- Zac Efron is producing a film loosely based on John LeFevre’s book Straight to Hell with Paramount. The book gives the reader an inside look into LeFevre’s life as an investment banker. Efron is reportedly also considering starring in the film.
- The official synopsis for War For the Planet of the Apes was released. It was also announced on Twitter and Facebook that an exclusive behind the scenes look and footage from the film will be screened at New York Comic Con next month. War for the Planet of the Apes will be released on July 14th, 2017. You can read the synopsis on Screen Crush.
- Limited edition Star Wars: Rogue One cards for the Star Wars trading card app Star Wars: Card Trader were released today. The illustrations on the cards are inspired by characters and moments from Rouge One. The cards will only be available from today and through the weekend. The app is available on Android and iOS. You can see the trading cards here.
- Axanar Productions has filed a motion to compel discovery in the copyright lawsuit case brought against them by CBS and Paramount Pictures. The documents in question concern communications between Paramount/CBS and J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin about fan films and the lawsuit itself. While promoting Star Trek Beyond, Abrams had stated that the lawsuit was not “an appropriate way to deal with fans” and that Beyond director Justin Lin “was outraged by the lawsuit and pushed the studios to drop it.” For more details on the case, visit The Hollywood Reporter.
- The R-rated animated satire Nerdland which stars the voice talents of Paul Rudd and Patton Oswald is getting a U.S. release in December. The North American rights to the film were bought by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The voices of Mike Judge, Molly Shannon, Paul Scheer and Hannibal Buress are also featured in the film. You can watch the trailer here: Nerdland – Trailer 2 (Titmouse Studio).
- The filmmakers behind the film I’m Not Ashamed – a Christian-themed film that depicts part of the Columbine shooting and focuses on the first victim of the incident, Rachel Roy Scott, and asserts that she was killed for her Christian faith – have accused YouTube of anti-Christian sentiment for blocking the trailer for the film and suspending their channel last October. For more on this story visit The Hollywood Reporter. You can watch the trailer here: I’m Not Ashamed in theaters October 21, 2016.
- The trailer for the 30 Seconds to Mars concert film Camp Mars: The Concert Film was released. The film will be released on October 9th at 12 PM PST on Jared Leto’s on-demand media streaming service VyRT. You can watch the trailer here: THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS – CAMP MARS: THE CONCERT FILM Official Trailer.
- The CW is rebooting the Aaron Spelling soap opera classic Dynasty. The creators of the new series are Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, who created The O.C. Original creators and exective producers of Dynasty, Richard and Esther Shapiro, are attached to the reboot which will be written by Limitless and Revenge writer Sallie Patrick and Schwartz and Savage. Visit The Hollywood Reporter to read the logline and for more details.
- FX has ordered 10 episodes pf the John Singleton series Snowfall. The series focuses on the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the early 1980’s. The order comes a year and a half after the series’ pilot pick-up. In that time the series underwent rewrites, recastings and reshoots. The series is set to premiere in 2017. Get the full details on this story over on Yahoo! News.
- During National Bullying Prevention Month in October, Cartoon Network will air special anti-bullying programming during their month long Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign. Starting tomorrow – Saturday, October 1st – and every Saturday for the month, from 3 PM – 4 PM Cartoon Network will air a special hour of programming featuring The Amazing World of Gumball, Steven Universe, Clarence, We Bare Bears and Teen Titans Go! Rebecca Sugar, creator of Steven Universe, has created a series of videos called “Fearless Self Expression”; how-to-draw videos which teach children how to express themselves through art and highlight the importance of celebrating diversity, inclusion and speaking up against bullying. The videos launch of October 8th. Visit The Hollywood Reporter for more details.
- Three preview images of the Guillermo Del Toro helmed, Netflix series, Trollhunters were released today. The series, which was one was one of the late actor Anton Yelchin’s last roles, will premiere in December. Head over to Entertainment Weekly to view the images.
- Adam Reed, creator of the hit FX, animated, spy comedy Archer, said during an appearance on Modern School of Film’s Murmur podcast that the show will end after season 10. He also stated that the series was originally supposed to end with season 8.
- Gordon Ramsay has a new live-cooking competition show called The F Word. The hour long show will feature amateur chefs competing to impress Ramsay and celebrity guests with their cooking. It is an American version of a UK show of the same name and is the sixth show Ramsay has done with FOX; the others are Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Hotel Hell,MasterChef, and MasterChef Junior. The F Word will premiere in 2017.
