan Kishibe from Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable. The cup is decorated with his Stand Heavens’s Door and his signature is in the saucer. Premium Bandai is accepting pre-orders for the set which will retail at 9,720 yen or $94 U.S. The set will be released in February 2017. See the tea set over at Crunchyroll.
- Kodansha has acquired 10 new manga licenses for summer and fall of next year. The titles coming in the summer are: Regarding My Reincarnation as a Slime (Tentative Title), Fairy Tail: Rhodonite, Kigurumi Defense Squad, Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight, Waiting for Spring, Love and Lies and Ahogaru: Clueless Girl. Coming in the fall are: Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty, Frau Faust and Land of the Lustrous.
- Oscar winning actress Diane Keaton will be the recipient of the American Film Institute’s lifetime achievement award. Keaton will receive the award at a tribute gala on June 8th which will be broadcast on TNT and re-broadcast later on Turner Classic Movies.
- Asteroids!, the sequel to Baobab Studios VR animated short Invasion!, is now available on the Gear VR store. The short, once again directed by Eric Darnell, sees the two aliens from the previous short – Mac and Cheez – flying through an asteroid belt with their two robot sidekicks. A feature length film based on the original short is currently in development.
- The final story in the Magic in North America series on Pottermore has been published. The Magical Congress of the United States of America details the history of the American organisation and the role it played in American history. You can read the story on Pottermore.