Horror/Suspense Shows Keep Making Their Way to the Small Screen and at the Movies…

With the success of American Horror Story and other shows of the same ilk, it made sense that networks, cablers, and steaming services would offer more and more shows that feed the desire of viewers to engage in shows that focus on the occult.

Back in the 80s, John Carpenter had a movie called Prince of Darkness and it was a box office failure. However, over time the movie has become more popular and with that cult status John Carpenter may adapt the movie in to a TV show for Shudder.

“We’re talking to them about doing a theme. And maybe doing a show for them. What would you think about Prince of Darkness as a TV show?”  Consequence of Sound

We shall see if this project come to fruition, but Shudder does have a slew of new programming for all those that love shows that make the average viewer anxious. Upcoming projects for Shudder:

  1. Riprore from Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) – The focuses on the heart of gangland Los Angeles, where a gruesome discovery sparks a frenetic homicide investigation, but underneath the surface lurks a darkness that leads to the end of days. Syfy
  2. Creepshow from Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) EW

While we are on the topic of the dark prince, Lucifer has given us a look at the show’s Eve.

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Eve will be portrayed by Inbar Lavi. Remember, Lucifer was picked up by Netflix for its upcoming 4th season.

We also got a trailer from Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House:

Not for the faint of heart…

Regarding suspense/horror movies, casting for the upcoming Doctor Sleep, a sequel to The Shining, continues with the movie finding its Dr. John and it is Bruce Greenwood. Deadline

So, I watched the Nun and well…it was not my favorite of the Conjuring movies. But, there was a bright spot to the movie and that was not Frenchie. It was actually Taissa Farmiga, who played Irene. She held her own in the movie and we just learned that she will be in an upcoming suspense flick. EW

The movie, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, is by Shirley Jackson. The book is a gothic tale of a peculiar girl named Merricat and her family’s dark secret.

The movie’s synopsis is as follows:

Merricat, Constance and their Uncle Julian live in isolation after experiencing a family tragedy six years earlier. When cousin Charles arrives to steal the family fortune, he also threatens a dark secret they’ve been hiding.

The movie also stars Alexandra Daddario, Sebastian Stan, and Crispin Glover. It will be released on the 22nd of September.

 

 

 

 

Movies: Captain Marvel’s First Trailer is Up and Running

Synopsis: Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

The movie, which stars Brie Larson, Gemma Chan, Samuel L. Jackson, Jude Law, Lee Pace, Ben Mendelsohn. Djimon Hounsou, Clark Gregg, and Annette Benning, is currently in post production and will be released March 8, 2019.

Photo by Fancycrave on Unsplash

 

What You Missed…

There were a couple of interesting bits of casting news, a first look, and I have a question.

First, we got to see that awkward moment when you meet your replacement:

Titans stars Brenton Thwaites, Teagan Croft, Anna Diop, Ryan Potter, Alan Ritchson, Minka Kelly, Bruno Bichir, Lindsey Gort, and Seamus Dever and starts October 12th. IGN

Did you see the cute promo for the CW’s new Sunday night programming that features the ladies of Charmed and Supergirl?

The CW ‘s Arrowverse annual crossover event has it’s Lois Lane. If you were a fan of Grimm, than you will be excited to know that Elizabeth Tulloch has been cast as the sassy reporter that captures Clark Kent’s heart. The crossover will span over three consecutive nights and Tyler Hoechlin (Clark Kent/Superman) is slated to be in all three episodes. Deadline

One superhero show that is not part of the Arrowverse has a new cast member. Black Lightning has cast Sofia Vassilieva as the Looker.  THR Here is a little intel on the character. The Looker is Emily Briggs, who was a mousy bank teller who lived a quiet life with her husband. Until she was kidnapped by people from the underground civilization known as Abyssia. A group of heroes named The Outsiders rescue her and during the battle in Abyssia, we learn of Emily’s heritage and eventually she has a meta-human moment and turns into a beauty with powers.

Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul has joined HBO’s Westworld, no details of who the character is and what his role is in the upcoming third season. EW

The cast for the upcoming NOS4A2 is rounding itself out with the casting of Zachary Quinto and Ashleigh Cummings. This show, based on a book series of the same name by Joe Hill, will air on AMC. Variety

We got our first look of Joaquin Phoenix’ The Joker, thanks to filmmaker Todd Phillips.

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There has been a lot of talk of Jon Hamm becoming Batman. That would be interesting to see. What do you think about that?

Have you watched The First on Hulu? This little show that features Sean Penn who leads an ensemble cast in this near-future drama about a crew of astronauts attempting to become the first humans on Mars. Under the direction of visionary aerospace magnate Laz Ingram (Natascha McElhone), the crew contends with peril and personal sacrifice as they undertake the greatest pioneering feat in human history.

