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Warner Bros.’ “The Flash” and “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom” may be plagued with off-screen drama, but there is one DC movie suffering a more conclusive fate: the upcoming “Batgirl.” The Warner Bros. Discovery film will be shelved indefinitely, a Warner Bros. representative confirmed to IndieWire. “Batgirl” was to star Leslie Grace (“In the Heights”) in the title role, with J.K. Simmons, Michael Keaton, and Brendan Fraser rounding out the cast. The film was originally set for an HBO Max release with reports that then Warner Bros. chair Toby Emmerich was considering a theatrical release as well. However, now “Batgirl” will not be seen at all. Warner Bros. Discovery is now prioritizing theaters for their DC IP, and “Batgirl” has not...
Streaming platforms announced Wednesday that Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis,” still thriving in theaters, will be released on PVOD ($19.99 to rent for 48 hours, $24.99 to purchase) on Tuesday, August 9. But sources tell IndieWire that its availability on Warner Bros. Discovery’s HBO Max will not be on the same date. Luhrmann previously stated that it wouldn’t come to the studio’s streamer until “fall.” WBD has never confirmed that, but any HBO Max premiere after 45 days in theatrical release would run counter to its plans for 2022 theatrical releases. After a tumultuous 2021 when all Warners films appeared on Max day-and-date with theaters, the company said the plan was 45 days going forward. That was the case even for “The Batman,” despite...
Noah Hawley’s “Alien” series for FX is finally starting to come into view after delays in filming. During the ongoing TCA tour — virtual once more, yet again due to the ongoing spread of Covid — FX chairman John Landgraf said that Hawley has turned in all the scripts for the limited series spin on the sci-fi franchise. It’s also confirmed to start shooting next year, and it also is going to mirror the tone of the ones that started it all, Ridley Scott’s 1979 “Alien” and James Cameron’s 1986 “Aliens.” “I’m a big fan of ‘Alien’ and ‘Aliens’ and I remember watching both of them in the theater and how shockingly original and surprising each of them was in its own way,” Landgraf said. “And so, similar to his approach to ‘Fargo,’ Noah...
Much of the FX series “Atlanta” has been about exposing the performativity of white “woke” advocacy — but Donald Glover’s experimental show has not been immune to criticisms that it’s only for white people. During the ongoing summer Television Critics’ Association press tour, creator/star Glover defended the series against those very criticisms, saying that he does this “shit for the people.” (Via Entertainment Weekly.) “I do a lot of this s— for the people,” Glover said. “So if you’re sitting there being like, ‘Oh, this is misogynoir,’ I’m wondering why you think that and why you think I feel that way when I’m nothing without my people. It’s just kind of whack to me. Some of that to me is just Internet people trying to get hot, which...
The “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” team is coming to the defense of allegedly overworked Marvel visual effects artists saddled with the rigors of the MCU and also criticisms of bad CGI. During the summer TCA press tour ahead of the Disney+ series premiere on August 18, Tatiana Maslany, writer/creator Jessica Gao, and director Kat Coiro say they stand with any VFX artists who are feeling “pressured.” “I feel incredibly, like, deferential to how talented these artists are and how quickly they have to work, obviously, like much quicker than probably should be given to them, in terms of like churning these things out,” Maslany told journalists. (Via Variety.) Most recently, “Thor: Love and Thunder” was the target of CGI criticisms, allegedly...
Simu Liu is a certified dance master, (rumored) Ken doll, and, now, a champion licker. Yep, you read that right. The “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” star put his tongue to the test when tasked with bringing a maggot back to life in National Geographic’s “Running Wild With Bear Grylls” reality survival series. Why do we need more maggots in this world? Well, Grylls required one as bait to catch a fish with his bare hands. Such is life in the wilderness. Liu joined Grylls in a trek through the snow-covered Canadian Rockies in the upcoming episode of the viral series, airing Monday, August 8 at 9 p.m. ET. The “Barbie” actor was advised by Grylls to bring a frozen maggot in hibernation back to life by licking it. “It’s like...
In a Hollywood Reporter interview last month, “House of the Dragon” co-showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik said that the “Game of Thrones” prequel series will not “shy away” from violence against women. However, now writer and executive producer Sara Hess is clarifying those comments about the “reimagining” of George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” premiering August 21. “I’d like to clarify that we do not depict sexual violence in the show,” Hess told Vanity Fair. “We handle one instance off-screen, and instead show the aftermath and impact on the victim and the mother of the perpetrator.” Hess continued that she is most “proud” of the fact that “House of the Dragon” chooses to “focus on the violence against women that is...
