That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movie News

– According to The Hollywood Reporter, Terminator 6 will start production in early 2018, with a new opening date set for July 26, 2019. It was recently revealed that creator James Cameron (who will produce) and actress Linda Hamilton would return to the franchise, with the Tim Miller-directed film expected to be a direct sequel to T2: Judgment Day.

– It looks as though we’ll get a sequel to the Eddie Murphy comedy Coming to America. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warm Bodies director Jonathan Levine will oversee the film, while Black-ish creator Kenya Barris has been tapped to rewrite the script. Though no deal is in place, Murphy is reportedly involved in the development of the film and is expected to star.

– Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese will team up again in the new biopic Roosevelt, about former president Teddy Roosevelt. Both DiCaprio and Scorsese will also receive producing credits for the film.

– Michelle Williams is circling a role in the upcoming Venom movie. Tom Hardy has already been cast in the titular role, with Riz Ahmed already on board as well. According to Variety, Williams would play a district attorney and possible love interest for Hardy. Ruben Fleischer will direct the film, which is due Oct. 5, 2018.

– Elizabeth Banks has been cast in the new Taylor Hackford-directed drama Cochran. The film stars Anthony Mackie as famous lawyer Johnnie Cochran and centers on his career-making Signal Hill police brutality case. Banks will play Mary Neiswender, an investigative reporter for the Long Beach Press Telegram.

– Kyle MacLachlan will join Jack Black and Cate Blanchett in The House With a Clock in Its Walls, based on the 1973 John Bellairs horror book. The film centers on an orphaned 10-year-old boy who discovers a world of hidden passageways, magic and danger in his uncle’s old house. Deadline reports that MacLachlan will play Isaac Izard, the sinister original owner of the house.

– Helen Hunt, Olivia Munn, Josh Hutcherson and Kaya Scodelario have joined the cast of the action-romance film Die in a Gunfight. The film centers on two star-crossed lovers (Hutcherson and Scodelario), who fight for their love against the backdrop of corporate espionage, revenge and a family feud.

– Emily Mortimer will star opposite Gary Oldman in Mary, a supernatural thriller directed by Michael Goi. Mortimer will play Oldman’s wife in a story about couple dealing with financial struggles who buy an old ship hoping to start a charter business only to discover the ship’s horrifying history.

– Jude Law is in negotiations to co-star in the upcoming spy thriller The Rhythm Section. The movie stars Blake Lively as Stephanie Patrick, a woman on a destructive path after surviving a plane crash that killed her family. But when she discovers the crash was no accident, she becomes an assassin determined to hunt down those responsible. Law’s role if he is cast was not defined.

– John Cena and Kumail Nanjiani have signed on to star in a still-untitled buddy cop comedy. Ruben Fleischer will direct the film, with Universal acquiring the rights for the movie.

– David Sakurai has landed a role in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them sequel. Deadline reports that Sakurai will play Krall, one of the ambitious henchmen of Grindewald (Johnny Depp).

-Crispin Glover has joined the cast of the Roger Avary-directed film Lucky Day. Glover will play a contract killer out to avenge the death of his brother, who was accidentally killed by a safe cracker (Luke Bracey) during a job gone wrong. The film also stars Nina Dobrev and Michael Madsen.

– Eva Longoria is currently in negotiations to join the cast of the upcoming film Lucky Dog. Longoria is circling the role of Grace, a loving mother who can’t bear to disappoint her daughter when she falls for a lost dog. Nina Dobrev, Finn Wolfhard and Tone Bell have all signed on for the film, which is being directed by Ken Marino.

That’s a Wrap: The Week in TV News

ami_391x210-391x210– What will American Idol look like when it returns to ABC? We got another clue this week as country superstar Luke Bryan has signed on to be a judge alongside Katy Perry. Though a number of names have been out there, the third (and possibly fourth) judge spot(s) have not been confirmed.

– Saturday Night Live has added three new faces to the cast. Chris Redd, who starred with Andy Samberg in Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, along with Chicago improv comedian Luke Null and SuperMansion and Bratz voice-over artist Heidi Gardner will all be featured players on the upcoming season.

– David S. Pumpkins is returning to SNL, and we’ve got questions. The popular Tom Hanks-starring sketch will return for a Halloween themed animated half-hour special. Hanks will reportedly voice the titular character, with Bobby Moynihan, Mikey Day, Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage and SNL writer Streeter Seidell also voicing characters.

– That didn’t take long. After Monday’s preview episode opened to huge ratings, CBS gave a full-season pickup to Young Sheldon. The show will officially return to the CBS schedule beginning Thursday, Nov. 2 in the 8:30PM time slot after CBS’ commitment to Thursday Night Football ends.

– Though Larry David is working on the upcoming season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, he offered some hope that another would follow. David told USA Today, “I’ll probably start thinking about another season. It won’t be six years.”