I watched all of the episodes and it was a little hard in the beginning, but once you get over the hump of the first two episodes…you will fall in love with the characters of the show. Especially, Anna Jacoby-Heron, who plays Denise Hagerty. She is Tom’s (Sean Penn) daughter and she is still in conflict over the loss of her mother and her father’s desire to return to space. We see her whole life. We see the moment that breaks her. We see the moment where she makes the hardest decision for her father’s sake and then there is a scene towards the end, in a staircase, and it brought me to tears.

I suggest you give this little show a shot.

One last thing. Today is the day! The Emmy Awards will air tonight and if you are a fan of the small screen, you have already started praying for the shows that you love.

The categories that are piquing my interest are:

Best Drama Series…this is a tough one to call and then they tossed in The Handmaid’s TaleThis is Us and The Crown. So, maybe next year for Game of Thrones.

Best Limited Series…oh TV gods, please let The Alienist win!

If you do not have a ballot to follow along, Vanity Fair has a printable ballot. Print it out and make your predictions. I hope your shows win.

 

 

 

 

Cavill Hanging Up His Red Cape and More…

It looks like Henry Cavill has officially moved on from the DC extended universe.

Due to scheduling conflicts that did not allow the British actor to make a cameo in Shazam, a new commitment to The Witcher series, and DC focusing on a much younger version of Clark Kent in The Supergirl movie, THR

It just seems like the time is right for the actor move on. It is also the perfect opportunity for DC to tweak their formula for the movies. I still believe there is something about the Arrowverse and other DC TV shows that allows them to grab the attention of and sustain its fans. The movies just have to figure what that magic ingredient is…writing!

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He definitely has a flair for the dramatic.

Will you miss Henry Cavill as Superman?

I will miss him in glasses.

Continuing with Casting News, Katherine Langford of 13 Reasons Why and Love, Simon will star in Netflix’ Cursed. If you do not know about the project, here is some info from a March press release:

Cursed is based on an upcoming book of the same name, Cursed is a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue (portrayed by Katherine Langford), a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake. After her mother’s death, she finds an unexpected partner in Arthur, a young mercenary, in a quest to find Merlin and deliver an ancient sword. Over the course of her journey, Nimue will become a symbol of courage and rebellion against the terrifying Red Paladins, and their complicit King Uther. There are 10 episodes slated.

Netflix has shifted from its touting of young love to all things that go bump in the night thanks to the new show, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Sabrina This is not the Sabrina you grew up with and if you want to get a little background on this character before the premiere, check out the comic series at your local comic book shop.

One of the best things about British TV is that it likes to dip a toe into classic sci-fi and it ends up churning out some of the best shows on TV. So, when we heard that HBO was going to co-produce and distribute His Dark Materials, I was ecstatic.  His Dark Materials is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman which consist of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. The series revolves around two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry. We follow their adventures as they wander through a series of parallel universes.

The cast includes Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Deadline

There is another Book to Small Screen to make note of and it is because Netflix is continuing to ride the tails of the recent successes of their teen-centric films:

NETFLIX ACQUIRES DUMPLIN’ 

The Film Features New Collaborations and Original Music from Dolly Parton 

Netflix has acquired the film “Dumplin’,” which features collaborations and original music from entertainment industry icon Dolly Parton.

“Dumplin’” is the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.

Cast: Danielle Macdonald (Bird Box, Skin, Paradise Hills, Patti Cake$), Jennifer Aniston (Upcoming Murder Mystery, Horrible Bosses, Marley and Me), Odeya Rush (Lady Bird, Goosebumps), Dove Cameron (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Liv and Maddie, Descendants), Harold Perrineau (Claws, Lost), Bex Taylor-Klaus and Ginger Minj

Director:Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses) 

Screenwriter: Kristin Hahn wrote the adaptation of Julie Murphy’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel of the same name

Producers: A Cota Films and 50 Degrees Entertainment Presentation – Michael Costigan (American Gangster, A Bigger Splash, Brokeback Mountain, Ghost in the Shell), Mohamed AlRafi (Above Suspicion, Lying and Stealing), Kristin Hahn (The Switch, Cake), Trish Hofmann (Gringo, Get On Up) 

Executive Producers: Jennifer Aniston, Danny Nozell

Music: Grammy & Emmy Award Winner and Academy, Golden Globe & Tony Award Nominee Dolly Parton with newly recorded collaborations of her classic songs in addition to six new original songs co-written by Parton and Grammy Nominee Linda Perry. Special guest vocalists include Sia, Miranda Lambert, Mavis Staples, Elle King, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Danielle Macdonald, and Jennifer Aniston.

Film Release Date: The film will be released later this year on Netflix in the U.S. and select international territories, and in select theaters in the U.S.

With that said, Deadline stated that the co-owners of The Ripped Bodice Bookstore have signed with Sony Pictures TV to develop TV projects based on their close relationship with romance novel authors and readers.