Just when it seems like all of Hollywood is joining an IP franchise, John Boyega is firmly focusing on independent storytelling. The “Star Wars” alum revealed in a Men’s Health cover story that any rumors of him having filmed a secret MCU film are totally inaccurate. Instead, the “Woman King” actor is taking on more “nuanced” roles and isn’t looking to be part of the Marvel family. “That’s not in the vision for me now,” Boyega said. “I want to do nuanced things. I want to donate my services to original indie films that come with new, fresh ideas, because I know it’s real hard to top Iron Man in that universe.” Boyega took a break after previously having “exhausted” himself with too many films in too short of time. “It’s tiring, and...
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Better Call Saul” Season 6, Episode 11, “Breaking Bad.”] “Better Call Saul” has been a six-season-long handshake between what’s given and what’s withheld. It’s baked into the DNA of the show, the idea that certain events are foregone conclusions. Even the mysteries have a fixed endpoint. With patience and care (much like what you need to hide a bag of cash next to a roadside gas station via some strategically placed fishing wire), time will fill the gaps. With the conclusion of “Better Call Saul” just over the wintry Nebraska horizon, now comes the time for last-minute trades. It’s the zone where final fates hinge on a few words between an old boss and his former secretary...
Live long and prosper, and Nichelle Nichols did just that. Zoe Saldaña opened up about taking on the legacy of “Star Trek” icon Nichols’ character, Nyota Uhura. Saldaña penned a tribute to original “Star Trek” TV series star Nichols, who died on Saturday at age 89. Nichols’ Uhura was one half of TV’s first interracial kiss with Captain Kirk (William Shatner) in 1968 and “blazed a trail” for all actors of color after her, as Saldaña wrote. While Nichols’ fellow “Star Trek” alums George Takei and LeVar Burton have shared tributes, Saldaña’s post spoke to the actress’ legacy in personal terms, as Saldaña played Uhura in J.J. Abrams’ films, set in a parallel universe, starting in 2009. “We have lost a true star, a unique artist who was...
[Warning: The below contains spoilers for “The Boys” Season 3 finale.] We’ll be getting to know the next generation of “The Boys” supes sooner than we think. With spinoff series “Gen V” in the works and centered on a college for Vought International superheroes, it’s time for the spawn of Homelander (Antony Starr) to take center stage. Enter: sweet, innocent Ryan (Cameron Crovetti) turning to the dark side. Actor Crovetti has been promoted to a series regular, with the Amazon Prime Video series “The Boys” confirming two new tween supes for Season 4. Valorie Curry (“The Lost Symbol”) is set to play Firecracker, with Susan Heyward (“Orange Is the New Black”) portraying Sister Sage, seemingly in reference to the Sage Grove Center...
After eight days, it’s over. That’s how long the Russo Bros.’ “The Gray Man” topped Netflix’s domestic chart for most-watched movies — only to be replaced by the new release of another Netflix Original, “Purple Hearts,” a low-budget military-immigrant romance starring singer-actress Sofia Carson (“Descendants”) and Nicholas Galitzine (“Cinderella”). “The Gray Man” didn’t disappear — it dropped to #2 — but that can’t have been the Netflix expectation for a $200 million action film from the directors of “Avengers: Endgame,” the biggest theatrical release in the last six years, starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas. The streamer reported that “Gray” amassed over 88 million hours in worldwide viewing its initial weekend, the...
July 2022 was the best month for theaters since 2019, but it ends on a weak note: For the first time since May (just before Paramount opened “Top Gun: Maverick), grosses for all films will total under $100 million. This particular fallow patch won’t last long with “Bullet Train” (Sony) starring Brad Pitt opening next Friday; it could open to $40 million or higher. After that, theaters may have to wait for October for another significant performer when Warner Bros. opens “Black Adam” starring Dwayne Johnson. That’s assuming it doesn’t underwhelm like some DC Comics adaptations, like this weekend’s animated “DC League of Super-Pets” (Warners). It’s #1 this weekend, but with a less-than-stellar $23 million. By comparison, that’s less than...
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