– The Underworld franchise is heading to the small screen. Len Wiseman and his Sketch Films production company will develop the series. Wiseman told Deadline, “The series will be a pretty big departure from the films. I don’t want to say it’s more adult, but it’s definitely less comic book in its tone and character.”

– Natascha McElhone is going from the first lady to The First. According to Deadline, McElhone, who current stars opposite Kiefer Sutherland on Designated Survivor, will join the cast of the new Sean Penn astronaut-based series. She’s expected to exit Designated Survivor later this year.

– Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey is staying in the MTV family. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he’s already been scooped up for a role in the third season of Scream. The latest chapter centers on an aspiring football star (RJ Cyler) whose life gets turned upside down when a killer uses his secrets against him. Posey will play Shane, a drug-dealing high school dropout in the new season.

– Will & Grace is back on NBC, and TV Line has scoop on two guest stars. Leslie Jordan will return as Karen’s nemesis Beverley Leslie in an episode later this year, while New Girl star Max Greenfield will also appear in an undisclosed role.

– Sanaa Lathan will retur on the upcoming season Showtime’s The Affair. Deadline reports that Lathan will play Janelle, a principal of a charter school where Noah (Dominic West) teaches who catches his eye.

– EW reports that former Good Wife star Archie Panjabi will be back on CBS for an episode of Bull. Panjabi will play Arti Cander, an Oxford educated former Washington D.C. lobbyist who is Bull’s British equivalent. The episode will air in November.

– CBS has signed a development deal with Cedric the Entertainer, and Deadline reports that the first project is a firefighter comedy titled Ladder 54. Cedric will play the captain of the firehouse.

– HBO has announced an Oct. 20 premiere date for the second season of The Tracey Ullman Show. The sketch comedy series is slotting in at the 11PM time slot.

– NBC has given the green light for a second season of Marlon.

– The Late Late Show host James Corden will return to host the Hollywood Film Awards for the third straight year. This year’s ceremony takes place Nov. 5 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

– HBO has circled Dec. 4 on the calendar for the debut of John Maggio‘s documentary, The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee. The film centers on the legendary Washington Post editor.

Annabelle: Creation Scares Up Blu-Ray Release In October

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Annabelle: Creation, a critically praised horror flick which made over $257 million worldwide at the box office, hits Blu-ray and DVD October 24 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The feature centers on a doll maker (Anthony LaPaglia) who, along with his wife (Miranda Otto), welcome a nun and several orphaned girls into their California farmhouse. The doll maker’s evil creation Annabelle eventually wreaks havoc on the new residents. Gary Dauberman, who wrote Annabelle, also penned the sequel.

Click on the media bar below to hear Stephanie Sigman discuss researching the universe behind Annabelle: Creation:


Special features on the Blu-ray include commentary from director David F. Sandberg (Lights Out), deleted scenes, and several featurettes (“The Horror Continues,” “Horror Shorts: Attic Panic and Coffer,” and “Directing Annabelle”). The DVD version solely comes with deleted scenes.

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‘Last Rampage’ Director Dwight Little Brings Nuance To True Crime Narrative

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Based on a true story, Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison centers on the 1978 prison escape of convicted murderer Gary Tison (Robert Patrick) and fellow prisoner Randy Greenawalt (Chris Browning). Tison’s three teenage sons helped spring him from prison, and their decision leads to the killing of a family and a pair of honeymooners (on separate incidents).

Director Dwight Little (Murder at 1600, TV’s Bones) brings years of expertise and craftsmanship to the proceedings, and Last Rampage is blessed with a mesmerizing performance from Patrick.

One of the film’s many highlights comes from an exchange between the sheriff (Bruce Davison) who’s hot on Tison’s trail and an irresponsible warden (late actor John Heard). Since both men are among cinema’s finest character actors (check out Heard in Cutter’s Way), watching them work was an experience that wasn’t lost on Last Rampage’s ensemble.

“It was very simple,” said Little. “Just a two hander of them across a desk but the nuance and the beats that they brought to that scene – it was funny because we had shot with the other actors earlier that day and they were all finished and they were wrapped. And everybody stayed behind the monitor to watch these scenes between these two old pros.”

Click on the media bar to hear Little talk about a movie subplot that deals with a reporter’s (Molly C. Quinn) attempts to investigate the Tison case (Little mentions Heather Graham, who plays Tison’s wife, and Davison in the clip):


Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison is now playing in select theaters and is available On Demand.

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This Is Us’ Season 2 Is Making Chrissy Metz Cry (And She Thinks You Will, Too!)

As many of you saw in the season premiere, you can expect the second season of This Is Us to be an emotional rollercoaster. Plotlines started or hinted at in the first season will come to fruition, and you can expect to see some surprises as well. Chrissy Metz, who plays Kate Pierson on the show, told us about a few of the stories we’ll being seeing in the new episodes. Just make sure you’ve stocked up on plenty of Kleenex, because she definitely needed them. (Click on the media bar below to hear Chrissy Metz)

New episodes of This Is Us air Tuesday nights at 9/8c on NBC.

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