I do think that the  acquisitions of movies based on YA, chick lit, and a slew of other literary genres is incredibly smart. They acquire the rights to books that have a fandom in place and the numbers to prove that they are certifiable hits. It gives us, as moviegoers, a nice break from all the sequels, superhero, horror, and action heavy movies at the theaters.

Besides the whole debacle with Henry Cavill ties with DC, it seems like another comic book based property is also having a scandalous moment. American Gods, Starz, has lost its second show runner. To be fair, the cast and whomever is left is making it their business to keep everything going in hopes of getting the show on the small screen in 2019. Digital Spy

Before I go off on a laughing camel, I forgot to post the latest trailer for Daredevil’s third season.

Ok. That’s it for me.

Have a great day!

~M!

P.S. – Wait! My favorite news! Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies) will be in a Hong Kong drama! Variety

If you have not watched an Asian Drama, you do not know what you are missing.

Header Photo by Esteban Lopez on Unsplash

Curb Your Stranger Things Withdrawal …and more news…

I know many of us are not thrilled about waiting a bit longer to see a new season of Stranger Things on Netflix. Back in June, we learned that we were going to get a series of books in the Fall that would help us deal with with the withdrawal. Well, the books are in and they will go one sale on October 30, 2018.

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Casting News:

Alec Baldwin has decided to back out of the highly anticipated Joker movie that stars Joaquin Phoenix. He would have played a Trump-esque version of Thomas Wayne.

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He even managed to throw some shade at the movie during an interview with USA Today. However, the issue may all come down to a scheduling conflict.

Casting continues for Netflix’s Another Life. The latest to be added to the roster is Blu Hunt. THR

Shows:

The curtains will close on one of my favorites, Mr. Robot.

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Riverdale fans, rejoice! We got a new trailer:

There is a lot going on in the trailer, but the highlight is:

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What was the highlight for you?

Miscellaneous:

With a long weekend ahead of us, I was wondering if you caught up with Netflix‘s Summer of Love?

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Game of Thrones Gave Us a Taste of What’s to Come in 2019 and More…

Somewhere in this medley of the upcoming goodies that HBO will be giving subscribers in the upcoming months, we have our first image of what’s to come for Game of Thrones:

I am living for Sansa and John hugging!

This is not the only show we are getting back in 2019:

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These are happy times for fans of Fantasy and Sci-fi.

Casting News:

Aleks Paunovic (Van Helsing) will portray Snowpiercer‘s Bojan Boscovic, a large, fearsome looking man with frostbite scars and stumped ears. Bojan is a Breachworker, performing one of the most dangerous jobs on the train. He’s used to the cold and hazards of the job, comfortable enough to joke about his life being at risk. Deadline

New Shows:

ABC is developing a fantasy drama, Best Wishes, which tells the story of a pragmatic, once successful man, Nick Day, who thinks the notion of wishes is a waste of time due to a personal tragedy he’s recently endured. But just as everything in his life is crumbling around him, things get more complicated when he’s approached by a potentially crazy woman claiming to be in the business of granting wishes. And she needs Nick’s help. Deadline

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Ryan Hurst, of the popular Sons of Anarchy show, has been cast as Beta in The Walking Dead. Beta is second-in-command to Samantha Morton’s Alpha, the leader of The Whisperers, a group that arrives in the comic books after the All Out War story line to antagonize Rick Grimes and his crew. Is Alpha and Beta the reason why Rick takes leave?

From LOST to Star Wars..Dominic Monaghan has been cast in Star Wars: Episode IX! THR

Alec Baldwin is going to play Thomas Wayne in the upcoming Joker movie. Variety

Here is our first look at Iron Fist‘s Typhoid Mary:

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Typhoid Mary, who will be portrayed by Alive Eve (Star Trek), is an enemy and former lover of Daredevil with low level psionic powers, including telekinesis. She is n assassin that is also mentally ill.

Miscellaneous:

My 16 year old niece just asked me to compare the images of Sean Teale from The Gifted and Noah Cintineo of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. They look a lot alike.

My book review of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. 

 

 

From Book to the Screen: Castle Rock Renewed and Nine Lives to be Made into a Movie

This summer, I have watched a few people watch Castle Rock and they have spent many an hour trying to figure out the story behind Kid and this town. It has been an entertaining experience and now they get a whole new season to stress themselves out over. THR stated that the new season may be a totally new mystery with a new cast.

Nine Lives by Ursula K. Le Guin is being adapted for a movie. The short story was originally published in 1968 in Playboy magazine. The story is about cloning and the concept of the self. Deadline stated that the story will be adapted by Tom Basden and Siri Rodnes. 

While book adaptations are fueling both TV and the Silver Screen, six-month bookstore sales are down 1%, please remember to support your local bookstores!