- Gwen Stefani has a new animated series debuting on Nickelodeon entitled Kuu Kuu Harajuku. The show is based on the concept for her fist solo-album Love. Angel. Music. Baby., with four of the five characters in the show named as such; the fifth is called “G.” You can watch the trailer here: Kuu Kuu Harajuku | Brand New Series Super Trailer | Nick.
- SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!! A new logline for the third episode of season three of The Flash reveals that not only will Jessie Quick have her speedster powers, but she will also be a fully fledged superheroine. Season three will premiere next Tuesday, October 4th, at 8 PM ET.
- Ian Pai, an early collaborator of the Blue Man Group, has filed a lawsuit against current members of the group Chris Wink, Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman, claiming unpaid royalties. Pai’s story is described in the complaint as a”[g]ifted young and naive artist puts heart and soul into creating historically significant pieces of musical genius; unscrupulous parties in position to exploit that creative power befriend the artist, persuade the artist that they are a team, and that the artist should concentrate on his powers of creativity, and leave the business of making money from the music to them.” For more details, see The Hollywood Reporter.
- Kid Cudi releases two new songs – “Surfin'” and “Frequency” from his upcoming album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’. The album, which was to arrive today, was delayed “due to some minor sample clearances.” You can listen to or download the songs here and here.
- Iggy Azalea’s sophmore album Digital Distortion has a new release date of January 2017. The singer explained the delay; “It’s no secret, I kind of had my personal life fall apart… I needed a lot of time…I don’t want to go and promote my album and get asked about my relationship that has just crumbled.”
- Major Lazer and Showtek released the lyric video to the song “Believer.” In a press release Diplo stated; “We came across this song running through Trinidad’s underground scene with a creative collective called Freetown and turned the original reggae dub plate version into an inspirational festive and club song.” You can watch the lyric video and listen to the song here: Major Lazer & Showtek – Believer (Official Lyric Video).
- The Weeknd released the second single, “False Alarm” from his album Starboy. The song is available on iTunes and Spotify.
- Solange the album A Seat at the Table today. The album is available on iTunes and Spotify.
- Cashmere Cat released the second single from his debut album Wild Love. The song, entitled “Trust Nobody”, features Selena Gomez and Torey Lanez. You can listen to the song on Spotify.
ANIME & MANGA
- Keean Johnson has been cast as Hugo in James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s Alita: Battle Angel film. Johnson joins a cast that already includes Christoph Waltz, Jackie Earl Haley, Ed Skrein and Rosa Salazar in the lead role. Johnson beat out Avan Jogia, Douglas Booth, Jack Lowden and Noah Silver for the role.
- Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky will be released on 4K UltraHD Blu-ray in Japan on December 22nd. Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky is the director’s cut of Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt. Read more on Anime News Network.
- Funimation released a new clip of their English dub of The Vision of Escaflowne. You can watch the clip here: The Vision Of Escaflowne – Official Clip – Foresight.
- Warner Bros. Japan released a preview for the Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru no Darō ka?) OVA, which will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD; including one episode, a CD with the ending theme song sung by Hestia, an eight-page booklet, a newly recorded audio commentary, and the credit-less ending sequence. You can watch the preview here.
- A new preview for the the fourth OAV in the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki OVA series, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki Dai-4-Ki, was released. An altered version of the first preview was also released. The OVA will be released on Blu-Ray on November 30th. You can watch the previews here and here.
- Eleven Arts released an English-dubbed trailer for Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie. The film will be released in select theatres in the United States for one day only on October 15th. You can watch the trailer here: YOKAI WATCH: THE MOVIE Full Trailer.
- Thunderbolt Fantasy, the puppet series by Gen Urobuchi, has been greenlit for a second season. No more details have been given as yet.
- Crunchyroll and Tokuma Japan released previews for the upcoming anime Nanbaka. You can watch the previews here and here.
- Original character designer for Overlord, so-bin, released a visual for the upcoming compilation film on Twitter.
- Susan Schneider Williams, widow of the late Robin Williams, has written an essay entitled “The Terrorist Inside My Husband’s Brain” for Neurology; “The Official Journal of the American Academy of Neurology.” In the essay, she describes the neurological and psychological symptoms that Williams had struggled with before he committed suicide in 2014 and the journey to finding a diagnosis for his condition. You can read the essay here.